Mayor Lovely Warren has announced the Twilight Criterium, a uniquely American-style bike race, will return to Rochester Aug. 15.
According to officials, the event has been projected to attract 20,000 spectators downtown, and will generate $1.2 million in economic development for the region.
“I am excited that Rochester will once again host the Twilight Criterium,” Warren stated. “This world class event will shine an international spotlight on Rochester’s growing bicycle-friendly culture, which is becoming increasingly attractive to employers. That will help us attract jobs, which leads to safer streets and better schools. I want to thank Scott Page, and his team, for all their efforts to bring this event back to Rochester.”
Warren said the Twilight Criterium will be back on its original downtown Rochester course for the first time since 2008.
“I’m really excited to bring the Crit back to Rochester,” said Scott Page, executive director of the Twilight Criterium. “It’s something we always wanted to do, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Mayor Warren, and her team, to showcase the city we love.”
Criterium courses are designed to be held on city-center streets, and staged on spectator-friendly course loops which are typically about one mile in length.
Officials said spectators will be able to watch the fast-paced action for free, at arm’s length from fields comprised of top domestic and international pros at multiple places around the course.
In addition, according to officials, the event has been placed on USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar (the highest level of professional cycling in the US), and will be the only pro criterium in the U.S. the weekend of Aug. 15.
Visit www.rochestercrit.com, for more information regarding the event.