Day 9: June 24, 2021

The Otto Wenz Cafe Hollander Downer Classic

Experience Downer Avenue on Race Day

Historic Downer Avenue is home to one of the most famous urban criterium courses in the country. Global in reach and extremely local in flavor, The Otto Wenz Café Hollander Classic Pro Criterium promises to be one of the highlights of cycling in Wisconsin this summer. The full day of racing, also features a popular kids’ race, plenty of bier options (local and Belgian!), the famous Ben’s Cyclery “Super Prime,” as well as a full slate of racing all afternoon and evening.

Food, beer, and family fun complement the twilight pro race that promises to bring pro teams and riders from around the world. New this year! Our First Annual MKE Unicyclists Uni-Crit Classic – unicyclists of all ages take to the course to complete two full laps for a chance to earn bragging rights and excellent prizes.

Schedule of Events

Race Time Category Length
11:05am – 11:35am Novice Women 30 min
11:40am – 12:20pm Cat 4/Novice Men 40 min
12:30pm – 1:15pm Cat 3/4 Men 45 min
1:25pm – 2:15pm Cat 2/3 Men 50 min
2:25pm – 3:10pm Cat 3/4 Women 45 min
3:20pm – 4:20pm Masters 40+/50+ Cat 1/2/3 Men 60 min
4:30pm – 5:45pm Pro/1/2 Women 75 min
5:55pm – 6:30pm Handcycling H1/2, H3/4/5, H/Women Open 35 min
6:30pm – 7:15pm Local Event 45 min
7:15pm – 8:30pm Pro/1/2 Men 75 min

Course Description

The Downer Classic has the bike racing history and local street cred to make this one of America’s premier criteriums. With a flat four-corner course, mega crowds and the infamous Ben’s Cycle Super Prime & Party, this is a must-attend event.

Race Map

Downer Classic Race Map

Start/Finish: E Belleview Pl & N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211

More Information


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Parking & Directions

The best parking is on the city streets surrounding the race course. Please respect and do not park in smaller lots designated for the local businesses as they wish to reserve this parking for their customers.

From the North: South to Exit 74 toward Locust St. Merge onto N 8th then turn left onto W. Locust for 2 miles. Turn right onto Downer Avenue.

From the West: Take 94 East to 43 North to Locust Street, then right onto Locust.

Explore Downer Avenue

Historic Downer Avenue is a small yet vibrant commercial corridor located on Milwaukee’s fashionable East Side consisting of a variety of businesses including health and wellness offices, specialty grocery, an independent book seller, several restaurants, and even a movie theater celebrating 100 years.

Race Sponsors

Local Contacts

Steph Salvia