17th annual Tour of Walla Walla takes to roads this weekend

The Tour of Walla Walla swings into action Friday in the city and on roads in the area.

The Tour of Walla Walla swings into action Friday in the city and on roads in the area.

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This video is from the 2011 edition of the Tour of Walla Walla, which returns to downtown streets and area roads this weekend.

This video is from the 2011 edition of the Tour of Walla Walla, which returns to downtown streets and area roads this weekend.

WALLA WALLA — The 2013 Tour of Walla Walla hits the roads of the Walla Walla Valley and streets of downtown Walla Walla Friday through Sunday.

The 17th annual bicycle extravaganza begins with the Waitsburg Road Race Friday after, continues with a time trial Saturday morning and Criterium in downtown Saturday afternoon and evening.

Events wrap up with the Kellogg Hollow Road Road on Sunday morning.

Riders in Pro 1-2 Men, Men 3, Men 4, Men 5, Masters, Women Pro 1-2, Women 3 and Women 4 categories will compete.

The races will affect traffic in the Valley throughout the weekend. Vehicles in the oncoming lane during road races may be asked to pull to the shoulder until the racers pass.

On Friday, the road race begins at 3:45 and should finish by 7 p.m., running on Middle Waitsburg Road, Ferris Road, Lower Waitsburg Road, Highway 124, Bolles Road and into Waitsburg.

On Sunday, the road race will be north of Waitsburg on Bolles Road to McKay-Alto and a loop on Whetstone, Thorn Hollow, Eager, Kellogg Hollow and back to McKay-Alto.

Saturday’s time trial leaves the Walla Walla Community College parking lot onto Isaacs Avenue beginning at 7 a.m. It then hits Mill Creek Road, Five Mile onto Russell Creek Road, and finish before the Berney Drive intersection

Those roads will be in use until about 12:15 p.m.

For the Criterium in downtown Walla Walla, street closures will be in place. Main Street from Second to Palouse, and First Street from Main to Alder, will be closed from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The route includes Main Street to Boyer Avenue, Park Street to Alder, Palouse to Alder, Alder to Colville, Colville to Poplar, Poplar to First and First to Main. These roads will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Tour of Walla Walla Street Fair will be in downtown until afternoon races begin at 2 p.m.

Four children’s races will also held, with a tricycle race at 10 a.m., training wheel race at 10:30 a.m., ages 4-6 at 11 a.m., ages 7-9 at 11:30 a.m., and a bike parade at noon. All children need to wear a helmet and register with a parent or guardian. Signups begin at 9:30 a.m. across from Allegro Cyclery.

For more information, call Allegro at 525-4949, or see website www.tofww.org.

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