Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Garvin Growing on Bikers ; Hundreds Roll into Town for River City Classic Races

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Garvin Growing on Bikers ; Hundreds Roll into Town for River City Classic Races

Article excerpt

The sounds of gears shifting and cowbells ringing were heard across Garvin Park on Saturday, as roughly 200 bikers came from states across the Midwest to race in the River City Bicycle Classic. An Evansville cycling team, Team Guitar Lab, coordinated the event again this year, with proceeds from the event going to the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville. The race was started three years ago by husband and wife team Mike Boren and Caron Leader, members of Team Guitar Lab.

"I've been a cyclist since I was a little kid, racing off and on since I was probably about 13 years old," Boren said. "A few years ago, there was a bunch of local guys that were racing for teams in the surrounding area, so we started a team locally and it's just expanded from there."

Boren said that three years ago, the race started with "about six guys with jerseys" and has grown steadily ever since.

Both Boren and Leader raced that day from their team. Leader placed sixth in the Women Category 4 race and Boren placed eighth in the Masters race, for ages 50 and up.

"It's all in the family," Donna Leader, marketing director for the race, said.

Donna Leader, mother of Caron, spent the race day directing volunteers and cheering on her daughter and son-in-law.

"I have to be intense today," she said.

Many cyclists racing that day had a long history with bikes and races. National champions came in from states as far away as Missouri to try out the 0.7-mile course at Garvin Park. Kentucky native Curtis Tolson was able to add another title to his resume after the day's races. Tolson, representing the Texas Roadhouse Cycling team, has won more than 30 national championship races.

As far as advice for younger racers, Tolson said to just follow the course.

"Go fast, turn left when the course goes left and right when it goes right," he said.

However, not all cyclists were pros. …

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