It’s all pedals go for the MN Memorial Classic bike race to return to Waconia in 2013. The Waconia City Council approved the use of streets for the race during its meeting on Monday, Jan. 7.
Citizens may recall that the race made its Waconia debut on Memorial Day last year.
The Classic is made up of three different types of races spread out over three days of competition. In 2012, the race started in Watertown with a circuit race and time trail. On the second day, competitors participated in a road race in Lester Prairie. The third day was held in Waconia and the competition was a criterium, meaning it was a bike race contested on a course between 3/5th of a mile to slightly more than a mile. The racers completed continuous laps for a specified length of time on the same course, depending on skill level.
In 2013, the Classic, which is in its fourth year, is again slated to be held in those three communities.
The race will begin in Watertown on Saturday, May 25, continue in Lester Prairie on Sunday, May 26, and conclude in Waconia on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. In Waconia, the race will require the use and closure of some downtown streets including portions of Vine, 1st, Maple, 2nd, Walnut and 3rd streets.
Mike Delaney of the Minnesota Cycling Federation and Endurance Promotions attended the council meeting and gave a brief presentation about the event. He reported that the 2012 race went well and he heard nothing but positive reviews from the riders, who liked Waconia and the layout of the race there. Although there initially was some concern about how the road closures might affect citizens during the race, Delaney indicated that things went pretty well. In fact, he said many citizens watched the race from their porches and yards.
City officials concurred, noting there were no major incidents and the event was run smoothly.
Delaney expects the 2013 race to feature a larger field of competitors, possibly approaching 200 riders, and he hopes to work with the Waconia Chamber of Commerce to help promote the event this year.
To learn more about the Classic, visit www.endurancepromotions.com.
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