The parking lot at the Napa Valley College campus will be set up as a one-mile course for the Eagle Cycling Club’s 43rd annual Cherry Pie Criterium on Monday, Feb. 19.The event, offering 16 races throughout the day, starts at 8 a.m. Parking for the event is available off of Streblow Drive. There is no charge for spectators.
Beginning level races are held for juniors, women and men, and include race mentors to help provide in-race coaching, and the Cherry Pie Criterium serves as the first race in the Norther California Junior Race Series, according to a press release.
The highest level women’s race will begin at 10:10 a.m. The highest level men’s race will begin at 4:10 p.m. Organizers are expecting 250 riders.
The Cherry Pie Criterium has been a staple of the Northern California bicycle racing scene since it began in the mid-1970s, according to the Eagle Cycling Club.
Cyclists make multiple laps around the one-mile course during the criterium.
The event is sanctioned by the USA Cycling Association and Northern California Nevada Cycling Association.
The course has numerous turns and is considered “moderately technical,” according to a press release.
Both men’s and women’s races are held for varying ages and skill levels, the Eagle Cycling Club said.
The top finishers will receive cherry pies. Other prizes will be presented as well.
Velo Pizzeria, Clif Family Winery, Bicycle Works, The Hub bicycle shop and Napa River Velo are providing prize donations for the event, which goes until 5 p.m.
For more information about the Eagle Cycling Club and the race, go to the club website at https://www.eaglecyclingclub.org/
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