The thrill of American pro cycling returns to Doylestown Sunday, Sept. 12.
In addition to the pro and amateur races, citizens can take to the course during the Herald Bike Parade.
“The Herald family is so happy to be supporting this wonderful community event,” said Joe Wingert, publisher. “I hope many will join us for this special thrill of riding and experiencing the race course at a family-friendly pace.”
The course is the same course used by racers, and parade participants line up to start just like the pros in front of 14 E. Court St. For 1.4 miles you can wind yourself through Doylestown with a series of eight turns and 90 feet of climbing, all of which circle the Doylestown Arts Festival.
Riders have 25 minutes to be on the course and can choose to complete just one lap or many.
Participation in the parade is free thanks to the support of the Bucks County Herald with the only requirement for entry being a bike and a helmet.
The inaugural event in 2019 featured many styles of bikes, including a vintage pink tandem and cargo bike with racers and riders alike dressed for the occasion. Seeing racers in their kits riding alongside the high school mountain bike team or someone in tweeds on a high wheeler made for a great time.
“We’re excited to be able to offer this unique opportunity to ride the course again thanks to the support of the Bucks County Herald,” said Race Director Laura Reppert. “Bike racing is a sport that is enhanced by the energy of the crowds. After you’ve (biked) the course you understand what each of those turns feels like and that shared experience makes for more engaged spectators.”
The 2021 Herald Bike Parade takes place between the amateur and pro races and starts at 11 a.m. Those interested can preregister online or sign up the day of the races at the registration tent at Harvey and Court streets. For information and to register, visit Buckscountyclassic.com