July 24, 2016
George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor
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ALL PHOTOS by SpokenShutter
PHOTOS by Claudia Snell
VIDEO by Jason & Claudia Snell
SLIDESHOW (Telegram & Gazette)
PHOTOS by Deirdre Stearns Wingell
GoPro VIDEO by rider Josh Wingell
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See how fast you can pedal up George Street, a two-block quad-buster that was a training ground for 1899 world champion Major Taylor. It's one rider at a time against the clock in this steep uphill time trial in downtown Worcester, presented by Barney's Bicycle and the Seven Hills Wheelmen, on the fourth Sunday in July. The distance is 500 feet, and the average grade is 18 percent. The contest is open to riders age 12 and up. Helmets are required. Entry fee is $20. Proceeds benefit the Major Taylor Association, Inc.
Mail-in registration form
Bike raffle! We gave away an SE Bikes "Fatty" F@E 26 fat bike from Barney's Bicycle, and other cool prizes. Click here to see the list of prizes and winners.
Fun ride! After the challenge, head over to Barney's, 582 Park Ave., Worcester, for a 2 p.m. ride around the Holden Reservoir with the Seven Hills Wheelmen. It's about 15 miles and it's not a race.
George Street After-party! Visit the taproom at 3Cross Brewing Co., 26 Cambridge St., Worcester, from 5 to 8 p.m. July 24, and enjoy the debut of Whirlwind beer, named in honor of "the Worcester Whirlwind," Major Taylor. Brewed in the traditional Belgian witbier style with grains of paradise and hints of citrus, Whirlwind is a summertime thirst-quencher.
Where is George Street? Click here for a map.
How steep is George Street? Click here for a profile.
Who's the fastest rider? Click here for the course records.
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