Cyclists speed down Elgin streets in Dennis Jurs Memorial Race

  • Cyclists in the Men's Category 3 race up River Bluff Road toward Brook Street during Friday's Dennis Jurs Memorial Race in Elgin, part of the Intelligentsia Cup series.

    Cyclists in the Men's Category 3 race up River Bluff Road toward Brook Street during Friday's Dennis Jurs Memorial Race in Elgin, part of the Intelligentsia Cup series. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Bicycle racers in the Men's Category 3 race slip around the corner of Cooper Avenue and Prospect Boulevard in Elgin on Friday during the Dennis Jurs Memorial Race, which is part of the nine-race Intelligentsia Cup series.

    Bicycle racers in the Men's Category 3 race slip around the corner of Cooper Avenue and Prospect Boulevard in Elgin on Friday during the Dennis Jurs Memorial Race, which is part of the nine-race Intelligentsia Cup series. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Racers in the Men's Category 3 speed up River Bluff Road toward Brook Street on Friday in Elgin during the Dennis Jurs Memorial Race, which is the latest stop in the Intelligentsia Cup series.

    Racers in the Men's Category 3 speed up River Bluff Road toward Brook Street on Friday in Elgin during the Dennis Jurs Memorial Race, which is the latest stop in the Intelligentsia Cup series. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • A mass of cyclists start the Men's Category 3 race Friday in Elgin during the Dennis Jurs Memorial Race. The race, which honors the legacy of an Army veteran who helped build a cycling culture in Elgin, is part of the Intelligentsia Cup series.

    A mass of cyclists start the Men's Category 3 race Friday in Elgin during the Dennis Jurs Memorial Race. The race, which honors the legacy of an Army veteran who helped build a cycling culture in Elgin, is part of the Intelligentsia Cup series. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 7/23/2021 2:30 PM

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.

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