The only foreseeable weather condition that would affect the event’s start time is a thunderstorm, said Noble Street Festival director Mike Poe. The race won’t be postponed for a rain shower, he added.
According to a forecast given at 9 p.m. Friday by the National Weather Service in Birmingham, the most likely time for showers or a thunderstorm is this afternoon, approximately 1-5 p.m. Nothing severe is expected, and by the time the professional races begin downtown in the evening, the bulk of the rain should be gone. The high today should be about 70 and Sunday should be pleasant.
According to Poe, the day’s events have never been postponed due to the weather but races have gone on in spite of it.
He recalled a time when rain poured down as organizers set up for the event, falling so quickly that the city’s drainage system couldn’t keep up. A couple of inches of rain stood on the pavement, but the event went on.
During one junior race, a cycling race that is for youth between ages 12 and 16, large “rooster tails” of water trailed the young riders’ back tires as they continued on despite the wet weather conditions. Eventually, he said, the sun came out and the events continued.
The criterium course is a 1-mile circuit in downtown Anniston. Spectators standing behind barriers watch cyclists travel around the course for between 30 to 60 minutes.
Restaurants will set up along Noble Street between Ninth and 11th streets. Poe said their canopies are sturdy and that rain has not deterred them from operating in the past.
The event is also known for its live music.
More than half a dozen acts are scheduled to play throughout the day beneath a tent strong enough to repel downpours, Poe said.
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