Downtown Criterium hits streets Sunday

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Earlier this month, cyclists got a taste of the streets of Downtown Auburn. On Sunday, they’ll be able to gorge themselves. The Auburn Downtown Criterium, which was revived by race director Jim Northey last year, will loop through town again Sunday, bringing hundreds of cyclists into town. The course will start on Lincoln Way and take riders out to Highway 49 before they take a quick right turn on Borland Ave. The racers will take a right and speed down Cherry Ave. into a harrowing left turn onto Magnolia Ave. A right turn on Linden Ave. will send the riders onto High Street before they return to Lincoln Way for the final straightaway on the loop. Races will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday and continue throughout the day. The pro women will take the course at 3:30 p.m. and the pro men will race at 4:30 p.m. There could be as many as 800 riders participating Sunday and Northey expects a strong turnout after the surge of enthusiasm for cycling in the foothills this spring. “We’re going to have way more than we did last year,” Northey said after the Amgen Tour of California passed through Auburn on May 16. Sacramento pro Chad Gerlach dominated the men’s pro race last year to win easily. Online registration for Sunday’s race is available through today. Visit for more race details and a full schedule of the day’s races.