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2,500 cyclists roll out Saturday morning for Gran Fondo Hincapie in Greenville

2,500 cyclists roll out Saturday morning for Gran Fondo Hincapie in Greenville

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — One of the premiere cycling events of the southeast will roll out Saturday morning, and drivers need to be alert and…

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TRAVELERS REST, S.C. —

One of the premiere cycling events of the southeast will roll out Saturday morning, and drivers need to be alert and cautious.

More than 2,500 cyclists are registered to take part in the Gran Fondo Hincapie in Greenville that begins at 9 a.m., starting from Hotel Domestique, off Highway 25 near Highway 11 in Travelers Rest.

Drivers who use roads in that area, extending up into parts of western North Carolina, need to be aware of the event and watch out for a higher-than-normal number of cyclists on the road.

Click here for a closer look at the roads.

The event got its name and its start from former world-renowned racing cyclist George Hincapie, who competed professionally between 1994 and 2012, and was a key domestique of Lance Armstrong. Hincapie was also a domestique for Alberto Contador in 2007 and for Cadel Evans in 2011, when both men won the Tour de France.

A domestique is a rider who works for the benefit of their team and leader, rather than trying to win the race. Recommended 2 rescued after trench collapse at Byrnes High School construction site, officials say When Hincapie retired from racing in 2012, he started the event that takes cyclists on a challenging route through the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills on the same routes Hincapie traveled when training for the Tour de France.See the video above from 2012 when Hincapie made the announcement.Entrants choose between 15, 50, or 80-mile routes that show off […]

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