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51st Annual Criterium on Monday

Quad City Criterium
A photo from the 2012 Criterium

Hundreds of bike racers will fill the Village of East Davenport this weekend for the 51st annual Quad Cities Criterium. Races begin Monday morning at 9, and conclude with the men's feature race at 4:30 pm.

One of the organizers is John Harrington from the Quad Cities Bicycle Club. He says the top five finishers from the men's feature race last year, will return.
The course will be the same last last year, with the start and finish line on 11th Street, near Jersey Ridge. 

One new feature this year will be the Healthy Habits Fat-erium - the "fat" refers to fat tire bikes that are very popular these days. Harrington says these tires are four times wider than racing bike tires.

We saw some fat bikes racing on our course a couple of years ago and decided to add it this year.

The Quad Cities Criterium will conclude the annual weekend of bike racing in eastern Iowa - it starts Friday with the Burlington Road Races, followed by the Snake Alley Criterium in Burlington on Saturday. On Sunday the riders move to Muscatine for the Melon City Criterium, then compete in the Village of East Davenport on Monday. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.