Pictou Advocate sports

Critz of Fury cycling race cancelled


NEW GLASGOW – The second annual Critz of Fury criterium road race scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled.

Clint Snell of the Pictou County Cycling Club confirmed today that the race would not take place due to a lack of entries.

The decision negates the need for street closures on Sunday.

“We could have put it on but you wanted to have better numbers to justify closing the streets and we didn’t have them,” Snell said.

The race consisted of a loop along Archimedes and Provost streets that organizers through would be appealing to bikers, but Snell was uncertain why more bikers did not register.

“I don’t know what it is,” he said. “The season is packed full of races.”

Bicycle Nova Scotia has a calendar full of races throughout the bike season.

The Fitz of Fury mountain bike races based in Scotsburn in May and the Granton Grind road race based in Abercrombie in June are prominent events the Pictou County club hosts each year.

Snell said more than 20 local cyclists are among the more than 300 riders taking part in the inaugural Lost Shores Gran Fondo on Sept. 10in Guysborough.

The event reflects the growing appeal for non-competitive rides elsewhere in Canada.

The three optional distances are 30, 50 and 90 kilometres.

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