...it's so bright, you're gonna need shades!
One of the things we're most proud of here at the Cedar Hill Criterium, is that every year we send a little nugget of race proceeds to Kat Williams & the very cool people over at the Tennessee High School Cycling League. Build it and they will come, as they say.
We're humbled by the great work that people like Katherine and the folks who make-up the Tennessee NICA league do - they encourage kids to play on their bikes! They teach them how to train, and yes, how to race, but more than anything, they get kids outside to have fun on bikes! These activities help to build high character & fellowship and an appreciation our sport and is very rewarding to see so many families embrace the opportunity for outdoor activity with their kids.
So it has always been a no-brainer (kind of like #EQUALPAYOUTS) for Cedar Hill Criterium to donate a portion of the race proceeds in support of the Tennessee High School Cycling League; over the last 4 years, Cedar Hill Criterium & Treehouse Racing have made modest donations to the Tennessee High School Cycling League - not a budget busting amount mind you, but something we're proud of nonetheless - helping those who help kids to play on bikes!
Important to note this happened because of the great community support from folks at the Madison-Rivergate Chamber of Commerce, also from our local bike shops that support Cedar Hill Criterium, RB's Cyclerly of Cool Springs, and Biker's Choice in Hendersonville. As well as from the likes of our title sponsors from Hallmark VW of Cool Springs, Bailey's Wrecker Service, and Little Harpeth Brewing - each year these companies help make your Cedar Hill Criterium possible, and by default, these companies are also helping to support the growth and development of the Tennessee High School Cycling League.
*A race update for this year's Cedar Hill Criterium: we're stoked to announce that The Picnic Tap will be pouring Little Harpteth Brewing beer in our beer garden at the big tent.
Stop by during the day's races and enjoy some of these tasty suds: (1)Bison Bock, (2)Chicken Scratch Pilsner, and (3)the delicious new IPK, mosaic infused india pale kolsch. *Little Harepth Brewing will be donating proceeds from the sale of Little Harpeth Brewing beer to the Tennessee High School Cycling League. Cedar Hill Criterium is happy to announce that we'll match this donation as well!
Little Harpeth Brewing has always provided growler fills for the 10 Cedar Hill Criterium Champions each year! They're cool like that - If ya'll haven't been over to their taproom, Address: 30 Oldham St, Nashville, TN 37213 -please check them out, they have weekend brewery tours, special brewery events & live music, ping pong and of course, AMAZING BEAH!
So get your fanny in motion, get on over to Cedar Hill Park, this Sunday (register here!) and enjoy a fun-filled day of exciting racing, food trucks, music, the big tent beer garden, CORN HOLE, and more!
See you at the races!
Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
Cedar Hill Park
Register here for Hell of the South!
Saturday, April 1st
As we head into the final stretch, two weeks to race weekend, with Hell of the South and Cedar Hill Criterium. Over the next two weeks, we'll be taking a moment to recognize some great partnerships that really make your race weekend at Hell of the South and Cedar Hill Criterium an exciting race community event. The trick, composing something worthy of our partners and sponsors, that, is meaningful to you (i.e. you'll read), and something that we can get away with creatively (note our editor and creative are the same beer drinker).
For the sake of time, and fading interest, we'll jump right into this, take the epic 1970 comedy- Stir Crazy and attached scene (click me) this particular scene might identify with the hilarious lives of the race promoters from @HelloftheSouth and @CedarHillCrit. We're having a lot of fun with the event planning this year, but it's always a comedy of errors as we steam towards race day.
Back to the salt mines, see you soon
Hell of the South on Saturday, April 1st
Cedar Hill Criterium on Sunday April 2nd!
2 time Olympian
2 time World ParaCyclist winner
so many amazing accomplishments we can't list them all, but they are listed here
What's this all aboot, eh? (in our best hillbilly canadian accent...)
Introducing: Lynne Bessette - MOAR CANADIANS!
Not that often you get the chance to announce that there will be a 4-time Olympiad visiting your community and race! We're beyond stoked to announce that Lynne will be shepherding Team Lowest Rates as their new DS!
We'll have more details soon, but until then, please check out the Press Release from Team Lowest Rates:
CANADIAN CYCLING LEGEND LYNE BESSETTE JOINS TEAM LOWESTRATES.CA
Gatineau, Quebec, March 8th, 2017
Team owner, Frederick Gates is honoured to announce that Lyne Bessette, one of the most decorated cyclists in Canadian history will join the Lowestrates.ca Cycling Team as the new Director Sportif.
The Lac-Brome, Quebec native will bring her wealth of knowledge and passion for the team’s 3rd season on the UCI racing scene. “I’ve always admired Lyne’s determination and outspoken personality. She’s had enormous success while facing multiple challenges on and off the bike during most of her career, and still accomplished all of it while keeping her integrity intact. My goal was to find someone with character, passion and lots of experience. I could not think of a better person than Lyne to lead the way,” said Frédérick Gates - Team Owner and Manager
After her dream of going to the Olympics as a runner was put on hold due to injuries, Bessette began to cycle, reviving her Olympic dream. Following her first podium at the 1995 Quebec Provincial Championships, Bessette’s cycling career grew in success. The two-time Olympian’s resume includes Gold (1998) and Bronze (2002) medals at the Commonwealth Games, multiple National Championships, twice winner of the mythical Tour de Laude in France, podiums at the Flèche Wallonne & Montreal World Cups, obtaining Top-15 finishes at both the road and cyclo-cross World Championships.
After retiring from the Pro Peloton in 2006, Lyne joined the Canadian National Para-Cycling program as a pilot for Robbi Weldon, a gifted visually impaired Canadian athlete. Together they formed one of the best duos in the world, clinching World titles in 2010 and in 2011. The two achieved their ultimate goal and became Olympic Champions at the 2012 London Games.
The lifetime athlete is very excited about the new role and the adventure coming ahead. “I’ve never directed a team before. I have been asked multiple times but it was never a good timing with my calendar and what I was doing. I think now that the opportunity has come again, I really wanted to try to give back and try a new challenge,” Lyne Bessette – Director Sportif, Team LowestRates.ca
“I want to be close to development, I really think that’s the base that we need to work on to help grow the sport. I also like the goals and what the team has done before in supporting other countries,” Lyne Bessette – Director Sportif, Team LowestRates.ca
Bessette will meet the team during its 3rd annual ‘Music City’ training camp in Nashville, Tennessee on April 1st and you will find her rallying the guys from the team car at the team’s first UCI America Tour race of the season from June 8th to the 11th in Saguenay, Quebec.
Lyne is still a very active athlete. She will balance her time between directing the team in key races and pursuing her own athletic endeavors. These include riding the Rasputitsa Spring Classic in Vermont, an event partnered with Les a 100B7, the “Cyclosportive” she will be organizing for the 5th year in a row on October 1st. She also intends to take part in an adventure race in China and will be on the start line of the first ever “Haute Route” event held in North America. The race features a total of 815 kilometers of riding and 15,000 meters of climbing in the spectacular setting of the Rocky Mountains.
The team is very excited about the new addition and welcomes their new mentor into its cycling family.
Some of her crazy adventures captured here, in her blog
LowestRates.ca Biemme · Essence of Cycling Biemme America Tower International Centre du vélo La Shop Santé Universelle xactnutrition Brix rechargé par la nature Easton Cycling Bell Bike Helmets Opus BikeSwiftwick Socks
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Saturday, April 1st
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