Meritus Health Tour of Washington County cycling event kicked off Friday night

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - All the rain Friday evening did not stop people from coming to witness the Meritus Health Tour of Washington County Bike Race.

Cyclists from near and far came Friday to ride in on of the five competitive races taking place through the streets of downtown Hagerstown, where people in town got to witness the fun.

“I think it's great, the local community comes out, it's a nice little town and the city kids are all really exciting,” said Melissa Tallent, who raced with Heymarket Bicycles.

Throughout the night, riders competed in a Criterium race. The Criterium is a course that is about a mile long and is characterized by sharp turns and aggressive racing. For some, the course became a bit scary at times.

“It was a slick course. I was able to miss one crash by jumping on to the sidewalk, but unfortunately I was involved in another crash, but I was able to put my chain back on and jump back into the race,” said Paige Kostanecki, from the Charlottesville Race Club.  

The riders were competing for the chance to win cash prizes, but also came to compete for the fun of it.

“There fun races to be apart of as well because you're friends with all the ladies on the different teams. You’re racing with them all summer, so it's a good competitive group and it's a nice mix of trying to win the prizes and trying to better yourself,” said Kostanecki.  

Some Hagerstown residents got to watch the fun in hopes of maybe competing next year.

“Next year, I’m all ready down for it, which I am going to join because I think it's pretty cool. I’ve never seen something like this before. This is awesome. Although the motorcycles, they're more [fun]”, said Erica Kelly Carlettia Brunner, a Hagerstown resident.   

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