Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Spring Bicycle Racing Starts

April 3rd Willamette University will host the downtown Capital Cup criterium races. The racing team and the bike shop are planning this inaugural race.

It's especially fitting as Willson Park, on the part that is the current site of the Executive Building, and where Gatke Hall used to be located when it was the Post Office, used to have a bike track! In the 1890s bicycle racing at the Capitol was common, and a special feature of July 4th celebrations.

Welcome back to Salem!

There are several other area races, and if you'd like to come out and cheer on the peloton, the racers would welcome you!

March 6, 13, 20 (Saturday) - "As the Raven Flies" Time Trial, McMinnville, OR; Time trials (aka TTs) are great for novice and first time racers.

April 3 (Saturday) - Salem Downtown Criterium, Salem, OR; Watch packs of racers speed around a 1KM multi-corner loop towards an all-out sprint finish. Organized by Willamette University Cycling Team.

April 10 (Saturday) - King's Valley Road Race, Dallas, OR; This Oregon Cup race will draw the best of the Pacific Northwest.

June 19 (Saturday) - Salem Twlight Criterium, Salem, OR Another downtown criterium. This time, with a slightly different course. Organized by Salem's local race team - Capitol Velo Criteriums are great spectator races.

June 27 (Sunday) - Salem Farview Circuit Race. A circuit race, in length, is between a road race and a criterium. Racers complete several loops of the course before an all-out sprint.

August 9, 16, 23, 30 - Salem Short Track. Racers ride either their cyclocross bike or mountain bike through a man-made dirt 'short track' course at the Fairgrounds.

The complete spring and summer racing schedule is at the OBRA schedule page.

(Thanks to racer Jen Ackroyd for help with the list!)

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