Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic
At the peak of the mid-morning heat, be among thousands of onlookers lining the George Price Highway in anticipation, as over one hundred cyclists battle for the coveted 2013, Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic title! On Saturday, March 30, 2013, sheer athleticism will be on display as teams battle each other for the entire 140 mile route from Belize City to San Ignacio Town and back!
With a steady growth in spectators, this annual Belizean tradition was first held on April 5th, 1928, and celebrates its 85th mark this year. Cyclists are categorized into four groups, 18 Year Old , Under 23, Elite and Masters.
This is an event for family and friends to come out and enjoy the finish line festivities, while indulging in the tasty food and cool beverages on sale!
At the break of dawn (6:00 a.m.) riders start their journey from Belize City at the Leslie’s Imports (Mile 1 ½) mark on the George Price Highway. With screams of motivation by onlookers, the riders travel west to San Ignacio Town, Cayo District, where upon reaching the Queen Elizabeth Park, they race back to Belize City. The FINISH line, at the Memorial Park, in Belize City, will be teeming with fans as officials gather for the short award ceremonies.
Currently, the record holder is Ryan Baumann, an American who completed the ride in 5 hours 40 minutes and 12 seconds, in 2008. The standard race time is approximately 6 hours, during which fans keenly tunes into the radio commentators’ play-by-play action details.
Start your Easter Holiday by immersing in great Belizean traditions; join in the festivities, and share in the excitement! For more information on getting the most out of your Belize vacation, get started by learning more, ABOUT BELIZE!