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Chicago gets '08 criterium

The City of Chicago will don the lycra in 2008, with the announcement of the city's inaugural Chicago Criterium. The event, which will be stage on July 27, will take place in Grant Park along the city's lakefront. "Biking is a great international sport and the Chicago Criterium will be further evidence that Chicago is becoming a great international sports town," said Mayor Richard M. Daley. "Next summer I look forward to some very exciting cycling races in July."

The Inaugural Chicago Criterium was announced by Mayor Daley at the 2007 Bike to Work Rally, as part of Bike Chicago. Next year marks the 18th year for Bike Chicago, a five-month long celebration on Chicago's commitment to become more bicycle friendly and environmentally conscious. Bike Chicago events include neighbourhood, lakefront and architectural bike tours, cycling classes, bike maintenance workshops and much more.

The Chicago Criterium will be presented by the City of Chicago and the Mayor Office of Special Events in conjunction with Special Events Management. Racing will start at 8:00 a.m. at Columbus and Balbo in Grant Park.

More details, including registration information, will become available later this year at www.chicagocriterium.us.

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