Thousands of cyclists and enthusiasts crowded downtown Anniston Saturday to enjoy a growing tradition: the Sunny King Criterium Bike Races and Noble Street Festival.
The two adjacent events shut down much of downtown to motorized traffic, except for two motor scooters and a Ford Mustang pace car that leads the cyclists. Otherwise, it's all pedal power all the way.
Cyclists come from all over the southeast, and in many cases from throughout the country and even throughout the world. Anniston, in fact, is part of a national tour that includes Boston and Tampa, and is the smallest city on that tour.
Matthew Johnson of Jacksonville finished 15th in his amateur heat shortly after the races kicked off at noon.
"It's really professionally put on, attracts a lot of riders from all over the state and the southeast, and it would be very few places where you'd go and seen an event this large with bicycles," Johnson told Fox6.