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Downtown Sioux Falls Criterium

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Sioux Falls, S.D. - The Central Plains Cycling team is putting on a cycling race called the: "Downtown Sioux Falls Criterium". This will always double as the "South Dakota Criterium State Championships".
When: Sunday, August 24th, 20088:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. Where:Downtown Sioux Falls, 8th & Main (Library Parking Lot) Sponsored by: VERNE EIDE, Spoke-N-Sport, Falls Area Bicyclists, Scheels, Two Wheeler Dealer, Harlan's Bike & Tour, Central Plains Cycling
In its first year, the Downtown Sioux Falls Criterium will double as the South Dakota State Criterium Championship. A fast course in the heart of downtown will thrill spectators as racers navigate the streets around the century old buildings of historic Downtown Sioux Falls.
Open events include USCF Categories 1, 2, 3, 4. (Separate medals awarded for Women 4.) State Championship Medals Awarded to top 3 South Dakota residents in each class who hold annual USCF license. *Juniors with annual USCF license receive free entry.
The race will be held in downtown Sioux Falls. If you are coming along I-29, exit at 12th Street (Exit 79) and go east for approximately 2 ½ miles (12th Street will curve into 11th Street). After Minnesota Avenue, you will proceed into the Downtown area. If you are coming from I-229, exit at 10th Street (Exit 6) and go west for approximately 1 ½ miles. After crossing the viaduct you will proceed into the downtown area. Parking will be available on-street and at other parking facilities including public parking at 9th and Phillips and 10th and Main.
The course consists of a completely closed 1 mile, 6 corner loop. The course starts on Main street and heads north before turning right on to 6th street for a block and turning left on Phillips Avenue continuing north for one block taking another left on 5th Street curving into Dakota Avenue. On Dakota Avenue riders will head south 4 blocks to 9th street, with the last two blocks consisting of a climb before taking a left for one block with a left on Main Avenue for a downhill sprint to the start/finish line.
The Central Plains Cycling Team was started last year under the name of the Brookings Cycling Team by a group of riders who had been riding together for many years in Brookings. In March of 2007 the group became an official United States Cycling Federation (USCF) sanctioned team. Last year the team, sponsored by Mills Construction of Brookings, consisted of nine riders and in its inaugural season raced in Wyoming, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska. The team raced in both road and mountain bike disciplines and proudly placed almost every member on the podium with multiple 1st place results. Due to a couple members moving away and wanting to continue the team's success, the team has now expanded to include riders from all across EasternSD and Southwest MN. The team will continue on as the Central Plains Cycling Team.
The Central Plans Cycling Team (CPCT) is dedicated to Bicycle Racing throughout South Dakota and the Midwest. The team has been formed with the goal of developing the talent of area riders and to promoting competitive cycling throughout Eastern South Dakota. More experienced riders are to share their knowledge to help advance younger/newer riders within the sport of competitive cycling.
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