Team Audi will host the second annual Little City Stage Race cycling competition July 20-21 in Minden and Woodfords.
The event will consist of road race, criterium and time trial courses for masters and juniors.
“Our whole goal is to get the community to Minden Park to hang out and watch a bike race,” director Bubba Melcher said. “It’s really fun and during the same month as the Tour D’France.”
The criterium loops downtown Minden starting from Esmeralda, then moving to Fourth Street, Mono Avenue, Ninth and Eighth streets.
The first race starts at 8 a.m. and lasts 35 minutes.
A children’s race is at 11:45 and the juniors races begin at 4:40 and 5:20 p.m.
“We are very happy to work with this group. They try to highlight a junior race and get kids involved,” Minden Town Manager Jenifer Davidson said. “It complements what we’re trying to accomplish in the town. Anything that can attract families to Minden Park we love. Plus, if you’ve never seen a bike race it’s amazing.”
Last year, 240 cyclists competed in the two-day event.
With more than $12,000 in cash prizes, the race carries one of the largest juniors purses in the country.
Along with the race, there will be a blood drive 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 in Minden Park, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is providing free children fingerprinting 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The criterium and the Diamond Valley time trial, will be contested throughout the day Saturday, while the road race, which ranges in distance between 44 and 66 miles in Diamond Valley, will be contested Sunday.
Registration for the races is available online at usacycling.org/register/2012-603. Spectators are welcome and no admission is charged.