The first annual Giro di Portland, a criterium bicycle race through the streets of the Pearl District, takes place this Sunday, August 21, 2011. The race is presented by Festa Italiana (which takes place next weekend, August 25 to 27).
A criterium is a fast race, with competitors attempting to complete the most laps in a set period of time. The Giro di Portland’s six corner race course between Hoyt and Kearney 12th and 14th features fast corners, cobblestones, a bit of elevation gain and a long run to the finish will guarantee an exciting race for both racers and spectators.
Grab a seat at one of the restaurants lining the course and enjoy a drink while watching the exciting race.
The streets close to traffic at 4pm, and the first race begins at 4:30pm. The last race starts at 6:50 and goes for 60 minutes. Visit the website for more details.