Bike racing professionals and amateurs from throughout the Midwest will compete in America’s largest three day cycling race at the La Crosse Omnium on May 4th, 5th, and 6th, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  The La Crosse Omnium serves as the inaugural marquee event for the 2018 Flyover Championship Race Series, and locally is part of the Festival Foods Grandad Half marathon festivities.

Professional men and women cyclists will compete for equal cash payouts of $1,800 each.   Cash payouts for the race will total $7,500 plus thousands in prizes

The Outdoor Recreation Alliance of the Seven Rivers Region is staging the 7th annual 2018 La Crosse Omnium, which begins Friday evening at 4:00 pm with a time trial up Grandads Bluff.  The Time Trial and several other race categories have sold out in past years, so racers are encouraged to register in advance for La Crosse Omnium.  Please note that pre-registration is required for the Time Trial.

Friday’s lung searing, Grandads Bluff time trial climbs 550 feet in 2.4 miles and racers go off every 30 seconds starting at 4:30 pm.

Day 2 of racing starts Saturday morning at 8:30 am on a challenging and secluded 13.6-mile loop on the back roads of nearby Minnesota that features lung scorching climbs and scenic sweeping descents.   Road racing begins in Nodine, Minnesota, near the Ridgeway Community School.  There are 15 categories of racers completing a 13.6 mile course one to five times depending on the race field.  Distances range from 13.6 miles to 68 miles.  Riders ascend and descend 654 feet per lap.

The finale, day 3, begins Sunday morning with a Criterium on the downtown streets of La Crosse.  “NASCAR on bikes” with elbow-to-elbow race action at high speeds around a tight, flat as a pancake profile.  With a beer garden, featuring local brewery Turtle Stack, this is a great chance for spectators to see firsthand all of the excitement that bike racing offers.

Please consider volunteering when you are not racing, or having friends and family volunteer.  We can’t run the event without our great volunteers! Contact Rick Walters to find out more information.

Points are scored separately in each event and then accumulate toward the La Crosse Omnium Championship.   Please note that for Flyerover points, the 40+ category will be scored separately from the 35+ category, but will race together.  Flyover information is available here.  Speaking of points, we will do podiums as soon as results are official, each day.  You can also find results here.