NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Nearly a thousand people gear up and hit the road in Southern Indiana.

This was the scene this morning in Downtown New Albany for the city's annual Criterium bike race.

A criterium is short, quick race based on time.

The event included rookie races, children's races and a High Wheel exhibition.

Organizers say the race brings the community together to support cyclists and reminds people about their safety on the road.

"No cyclist ever is intentionally trying to get in someone's way. We're just trying to share the road, get some training in, and get the endorphins flowing so we can compete in these races," Andrew Beckman, who was the emcee for the race, said.

Organizers say New Albany's bike race is one of the few local races in our area.

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