Mar 15, 2012
What has more colors than the rainbow, moves as fast as lightening and has 400 wheels? The answer: 200 cyclists who will be racing in a fast, fun criterium bicycle race on HSU’s campus from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Mar. 25.
The bike race will start at the corner of B and Harpst Streets. Riders will crank their pedals up the hill and make a left onto Laurel Drive. They’ll ride through the Library parking lot, make a left turn onto LK Wood Blvd., which will be rerouted for car traffic, and then make another left onto Harpst Street and ride the course several more times.
About 200 cyclists from collegiate teams all around the state are expected to participate in the event, including riders from Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis and Cal Poly. Citizens and non-collegiate riders will also take part in the criterium, which has separate starts for beginner and advanced riders.
During Sunday’s race, the streets and course will be closed to traffic. Vehicles driving to and from campus that morning will be directed to use the B Street entrance at 14th Street. Course marshalls will direct cars to the parking lot behind Harry Griffith Hall. Cars needing access to the parking lot across the street from the College Creek Apartments will be allowed to cross the race course under the direction of course marshals, who will make sure the course is first clear of any racers. Disability parking will remain available behind the Library. Other vehicles will be directed according to the race traffic plan.
This is the second year HSU Cycling is hosting the bike race on campus. The club has taken extra measures to make sure the campus community can enjoy the event. Last year, the race was a success, and the home team took home medals.
HSU Cycling is also hosting a road race and team time trial in Loleta on Saturday, Mar. 24. The team competes in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference and is poised for some podium finishes.
The team is holding a movie night fundraiser on Thursday, Mar. 22 at Far North Climbing Gym. For more information on the race and the club’s fast riders, visit Humboldt State Cycling’s Facebook or humboldtcycling.wordpress.com.