WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As hundreds of cyclists get ready to whip through city streets this weekend for the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, local shops and city departments are making sure roads along the route are rider ready.
“We want it to be as safe as possible,” said Ken Putnam, owner of Ken’s Bike Shop.
With cyclists going at speeds of 30 to 40 miles an hour, Putnam will be putting down foam barriers to buffer falls against the hard asphalt.
“These cyclists aren’t going to have pads or anything,” Putnam said. “They’re just going to have a lycra suit and a really fast bike.”
He has a U-Haul truck full of padding for street lights, fire hydrants, curbs and any other potentially dangerous objects along the seven mile route for professional cyclists and two mile route for amateur riders.
Six of his employees will put the barriers up Friday morning.