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FoCo Kids Bike Challenge begins Tuesday, May 7

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Challenge offers 18 free kids bike races throughout the summer

Thursday, May 2, 2013 FORT COLLINS –The first ever FoCo Kids Bike Challenge, a series of 18 free weekly kids summer bike races, will begin on Tuesday, May 7 with Ciclismo Youth Foundation’s Short Track series. Similar to the Healthy Kids Run Series offered by University of Colorado Health’s Healthy Kids Club, the FoCo Kids Bike Challenge has merged all of the local summer kid’s bike races into one summer-long series. Participants can register for the entire Challenge and can race in any or all of the races and will earn prizes for consistent participation. The FoCo Kids Bike Challenge culminates with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge which is coming to Fort Collins on August 24th.

All races are for children ages 2-18 and will be divided by age and ability. Striders and trikes are accepted for the youngest age group, 4 and under. All racers are required to wear a helmet and parents must sign one waiver for each race series in the Challenge.

The race series included in the FoCo Kids Bike Challenge are listed below and are provided by Ciclismo Youth Foundation (Short Track and Lory Park Challenge), CSU Rams Cycling & Fort Collins VeloPark Association, and Northern Colorado Cycling Events, respectively. Pre-registration and day-of registration is accepted.

Short Track
Tuesdays 5/7-5/28
Day of Registration begins at 4:00 p.m.
Race starts at 4:30 p.m.
3 blocks east of New Belgium Brewing (500 Linden) on Buckingham Rd.
Closed dirt course

Oval Criterium
Sundays 6/2-6/23
Day of Registration begins at 3:00 p.m.
Race starts at 4:00 p.m.
CSU Oval
Closed paved course

City Streets Criterium
Tuesdays 7/2-7/30
Day of Registration begins at 5:00 p.m.
Race starts at 5:30 p.m.
625 Ninth St.
Closed paved course

Lory Park Mountain Challenge
Tuesdays 8/6-8/27
Day of Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.
Race starts at 5:45 p.m.
Dirt mountain bike trail

These grassroots races are low-key family events and are followed by adult races that are open to the community including moms and dads! A small fee applies for adult racers. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic and stick around for the all the fun.

Please pre-register for the FoCo Kids Bike Challenge through the City of Fort Collins Recreation department by calling 970-221-6256 or online at with the activity #315982-01. For any further information about FOCO Kids Bike Challenge please call 970-224-6032. Bikes and helmets can be provided to any FoCo Kids Bike Challenge participants who need them in order to race.

This event is brought to you by the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department, University of Colorado Health Healthy Kids Club, Peloton Cycles, Northern Colorado Cycling Events, Your Group Ride, CSU Rams Cycling, Fort Collins VeloPark Association, Bicycle Pedestrian Education Coalition, Bicycle Ambassador Program, Safe Routes to School, Safe Kids of Larimer County, Trips for Kids, and Ciclismo Youth Foundation.