Loop the Loop

The Morgul-Bismarck Loop in Boulder County first gained fame in the 1970s and ’80s as a treacherous leg of the Red Zinger and Coors Classic bicycle circuit races famous for the notorious “Wall,” a culminating incline with a 12 percent grade. In those days, it mostly wound around the undeveloped prairielands south of the Boulder Turnpike; now its path covers more urban territory, but it still attracts road riders looking for a challenge, more than twenty years after the Coors Classic pedaled off into the sunset.

The number of cyclists riding the loop will increase exponentially this weekend when the Town of Superior’s inaugural Superior Morgul Classic Weekend resurrects the race, attracting top bikers from across the nation to participate in a series of events, including this evening’s fast and furious street sprint races, tomorrow’s Summit Criterium and Sunday’s main event, the Morgul Bismarck Road Race, all centered around the Community Park, on Community Park Drive near Rock Creek Parkway and Coalton Road in Superior. “We’re excited to bring back the famous road-race format in modern times,” says race spokesman Brian Hludzinski, who also notes that Superior is committed to hosting the spectator-friendly race for at least three more years.

Along with the competitions, Superior will do up Memorial Day weekend right, with ongoing sports and sustainability expos, live music, kids’ activities and an art show beginning today at 4 p.m. and continuing through Sunday night’s closing concert by Firefall; go to www.superiormorgulclassic.com for details and a complete schedule.
May 28-30, 2010

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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