from Zac Lytle, race promoter
Texas road racing season is in full bloom and the sixth annual Tour of Corsicana is upon us! I’d like to thank our faithful sponsors including Richardson Bike Mart, Bill Shirer – Cyclist at Law, and the Corsicana Convention & Visitors Bureau for making the race possible. We are really proud of how the event has grown and evolved over time. As in past years, the general format will remain the same. Stage 1 is the 4.8 mile time trial. It’s a lightly rolling one-way course. Frequently, the winner of the TT is able to put a strong grasp on the GC podium.
Stage two is my favorite as I love unique criteriums. The course rumbles through the beautifully preserved downtown Corsicana. Corsicana was once one of the most prosperous cities in Texas, its main industries have been bricks, cotton and oil. We give a nod to that rich history by highlighting the antique bricks that can still be found on many of the downtown streets. Approximately 50% of the crit course is on these historic bricks, some of them a bit bumpy. GC winners of each race are given a Corsicana brick trophy, similar in concept to the Paris Roubaix cobble trophy.
Stage three is a classic Texas style road race, similar in feel to the once popular Cele Road Race outside of Austin in the 1990’s . The twenty two mile course winds its way across the Blackland Prairie. It can be an extremely challenging course depending on weather. The biggest inclines can be “big ringed,” but if the wind starts up it can shatter the field in a hurry. Post race formalities will take place at Charlie’s Country Store which is a classic setting for celebrations and revelry.
Each year we try to hone the event in response to the feedback we get from racers. In response to some of that feed back, we are offering a single day road race event this year. For those people who can’t get away for a whole weekend of racing this might be an option for them. Its restricted to Men’s 3/4 & Women’s P123. If we get at least 40 entries we’ll split the fields so they can have their own race.
We’re really looking forward to another awesome weekend of racing. Telling by the weather forecast its going to be a winner!