CARY — This weekend, downtown Cary will be overrun with bicycles.
The town is hosting its first Orange Star Criterium on Saturday. Cyclists of all ages and levels of experience will race from 2 to 7 p.m. in the fast-paced, closed-circuit program.
The town partnered with Cycling Spoken Here, a Cary-based cycling company, to host the event.
“Since criteriums are especially enjoyable for spectators as the races are fast-paced and riders pass by a given point multiple times over the course of a race, come spend your afternoon in downtown Cary cheering on these cyclists and learning a few things about cycling yourself,” Juliet Andes, Cary’s principal planner, said in a statement.
The Orange Star Criterium course is about one mile long. Several downtown streets will close from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and parking will be prohibited in some areas. Spectators should park at Cary Town Hall, the Cary Arts Center and on South Walker Street.
Vendor tents with bike information will set up along Academy Street from East Park Street to Dry Avenue during the event.
To register for the event, which will go on rain or shine, go to www.cyclingspokenhere.com.