“Wheel Around the Hub” bicycle race Saturday in Smethport

The Bradford Era — by Fran De Lancey

Cyclists will “Go for the Gold” Saturday in Smethport in the historic “Wheel Around the Hub” bicycle race, which starts at noon on West Main Street in front of the McKean County Courthouse.

The 53-mile, seven-lap race, which has attracted world-class cyclists since being revived in 2005, follows a scenic route past Victorian homes in Smethport, along green forests, past productive farmland, and over the famous Galico Bridge that was on the race’s original course in the 1890s

“The race brings riders from all over the world,” said Smethport Mayor Ross Porter. “They have come from Europe and Asia and a significant number have been from Canada.”  Read more »