Cruise News

High handlebars and a laid-back slouch are de rigueur for the increasingly popular cruiser bike rides around town these days. But you can still pedal hard in Denver.

Grab three friends and find out just how fast you can make that cruiser go during today’s 24 Minutes of City Park Cruiser Criterium Relay. The Noble Energy-sponsored cruiser crit, with teams competing to see who can do the most laps around a short course in 24 minutes, is the final event of the Fred Prindle Memorial City Park Bike Race — a day-long series of contests. Why 24 minutes? “We needed a catchy name,” says organizer Trish Downing. “We’re not looking for the super-competitive athlete, but for people who are looking to have fun on their cruiser bikes.”

It costs $120 to enter, and each team can have up to four racers, but only one bike — and while any kind of bike is permitted, only cruisers and hand cycles are eligible for prizes (including one for best costume).

Proceeds go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities lead active lifestyles. Register on June 5 at Turin Bicycles, 700 Lincoln Street, from 5 to 7 p.m.; online at www.active.com; or on-site June 7 between 1 and 5:24 p.m. The crit starts at 6 p.m.; for more info, log on to www.24minutesofcitypark.com.
Sun., June 7, 5 p.m., 2009

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