The intersection of Chicago Ave. and 48th St. in south Minneapolis was the epicenter of Minnesota cycling on Sunday, June 22. Large fields circled the three quarters of a mile criterium course that wound through a neighborhood shopping district and nearby residential streets in front of smaller crowds than the first edition of the event a year ago. The mens' pro-1-2 classification was won by North St. Paul native Colton Barrett, now riding for national powerhouse Optum Pro Cycling. The top level women's race was won by former NCAA Div. III national champion Emma Bast.
Local rider Tara James shows the results of a mishap on the velodrome Thursday night.
Velodrome star Linsey Hamilton provided race mentoring to some of the lady riders of the future.
Last year's victor in the elite ladies competition Teresa Moriarity shares a giggle with this year's eventual winner Emma Bast.
Teresa Moriarity leads the women's peloton into a corner on a tree-lined street in south Minneapolis.