APRIL 7, 2014 | SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE
By Nick Mallard If the old saying is true and one must learn to walk before running, last year the Longsjo Classic took baby steps.
Now the cycling event is taking full strides toward returning to its former prominence.
Donn Ingemie, the Arthur Longsjo Foundation, says the race -- now in its 53rd edition -- has gotten a positive response from cyclists and sponsors well in advance of the three-day June event.
"We're getting excited about the excitement we see in the communities," Ingemie said. "I think the success of the race last year showed that we're here to stay. It's exciting again and I think people are beginning to realize this isn't going to fall on its face."
This year's event will again feature stages in Leominster and Fitchburg, with an additional twilight criterium in Worcester. The early turnout for registration has given organizers a reason to be excited.
"We'll have well over the 500 or so cyclists we had last year," Ingemie said. "We've already gotten responses from all over the country. We've had riders from New Mexico, Arizona and California already registering."
In addition to drawing those who would usually attend the Longsjo Classic, the event is now part of the Verge New England Criterium Week, which packages five stage races beginning June 22. Read more