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Some of the top bicycle racers in the South and from several foreign countries will be in Mobile soon to compete for $5,000 in prize money at the Mobile Cycling Classic. There will be one day of racing in Downtown Mobile and another at the University of South Alabama.
“So far, I have cyclists registered from countries like Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, South Africa and Canada to name a few, as well as riders from all over the United States,” said Emile Abraham, the event director.
Sanctioned by USA Cycling, this inaugural event will feature a Criterium – as known as a “Crit” – on Saturday, May 11, in downtown. The start/finish line for the closed-course race will be at the intersection of Dauphin and North Warren streets. The competitors will confront a course with eight turns in a counter-clockwise direction.
The action starts at 1 p.m. with the Juniors division, and is expected to wrap up with the Pro Men and Women at 8 p.m. All races are divided based on skill categories for men and women. The series of races last between 20 and 60 minutes.
On Sunday, May 12, fans can catch a second glimpse of racers as they head to the University of South Alabama to compete in what is referred to by the locals as The Pain Train. This circuit will take riders on a 1.5-mile counter-clockwise loop around the USA campus. The action starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The same categories are in place for the competitors.
Maps of both courses can be found at mobilecyclingclassic.com.
“The Mobile Cycling Classic is hosted by the Mobile Sports Authority, the City of Mobile and Mobile County,” Abraham said. “This event is an effort to join the city and cycling communities together.”
Some other sponsors are Infirmary Health Systems, Integrated Pain Management of Alabama, Haynes Painting Company and HBOT Athletic Recovery Systems.
“We are also looking for volunteers at the event,” Abraham said. “Each volunteer will receive a free lunch package. Volunteer sign up and more information can be found at our event website.”
For more information and to register for the races, visit bikereg.com/mobile-cycling-classic. You can follow the event on social media at facebook.com/mobilecyclingclassic.
Conservation board to meet
Outdoor Alabama’s Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) will conduct its second scheduled meeting of 2019 this Saturday in Gulf Shores. The meeting will take place in the Gulfview Ballroom II at The Lodge at Gulf State Park (21196 E. Beach Blvd.).
Registration for those wishing to address the board will be from 8 to 8:30 a.m. The meeting will begin promptly at 9 a.m.
CAB assists in formulating policies for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), examines all rules and regulations and makes recommendations for changes or amendments. This includes hunting seasons and bag limits.
The board is comprised of 10 members appointed by the governor for alternating terms of six years. Local members include Ben C. Stimpson Jr. of Mobile and Gary Wolfe of Fairhope.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association has named University of South Alabama head coach Alexis Meeks a Thirty Under 30 award winner. She is one of 11 Division I coaches who received the honor, which was created in 2009 to recognize up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport.
Meeks joined the Jaguar program as head coach in December 2018 after leading West Alabama to a 22-10 record, a school-record 13 league wins, as well as the program’s first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament appearance en route to being named the 2018 Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year. In three seasons, Meeks guided UWA to a 58-40 mark and 33-19 GSC record.
“I just want to thank every kid who trusted me to be their coach, every staff member I have had for believing in my vision and supporting me through it all and every administrator who supported me and took a chance on a young eager coach,” she said. “This is for all of you.”
USA women’s golf team claimed the Sun Belt Conference championship – its first in 22 years – by finishing with a season-low 877 combined score at the LPGA International’s Hills Course in Daytona Beach, Florida. The victory sends the Jaguars to the NCAA regional for the first time in program history. Sophomores Siti Shaari and Caroline Berge earned top-five finishes and were named to the 2019 All-Tournament team after shooting their best 54-hole totals of the season.
Several area golfers have earned Player of the Week honors by their respective conferences. Wade Duke of the University of Mobile shot 11-under par to win medalist honors and help the Rams claim the Badger Invitational. USA’s Julie Hovland had the lowest round by a Jaguar since 2007 and second lowest in program history with a 5-under-par 67 at the Bama Beach Bash, where she finished one stroke off the lead with a 54-hole score of 217.
The Southern States Athletic Conference has recognized University of Mobile’s Josie Headrick by being named to both the All-Academic and the Musco Lighting Champions of Character teams.
The USA track and field team has had numerous competitors recognized as the Sun Belt Conference’s Athlete of the Week this spring. Autavia Fluker set a school shot put record for the second time this season with a 16.22-meter (53 feet, 2.75 inches) effort at the Triton Invitational hosted by UC San Diego. Graham Collins collected 6,836 decathlon points to win the competition at Samford’s Alabama Track Challenge. Christian Ellis’ 15.75-meter (51-08.25) triple jump mark at the 2019 Pepsi Florida Relays broke a USA school record that had stood since 1984. Silje Lindstad won the Jaguar Opener 1,500-meter race on her first collegiate attempt with a time of 4:44.50.
Emilie Berge scored 5,718 heptathlon points to finish second overall at the 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, set a new conference standard and placed second in the NCAA Division I standings. Berge won league honors a second time after she recorded the seventh-best high jump mark in the NCAA this season at the South Alabama Invitational with a 1.79-meter (5-10.50) effort.
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