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10th annual La Crosse Omnium takes over downtown La Crosse

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The La Crosse Outdoor Recreation Alliance wrapped up their 10th annual La Crosse Omnium on Sunday.

A three-stage bike race the Omnium includes time trials, a race up Grandad Bluff and finishes with what is called a Criterium.  A Criterium is a multi-loop, close quarters race that is known for being fast-paced and exhausting for cyclists.

"It's NASCAR on bikes essentially," Christopher Stindt, Co-Director for the La Crosse Omnium continues, "So they are downtown and they do a loop anywhere from 15 to 30 or 40 times around the loop as fast as they can. Average speed is anywhere from 20 to 30 miles an hour."

Sunday's course lead cyclists through Riverside Park in downtown La Crosse, offering competitors a unique way to test their skills on the road.

"You're shoulder to shoulder, bumping elbows with people, which is pretty crazy," Kyle Kargel, Omnium Racer, elaborates, "It's not like anything, not like mountain biking at all."

The next opportunity for competitive cycling in the area will be at the La Crosse Bicycle Festival scheduled for Labor Day Weekend.

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