Cedar Rapids gets its crit back

Cedar Rapids is going to get its crit back. That’s crit as in “criterium,” as in “bicycle race.”

After doing without for several years, Cedar Rapids will get its criterium back on June 28, 2009, during the annual Freedom Festival.

Last known as the Mercy Challenge, the 2009 event carries the name Cedar Rapids Challenge and is being organized by the local HBA Racing Team. Course details are still being worked out, but it is likely to be right downtown, possibly crossing both the 2nd and 3rd Avenue bridges.

Watch for details in coming weeks at the HBA website and the HBA Racing Team blog. Sponsorship opportunities are still available at this point.

Pedal on.

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4 Responses to “Cedar Rapids gets its crit back”


  1. 1 Steve Fuller December 5, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Glad to see this race is coming back. I still have my cycling hat from the Mercy-Stouffer Challenge from the early 90’s. I may have to come back and race in this for nostalgia’s sake if nothing else.

  2. 2 Tom Treharne December 5, 2008 at 10:11 am

    That is great news. What a great oppurtunity for Cedar Rapids and the bicycling community we have here… My hope is that this is only the first of many races to be organized in the CR Metero Area. With the recent success of the Jingle Cross Race in Iowa City and the ever popular Sugarbottom Scabble its good to see a Crit comeback downtown. Do I dare ask about a possible road race?

    ride on…

    Tom Treharne

  3. 3 Eric January 14, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    LAMBA is hoping to have a time trial the day before the sugarbottom scramble at Beverly Park.

  4. 4 B.J.Smith January 15, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Eric, be sure to tell us more when that gets nailed down. When is the Sugarbottom Scramble? Details on that?


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