The USA CRITS ( Criterium Racing In The States ) Championship includes all the most renowned bike races in the country and has the sole purpose of finding and crowning the best rider out there. This was the first year when the Championship Series visited Florida and Arizona on the 10th of March in Delray Beach and on the 17th of March in Tucson. Two more events are scheduled in April and one in May.
First on the list is the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational which will take place on the 14th of April in Charlotte, North Carolina. This event features a 1.2 mile course through the City’s Center and over 45,000 spectators will be attending. Considering that it starts and ends on the same day, this race has one of the most generous prizes when compared to other similar races.
Second on the list is the Terrapin Twilight Criterium race which is held in Athens, Georgia on the 27th and 28th of April during the Athens Twilight cycling festival. This event has reached its 33rd edition this year and by the looks of it, people will talk about this one for a long time. You will even get the chance to interact with any of the professional riders on Friday during the Grid Qualifiers. The race will take place Saturday night and the best place to get a piece of the action is downtown Athens. Make sure you find a good spot early on since more than 35,000 will come to see their favorite riders. If you have racing in your blood you can sign up for the amateurs race or you can showcase your skills during the BMX Jam.
On the 12th of May, USA CRITS moves to Missouri for the Tour de Grove which takes place in St. Louis. Another one day event, the Tour de Grove offers riders the chance to win significant prizes and also features various other races like the 5K run, for all the riders with a USAC license. The event starts early in the morning and ends during the afternoon with the two main races: the women’s one and men’s one.
Author: Radu H.
|Delray Beach Twilight||Delray Beach, FL||March 10|
|Old Pueblo Grand Prix||Tucson, AZ||March 17|
|Presbyterian Hospital Invitational||Charlotte, NC||April 14|
|Terrapin Twilight Criterium||Athens, GA||April 28|
|Tour de Grove||St. Louis, MO||May 12|