Ballard Criterium to hit the neighborhood this Saturday

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The Ballard Criterium, will take over Old Ballard this Saturday as hundreds of bikes fly through the streets for the 22nd annual bike race, put on by Apex Racing and this year sponsored by Verity Credit Union.

The race runs a loop through Old Ballard’s streets, starting and finishing at the corner of Ballard Ave NW and 20th Ave NW. It’s a rectangular course that uses Ballard Ave NW, NW Dock Place, Shilshole Ave NW and NW Vernon Place. The races start at about 2 p.m., and the streets of the course will be closed from 2-10 p.m.

If you want to join in the race, register online, or register on Saturday before the race starting at 1:30 p.m.

A USA Cycling license is required to race, but you can purchase a one-day license for Cat 5 men’s and Cat 4 women’s races only for $10. All the other categories require the USA Cycling annual license which can be purchased from USA Cycling (not for sale at the race).

The cost to register for the race is $30 plus tax. Click here for a full list of the racing categories.

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