Cyclists speed down Elgin streets in Dennis Jurs Memorial Race
Bicycle-racers took to the streets of Elgin on Friday for the Dennis Jurs Memorial Race, the latest stop in the Intelligentsia Cup series.
Elgin's race honors the legacy of an Army veteran who helped build a cycling culture in the city. Jurs took to the sport to cope with injuries he suffered from a land mine explosion in the Vietnam War.
He shared his passion by organizing the Elgin Cycling Classic and other competitive events. In 2017, a race was named for him.
Jurs died six years ago after he was hit by a car while riding his bike near Hampshire. The 68-year-old was wearing a helmet.
The event includes bike safety clinics kids hosted by Elgin Community Bikes.
It is one of nine races in the Intelligentsia Cup series with upcoming races in Lake Bluff and two in Chicago.