Mark your calendar for June 12th! From 3pm – 11pm Downtown Tacoma will be hosting it’s first ever Twilight Criterium Bicycle Race, presented by Michelob Ultra. The race will loop around the north end streets of Pacific Ave and the course adorned with bands, beer gardens, DJs, Prizes, Games, a Kids’ Race and more.
If you’ve never seen criterium racing (aka: “crit”) before, get ready for a thrill as the riders compete on a closed circuit loop for about an hour per event. The race is measured in time (not laps) and the pace is kept at a near sprint the entire time by way of mid-race prizes and points. Spectators can expect to see the pack race by some 30+ times in the night’s main event.
Racing will take place approximately every hour starting at 3pm concluding with the Category 1 (elite/ pro) riders at 7.30pm.
To make it even more exciting, the Tacoma Twilight Criterium will be the final stage in the Cascadia Criterium series – a new month-long Puget Sound series of races in which riders aim to build up points to claim the overall title. The night's final prizes will be awarded at 9pm.
“We wanted to create a new event to bring life to the Downtown area and generate some buzz in the City amidst these pressing economic times.” says Tim Waer of the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Commission. “Tacoma Bike greeted with open arms to co-host the event. The city is ready for this race. We were very lucky to get on board Tacoma Bike, Dean Burke at Junefish and Race Director Joe Holmes. We hope, with the support of the City and the riders, to prepare the ground for an event for years to come.”
Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Commission, Tacoma Bike and Junefish join together to bring you a party in Downtown Tacoma like you’ve never seen before. Bring the kids, bring a chair, settle in for the night.
The event is free to spectators. For more information visit: www.tacomatwilight.com. Join the race on Facebook for the latest updates.