Roads closed ahead of Sunday bike race

A group of bicyclists will spend Sunday morning in what’s described as “NASCAR on bikes.”

Bicyclists from across the area will compete in a criterium, in which bikers will race at high speeds around downtown La Crosse.

Its part of a three-part bicycle racing event connected with the Festival Foods Granddad Half Marathon.

On Saturday afternoon, bicyclists competed in a road race-style event through the hills of southeastern Minnesota.

Organizers say riders from all over the Midwest appreciate what the region offers.

“We have a great culmination of paved roads and less traffic and so that makes for a wonderful cycling. When the roads are paved and you don’t see a lot of cars, it makes for excellent opportunities. That along with the coulees and the hills makes for a lot of interesting riding,” said Taggert Brooks,

To accommodate for Sunday’s race, portions of State, 2nd, Jay and Front streets will be closed off from Sunday at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.