Cycling championships combine with community for Wheat Ridge Criterium

By Caitlin Danborn
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 6/9/19

Professional cyclists from across the state of Colorado, spectators, and beer lovers gathered on June 9, for the sixth annual Wheat Ridge Criterium and Brewfest. The event featured several state …

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Cycling championships combine with community for Wheat Ridge Criterium

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Professional cyclists from across the state of Colorado, spectators, and beer lovers gathered on June 9, for the sixth annual Wheat Ridge Criterium and Brewfest. The event featured several state champion criterium races, as well as a community criterium ride and brewfest.

A criterium race means that riders race around a closed circuit loop — in this case a one-mile route starting and ending in front of Wheat Ridge Cyclery on 38th Street. The length of the race ranges from 40 to 60 minutes, and riders must try to complete as many laps as possible within the designated time period.

Criterium races provide an opportunity for viewers to see the riders numerous times as they complete laps. The race course was updated this year to eliminate a challenging and often dangerous corner at the end of the ride.

“We changed the course for a couple reasons. One was that we had a little bit more room for a final sprint and also we were having a little trouble with this last corner for safety. So there’s a lot that goes into that,” said race director Paul Balaguer.

While Balaguer works more on the logistics of the race itself, Wheat Ridge LocalWorks ensures that the event is enjoyable for everyone involved.

“We want families to come out and have a good time, beer drinkers, wine drinkers, cyclists, everyone in between to enjoy a day in Wheat Ridge,” said LocalWorks marketing and events coordinator Ashley Holland.

Balaguer emphasizes the community aspect of the race as well.

“I love watching the racing out here and I love that it’s a community event.”

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