It's not that Derik Archibald expects to crash in Saturday's Capitol Criterium, a series of bicycle races around the Capitol Campus.
But he wouldn’t be surprised if he did.
“I’ve crashed a lot,” said Archibald, who has won several state championships. “Nothing seriously. But crashing is part of racing.”
Archibald, 34, has raced bicycles seriously for 13 years, training up to 400 miles a week. He’ll ride in the men’s category 1, the top amateur division.
About 350 riders will compete in the Capitol Criterium, which begins at 9 a.m. on a .7-mile course on the Capitol Campus. The men’s pro race is the best – and last – of the 12 races Saturday. It starts at 5:20 p.m.
Races range in time from 30 to 70 minutes, and range in talent from novice to pro. A kids race begins at 1:40 p.m.
“This course is pretty technical,” said Archibald, owner of the Joy Ride bike shop in Lacey. “There’s some choppy pavement and there’s some twists on the backside that makes it pretty tough.”
On Sunday, about 350 riders will enter the annual eight-race Boston Harbor Circuit Race, which starts at 9 a.m. and ends with the final race at 3:25 p.m. The eight races range between 24 and 42 miles, and each race starts at Boston Harbor Elementary.
Dave Gordon of Olympia will compete in both the criterium and the road race.
Gordon has a history of endurance as a runner and bicyclist. In 1987, he placed fourth in the Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes and 30 seconds, the highest place by an American for the next 17 years.
Rob Campbell and Todd Herriott will be among the favorites in the pro men’s race. Last year, Herriott, who will be racing with the Herriott Sports Performance team, held off a challenge late in the race when his lead shrank from 14 seconds on the final lap to four seconds to win.
Dave Fleischhauer of Olympia, who won a road race last weekend in Spokane, will challenge Herriott and Campbell.
“I’d say this course is one of the harder, more technical,” said Erik Anderson, race director. “There’s lot of twists and turns. Then you go up the gradual climb toward the finish.”
Herriott averaged 27 mph and reached speeds of 40 mph on the 37-mile course last year.
Admission to the event is free.
“We want people to come and enjoy themselves,” Anderson said. “Maybe it will encourage them to get into a healthy activity.”
The criterium is the third in a six-race series in Washington this year. It will also include the Washington State Master’s Criterium Championship.
Registration is available the day of the race, and closes 10 minutes before the start of each race.
Gail Wood: 360-754-5443 firstname.lastname@example.org