News Release - Twilight Criterium Returning to Rochester

City of Rochester

News Release

(Monday, Feb. 23, 2015) – Mayor Lovely Warren announced today that the Twilight Criterium bicycle race event will return to Rochester this summer.

“I am excited that Rochester will once again host the Twilight Criterium,” said Mayor Warren. “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.”

“I'm really excited to bring the Crit back to Rochester. 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,” said Scott Page, executive director of the Twilight Criterium.

On August 15, 2015 the Twilight Criterium will be back at its original Downtown course for the first time since 2008.

This year’s event is projected to attract 20,000 spectators Downtown and generate $1.2 million in economic development for the region.

Criteriums are best explained as a uniquely American-style bike race. Courses are designed on city-center streets and staged on spectator-friendly course loops typically about one mile in length. The racing provides incredible lap-after-lap excitement highlighting the athletes’ extraordinary bike-handling skills combined with explosive speed! Spectators can 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.

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 United States the weekend of August 15th.
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News Media: For more information, contact Pres Officer Jessica Alaimo at 428-7135.


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