South Bend’s biggest race is this Sunday, August 24th. The Indiana State Criterium Championships are held annually on the loop of Rum Village Park in south South Bend. Since the state championship is on the line, the best talents from across the state will be showing up.
The course is by far the fastest I’ve ever seen–it’s basically an outdoor velodrome. It’s only .9 miles long, so racers will be flying by roughly every two minutes. The finish is on a slight incline, with great sightlines and nice shade for spectators. Most of the races also have primes, sprints announced in the middle of the race for cash and prizes.
Personally, I did this race last year and it was a blast. This year I’ll be racing in the beginner Category 4/5s at 11:30am. If you can only watch one race this year, check out the elite Category 1/2/3s racing at 3:00 for $1000 cash–those guys are FAST!!