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Bike races returning to Lake Bluff in July

The second annual Lake Bluff Criterium will be held July. Criteriums are races thare done with laps as opposed point-to-point

The second annual Lake Bluff Criterium will be held in July. Criteriums are races that are done with laps, as opposed to point-to-point races. This picture shows what a criterium looks like. | FILE PHOTO

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Updated: March 2, 2013 7:11AM

The second annual Lake Bluff Criterium bicycle-racing event figures to be bigger and better than the first, based on changes announced this week.

The event will be on Saturday, July 20, and will feature criterium races (lap racing) for pros as well as local amateurs and kids.

The event is sponsored by Northwestern Medicine which also is the health-care partner for the races.

“We have several exciting changes to look forward to at this year’s event,” said race director Marco Colbert. “First, we’ll have bike racing all day long on a Saturday date and we are hoping for some nice warm weather in the middle of July.

“Second, the event is now part of a multi-day cycling race series called the Prairie State Cycling Series, which will attract more racers and teams to the event.

“And finally, the pro women’s and men’s races will be part of USA Cycling’s prestigious National Criterium Calendar and that will attract a more competitive field of top pro teams and elite riders.”

“Drew Irvin, Lake Bluff’s village administrator, said, “The village received an enormous amount of positive feedback regarding the 2012 bike race from residents, businesses, visitors and the bicycle racing community.”

The Lake Bluff Block Party will accompany the bike race again, with festivities running all day and into the night.

The races start/finish across the street from the train station in Lake Bluff.

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