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Psyched about cycling race

Decatur is in for a treat.

So says JoE Silva, that's pronounced "Joey", media coordinator for The Decatur Daily Downtown Criterium. The pro bicycle race will be Sunday.

Bicycle racers from around the world will speed through tight turns on a circuit in downtown Decatur. Promoters compare the action to NASCAR with plenty of bumping and an occasional crash.

The local race is the final event in a series of Southeast Crits events, which began April 28 in Athens, Ga.

"They'll be distributing plenty of points in the race and the guys will be busting it, trying to get those points," Silva said. "It's really a big deal that Decatur got the last race of the Southeast series. It is something the city can be proud of."

The first of four races begins at 1 p.m. with the "old guys," competitors who are 35 and older. The final race is the pro men's event at 4:30 p.m.

From the starting line in front of Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, racers will go south on Second Avenue, right on Johnston Street, right on First Avenue, right on Lee Street and right back onto Second Avenue.

While you're enjoying the races and other downtown events stop by and see us at The Daily's hospitality tent on First Avenue Southeast.

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