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Hey, No Sweat!

Baker City Cycling Classic Riders Bask In Mild Weather


S. John Collins/Baker City Herald — The Tour d'Town Criterium finds cyclists from throughout the Northwest racing a 1K course in downtown Baker City. The Saturday event is the third of four stages and features several men's categories and two women's.
S. John Collins/Baker City Herald — The Tour d'Town Criterium finds cyclists from throughout the Northwest racing a 1K course in downtown Baker City. The Saturday event is the third of four stages and features several men's categories and two women's.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Oh how contradictory June can be.

Last year, riders in the Baker City Cycling Classic rode in sweltering heat and humidity during the Friday road race, never seeming to get enough water to counteract the conditions.

This year, racers took off in 70-degree weather. They actually emptied their water bottles during the Catherine Creek climb, and many didn’t get extra water at the last feed zone.

Then, as the third peloton (main group of cyclists) raced to the finish, the skies opened up with lightning, thunder and pouring rain.

Back farther from the finish, some cyclists were pelted with hail that left welts.

Although wet, race director Brian Vegter says the racers preferred that to last year’s heat.

“Everybody had smiles on their faces — ‘most epic day ever!’ ” he said.

See more in Monday's issue of the Baker City Herald. 

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