Here are a lot of pictures and an video from the 2017 version of the Noble Street Festival and the Sunny King Criterium. Photos include action from Big Sam The Balloon Man and Heflin Taekwondo. After talking to several people at the event, I was in agreement that the Noble Street Festival side of things was somewhat disappointing this year. There were less kids activities, no music, and few food vendors. The crowd was kind of okay and I hope next year the event is bigger like in years past that I remember!
The Sunny King Criterium was great as always with a couple of crashes in the women’s and men’s pro races. So below, enjoy an over 30 minute video and a lot of great photos!
Yes, I know it’s been a year, but the last year has been a wild ride, and I finally had time to edit the photos and video from the 2016 Noble Street Festival. Below, enjoy pictures and video from the event! And the 2017 version of the event won’t take a year to edit and upload, enjoy!
Saturday was the annual Noble Street Festival and Sunny King Criterium in downtown Anniston. Yes, it was a very cold day with a cold wind, but many people still came out! So let’s get things started with a wedding proposal! In between the women’s and men’s pro races, Fredd Matute proposed to his girlfriend Holly Horner. And she said yes! Here is video of this sweet moment!
And now onto the big races. In the women’s pro race, 54 women battled to see who won. Team United Healthcare had a very good showing with Hannah Barnes winning the crown with teammate Coryn Rivera finishing second. Erica Allar from Colavita/Bianchi finished third. The Finish times were just over one hour with the winning time at 1:00:04.
During the men’s pro race, around 125 cyclists raced under the cold Anniston skies. It was so cold there were heaters for the spectators at the start/finish line. Early on, seven riders broke away from the main pack, and at around the halfway point, the seven man group lapped the entire field. After everything was over, Tyler Magner from Hincapie Racing pulled off an upset and ended the dominance from United Healthcare. The amazing thing is Tyler lives in Georgia and has family from here in Calhoun County. So it was a great local win!
Coming into second was Luke Keough and third was Hilton Clarke both from United Healthcare. The winning time was 1:31:18. So, enjoy a video and pictures from the Noble Street Festival and Sunny King Criterium below! Learn more about the National Criterium Calendar at: https://www.usacycling.org/ncc