Cyclists speed through the streets of Elgin in the Dennis Jurs Memorial Race

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Cyclists took to the streets of Elgin on Friday for the Dennis Jurs Memorial Race, the final stop in the Intelligentsia Cup series.

The Elgin Race pays homage to the legacy of an Army veteran who helped create a cycling culture in the city. Jurs took up sports to deal with injuries he sustained in a landmine explosion during the Vietnam War.

He shared his passion by organizing the Elgin Cycling Classic and other competitive events. In 2017, a race bears his name.

Jurs died six years ago after being hit by a car while cycling near Hampshire. The 68-year-old was wearing a helmet.

The event includes bike safety clinics for children hosted by Elgin Community Bikes.

This is one of nine races in the Intelligentsia Cup series with upcoming races at Lake Bluff and two in Chicago.

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