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For those looking to channel their inner professional cyclist, or perhaps just prefer a casual ride on their bike, Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports is hosting the Prairie Crit Cycling Criterion Fundraising Race on Saturday, August 27 in Minot.

A crit, or criterium, is a street bicycle race involving multiple laps around a closed circuit course.

However, serving much more than just a race, the ultimate purpose of the event is a fundraiser to benefit Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports (PGAS).

By using all participant registration fees as donations, PGAS will have the opportunity to purchase adaptive equipment for athletes with physical limitations. As a result, PGAS can give athletes in need of special modifications the opportunity to try out a variety of equipment before deciding to make a potentially costly investment.

PGAS will provide a host of categories to accommodate cyclists interested in the event, including: balance bikes, 16“wheeled bikes, 20″ wheeled bikes, 24″ wheeled bikes, suitable youth, suitable adults, women’s categories A and B, and men’s categories A and B.

Each men’s and women’s A and B categories are based on familiarity, or comfort level, with riding in a peloton and being close to other riders.

Depending on the category, entry fees range from $5 to $20, with ribbons and medals being awarded after each race.

Anyone with a bicycle, racing chair, adapted bicycle or tricycle and helmet is encouraged to participate. Helmets are compulsory for each category of races.

Racing will start that day from noon and continue into the evening, with the final race starting at 6:15 p.m. Each category will have its own start time and the event will take place at 3916 N Broadway in Minot.

For those looking for more information or wishing to register, this process can be completed online by going to Online registration has a deadline of Saturday, August 20 at 5 p.m.

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Joseph K. Bennett