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Cycling Gran Prix coming to Covington

COVINGTON — Motorists should be on the lookout this weekend for cyclists who will be participating in the Georgia Cycling Gran Prix, featuring racers from all across the Southeast and beyond.

The five-day, six-race event is hosted by TopView Sports and this is the second year it has come through Newton. Riders will roll into town Friday and be here through Sunday. Riders spent Wednesday in Braselton and today in Duluth.

Organizers of the race did not return emails and phone calls requesting additional information, but information on the event website states that the Oxford Hills Road Race in Oxford will be under way by 10 a.m. Friday. The race starts at Providence Christian School on Byrd Road in Oxford.

The Covington Rail Time Trial will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday at 1931 Alcovy Trestle Road in Social Circle.

The big event — the Downtown Covington Criterium — will take place later in the day, beginning at 4 p.m., on the Square, where cyclists will race around the .6 mile loop at speeds of 30 to 35 mph. Spectators are encouraged to come out to watch.

The event wraps up Sunday with the Newton Circuit Race, which starts at 9 a.m. at Bates Road. Last year’s event drew more than 500 racers from 11 states. The Gran Prix is sanctioned by the United States Cycling Federation with a prize purse of more than $9,000.

For more information, including downloadable route maps, visit www.georgiacycling.net.