53rd Edition of America's Classic Race
JUNE 27, 28, 29, 2014

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A time-honored, classic American cycling event, the Longsjo is a community celebration of cycling, fitness, and health. Established in 1960 in memory of 2-time Olympian Art Longsjo, the event commemorates the life and achievements of a remarkable athlete and person who left his mark on the Fitchburg community and generations of cycling fans. More than 700 racers are expected to compete on the roads and streets that are icon of American cycling. Thousands of spectators and race fans are once again expected to line the courses and attend the race expo each day. Racers, families, and spectators will throng to the place where racers have gone on to Olympian, World Championship and Tour de France fame. Come join us!

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Circle June 27, 28 and 29 on your calendars! Register now at BikeReg.com to reserve your spot in the 2014 53rd Edition of the Longsjo Classic.

SPECTATORS

A New England Classic that features two twilight criteriums, one classic downtown criterium, thrilling sprint finishes and a history that includes domestic and international stars, local racers and amateurs.

LONGSJO blog

APRIL 5 2014 | WORCESTER TELEGRAM

Worcester Twilight Criterium a perfect fit for Longsjo Classic

By Mark Conti
The course is set and sponsors are stepping up for the Worcester Twilight Criterium that will be debut as part of the 53rd Longsjo Classic this year.

"We couldn't be more excited. It's Worcester, the second largest city in New England and we are hoping to see a huge turnout," said Alan Cote, race director of the Longsjo Classic.

Thousands are expected to line the downtown course as competitors race through the streets at 30 mph. Cote said a cycling festival will be held on Worcester Common, and announcers will be describing the race while music bounces off the buildings in the downtown area. Read more

APRIL 7, 2014 | SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE

Full-steam ahead for Longsjo Classic

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

RACER Spotlight

Jeremy Durrin

OPTUM PRO CYCLING

What event or person inspired you to take up cycling and why?

The main thing that inspired me to take up cycling was the Firchburg Longsjo Classic. This was a former NRC stage race that took place in my hometown. I went and watched the race after work one day and thought it was so cool. Such high speeds, and crazy crashes! I picked up riding with a couple friends, I started on an old beater bike, and the following year I did my first Fitchburg. During my second Firchburg, I was being interviewed because I was a home town native and Tom Zirbel was winning the race. I told him I was going to take him down some day... Now we are teammates!