Through circumstance, I have been involved in the attempt to put on this event in downtown Barre, Vermont, next weekend.

Race flyer (see here
I like Barre -- it's not gentrified and pretentious like some other places in Vermont.  It's rough and down on its luck and the city gets lots of bad press.

Putting on this race and the concurrent fitness festival, I'm working with some very optimistic, forward thinking people who are trying very hard to put on a positive, upbeat event for the local community.

Depot Square & Main St. -- the race finishes on Main 
That being said, and despite having considerable municipal support and a sufficient budget, success is by no means assured.

It's hard to raise enough volunteers to take care of all event needs (I've learned that the Boy Scouts are camping, and that the local Kiwanis Club is having flea market)... and then there is the fact that bike racers in New England live far south of Vermont.  How many of these folks are willing to make the trip (or plan an overnight stay after racing in Sunapee, NH the day before) for a first-year criterium race?

Hoping for some similar scenes on May 22 (more race images here).
Follow this link to read why the race is the Charlie Semprebon Memorial.

If by some happy chance someone reads this post and wishes to help out at the race (May 22, 2011) please email me.

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