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Tour de Crystal Lake offers international competition, family fun

Published: Sunday, July 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the Tour de Crystal Lake starting at 9 a.m. July 14 in downtown Crystal Lake.

The Crystal Lake competition is the third day of an eight-day series and will feature international professional cyclists racing for the Prairie State Cycling Series Intelligentsia Cup.

Along with the race, the event includes live music, a beer garden, food and drink, family activities and a bike rodeo to fine-tune bike riding skills. The Family Fun Race will be on the actual racecourse in the downtown area.

The Raue Center for the Arts will host an exhibit, “The Art of the Bicycle,” which includes more than 30 custom and vintage bicycles. Bicycle-related paintings by Jeff Curtis Williams and Kara Ginther will be featured alongside the bicycles.

Wheel Werks Custom Bicycles will host the exhibit and owner Bob Olsen will present his recent trip to Africa and the local production of bamboo bicycle frames.

A cash bar and refreshments will be available at the exhibit.

Every part of the event except for race registration is free and open to the public.

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