Cyclists of all skill levels will race through the streets of Worthington Estates on July 29, providing prize money for winners and free entertainment for neighbors.

Cyclists of all skill levels will race through the streets of Worthington Estates on July 29, providing prize money for winners and free entertainment for neighbors.

The Worthington Criterium Bike Race will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, with an amateur race open to all. It will continue with a children's race at 6:45 p.m. and end with the professional race at 7 p.m.

Streets of Worthington Estates will be closed from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The race route will begin on Guyer Street, in front of Worthingway Middle School, and then proceed down Longfellow Avenue, Masefield Street, Stevenson Avenue, Thackeray Avenue, Lambourne Avenue and back down Guyer to the school.

Residents along the route often set up lawn chairs and have parties during the race, but everyone is invited to park nearby and walk to the route to watch the races.

This year's race will benefit Ride 2 Recovery, which builds bicycles for wounded veterans to aid in their recovery from war-related injuries.

Organizer Tym Tyler said he expects about 100 racers to take part in the regional- and professional-level races.

The prizes will total about $500 and $1,000, respectively.

Most racers come from Ohio and nearby states and race nearly every weekend during the season.

"Most have other jobs, too, but they spend an inordinate amount of time riding bikes," Tyler said.

The prize packages have been kept relatively small to attract Midwest racers and to keep the size of the event reasonable, he said.

"I would rather have a decent turnout than have the next Lance Armstrong here," Tyler said. "People in the neighborhoods just want to see the guys riding from their nice shaded lawns."

An open race for amateurs will begin at 6 p.m. The public is invited to participate. Register on site beginning at 5 p.m. or register earlier online at www.truesport.com.

Registration for the children's race begins at 5 p.m.

All participants must wear helmets.