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Last updated 10:47AM ET
June 22, 2018
WIUM Local
WIUM Local
An Uphill Battle: The Snake Alley Criterium
(wium) - For motorsport fans, Memorial Day weekend means the Indy 500. But it's also a big weekend for those who race bicycles, and for them Burlington is the place to be.

The Mississippi River town hosted the 25th Annual Snake Alley Criterium. The course covers a 15 block area of downtown Burlington but the biggest crowds converged on Snake Alley to watch riders struggle up the historic street.

Hundreds of riders competed throughout the day in a dozen different categories for cash prizes.

The competition continued despite showers and thunderstorms that made Snake Alley slick during the afternoon. The rain also made downhill portions of the course more tricky.

You can listen to News Director Rich Egger's feature about the 25th Annual Snake Alley Criterium by clicking on the audio button above.

Additional information:

*The 276-foot Snake Alley challenges riders with five switchbacks in a 60-foot climb. Ripley's Believe It or Not has declared it the crookedest street in the world.

*Snake Alley is paved with bumpy old bricks. The rough surface provides yet another challenge for riders.

*The event was co-sponsored by the Bike Burlington club and Downtown Partners, Inc.
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