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 on Saturday, May 19th:
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. In previous years the race started and finished on Court Street, but this year it will be on the Broad Street Bridge.
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. Check out the list of recommendations from the Criterium crew for their list of Best Places to Watch.
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. Running Racers
Back again this year is the Rochester Mile. What is it, you ask? The Rochester Mile is a race for runners, both men and women, amateurs and elites. These series of races will happen throughout the night so check out the website and schedule to find out more.