Bike race rolling into town over weekend
The fifth-annual Baldwin City Bicycle Race will be taking over parts of town this weekend.
The yearly event will be using a six-square-block area in Baldwin and areas north and south of town for its annual races.
"We do it every year," race organizer Tony Stewart said. "Baldwin City is a great venue to have the race. We are getting more involved with the university this year. We also have a good relationship with the city and the police department. It should be another fun event."
The first of three races will begin at 8:45 a.m. Saturday. It will begin on Douglas County Road 1055 about a mile south of High Street. The time trial course will run south of town. Then the races come to town.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m. will be the criterium. There will be seven or eight races in town. The course will run south on Eighth Street from Dearborn to Grove streets, west on Grove to 10th street, north to Dearborn and back east to Eighth.
On Sunday, the races will begin at 9 a.m. at Baldwin High School and head north toward Vinland. They will make loops on the county roads north of town before finishing in Baldwin.
Stewart said he expects the usual crowd of 200-250 people for the event.