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Sunday morning: Fremont Criterium Bike Race

May 29th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Sunday morning, stay sharp if you’re a driver – hundreds of bicycle racers will compete in the Fremont Criterium Bike Race, which is back in Fremont after a decade.

Bike race

If you’re not familiar with criterium racing – I wasn’t – I found out it’s like a cross between Nascar and Preakness – high intensity, big crowd reaction and cornering skills coming out in each lap. Fast and furious! This is no Tour de France.

Cyclists will go counter clockwise starting on N. 35th St. headed toward Phinney, then around N. Canal St. in this three corner fast criterium race, which begins at 10:20 a.m. The last race begins at 3:40 p.m. Seven races will compete in-between that first and last one.

The Fremont Crit ranges from 15 minutes of laps (for kids) to 65 minutes (Pro 1/2 Men).

And if you’re racing, it’d probably be best to get a warm-up there by riding to the race, vs. racking up and using a car, considering how tight parking is in Fremont.

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