Cycling fans get 2 days of races in E. Iowa

People liked last summer’s one-day Iowa state championship criterium in Cedar Rapids so much that HBA Racing volunteers* have scheduled two days of racing in June instead of just one.

Criterium spectator 2009

Starting at noon on Saturday, June 26, in downtown Cedar Rapids, the Gold Pointe Fitness Club Criterium will feature racing well into the evening on a 0.6-mile course covering the 2nd and 3rd Avenue bridges across the Cedar River.

Beginning at 8 a.m. the next day, racers will compete on a challenging new 1.8-mile course at Squaw Creek Park in Marion, where downhill speeds are expected to reach well over 40 miles per hour.

The 1 p.m. start on a Saturday during the Freedom Festival is intended to support downtown businesses by attracting spectators in the afternoon and evening. (Anyone offering drink or dinner specials that day, be sure to let me know and I’ll tweet it along for you.)

Supervised bike parking facilities will be available for those who want to pedal down to the races on Saturday.

*Full disclosure: Your blogger donated a few minutes of news release editing to the cause.
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