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Cyclists to get their turn touring Circuit of the Americas


Motorcycles, open-cockpit racing cars and all kinds of sports cars have tested Circuit of the Americas.

Starting Tuesday night, bicycles will be on the track as COTA kicks off a new 10-week program that will allow anyone interested in biking to see what it’s like to ride on a Formula One track.

“We realize there are many eager amateurs in town looking for places to ride without being exposed to the daily Austin-area traffic,” said Katja Heim, COTA’s chief operating officer. “We’ve already gotten a lot of response and hundreds have signed up to ride here.”

The race track will be open from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday evening for biking. This will be free-form riding at a person’s own pace, not competitive racing.

To participate, riders must register online at www.bikereg.com/tuesday-nighter-week-1 or on site at COTA. All riders must have a helmet. Bikers will ride the 3.4-mile, 20-turn circuit clockwise.

Registration costs $10 online, $20 on-site or $65 for the entire 10-week package. Bike rentals will be available.

The picnicking and cafeteria areas at the track will be open from 5 to 10 p.m., and a beer garden will offer post-biking beverages.

“We’ve really improved the quality of our food service and are hoping people give that a try,” Heim said.



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