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The Criterium at DC Ranch rides in Scottsdale

Make plans for a day-long block party full of music and cycling at the fourth annual Criterium at DC Ranch.

The 1-kilometer (6/10 of a mile) Criterium race, or “Crit,” is a bike race on a short, closed course. About 200 cyclists from around the Valley are expected to participate in the rides on Sunday, May 19, at Canyon Village.

The Criterium at DC Ranch is hosted by the DC Ranch Community Council in conjunction with the White Mountain Road Club.

“Bike racing is exciting to see at this event since the Criterium is on a closed course and is located at Canyon Village, which is the heart of the DC Ranch Community,” said Brian Lemke, president of White Mountain Road Club and fellow cyclist. “It’s an unique way for racers to try something new, especially if you’re relatively new to the sport.”

Families can join the fun with the free Kids Race at 1:35 p.m. and Family Fun Ride at 1:50 p.m. RadioLogic will entertain riders and spectators with live music from 1 to 5:30 p.m., and Ciao Grazie will provide food and drink specials from 3 to 6 p.m. including half off all appetizers, drinks, and selected pizzas.

Register for the 10th annual Tour de Scottsdale

The Criterium at DC Ranch marks the opening of registration for the Tour’s 30-mile and 70-mile citizens' rides in October. Riders who register in person at the Crit will receive an all-time low price for Tour registration. Online Tour registration will open on Monday, May 20, at standard early-bird pricing.

The Criterium at DC Ranch

WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHO: Families and children of all ages

WHERE: All cyclists launch from Canyon Village at Legacy Boulevard and Thompson Peak Parkway

CONTACT: Tempe Ligett at 480.342.7178 or tempe.ligett@dcranchinc.com.

MORE: Find more information and course maps on Facebook and Twitter

DC Ranch is a 4,400-acre community located adjacent to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in north Scottsdale. The DC Ranch Community Council facilitates a connected and welcoming community that instills pride and a sense of belonging in every DC Ranch resident by providing communications, events, and opportunities to nurture meaningful relationships with the greater community. The leadership of the seven-member Community Council Board of Directors and professional staff upholds the DC Ranch community values and enables opportunities for civic, cultural, educational, social, philanthropic and recreational involvement. Visit DC Ranch Community Council on Facebook.

ROAD RESTRICTIONS: Thompson Peak Parkway at Legacy Boulevard, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Traffic on Thompson Peak Parkway will shift to the south-bound lanes, where traffic will flow both ways. Traffic access to local residences and Canyon Village will not be restricted.

CYCLIST ROUTE:

1. Thompson Peak Parkway south to Legacy Boulevard

2. East on Legacy Boulevard through Canyon Village parking lot

3. North through parking lot behind Canyon Village

4. West to Thompson Peak Parkway

5. North on Thompson Peak Parkway to Parkside Lane

6. South on Thompson Peak Parkway back to Legacy Boulevard to complete the 1-km loop

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