The 2009 USA Crits Speedweek Race Tour came whizzed through downtown Walterboro on April 29. Criterium bicycle racing is defined as a race on a circuitous track. Walterboro has hosted this event for five years, which boasts amateur and professional races. Walterboro's main street (Washington) is blocked off and a riding course is set up around its straight stretch complete with start / finish line. Lowcountryoutdoors.com likes a bike ride as much as anyone, but these men and women racers competed at very high speeds, not for the average biker. An entire culture of riding enthusiasts turned out for this event, and a little celebration of the cycling lifestyle just happened to blossom in the warm and sunny weather.
Photos By Jeff Dennis: Racers cross the finish line with timer clock keeping pace, cyclists pass the newly renovated Colleton County Courthouse with old live oaks, speeding racers make a steep turn onto Washington Street, riders strain to make time on the straightaway