The race, which is a great spectator event, will take place on the streets of downtown Cheraw this Saturday. The short closed course circles the downtown and the historical district encompassing parts of Second, Church and Market Streets. The bikers will be racing at speeds of 30 mph and up, with the cyclists jockeying for their positions. The racers will zoom around the closed course as many as 60 times during the race event.
Residents of Church Street between Second and Huger Streets (200, 300, and 400 blocks), Greene Street from Church Street to Kershaw (100 and 200 blocks), Market Street from Huger to Second (200, 300, and 400 blocks), Third Street from Powe to Church (100, 200, and 300 blocks), and Kershaw Street from Greene to Second (200 and 300 blocks) will have a front row seat for this inaugural event.
For the safety of the riders and spectators, the race course will be closed to all traffic from 12:00-9:00 p.m. on August 21. Only emergency personnel will have access to these streets during the event. The closures extend one block beyond each turn except for on Second Street. There will be limited traffic available in this one block radius around the course.
The streets that surround the Town Hall and Chamber of Commerce Office (Brock and Wall Streets) will be closed. Half of Second Street will remain open so that traffic can come over from Front Street and make a right on Second Street (no left turns).
The Leadership Cheraw/Criterium Planning team is working very closely with the Cheraw Police Department who will provide barricades and direct traffic at each corner. The planning team also notified residents in person this week about street closures. They will be provided special Resident tags to be eligible for priority on street parking within one block of the race course.