“On a municipal level, our city engineers have done a lot of planning and making pathways available as well as biking trails,” she said. “But we wanted to bring a really different kind of biking event to Goshen that you wouldn’t normally see in a town this size. ...It was just so well received by the community that we’ve been encouraged to keep doing it.”
Crit races begin at 5:15 p.m. with a junior (riders ages 10 to 18) contest. Competitors in various divisions will continue racing until 9 p.m.
A children’s division — two laps for riders ages 3 to 9 — will kick off the racing at 4 p.m. Friday. New this year is the Mayor’s Race Challenge, set to begin at 4:30 p.m., for riders age 13 and older. Registration is $15 in advance, or $20 the day of the ride.
Leichty said proceeds from the Mayor’s Race will help keep summer First Fridays events free of charge. She added that participants can ride for either fun or speed.
“It’ll be 10 laps around the track or 20 minutes, whichever comes first,” she said. Event organizers list the prize as “Glory.”
No parking will be allow on the race course all day Friday. The schedule includes:
• 4 a.m. — Street cleaning
• 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Course set-up
• 2 p.m. — Same-day registration
• 2:30 p.m. — Race course closed
• 3:15 p.m. — Bicycle parade
• 4 p.m. — Races begin
• 9 p.m. — Races end
• 9 to 11 p.m. — Course tear-down
Leichty indicated that Bontrager was one of the people who helped Goshen’s crit race get started. He’s also on the board for Friends of the Pumpkinvine, and has been a proponent of linking local trails into a network.
“It all just syncs together, and we’re getting more and more access to different communities that way,” he said.