Bangor is bracing as hundreds of cyclists get ready to take part in Bangor's Second Gran Fondo Hincapie Series, a race that starts right on the Bangor Waterfront.

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The ride will take folks all across roads in both Penobscot and Hancock Counties.

The Gran Fondo Hincapie Series ride will take folks all across roads in both Penobscot and Hancock Counties.

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"Cyclists can choose from three different routes of 80, 52, or 15 miles and there is a post-event Hincapie Family Fun Fest on the Bangor Waterfront!

All routes will leave the Bangor Waterfront and proceed across the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge into Brewer. Once in Brewer, riders will turn onto South Main Street and continue on South Main Street towards Orrington and Bucksport.
Although there is not anticipated any major impact to traffic, motorists should be aware that you will see a lot of cyclists on the roads Saturday."
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Last year some celebrities and heavy hitters from the cycling world joined the race in Bangor, including 3-time US National Champion and 5-time Olympian in road cycling, George Hincapie, for whom the event is named,  American professional cyclist, Bobby Julich, who was the first American to win Paris-Nice and the second to ever take the podium at the Tour de France, and famous Maine Actor and race-car driver, and the creator of the Dempsy Challenge, Patrick Dempsey.

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It's not confirmed yet who, for celebrity names might attend the race this year.

The Bangor Police Department issued a statement alerting motorists that one particular street in the City will be shut down for the event.

"Front Street will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., from the Sea Dog restaurant to the end. The actual race starts at 9:00 AM and will proceed up May Street and take the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge into Brewer."

The event has been months in the making and is meant for everyone to enjoy, not just the riders. Spectators are encouraged to gather and cheer for the riders as they make their way along the different routes.

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