The inaugural Centurion Cycling Race in Lyons will take place this weekend, on Sunday, July 18. The event is actually three races (25, 50, and 100-miles in length), which start and finish in
Lyons near Sandstone Park Sunday morning. The races are designed to appeal to bikers of all skill levels, from the novice to pro racer. Registration will take place in Bohn Park on Saturday, and there will be an early Sunday morning (6:15 a.m.) line-up along 2nd Avenue near Bohn Park for the start of the race. There will also be an expo in Bohn Park on both days with industry reps, vendors, food, beer, and music. Following the conclusion of the races Sunday afternoon, there will be an awards ceremony in Bohn Park.
Event organizer Len Pettyjohn estimates that there may be as many as 2,500 riders participating in the three races. There will be three “rolling mass starts” beginning at 7 a.m. with the 100-mile racers. The 50-mile racers start at 7:30 a.m., and those biking in the 25-mile event will start at 8 a.m. The start of the race will send the bikers eastbound down Main Street, which should be a spectacular site for those early risers who wish to cheer the racers on.
There will be some partial and full street closures along the route and around town, particularly in the vicinity of the two parks (Bohn and Sandstone). Pettyjohn has made arrangements for traffic marshals to be available to facilitate with churchgoers and emergencies, but he advises residents in the affected areas to consider overnight parking in other areas of town. Residents can call Centurion Cycling with questions about street closures at 877-377-2373, or call Lyons Parks & Rec. at 303-823-8250.