by Kirby Lindsay
On May 30 (the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend), bicycles – going very, very fast – will be on-display in Fremont, as the second Criterium race in the brand-new Cascadia Crits series. The Fremont Criterium, a closed-circuit, three-cornered race, will have racers – of all ages - zipping around the triangular block formed by Phinney Avenue North, Canal Street and 35th Street from 10am to 5pm that day.
In It to Win It
The series will start on May 29th, in Woodinville, with the Fremont Criterium to be the second event. On June 3, organizers have converted one of the weekly rides in Seward Park into a sanctioned race. On June 5th, the annual Ballard Twilight Criterium takes place, with the Brad Lewis Memorial Criterium (BLMC) on June 6th.
For 11 years, Robert Trombley, of Carbon Neutral Sports, has organized the BLMC on Boat Street, in the University District, in April. Moving it to June, in partnership with other races, he could gain better weather and larger turnouts. The series will end in Tacoma, with a race on June 12th.
In the middle, on Friday, June 4th, a second race will take place in Fremont, at 9 Million In Unmarked Bills. ‘Roller Races’ involve two stationary bikes, provided on-site, to ‘ride’ a 400 meters ‘course.’ Racers, and non-racers, of all ages, can compete starting at 7p, while spectators cheer them on!
Racers, and non-racers, of all ages can also compete in the Fremont Criterium, (register on-line.) The schedule for the day includes qualifying races for the Lance Armstrong Juniors series, for ages 10 – 18, in the early afternoon. All the races will follows USA Cycling rules, according to Trombley, and this course meets minimum requirements.
In It To Support It
In addition to the BLMC, Trombley has organized the Fremont Criterium. He deferred any credit for the races being here to the sponsors. Such as Blue Rooster Marketing and 509 Wines, two businesses founded by Kevin Conroy, a local resident who loves cycling. “Kevin is the poster child of ‘work hard and play hard,’” explained Stacey Fujimura, Tasting Room Sales Manager for 509, who reported on Conroy’s absence. He couldn’t be reached for comment as he had gone to California for a cycling tour. Yet, he still supported his community, and other cyclists, with sponsorship and completed 4,500 climbs in the course of a 57-mile day.
In addition to their sponsorship, The Sports Medicine Clinic will also provide a 60’ fully outfitted trailer with a physician and two registered nurses on-board and on stand-by, in case of need, during the race. “In the clinic,” said Dr. Chris Peterson, “we are all athletes too.” During a high-speed race (up to 40 mph) “sometimes one guy goes down,” Dr. Peterson explained, “but sometimes it’s a whole group,” in a domino-effect. “Hopefully we just watch the race,” he allowed, smiling, “if we see nobody that day, we’re all stoked!”
In It…For How Long?
Holding a Crit locally, in Fremont, means racers can bring their families, who can find plenty to do and see between sets - Sunday Market, restaurants and shopping. Yet, the race required three streets to be shut down, including Phinney Avenue, all day, which denies access to several companies.
“All the businesses have been very cooperative,” Trombley said. Businesses like Indoor Sun Shoppe, “have valid concerns,” he insisted, but gave permission for the event anyway. Trombley, and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, ask people to stop by and support the shops that, most likely, will lose a day of sales due to the race.
“This community is very particular,” Trombley allowed, “they want to make sure whatever happens here is worthwhile.” Getting permissions to stage the race, he said, “was challenging, but rightfully so.” He specifically mentioned Jessica Vets and Marko Tubic, of the Fremont Chamber, who “put me in touch with the right people to talk to.”
“We’re going to do it this year, and see how it goes,” Trombley stated. Positive feedback and support expressed to the Chamber and Cascadia Crits could give Fremont an annual bike race on the circuit. Otherwise, other neighborhoods will be hearing the whir of racers on their streets next year.
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