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Southeast Regional Series Cycling preps for Albany road race

Editor’s Note: One month to go for May 17-18 race weekend in Albany, which will begin five-state series.

ALBANY — This year marks the second year for the Southeast Regional Series, known as SRS. The event will return to Albany May 17-18 with the Begin, Believe, Become Albany Criterium & Road Race.

This is the only road racing series for amateur and elite cycling teams which offers points competitions spanning multiple states in one region. More than 600 cyclists, men, women and juniors, are expected in town for race weekend.

The Pecan City Pedalers have been the major bicycle club in Southwest Georgia for close to 30 years, sponsoring the Nut Roll Century, held annually in mid-September, and supporting the Albany SRS race weekend. their team, Team PCP, is the only USAC-licensed cycling team based in Albany and has a regional roster from three states.

“We are proud of our team’s affiliation with the Southeast Racing Series. With Albany being the home of the Marine Corp Logistics Base, the race has been a great way for our club to get to know Marines and their families while stationed here,” said Chip Battle, current Vice President of the Pecan City Pedalers.

“Most of our members are 50-plus years of age, but the team has been successful at attracting younger riders, as well as women, to our cycling community. We are especially proud of our sponsorship and the success of the Elite Women’s squad.”

Battle noted that it was 10 years ago that the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau asked for assistance in developing a cycling event to promote downtown Albany. He and Team PCP are now very involved in recruiting experienced volunteers for the criterium and road race. The team also helps promote this growing event as a great weekend event for racers and spectators.

“It is great to see amateur teams racing together here, like Team PCP, and using solid race tactics. SRS is unique in that the series gets strong teams from all across the southeast in all divisions. We pride ourselves with providing a memorable experience for the competitive athletes. Racers and spectators can look forward to some exciting improvements this year,” said Marilyn Cullinane, series director.

Teams and individuals can register for the full series or single races. The fees begin at $125 for juniors who register for all five criterium events in the series. For adults, full series registration is $350 for each category — three Master’s divisions, four regular men’s divisions and two regular women’s divisions.

Registration information, the complete SRS schedule and event updates are available online at www.srs-racing.com.

For more information, email bonyetta@pelotonsports.net or call 912-222-1653.