On your mark … Get set … for the 6th Annual Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic

By Marie McAden The 190 riders competing in the Sixth Annual Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic on May 1 aren’t the only ones who will be breaking a sweat. A small army of volunteers, including a group of 15-20 U.S. Marines, will toil tirelessly on race day to turn Beaufort’s Historic District into a cycling speedway. Starting at noon, volunteers will set up large tower lights at nine spots along the  .6-mile course that loops around Bay Street to Scott Street down Craven to Newcastle Street. They’ll also stack bales of hay on corners and at other hazards for the safety of the riders who will be traveling up to 40 miles an hour. At 2 p.m., crews will get to work assembling a large stage on Bay Street for the awards ceremony. Two hours later, the Marines from the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will arrive downtown to erect the 4,000 feet of fencing that separates spectators from cyclists. During the race, a couple dozen members of local bicycling clubs... ...

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