How cycling fits with a three-day rock concert


Gears and Guitars is launching this weekend in Winston-Salem.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – That’s a big deal!

We’re talking about the return of the Gears & Guitars Music Festival. Celebrating its fifth year, Gears & Guitars will bring three days of live music to Bailey Park to accompany the cycle races. Friday September 24 will feature Grace Potter and Hannah Wicklund; On Saturday September 25, Gov’t Mule, Devon Gilfillian and Ida Mae will all be on stage; and on Sunday September 26, The Smithereens, Fastball and Magnolia Green will round out the weekend.

“We look forward to having cycling and live music concerts in the Bailey Park area again in a few weeks,” said Boden. “The energy that always accompanies this weekend in Winston-Salem is something we surely missed, and we hope locals and visitors alike will come and participate in all the excitement.”

The Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, one of the country’s most prestigious professional cycling events, will be held September 24-26 in downtown Winston-Salem. Friday, September 23 will feature the 2021 USA CRITS Series Finals as well as demonstration races as part of the International Crit Challenge. On Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26, the International Crit Challenge will take place with a full list of amateur races, including a bike-share criterium on Saturday and a veterans race on Sunday.

This is the first year that Winston-Salem will host the USA CRITS Finals. Twenty-four US CRITS D1 teams will face off across the United States throughout the season, with the winner of the series team and jersey competitions determined in Winston-Salem on September 24. The International Crit Challenge invites teams from around the world to visit Winston-Salem to take on the USA CRITS D1 teams in a two-day competition for the ICC Championship Belt. This year, teams from England, Canada, Italy, Mexico and Belize will all compete.

All three days will be broadcast live on and all events will take place in and around Bailey Park, in the innovation district of downtown Winston-Salem.

“The hosting of the USA CRITS Finals and the creation of this new international format keeps Winston-Salem in the global cycling spotlight,” said Ray Boden, race director for Winston-Salem. “We will continue to develop this format and bring the world’s best review teams to our city. “

There is no admission fee to watch race activities or attend the competition. However, there is a registration fee for competitive races. Gears & Guitars concerts are only accessible by purchasing a ticket.

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