Mt. Hood Cycling Classic: Catch the action

Racing action started Friday morning in the 11th and final Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. The four-stage road race takes racers through the rolling wheat country east of The Dalles, across the Historic Columbia River Highway, around the streets of downtown Hood River and up the north side of Mount Hood in three days of famously-scenic and notoriously-tough competition. For detailed stage information, visit

For spectators:

By far the best opportunity to catch a bit of the action will be Saturday evening during the third stage of the race – the Downtown Hood River Criterium – in which riders have a given time to complete as many laps as possible on a tight-cornered course around downtown Hood River. Whether from the notorious “carnage corner” at the intersection of Wasco Ave. and Industrial Way or from the high-speed straightaway in front of Full Sail Brewing (sponsor of the stage), spectators can get a front row seat of the action from just about anywhere around the one-kilometer course.

Racing starts at 4 p.m. Saturday with Cat 3/4 women and will with the pro women heat starting at 6:45 p.m. and the pro men starting at 7:40 p.m. The women will have 45 minutes to complete as many laps as possible and the men will race for 75 minutes.

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