What: Superior Morgul Classic
When: May 28-30
Where: Community Park, Superior
More info: superiormorgulclassic.com
SUPERIOR -- Plans are coming together for Superior's revival of the famed Morgul Bismarck bike race.
The three-day Superior Morgul Classic bike race is set for Memorial Day weekend at Community Park. Street sprints are on tap May 28 and there's a criterium race on a 1-mile closed loop on May 29.
Ending the event is the Morgul Bismarck road race on a 13-mile loop on May 30.
Planner Kristi Audette said she's hearing "good buzz" that well-known pro cyclists will show up to test their skills. She's expecting 350 to 400 cyclists to participate.
"The response has been really good," she said.
To appeal to those who aren't cyclists, there's a festival that includes live music, healthy food from local restaurants, a beer garden, children's races and an art show. Booths showcasing sports and local businesses, along with talks on sustainability, also are planned.
"There's a lot going on," Audette said. "You can come and have a great time and get caught up in the cycling."
In a nod to the history of the race, there's also a Saturday night "bike-in" showing of the 1985 movie "American Flyers." The Morgul-Bismarck loop -- which was featured in the Red Zinger Bicycle Classic and Coors International Bicycle Classic from 1975 to 1988 -- was highlighted in the movie.
The 13-mile loop, reportedly named after a cat and dog owned by one of the race's first promoters, follows Colo. 128, Colo. 93, Marshall Road and McCaslin Boulevard. The loop ends in a mile-long climb known as "the wall."
Organizers are hoping for 20,000 attendees over the three days, banking on the race being able to compete with Boulder's Memorial Day weekend events. The race also ends on Sunday, so it won't conflict with Monday's Bolder Boulder.
"We're hoping this is a new thing and people will gravitate here," Audette said.
To handle parking -- and keep people from using Original Town neighborhoods -- there will be five "satellite" parking lots with shuttle bus service to Community Park.
Sponsoring the $230,000 event are the town and the Superior Chamber of Commerce. Chamber director Heather Cracraft said the race is getting business owners involved and showcasing a historic cycling course -- and the town.
"The chamber is very proud to be part of it," she said.
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