Cyclists roll through downtown in Rockabilly Gran Prix

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Neither the rain nor lightning could stop West Tennessee cyclists from participating in the Rockabilly Gran Prix. Sunday races started early in the morning. Coordinators said it was a test of endurance and speed with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Fund. Coordinators estimated about 300 cyclists braved the rough weather for the races, including children for the Rockabilly Rascals race. “My father was always into cycling. He got me into it, and I just love it,” cyclist Kirsten Sass said. Sass, of McKenzie, said this was her first time in the Gran Prix. It’s a return to cycling after years of triathlons. Race director Matt Joiner cycled through the slick streets himself Sunday and said it comes with the sport. “Luckily bike racers are a hardy group of people,” Joiner said. “We had a tornado warning two years ago, and that stopped a couple races.” Sass placed second overall, according to the race director.

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