The Chain of Lakes Cycling Classic in Winter Haven with renewed high hopes to bring premier bike racing to Polk County. The Polk County Humane Society has been the benefactor for this event since its inception and the race continues to bring awareness to this great cause. Perhaps the greatest downtown small town criterium courses in the state this venue offers so many great viewing opportunities that its hard to decide where the best place to watch actually is. Pick the grand stands that surround the turn 2/6 complex for the most action or sit in the town center green for a perfect view of the finish and backstretch.
The Saturday events each year feature a long early season road race in the orange groves that dominate this region followed by an afternoon time trial where only the best racers can temper the mornings effort and still has gas left for the short TT later. Big winds are common to the area throughout the day and often are a riders #1 competitor.