DOWNERS GROVE – For the first time in five years, the criterium bicycle course in Downers Grove was the site for culminating event of the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series.
On Sunday, thousands of spectators gathered along Main Street to catch the glimpse of the final leg of the nine-day bike race that began July 17. The Prairie State Cycling Series course followed the same pinched-eight route as the USPro Criterium race, which was held in the village for 23 years.
Competitors began and ended at Main and Grove streets, and the course featured six left turns and two right turns winding throughout the village.
Prizes were awarded for beginning racers to seasoned elite amateurs, and short track races also were held for children.