EUGENE — A South Eugene graduate who is in town visiting his parents won the first ever Downtown Criterium on Sunday.
Kevin Selker, a competitive cyclist who now lives in Boulder, Colorado, out-sprinted four other riders to win the hour-long race.
A criterium is a bike race held on a closed, short-course loop. The Downtown Criterium’s course started at 8th and Olive, and took the riders down 8th, around 4 curves, then back down Broadway and through Kesey Square, before looping back to 8th and Olive.
In addition to the criterium, a series of one-mile running races were held on the same course. Diriba Degefa won the men’s elite mile in a time of 4:05.5, while Lauren Johnson, this year’s Butte-to-Butte winner, won the women’s elite mile in a time of 4:47.6.