Newport News and THR Cycling have joined forces to welcome a new competitive sporting event in the city. The Newport News Twilight Criterium, an elite amateur bicycle racing event sanctioned by USA Cycling, will take place on Saturday, July 30 from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on city streets in the Yard District.
The one-kilometer race, which starts and ends at City Hall (2400 Washington Avenue), includes eight turns and is made up of two square city blocks between Huntington and West Avenues and 25th – 27th Streets. The short uphill and fast downhill course, along with twilight, dusk, and dark conditions, are sure to challenge the more than 300 beginner to elite cyclists expected.
The Newport News Twilight Criterium offers eight races for men and women of varying ages and expertise, including a free Kid’s Fun Race for children 3–9 years of age. Cash prizes range from $250 - $2,500 made possible by sponsors including Compass Intermodal, Hornsby Tire and Service Center, Hylton Builders, TREK, Village Bicycles, Cutaway, and many more.
Race director Graham Costa noticed the unique location for a potential bike race during one of his regular bicycle treks through the city. “Downtown Newport News has always been a dream location for me to hold a race because it has an interesting layout that is well suited to designing a hard and technical course, features that were rare in other races in the Hampton Roads area,” Costa said. “The course is right in the middle of the Yard District and is surrounded by City Hall, the court buildings, and the Victory Arch. Its close proximity to local restaurants, breweries, and distilleries is an ideal location for both spectators and participants alike.”
The public is encouraged to come to the Yard District to cheer on the cyclists who can reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour, enjoy food trucks, and take advantage of free bike safety checks offered by the TREK stores of Hampton Roads.
For complete race information or to register go to www.bikereg.com/newport-news-criterium.
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