Hundreds of cyclists set to race in the 52nd annual QC Criterium

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Davenport, Iowa (KWQC) - The 52nd annual Quad Cities Criterium is set for Monday, May 29, or Memorial Day.

650 cyclists from the United States, Canada and Europe will be taking part.

The event started years ago in East Moline, but it's only the fourth year the races are being held in the Village of East Davenport. The QC Criterium is also the fourth in a bigger series known as the Iowa Memorial Day Cycling Classic.

The first two races in the series were held in Burlington, and the third took place in Muscatine. Now, the Village is next in line.

The Local Organizer for the QC Criterium, John Harrington, said the day may start out quietly, but spectators are lining the streets by the end.

"The crowd starts to build throughout the day. So, you get the amateur men and the amateur women, and then you get to the end of the day, the sidewalks are lined, people have cowbells and they're cheering," said Harrington.

The Local Organizer told TV-6 this year they have more pro men and women set to race in the Village than they have ever on the course. Harrington also said these are the races spectators look forward to as the premiere events of the day.

The organizers of the QC Criterium also aim to give back to the community. Each year they pick a charity to donate to. This year they chose an organization that impacts Veterans in the QCA.

"So this year we have decided to give $1,000 to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities," said Harrington. "We think it's a great idea to do that on Memorial Day. And so we will present a check to a representative to the [Honor Flight] just before the National Anthem."

The fun and excitement kicks-off in the Village at 9 a.m. with the Men's Juniors Race.

For more information on the races and the full event, head to the official QC Criterium website. A clickable link can be found below or to the right of this story.