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On a sun-drenched Saturday, 51 cyclists competed in the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials, traversing courses along West River Parkway. They competed on bicycles, tricycles, handcycles and tandem bikes, which paired visually impaired athletes with sighted cyclers, to gain spots on the U.S. team for the Tokyo Paralympics, which will be held Aug. 24-Sept. 5.
The Twin Cities are regaining their vibrancy, as the pandemic wanes and people resume urban rituals that suddenly feel extraordinary. Thanks to high vaccination rates, summer weather and the lifting of Minneapolis and St. Paul mask mandates, June has marked a reanimation of Minnesota's metropolitan core after more than a year of COVID-induced inactivity.