Pro bike race zips around Downtown Friday

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June 9, 2003 // UPDATED 10:51 am - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

Downtown\'s Peavey Plaza will host the third stage of the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival and the Nature Valley Grand Prix on Friday, June 13. The racing begins at 6:45 p.m. for the women\'s race, with the men\'s race following at 7:45 p.m. However, festivities will get rolling at 5 p.m. with the Alive After 5 concert series featuring the Clumsy Lovers, a Celtic band from Vancouver.

The races will begin at 10th Street and Marquette Avenue South, run down Marquette, turn right onto 12th Street, go up Nicollet Mall, veer left onto 11th Street, run up Harmon place and finish at 10th and Marquette. The races will be multi-lap timed events. The women\'s race lasts 40 minutes, and the men\'s race lasts 60 minutes.

Course streets will close to traffic by 6 p.m. and re-open at 9:30 p.m. One lane on 12th and Marquette will be open for local traffic only.

Spectators can watch the race from anywhere along the course, but street corners will be especially exciting as the pack of riders leans into each other rounding the bend.

Food vendors at the event include Green Mill Restaurant and Famous Dave\'s. Stunt rider Aaron Lutze, one of the top-ranked professional trail riders in the Midwest, and Tom Haugen, a professional BMX rider, will also perform.

This event is open to the public.