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Cycling Classic pedals into Sylvania

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Sam Strawbridge, 8, of Sylvania, right, keeps a close eye on his competitor Wil Heizelman, 9, of Holland as the pair cross the finish line in a sprint during the children's race in this year's Sylvania Cycling Classic. Cyclists from across the region turned out to participate in the 10 races offered throughout the day in various age and gender categories. This is the third year the race was held in Sylvania. Several streets were blocked off as racers took to the criterium course, which wound around the streets surrounding Burnham Park.

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Sylvania welcomed hundreds of bike racers for the third annual Sylvania Cycling Classic Criterium Bike Race.

The streets surrounding Burnham Park, at 6940 Maplewood Ave., were turned into a racetrack for the event. The track was essentially a loop, about a mile in length.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sylvania Cycling Classic Criterium Bike Race

“Having a cycling race as a criterium is more fun than normal bike races, because you can see the race from either side of the park,” Sylvania City Councilman Katie Cappellini said. She helped organize the first cycling classic in Sylvania in 2011.

Cyclists competed around parts of Maplewood Avenue, Parkwood Boulevard, and Fairview Drive, and Erie Street, sometimes hitting speeds up to 30 miles an hour.

In addition to the 10 competitive men and women races that took place throughout the day, a children’s race was held and the track was opened to the public in the afternoon.

Food and entertainment were also on hand.

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