By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
RAVENA — Hundreds of competitive cyclists are expected to take to the streets Saturday for the Capital Region Road Race, which will wind its way through Ravena and Coeymans.
The 21st annual race will begin at 10:30 a.m., with athletes in several categories taking off every few minutes to ride a 21-mile loop around the community.
The race will begin and end at RCS High School. Races are expected to end around 3 p.m., Village Trustee Linda Muller said at the July 5 meeting of the Ravena Village Board.
Cyclists will start out at the high school, then ride along a 21-mile loop that will take them along Routes 101, 143, 32 and 396.
Drivers are encouraged to use care on the road.
“There’s going to be a ton of bicycles on the road,” Mayor Bill Misuraca said. “Give that area a wide berth because there’s going to be a lot of them.”
There are several categories of racers, depending on gender, experience and skill level.
The highest level is the professional category, which will be the first set of cyclists to hit the road Saturday at 10:30 a.m. They will complete four laps for a total of 89 miles.
The second longest route will be for men in categories one to four, who will complete three laps for 68 miles and will begin taking off at 10:35 a.m.
Men in category four, and those ages 60 and up, will complete two laps for 47 miles, beginning at 10:45 a.m. Junior racers ages 15-18 will also do two laps, with a start time of 10:50 a.m.
There will be a women’s race for professionals and categories one, two and three, who will complete two laps for 47 miles, and will take off at 10:55 a.m.
This year’s race route is the same as in 2021, when a new route was established. Online registration ended July 15 at 10 a.m. and no day-of registration is available, according to the registration site, bikereg.com.
The race is hosted by the Capital Bicycle Racing Club.