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Bicycle race to roll through Chambersburg today

June 26, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Teams of professional and amateur cyclists from eight countries and across the United States will pedal their way through downtown Chambersburg today during Stage 3 of the 2008 American Eagle Outfitters Tour of Pennsylvania.

About 20 six-member teams will be leaving Camp Hill, Pa., at 10 a.m. on the 104-mile leg that ends in Bedford, Pa. The entire 420-mile tour event, which began Tuesday in Philadelphia, is expected to conclude Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso of the Chambersburg Police Department said the cyclists are expected to be coming through Chambersburg down U.S. 11 and then west on U.S. 30 at Memorial Square between 11:30 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. Pennsylvania State Police will be escorting the cyclists with a rolling roadblock and borough police will be assisting by regulating traffic at several intersections in town, she said.

The streets will not be closed as the tour passes through, but traffic could be interrupted, Kelso said.

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Today's leg includes a sprint in Carlisle, Pa., and another at Roland Avenue in Chambersburg, according to the tour schedule. Two King of the Mountain climbs will be held -- the first to the Tuscarora summit and the second at Sideling Hill in Fulton County.

State troopers will be coordinating traffic control with rolling road closures on U.S. 30 as the cyclists head toward Breezewood, Pa., and Bedford.

Drivers are urged to use patience and caution if they encounter the riders.

-- Don Aines

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