Next Stop: Delray Beach, Florida – Watch it live
Delray Beach has been a place of hospitality to visitors from around the world since 1911. It is an oasis for people that crave a playful lifestyle.
The next stop on the USA CRITS Championship Series calendar is happening at the 2nd Annual Delray Beach Twilight Criterium in sunny Florida. On Saturday, March 23, thousands of people will flock to Downtown Delray Beach for an epic criterium cycling event. Amateur and professional cycling races will take over the beautiful downtown Atlantic Avenue area alongside a health and lifestyle festival, including health-centric vendors, BMX stunt shows and clinics.
“We actually have a Granfondo the morning of the Twilight,” said Chelsea Midlarsky, Race Director, talking about the newest addition to the Delray Beach Twilight Festival, the Grandfondo Garneau Florida Ride. “Six hundred cyclists are participating. We have teamed up with Louis Garneau (Canadian road racing and track Olympic champion), and we’ll have both a 37 or 62-mile ride, all in support of Gumbo Limbo, our charity, so we’re excited about that.”
Later Saturday evening, the Delray Beach Twilight will be held on a 0.7-kilometer course of tight turns and straight-aways, with the start/finish at the intersection of NE 1st Street and Alantic Avenue. The pro women will take to the streets at 7:00pm EDT for a 40km (40 laps) race, with the pro men to follow at 8:30pm EDT with an 80k (80 laps) twilight crit.
A new leader will overtake current leader, Luke Keough, as soon as the race kicks off with their 50 start points and the event will see the return of one of America’s best women criterium riders as Tina Pic comes out of retirement to tackle one of the most dynamic courses in America.
So what makes Delray Beach an ideal place to hold a criterium?
“I want to showcase Delray Beach,” said Midlarsky. “Get people thinking about it as a sporting destination, coming back all year and seeing how great of a community it is.”