Saturday, July 25, 2009

Get ready for the Chicago Criterium!

On Sunday July 26, Chicago will hold the second annual Chicago Criterium along the streets surrounding Grant Park.

Say What?

What's a criterium you ask? A criterium, sometimes called crit, is a bike race. Criteriums are held on short courses, usually less than 5km (3.1 miles). Races are generally run on closed-off city streets.

The racing starts Sunday morning at 7 a.m. and continues till 5 p.m. This event will feature 10 professional (many world-class cyclists will be racing) and amateur races. The races will be held on a closed-off loop, about 1.1 mile in length. Start and finish lines are at Buckingham Fountain.

Family Fun

The Chicago Criterium will have something for everyone. Kids, ages 2-7, may enter a big wheel race for free at 2 p.m. All kids will receive a helmet, medal, and t-shirt while supplies last. Children may ride their own big wheel or ride one provided for them at the park. The big wheel race starts at Buckingham Fountain Plaza. At the Buckingham Fountain stage, the Tom Fuller Band and Schwinntonation and the Mogo Hand Band will perform. By Columbus and Congress, watch the DK Student Show and the Jesse White Tumblers.

Avoid Driving

Expect difficulty in driving anywhere near Grant Park. Walking or riding your bike to the park will make the most sense.

For activities and race information call 312-744-3370.

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