ALBANY -- An all-day bicycle racing event on Sunday will close several streets along the Albany and El Cerrito border.

The 30th annual Berkeley Bicycle Club Criterium will bring some 400 to 450 entrants who will race in various brackets starting at 7 a.m. of up to 60 riders at a time.

The event, held in Albany for the past 10 years, has a different course than in the past, extending into El Cerrito for the first time in order to avoid a section of Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Albany made unsafe due to utility work.

The race will be on a loop of about .8 of a mile formed by Portland Avenue, northbound Key Route Boulevard, Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Ramona Avenue, Ward Avenue and Carmel Avenue. Those streets will be closed to motor traffic from 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Vehicles will also have to be removed from curbside parking spaces by 5 a.m.

Personnel will be stationed at intersections to direct traffic around the closures.

Races will be held throughout the day, said Steve Rosefield, one of the event organizers, and presentations will be held in Albany's Memorial Park near the finish line on Portland Avenue.

The event is hosted by the Berkeley Bicycle Club, the East Bay Velo Club of Oakland and Albany High School mountain bike club, which is the beneficiary of event proceeds.

"It's a nice venue because there's a park in the middle," Rosefield said. "People can come any time during the day and watch. These guys move pretty fast, they can get up to 40 mph."


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For those who want to participate, registration is open through the morning of the event. For more details, look under the "events" section at berkeleybike.org.