PHOTOS: Independence Day Kicks Off With Fast Moving Bicycles

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If you were in Burien early for the annual 4th of July parade you probably saw packs of bicycles whizzing around the downtown core at high speeds. The riders were taking part in the 37th Annual Joe Matava Memorial Classic Criterium & WA State Juniors Criterium Championship.

Racing started at 7:30 a.m. and wrapped up around 2:30 p.m. with the kids race.

The .6 mile course had riders heading up 153rd Street, crossing 4th Avenue to 152nd Street then back down to Ambaum Boulevard to return to the starting line to do the whole thing again.

Races were held for a variety of classes, with each race run for a set time period ranging from 20 minutes to 50 minutes. For the second year the event also included a hand cycle race.

Organizers partnered with the Burien-based Northwest Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America this year, with members participating in the hand cycle race.

You can learn more at the race website.

BTB photog Michael Brunk caught the last few races of the day and put together this gallery of photos. You can click individual thumbnails to view full size images.

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