OGDEN -- After a successful outing last year, the biggest event in college road cycling returns to town this week.
Hundreds of athletes representing some 100 colleges and universities will converge in Ogden and the surrounding area Friday through Sunday for the 2013 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, with 20 national titles in both individual and team events on the line. All races are free for spectators.
The action gets under way Friday at Antelope Island, where racers will compete in team time trials on the same 33-kilometer out-and-back course as last year.
New to this year's competition are individual time trials, which will take place on a shorter 20-kilometer course.
Downtown Ogden will once again serve as the backdrop for Saturday's criterium races, in which competitors complete a loop around several blocks as many times as they can in a limited time period.
The 1.6-kilometer course features eight corners per lap, passing landmarks such as City Hall Park and the Ogden Amphitheater.
The event's third and final day features the road races at Pineview Reservoir, with 101-kilometer women's races and 125-kilometer men's races.
The course loops around Pineview several times, then goes into a larger loop down Ogden Canyon, along the east bench through north Odgen, climbs up over North Ogden Divide, and heads downhill toward the reservoir to the finish line in Eden.
Unlike last year, no one from Weber State University will be competing this time around. However, several Utah schools will be represented, headlined by the University of Utah's Cortlan Brown, who won the Division II men's road race last year.
Athletes from Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Southern Utah University and Salt Lake Community College also will be competing in various races.
Events are split between men's and women's races, as well as Division I and II schools. For course maps, race schedules or other additional information, visit www.usacycling.org.