This weekend, Lyons will be hosting the Centurion bike racing event. The Board of Trustees was approached last year by the organizers who were identifying sites in North America to create a new style of bike event. There will be three distances, 25 – 50 – 100 miles, so it appeals to a broad range of cyclists, from professional racers to the weekend roadster and their families. You can race, ride or just watch the excitement, but do make a point of checking out the event. Unlike many the bike events that pass through town, the Centurion starts and finishes in Lyons. There will be a helicopter-filmed mass start down Main Street this Sunday morning from 7 to 8 a.m. which should be spectacular. Bohn Park will be host to booths, food, music, and other events throughout the day.
Like the music festivals, this event may become a signature of Lyons. The organizers have a vision that includes working closely with the communities where these are being held (3 in this first year: Lyons, Madison, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada). For the present event, community groups that gather 25 volunteers receive $500 dollars for their organization. I know the Lyons Community Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and other local groups are actively recruiting. And, many people from Lyons will be riding. Inspired to get a bit more exercise, I actually got a bike recently and will ride the 25 mile course. You can still register to ride at www.centurioncycling.com.
There will also undoubtedly be disruptions to driving in Lyons on Sunday (and for some neighborhoods for part of the day Saturday). The event organizers have sent out information in the mail and on doors in the most affected neighborhoods. If you are concerned or feel you need additional information, please call Town Hall. Some folks I know that live on streets that will be difficult to drive on Sunday are planning ahead to park their car a block or two away.
I thank everyone in advance for their patience with this new event and hope that you will find a way to join in the fun.
Mayor Julie Van Domelen