Exeter event to draw professionals, amateurs

By Andrea Camarena

Exeter is on the pro cycling map this year with the return of the annual Quad Knopf Sequoia Cycling Classic.

The two day event will feature a time trial course that begins at Exeter Union High School, loops through Yokohl Valley and finishes back at the high school.

The race is expected to draw several professional cycling teams as the event was added to the USA Cycling National Race Calendar. Professional cyclists will be able to earn points by racing at Saturday's Time Trial as well as Sunday's Criterium in downtown Visalia.

&#8220Southern Sierra Cyclists is the driving force behind the event,” race director Sheri Clark said.

The race is also still open to amateur riders. Last year, local cyclists supported the race and filled the course even as it peaked over the steep slope of Rocky Hill.

The Time Trial course is mapped out to a 30K or roughly a 19-mile distance.

The course is bumpy one that will challenge both amateur and professional cyclists.

Awards for professional cyclists will be given out at Mixter Park at around 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 and amateur awards will be distributed at the finish line at Exeter Union High School.

&#8220Our race weekend is the only weekend on the calendar that has posted a prize list of which the women and men are both racing for equal prize money,” Clark said.

The prize money should draw a large amount of female cyclists to the event.

There will be 10 categories in both men's and women's events.

Online registration for the event is open at www.sportsbaseline.com.

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