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North Carolina man competes in Gears & Guitars bike race to bond with brother who inspired him

North Carolina man competes in Gears & Guitars bike race to bond with brother who inspired him

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Gears & Guitars has returned for its 9th annual event in Winston-Salem, bringing hundreds of cyclists across the world, including a North…

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —

Gears & Guitars has returned for its 9th annual event in Winston-Salem, bringing hundreds of cyclists across the world, including a North Carolina man and his brother.

The event kicked off at 7 p.m. Friday with live music at Winston Square Park and the Streets of Fire race on Fourth Street.

More than 600 cyclists from all over the world are competing in this weekend’s races, including from Italy and Columbia.

The Streets of Fire race is a 200-meter sprint.

Cyclists competed in waves of four.

"This, you’re going to get four-man heats the whole time. I think it’s exactly what everybody who may have never been into cycling gets to see. It’s quick. You get to see it a bunch of times," said Chris Zona.Charlie Sink said, "All cultures, inclusion, and love seeing people all over joining together to participate and celebrate. Love it. Absolutely love it." Recommended Reidsville: 10-year-old girl killed, 14-year-old charged with first degree murder, police said WXII 12 News talked with Eli Woodard, who traveled from Raleigh to compete in the sprint race for the first time."Oh, I’m pumped. This is my first event doing something like this. It is a standstill and 200 meters to the finish line. It’s not anything I’ve done before, but I’m really excited. Because it takes a top-end athlete to go for it," he said.He said his older brother inspired him to get into cycling.Woodard said he enjoys competing, but was looking forward to using the experience to create memories […]

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