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Ranson, Charles Town Officials Put Brakes on Bike Race

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Officials in Ranson and Charles Town have decided to table a Jefferson County bike race.

The Journal reports the cities’ councils postponed the Two Cities Criterium race indefinitely. The event was scheduled for July 9.

Chris Burns, president of Team Integrity Cycling, which hosted the race, says the Charles Town City Council wasn’t interested in having the event in their city again this year.

The 2014 race took cyclists on a course through Ranson and Charles Town.

Residents and merchants in both cities said they were blocked in during the six-hour event.

Burns told Ranson officials the event likely couldn’t take place in their city due to ongoing construction.

He says he wants to continue hosting the race, but he will have to find a time and place to do it.