For the unfamiliar, you may be asking yourself, what is a Criterium?
"Criteriums are best explained as a uniquely American-style bike race. Courses are designed on city-center streets and staged on spectator-friendly course loops typically about one mile in length. The racing provides incredible lap-after-lap excitement highlighting the athletes’ extraordinary bike-handling skills combined with explosive speed!"
Here are 5 things you need to know about the Rochester Twilight Criterium happening this Saturday, August 13th:
1. It's Downtown
Spectators and racers alike will get to enjoy DOWNTOWN! The course is in the heart of the city, crossing the Genesee River twice and wrapping around the Powers Building, Legacy Tower, the Central Library and more.
2. It's like NASCAR but for Bikes
Often described as NASCAR on 2 wheels, lap after lap racers wind around a 1-mile course that includes 9 turns with speeds up to 30 miles per hour.
3. Admission is Free
This is a professional race, with competitors coming from around the globe, and it's FREE! And the best part? You can watch from anywhere along the course, we recommend walking around during the event to see it from different places.
There's amateur racing during the day, the 1 hour women’s pro race starts at 6:25pm and the 2 hour men’s pro race starts at 8:05pm, check the schedule to get the full details.
4. There's a Beer Garden & Food Truck Rodeo
Head to South Ave between Broad St. and Court St. to enjoy food and beverages from our city's favorite food trucks and beverage vendors (details).
5. You can be a VIP & part of the Action
New this year is the Golisano Gran Fondo. What is it, you ask? Part charity ride, part VIP experience, you can support the Golisano Children's Hospital (100% of funds raised go straight to the hospital), ride the course, enjoy a great dinner, and more. Whether you participate as a spectator or join the 10-mile or 50-mile ride, you'll be a VIP on Saturday.
Keep an eye on the Facebook Page for event updates this week.