Nova Scotia

Region-wide cyclists race in Cape Breton Classic

Cyclists from around the region are pedalling to win at the Cape Breton Classic. It's the fourth year for the race and organizers say it's getting bigger every year.

This is the event's fourth year

Fifty cyclists from around the Maritimes are pedalling to win at the Cape Breton Classic. It's the fourth year for the race and organizers say it's getting bigger every year.

Ambrose Delaney started the two-day, three-stage event. He's an avid cyclist who has competed across North America. He finished eighth at the Canadian Road Cycling Nationals in the Masters 50-59 category in Quebec in June.

Delaney said he wanted an event in Cape Breton for racers.

"When a kid is small all they want to know is how fast you can go on that bike...so there's definitely an interest there so I'm just trying to promote a different aspect of cycling here locally," he said.

The Cape Breton Classic is also Nova Scotia's only event in the Atlantic Series Championships, a collaborative effort to increase the exposure and level of cycling in the Atlantic provinces.

This weekend is the fourth and last segment of the competition.

Cory Jay is from P.E.I. and leads the series. He and his brother are both racing.

"It was good. It's a beautiful course down along the water and the wind was favourable for fast times, so that's always fun. Makes you feel fast anyway," Jay said.

The Cape Breton Classic will end after the long road race Sunday afternoon.

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