2019 La Crosse Omnium kicks off

The Spring Cycling Classic is back in our area

The 8th annual La Crosse Omnium 2019 is America’s largest three-day cycling race.

The race started on May 3rd and goes through Sunday, May 5.

La Crosse’s Outdoor Recreation Alliance (ORA Trails) brings bike racing professionals and amateurs from throughout the Midwest to compete in America’s largest three day cycling race at the La Crosse Omnium every year.

Professional men and women cyclists compete for equal cash payouts of $1,800 each.

Friday’s Grandads Bluff time trial climbed 550 feet in 2.4 miles and racers go off every 30 seconds starting.

Day 2 of road racing is on Saturday morning at 8:30 am on a loop near Chaseburg, complete with a variety of climbs and scenic descents.

There are 15 categories of racers completing a 14.3-mile loop one to four times, depending on the race category.

The finale begins Sunday morning with a Criterium on the downtown streets of La Crosse.

Race director Chris Stindt says, “From my perspective this is really a story about a community coming together and showcasing one of the best regions in the country for cycling. Cycling is one of the things that has attracted so many of us to our city.”

La Crosse Omnium volunteer Ralph Heath says, “If you are new to cycling there is excitement and strategy in all three races, but if you want the ultimate introduction to racing on bikes, bring the family downtown Sunday to watch the professional and competitive age group fields compete in the Criterium stage of the race.”

Spectators can get a view of the action on Sunday from anywhere on the 1-mile loop surrounding the Radisson Hotel.

For more infromation on the 3 day race visit www.lacrosseomnium.com

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