Bicycle races will be the focus of this weekend’s First Fridays

    Festivities will also include Bower's Drive-In and the debut of The Local.

    Posted on April 29, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

    GOSHEN — The streets of Goshen will once again be flooded with bicycles for the May edition of First Fridays.

    Friday, May 3, will mark the beginning of this year’s bicycle races through downtown Goshen.

    The “I Heart Goshen Bicycle Criterium and Bike Festival” is expected to draw hundreds of competitive cyclists and thousands more as spectators.

    The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. Friday with the bike parade. Following the parade’s conclusion, the races get under way.

    The Citizens Crit starts at 6:15 p.m., while the Women’s Category 3/4 Crit begins at 7 p.m. and the Men’s Category 4/5 Crit will get under way at 7:45 p.m.

    The bike festivities won’t be finished Friday, however, as eight more are scheduled for Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.

    Awards ceremonies will be held after all races are completed Friday and Saturday.

    The races mean closed streets around the downtown area on both days. The course includes Main Street from Madison Street to Lincoln Avenue, from Lincoln over to Fifth Street and from Fifth Street down to West Jefferson, before meeting back up with Main Street.

    The portions of those streets used for the course will be closed at 4 p.m. Friday and will not reopen until 8 p.m. Saturday.

    Other closures will include West Washington Street from Main Street to the alley, East Washington Street from Fifth Street to Main Street and Clinton Street from the alley to Fifth Street.

    No parking will be allowed along the course either day, until the streets reopen Saturday night.

    Registration for the races is still open and can be completed online at cityonthego.org/first-fridays.

    Among all the bicycles at May’s First Fridays, a bit of Goshen’s past will mix with a new artistic venture.

    The Goshen High School class of 1968 will be reviving a historical Goshen landmark for this month’s event.

    A replica Bower’s Drive-In trailer will be set up on East Washington Street. Members of the class of ’68 will be offering meals of a hamburger, fries and drink for $7. They will begin serving at 5 p.m. and will go until they run out of food.

    The proceeds from the meals will go to the scholarship fund set up by the class and to the Boys and Girls Club of Goshen.

    Tickets may be pre-ordered by emailing cgstraw@aol.com with your information and how many tickets you’d like.

    The group suggests those with pre-ordered tickets arrive before 7 p.m. to make sure they get their order.

    Juxtaposed against the diner from Goshen’s past will be the opening of The Local, an artisans’ gallery at 211 S. Fifth St. in the former Jaxon Cleaners building.

    Friday will mark the official opening of the gallery, which will serve as a collaborative space that showcases locally produced art and light manufacturing, from motorcycles to watercraft to furniture.

    For more information on The Local’s debut, call 538-4606.

    For more information on the I Heart Goshen Bicycle Criterium and Bike Festival, including other promotions, race times and a course map, visit cityonthego.org/first-fridays.

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