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More than 100 professional cyclists are converging on Beaufort this week for the sixth annual Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic.
Their short stay will include being welcomed into residents' homes and fielding such important questions from children as, "How do you like wearing tights?" according to Donald Veitch, who coordinates the race for Lowcountry Velo.
The women's race starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday and will be followed by the men's event.
It's the third race in the USA Crits Southeast series that started Saturday in Athens, Ga. Teams compete seven times in nine days, each time in a different city.
The racers, who can pedal more than 40 mph, follow a route through downtown Beaufort along Scott, Craven, Bay and Newcastle streets. Men take 75 laps and women go 50 laps.
Beaufort Memorial Hospital sponsors the race and will give free helmets to children who participate in the kids' race at 5 p.m. on the same course the professionals use.
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"People are really welcoming," he said, with some families hosting the same cyclists each year.
The educational appearances are annual events, usually at two to four schools, Veitch said. Diet, training and the thrill of racing are often discussed, and students can ask questions.
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