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Commonwealth Classic bike races, downtown Fond du ...: The Pro Mens 1/2 bike race Friday evening at the Tour of America's Dairyland-Fond du Lac Commonwealth Classic held downtown. Friday, June 29, 2013. Patrick Flood/The Reporter Media.

Tour of America’s Dairyland - Oshkosh Criterium de Titan

When: Thursday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, race route includes Algoma Boulevard and High Avenue between Woodland Avenue and Osceola Street

Cost: Free for spectators

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www.tourofamericasdairyland.com or facebook.com/oshkoshTOAD

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OSHKOSH — Hundreds of cyclists will converge on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh this week.

The Tour of America’s Dairyland, an 11-day cycling series in communities throughout Wisconsin, will make a stop in Oshkosh on Thursday. Race organizers expect 650 cyclists to participate in the Oshkosh Criterium de Titan.

“It’s really a downtown or neighborhood festival that has live music, great food, beverages and stuff for the kids,” said Lisa Downey, marketing director for the Tour of America’s Dairyland. “And oh, by the way, there happens to be eight hours of cycling going on.”

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The one-mile race route will be located on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus. The route will involve Algoma Boulevard and High Avenue between Woodland Avenue and Osceola Street. The race course is expected to close to traffic at 3 a.m. Thursday and will reopen around 10 p.m., according to Oshkosh Police.

Now in its sixth year, the Tour of America’s Dairyland has a history of drawing riders from all over the United States and abroad. In 2013, riders came from 43 states and 13 different countries. Early registration indicates ridership is up 25 percent over last year, Downey said.

Thursday’s race will mark the first time the Tour of America’s Dairyland has had a tour stop in Oshkosh.

Sponsors for the event include UWO, the UW) Foundation, First Business Bank, Michels Materials, Christopher Yaggie and David Detjen of Ameriprise Financial and the Oshkosh Cycling Club.

Eleven races, which are based on time rather than distance, will staged throughout the day with cyclists ranging from juniors to amateurs to professionals. Races will begin at 9 a.m. and the final race will start at 6 p.m. Speeds in the male professional race will reach 35 miles per hour.

“It’s like NASCAR on bikes. There’s the same strategies that apply,” said Yaggie, who played an instrumental role in getting the tour stop in Oshkosh. “The only difference is you’re going 35 miles per hour as opposed to 230 miles per hour.”

Jennifer K. Woldt: (920) 426-6676 or jwoldt@thenorthwestern.com

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