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LA gets set for oldest bike race in Southwest

Tour De Los Alamos will return to the streets of Los Alamos County this Sunday for the 45th consecutive year.

Labeled by organizers as the “oldest bicycle race in the Southwest,” it has become an annual tradition in the area, one that attracts people from all across the region to the Atomic City.

“I can’t believe the Tour De Los Alamos has been around as long as it has,” race director Cyndi Wells said.

The course is a counter-clockwise loop that stretches 27 miles, beginning in downtown Los Alamos and running throughout the entire area.

“Depending on what category you are in, you may be doing one to three laps,” Wells said.

Participants in the Senior Men Pro category will be racing for approximately 81 miles on the course that features a variety of uphill and downhill sections. The steepest climb comes near the end of the course, which will be a nearly two-mile uphill climb.

All other categories of racer will complete either one or two laps of the course, depending on age and skill level.

The race will begin at Trinity Drive and 20th Street.

Prizes will be given out to the top finishers in each category. The top prize of the day will be given to the man who completes the three-lap course the quickest. He will earn $300.  

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