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Jackson Park race expected to draw thousands of bicycle riders

A high-speed cyclo-cross series race this weekend will attract professional racers from around the world as well as hundreds of amateur cyclists to Jackson Park.

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The Hunter Subaru NC Grand Prix, also sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., will take place Saturday and Sunday on a course that takes advantage of the terrain and features of the park. Racing will start at 9 a.m. both days, with the featured pro women racing at 10:50 a.m. and the pro men racing at 1:45 p.m. A free kids race with prizes for all will take place each day at noon. Hunter Subaru will have vehicles on display. The event also features the Vendor Zone with Hubba Bubba BBQ, free samples from Bob's Red Mill and more. The event is free to spectators. Jackson Park will remain open for public use, but there will be no thru traffic during the event.

Cyclo-cross is a fast-paced spectator-friendly cycling discipline that combines road and mountain bike aspects, requiring riders to switch terrains and at time dismount and run or carry their bikes. The North Carolina Cyclo-Cross Series was founded in 1997 and consists of 15 races across North Carolina, including the Winter Cup held in January. The Grand Prix is the final race of the regular series, preparing racers for national and world championships. Hunter Subaru is the presenting sponsor of the Grand Prix.

The race, also sponsored by Mercury Wheels, will feature racers in pursuit of UCI ranking points.

For more information regarding the Grand Prix or the series visit the NCCX website at or contact series founder Tim Hopkin at (828) 674-9782.