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Bike race expands
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Live music, concessions
added to annual event

Cyclists could say they were really in rhythm yesterday during the 21st annual Highland Rim Cycling Classic.
With live music one of the many additions to this year’s event, cyclists were treated to some rock and country favorites as they made their way around a half-mile course in downtown McMinnville.
Concessions were available in another addition, along with a dunking booth, bicycle safety course, and several other attractions for the kids.
“We would have loved to have seen thousands of McMinnville residents here today, but with this festival being a first-year event it’s going to take time,” said organizer Tracy Martin of Living Well Events. “The Autumn Street Fair didn’t get where it is in one year so we’re definitely looking to be back next year and look for ways to make it bigger and better. With event planning, you look at it at least being a three-year commitment.”
The Southern Standard sponsored a bicycle rodeo with deputy Bobby Pennington providing safety tips for kids. The Standard also gave away a bike with Noah Manus the winner. Javen Elkins and Kayla Triplett won bicycle helmets from the Standard.
Martin says the event received great reviews from the cyclists.
“They liked the new course and also liked hearing music as they were competing,” said Martin. “Best Western was completely sold so I know there’s a positive economic impact for the community.”