Around and around they’ll go — again.
Last year marked Goshen’s first-ever bicycle criterium, and another closed-course race will be run this week as part of First Fridays downtown.
“We believe this is going to be an annual event now,” race coordinator Evan Bontrager said.
Races will start at Fifth and Washington streets, with riders biking to Main Street, down to Jefferson, over to Seventh Street and back up to Washington to complete the loop. The contests start at 5:45, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Registration and check-in starts at 3 p.m. at 202 S. Fifth St.
According to Bontrager, this sort of racing is ideal for spectators because the riders pass the main streets several times during each heat.
“There’s a lot of strategy both for the individual and in the team approach in how you position yourself around this course,” he said. Bontrager added that periodically there will be a “race within a race,” with announcements indicating there will be prizes for the victors in particular laps.
“So that kind of spurs the racers to be faster on that particular lap,” he said.
Friday’s event is a sanctioned race through USA Cycling. Downtown Goshen Inc., which puts on the monthly First Fridays, is a registered USA Cycling Club. Bontrager anticipates riders from throughout Indiana and Kentucky, plus a fair amount from the Chicago area and Michigan. Between 100 and 200 riders may take part, he guessed.
“You don’t know until the day of the race,” Bontrager said. “We’re hoping for good weather.”
Potential racers can log on to www.usacycling.org for license and participation criteria.
Other First Fridays activities include:
Cancer Services fundraiser
A group of about 15 former Olympia employees is planning to work at the restaurant, 136 N. Main St., from 5 to 8 p.m. They will be donating all the tips they earn to United Cancer Services in memory of Doug Johnston.
The Post Youth Center staff will host the center’s second annual Corn-Hole tournament along East Washington Street, just outside Bosco’s, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for The Post.
The cost to participate is $40 for teams that register in advance, or $50 the day of the tournament. Visit www.the-post.org to register.
‘Taste of Goshen’
Vendors will be serving food from various cultures in the First Fridays Food Court on West Washington Street. The event is hosted by First Fridays organizers and the Goshen Community Relations Commission.
• Mariachi band Zelaya will perform at Durangueneze, 113 W. Washington St., from 6 to 9 p.m.
• The Goshen Middle School Band, with more than 100 students under the direction of Max Mault, will perform at Goshen City Church of the Brethren, 203 N. Fifth St., starting at 6 p.m. In case of bad weather, the concert will be in City Church’s Fellowship Hall.
• The GHS Crimson Men’s Choir will perform at 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 215 E. Lincoln Ave.
• Members of the Graber family will be at Better World Books, 118 E. Washington, from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. to sign copies of their book, “The Daily Feast: Everyday Meals We Love to Share!”
• Dale Garber, author of a book about the Ariel bicycle that was made in Goshen, will be at the Goshen Historical Society from 6 to 9 p.m.
Around and around they’ll go — again.
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