LOOK: Bannock Street Criterium zips around and around the Golden Triangle

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The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

If you tried to cross the Golden Triangle this weekend, you would have stumbled across the Bannock Street Criterium.

A criterium is a bike race held in a closed circuit. In this case, racers ride for nearly 50 minutes before judges call for 10 final laps. The Bannock Street Criterium is a tribute to Mike Nields, a talented bicycle racer who died hang gliding in 1991 when he was only 19.

These photos show the women’s professional division, which cyclist Cari Higgins won by a sizable margin.

The womens pro division rides under the start/finish line in a thinning group. Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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The womens pro division rides under the start/finish line in a thinning group. Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

Riders await the start of the womens pro race during the Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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Riders await the start of the womens pro race during the Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

Jennifer Sharp hangs onto the inside of a turn. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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Jennifer Sharp hangs onto the inside of a turn. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

Cari Higgins leads the pack. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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Cari Higgins leads the pack. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

Becca Schepps rides across the start/finish line during the 50 minute race. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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Becca Schepps rides across the start/finish line during the 50 minute race. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

Becca Schepps and Gwen Inglis speed down Bannock Street. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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Becca Schepps and Gwen Inglis speed down Bannock Street. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

Cari Higgins leads the pack. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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Cari Higgins leads the pack. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

Cari Higgins speeds across the finish line, clinching the race with a wide lead.The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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Cari Higgins speeds across the finish line, clinching the race with a wide lead.The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

Racers speed past the start/finish line. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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Racers speed past the start/finish line. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

Cari Higgins speeds across the finish line, clinching the race with a wide lead. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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Cari Higgins speeds across the finish line, clinching the race with a wide lead. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

Jennifer Sharp speeds around a corner. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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Jennifer Sharp speeds around a corner. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

Paul Brekus and his penny-farthing bicycle and vintage moustache. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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Paul Brekus and his penny-farthing bicycle and vintage moustache. The Bannock Street Criterium. July 31, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty)

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