- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The Tour de Gulfport bicycle race has doubled in size to about 130 competitors.

Riders came from several states, and WLOX-TV (https://bit.ly/265wcGQ ) reports that one even came from the Netherlands.

The event was the criterium championship for the Louisiana and Mississippi Bicycle Racing Association, which focuses on short, closed-circuit racing. Competitors circled the course, measured at 8/10 of a mile, for a fixed time, up to an hour long.

Laura Gallagher came from Milton, Florida, to root for her son Jacob.

Jacob Gallagher says the fact that the course is near the water means there’s more wind, making it different from other races.

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