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Scene from a crit: Senior 5s

Senior 5 race

Start of the Senior 5 race, Gold Pointe Fitness Club Criterium.

Scene from a crit: No. 480

Between races at the Gold Pointe Fitness Club Criterium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Click here for a shot of the racing action in the local media.

7 sights you won’t see at C.R. bike races

Never been to a bicycle race before? Don’t know what to expect?

You will see lots of fast people on bicycles at the state championship criterium Saturday in Cedar Rapids. Here are some things and people you probably won’t see:

Francisco Mancebo Rock Racing
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Podium girls. What a shame. There should be podium girls – and to be fair, I suppose, there should be podium boys for the women’s races.

Unprotected noggins. These folks wear helmets for a reason. Good example for all of us – you don’t have to be going fast to hurt your head.

Mountain bikes. It’s just not the day for dirt. For the most part, these racers should be staying on the streets.

Helicopters hovering overhead providing television coverage. So here’s your overhead view of the course.

The guy in the devil costume. OK, you never know. Maybe El Diablo will show up.

Kickstands. These bikes are not meant to stand still. You might see kickstands on some spectators’ bikes.

AMF Roadmaster bikes. This isn’t “Breaking Away” and the Little 500, but there will be some locals competing on their own home turf … er, pavement.

Be there. Downtown starting at noon. The details.

It’s all free for spectators.

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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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Pics from Cedar Rapids criterium

Great day for bicycle racing today, especially in downtown Cedar Rapids for the Gold Pointe Fitness Club Criterium.

Thanks to HBA Racing for putting on a great event.

A few pictures…

(Update 7/6: The Gazette allegedly had more pictures online but last time I checked there was only one – and part of the story was missing.)

Cedar Rapids Gold Pointe Criterium 2009 036b

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Old Capitol Criterium 2009: a few pictures

Old Capitol Criterium - Iowa City

A few more pictures from the Old Capitol Criterium are right here:

Iowa City – Old Capitol Criterium 2009

And be sure to put this on your calendar for July 5 in Cedar Rapids:

The Gold Pointe Fitness Club Criterium

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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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