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Shorewood bike race is Thursday, June 19

Racers in the Tour of America's Dairyland Shorewood Criterium Classic take the corner of Oakland Avenue and Kensington Boulevard at breakneck speeds in this June 2013 photo.

Racers in the Tour of America's Dairyland Shorewood Criterium Classic take the corner of Oakland Avenue and Kensington Boulevard at breakneck speeds in this June 2013 photo. Photo By John O'Hara

June 18, 2014

Shorewood — The Shorewood Cycling Criterium Classic will be held Thursday, June 19, kicking off the largest competitive cycling event in the U.S.

The event is the beginning of the Tour of America's Dairyland, an 11-race series featuring professional and amateur cyclists competing in cities throughout Wisconsin from June 19 through June 29. The high-energy competition featuring local, regional, national and international racers will shut down most of Oakland Avenue on Thursday afternoon and night.

This year's route will be moved to accommodate road construction on Murray Avenue. The race begins at Oakland Avenue south of Kensington Boulevard, then goes west on Marion Street, north on Morris Boulevard, east on Kensington Boulevard then south on Oakland Avenue.

Category 2/3 cyclists kick off the races at 4:25 p.m., followed by a women's pro race at 5:25 p.m., a kid's roll at 6:25 p.m. and the men's pro race at 7 p.m.

Three Lions Pub will sponsor a block party from 2-10 p.m. in the Kensington Square area at Oakland Avenue and Kensington Boulevard, where there are no shortage of nearby bars, restaurants and shopping opportunities. A DJ will play from 2-5 p.m., and the band Mic Over Matter will play from 5-8:30 p.m.

For the first time, Shorewood BID will host a bike-oriented fashion show at 9 p.m. on the Kensington Square stage. Shorewood men, women and teens will model the latest summer biking fashions and accessories from local stores.

"There's nothing like the excitement of this fast-paced cycling Criterium experience and paired with great food and drink, music and shopping, this is a not-to-be-missed Shorewood summer event," said Jim Plaisted, the executive director of the Shorewood Business Improvement District.

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