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University of Wisconsin-Stout will help put the wheels in motion Saturday, June 16, for the fifth stage of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival, one of the nation’s premier professional bike races.
Several campus facilities and streets will be used to support the event, which includes 95-mile men’s and 76-mile women’s road races.
Both races begin and end on Main Street in Menomonie, including finishing criterium laps through and around campus when riders return to town.
• The Bike Expo, featuring, food, services and vendors will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the campus Clock Tower Plaza at the corner of Main and Broadway.
• Men’s and women’s amateur criterium races through campus will be held from 12:15-2:45 p.m. before the pro racers return to town.
• The Gran Fondo and Spectator Rides will start and finish at university parking lot No. 4, at the intersection of 13th Avenue and S. Broadway Street. The 67- and 87-mile Gran Fondo rides begin at 9:30 a.m., and the 15- and 32-mile Spectator Rides begin at 11 a.m.
• About 10 university parking lots either will be used for race purposes or will be barricaded along the course.
• The university’s Sports and Fitness Center is providing showers free of charge to all registered racers and riders.
“At Stout we work to support a healthy lifestyle for our students, faculty and staff. Through our sustainability initiatives are encouraging alternative transportation options. What more appropriate activity than supporting a bicycle festival on and around our campus,” Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen said.
The event is being hosted by the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce. This is the third year the road stage has been held in Menomonie.
About 300 cyclists, some of whom will be competing in the Summer Olympics later this year in London, are expected to compete. Another 300 to 500 are expected for the citizen rides.
The Menomonie road race is the fifth of six stages in the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival. Other stages are in St. Paul, time trial and criterium, Wednesday; Cannon Falls, Minn., road race, Thursday; Minneapolis, criterium, Friday, June 15; and Stillwater, Minn., criterium, Sunday, June 17.
For more information, go to the race website.