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Salt Lake City race brings more than bicyclists to Granary District

Salt Lake City race brings more than bicyclists to Granary District

The Salt Lake Criterium is intended to be more about community than a bike circuit, an organizer said. (Braydon Ball | Special to The Tribune)…

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The Salt Lake Criterium is intended to be more about community than a bike circuit, an organizer said.

(Braydon Ball | Special to The Tribune) Spectators watch cyclists ride past in the Salt Lake Criterium at the Granary District, Saturday, July 16, 2022. Salt Lake City’s Granary District transformed into a racetrack on Saturday, hosting hundreds of bikers for the Salt Lake Criterium.

The criterium, or crit race, is the sixth race in a 10-part nationwide series for the American Criterium Cup.

Despite the scorching summer heat, bikers zoomed past in a counterclockwise, multi-lap circuit down 600 West and back up 500 West — while spectators frequented businesses and cheered on the contenders. (Braydon Ball | Special to The Tribune) Spectators watch cyclists ride past in the Salt Lake Criterium at the Granary District, Saturday, July 16, 2022. Salt Lake City organizer Eric Gardiner said over 600 bikers registered to participate in the event, either during Saturday’s circuit in the Granary District or Sunday’s race at Sugar House Park. Utahns likely made up about 200 of those participants, with 400 bikers drawn in from out of state.

“The long-term goal of this is not just for a bike race — it’s to have a really fun, exciting community party for Salt Lake City, and the crit race is a minor part of it,” Gardiner said. “For local businesses, hotels, restaurants, bars, it does a lot — there’s definitely an economic impact.”

The race partnered with local businesses to ensure roads were closed […]

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