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WMU to host fourth annual criterium cycling event

June 30, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Business Technology and Research Park will lend its high-tech atmosphere to a Saturday, July 11, competitive cycling event that will include separate races throughout the day for participants of every age and ability level during the fourth annual BTR Park Criterium bike race.

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BTR Park Criterium

Organized by WMU and the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club, the day's first race is set to begin at 8 a.m. on a challenging 1.1-mile course. The competition will continue throughout the day with 10 separate events for racers, including an 11:30 a.m. WMU Tour de Kids race.

The most popular form of bike racing in the United States, a criterium is the cycling equivalent of the Indy 500--high-speed and intense. Cyclists race on a closed-circuit track, completing each lap in about one minute. They travel at speeds that exceed 30 mph to be the first to cross the finish line without being passed. A short, closed course makes criterium cycling an ideal spectator sport.

Food and beverages will be provided by WMU Catering, and other vendors will be on site to offer cycling gear and accessories. A total of $5,000 in prize money will be awarded, and each registered participant will get a T-shirt.

The event is open to spectators free of charge and will be held rain or shine. Entry in the kid's race is free, and free helmets will be given to the first 25 kids who sign up on race day. Registration for all other races ranges from $10 to $30. Online registration ends Thursday, July 9.

More information

Visit kalamazoobicycleclub.org for links to the 2009 criterium flyer and the online registration site.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8428, deanne.molonari@wmich.edu

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