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Streets closed for bike race

More than 400 bikers are expected to descend on Rock Hill today for the middle of a three-day bicycling extravaganza.

Put on by the Rock Hill Bicycle Club, the annual Omnium event features races through downtown Rock Hill as well as York and Historic Brattonsville.

"The weather has scared some people off," longtime club member Kim Deacon said. "A lot of people wait to see if it's going to be treacherous or not. But we still have people from Canada, California. We're drawing them from all over."

Race organizers are relying on two host hotels, the Country Inn & Suites and the Hampton Inn, both in Rock Hill. On Friday night, the club invited families to enjoy a petting zoo in downtown York.

"Cyclists are used to racing in the rain," club president Steve Shepard said. "It's just part of the trade. Sunday is shaping up to be a nice day, so we expect a huge turnout out in Brattonsville."

Today's forecast calls for showers with a chance of thunderstorms, with highs in the upper 60s. Clear skies should return on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Drivers should take note of road closures in downtown Rock Hill on Saturday. Racers will start and finish on Main Street at Elk Avenue, near the City Club. Closures include parts of Dave Lyle Boulevard, Oakland Avenue, Black Street and East White Street.

WANT TO GO?

• What: Rock Hill Bicycle Club's annual Omnium race.

• White Rose Sprints: Friday in downtown York, a fast-paced 500-meter sprint with 11 category races.

• Old Town Criterium: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, on Main Street in downtown Rock Hill, new and experienced racers test their skills along an .8-mile loop, with 15 races.

• Patriot's Trail road race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, beginning and ending at Hightower Hall in Historic Brattonsville, a challenging 45-mile rolling countryside multi-loop race, with 11 races.

• Admission: Free for spectators

• Details: www.sportsbaseonline.com

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