The four-stage event became a new format last year. In past years, the annual Capital Criterium was a single-day race event in June, but last year, Erik Anderson helped create the Capital Stage race, a four-stage race format to give the annual event a jolt. The 0.7-mile Capital Criterium race around the Capitol Building is Stage 3 of the four-stage event, and will begin at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday. The Criterium remains the most spectator-friendly of the four stages.
The stages are:
Stage 1 (11 a.m. Friday): A 10-mile road race that climbs nearly 300 feet per lap near Capital Forest
Stage 2 (7 a.m. Saturday): A 3.5-mile time trial on Deschutes Parkway
Stage 3 (2:05 p.m. Saturday): A 0.7-mile loop around Capitol Building
Stage 4 (9:30 a.m. Sunday): A 90-mile loop covering roads in Thurston County