Tour of Somerville continues to draw cyclists from around the world

A group of diverse riders — young and old men and women — line up for race, after race, after race on Main Street in Somerville for an annual Memorial Day cycling tradition that draws competitors from all over the country and around the world.

The Tour of Somerville, now in its 76th year, has become an international event and organizers say its the oldest bike race in the country.

About 600 bike riders took to the Somerville streets on Monday.

Just about anyone can find a ride that fits their skill. Many amateurs are racing in what’s categorized as the beginning level by USA Cycling.

Somerville residents take great pride in the race that was started by a local bike store owner who needed a place for his son to compete.

The day’s races culminate in the men’s and women’s professional races. The Kugler Anderson Memorial Race is named after the first winners in 1940 and 1941. Both men died in World War II.

Somerville is the only bike race to be inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.

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