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Your Weekend in Bullet Point: April 12 & 13

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2014 Team Bottles Are Still Available. Specialized Purist w/ MoFlo cap. Asanoha pattern and 36SR mark. $5.50 each. Local pick up only. Click here to purchase.

Pre-Reg is Open For the 2014 Noda Grand Prix. We’ve been battling a busy race calendar, shady characters, pending light rail construction and weather delays, etc. However, the roads in Noda are being paved as we speak. That means one thing! Your Third Annual 2014 Noda GP powered by OrthoCarolina is open for pre-reg! We’ll have more info coming soon, including a call for volunteers. Please spread the word.

Reminder. The Thursday Ride now starts at 615p and we are doing the full 27mi route.

Welcome to the Family. Congratulations to Larry S. and Zoller on the new arrivals. The 2035 36th Street Racing squad is looking strong!

Charlotte Knights Home Opening Weekend! Friday, Saturday & Sunday! So much has been said about the return of the AAA Knights to the heart of the Queen City. Let’s just add that everyone here at HQ is a little more than excited. The Charlotte Knights and BB&T Ballpark have become THE game in town. Season ticket packages have long been sold out, but single game tickets are available at the ticket offices.

Don’t forget that Sunday home games feature free bicycle valet courtesy of WeeklyRides.com. You can also volunteer for bike valet and see the games for free!

Paris Roubaix is Sunday! “There is no other race in the world like the Paris-Roubaix. The French race is known as the ‘Hell of the North’ thanks to its torturous pavé sectors and the many stories of pain and destruction that they hold.

Dreams of riders like George Hincapie and Johan Museeuw have ended in tears along the roadside, but the risks make victory in the velodrome that much sweeter. After 260 kilometres, around 50 on pavé, the race ends with one and a half laps on Roubaix’s outdoor track.

Win in Roubaix, the third of the Monuments, and you are considered a god. Riders like Fausto Coppi, Rik Van Looy, Eddy Merckx, Francesco Moser, Sean Kelly and Tom Boonen have tamed Paris-Roubaix’s pavé for the well-earned status.” via Cycling News

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1230p, Festivities will begin at Romare Bearden Park with food trucks, a beer Garden, live music, jugglers, a well-known caricature artist, Renaissance Festival characters, a stilt walker, interactive games and activities such as “Batter Up” and “Speed Pitch” and kids projects by the Harvey B. Gantt Center and Discovery Place. Later in the day, there will be balloon artists, face painters, a magician, and a special “surprise” performance. The Budweiser Clydesdales will also be on hand for photo opportunities.

5p, Gates to BB&T Ballpark will open to those with tickets at 5:00 PM. Activities will continue inside the ballpark along with a pre-game lineup of speakers and performances. For those in the community that do not have tickets, activities will also continue in Romare Bearden Park and the game will be featured on the external videoboard facing the park for all to se
705p, The first pitch in Uptown Charlotte baseball history is set for 7:05 PM. Charlotte Knights legend Jim Thome will throw out a ceremonial first pitch! The Knights will host the Norfolk Tides in game one of a four-game series. RHP Dylan Axelrod — who owns the lowest career ERA in Knights franchise history (2.56) — will start for the Knights.

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8a, 41st Annual Dilworth Crit Look for our OrthoCarolina/Energy Cafe road crew and the Classic Cycling/Dolce Vita team at the line in Latta Park!

530p, Charlotte Roller Girls v Kannapolis. Fellow OrthoCarolina athletes take on Kannapolis at the Grady Cole Center. There’s *free* bike valet!, tailgating, discount bicycle benefits tickets and more!!

705p, Charlotte Knights v Norfolk. Game 2 in the home opening weekend at BB&T Ballpark!

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9a, 36th Street Racing Sunday Ride. Group departs from the corner of 36th & Yadkin. 53miles. Ride together to Stallings Road Park. Pack should stay together and relaxed tempo until the Lead/Chase split at Pine Grove Church Rd & Flowes Store Rd. Lead group rides at or near race pace, with ORGANIZED EFFORTS. Chase group will ride no drop (18.5-19.5mph) and sweep the route. Stay together, stay safe. Pub finish at Growlers Pourhouse for $2.50 Rangers and Fat Tires courtesy New Belgium Brewery.

We do our best to make sure everyone gets home in one piece, but it can be tough to account for all. Please come prepared. Cell phone, food, water, cue sheet, route & pace familiarity, ID, and cash are always good things to have on your person no matter the distance.

36th Street Racing does not warrant the safety of routes selected for rides. Roads are NOT closed for cyclists. Cyclists ride at their own risk and assume total responsibility for their own safety. 36th Street Racing, its organizers and ride leaders will not be responsible for any injury or damage to any persons or property that may arise from participation in the ride. NO GO if it’s raining. Route details below:

205p, Charlotte Knights v Norfolk. Sunday wraps the Knights home opening weekend. Don’t forget about the free Bike Valet courtesy Weeklyrides.com.

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Check Weekly Rides for great area riding. And make sure you keep an eye on the team calendar at 36thstreetracing.com.