Old Favorites, Three New Events for the 13th Series
American Street Track Racing Hits the Road on March 16th in Birmingham, Alabama
2019marks the 13th year of the USA CRITS Series, the premiere cycling series in the United states. Criteriums are the most spectator-friendly and enduing form of bicycle racing in America. Locally-originated events combine the highest levels of cycling with community gatherings and street festivals, while showcasing some of America’s most vibrant downtown districts.
The 2019 Series season will feature a new preseason event in Birmingham, Alabama. The Birmingham HammerFest will have a unique format in that it will serve as an opportunity for cycling media and teams to interact while gathering team marketing content at different scenic locations around Birmingham.
Eleven events across the United States will make up the 2019 USA CRITS calendar, landing in many of the country’s major cycling markets. The Colavita #racefororange will kick off the racing season with the inaugural Destination El Paso Criterium in El Paso, Texas; the Salt Lake Criterium joins the Series at another new event; and the McNellie’s Group Blue Dome Criterium, which is a part of Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, returns after a few year hiatus. Full details regarding Series events will be available on USACRITS.com in January as well as the Series Finals location.
|Preseason||Birmingham HammerFest||Birmingham, Alabana||Saturday, March 16th|
|Stop #1||Destination El Paso Criterium||El Paso, Texas||Saturday, March 30th|
|Stop #2||AOC Twilight Criterium||Athens, Georgia||Saturday, April 27th|
|Stop #3||Winston Salem Cycling Classic||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||Saturday, May 25th|
|Stop #4||Saint Francis Tulsa Tough||Tulsa, Oklahoma||Friday, June 7th|
|Stop #5||ASWB Twilight Criterium||Boise, Idaho||Sunday, July 13th|
|Stop #6||Salt Lake Criterium||Salt Lake City, Utah||Sunday, July 20th|
|Stop #7||San Rafael Sunset Criterium||San Rafael, California||Saturday, July 27th|
|Stop #8||Littleton Twilight Criterium||Littleton, Colorado||Saturday, August 3rd|
|Stop #9||Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic||West Chester, PA||Saturday, August 10th|
Twenty-four of America’s elite men’s and women’s cycling teams will be invited to participate as USA CRITS D1 Teams. The Series will focus on these D1 Teams as they #racefororange. The Series will continue to offer a season purse and promote leaders across the Series. D1 Teams will be announced in January.
“It is exciting to see three band new events join the Series for 2019. We started 2018 with a goal of creating a more sustainable model for American road cycling and made great progress in that effort,” said Scott Morris, USA CRITS Director of Developement. “We streamed more races than had ever been done in America. We saw an 11% participation increasein our events and created a new platform to allow a broader audience to engage the sport,” said Scott Morris, USA CRITS Director of Development.
For 2019, the Series will continue to focus on becoming a more team oriented model. There will be a priority on supporting the growth of more teams racing a national calendar through travel stipends, entries, and increased support from events for those D1 teams. There will also be expanded coverage of both teams and events via all media formats.
All USA CRITS Series events will be live streamed on USACRITS.tv. Not only will subscribing fans have access to the feature-packed event streams, but Video on Demand content will include D1 Team and rider components, race recaps, and full-length archived Series races.
Returning to support the Series for 2019 is Bikereg.com, the official registration and results partner, as well as Specialized and Colavita. New industry sponsors include Jakroo, Feedback Sports, and DeFeet. Other Series sponsors to be released in January.
Now in its 13th year, the USA CRITS Championship Series has brought the thrill of bike racing to some of North America’s most flourishing downtown districts. It’s a unique opportunity to get a close look at both world and national champion-level athletes, while they navigate the intricacies of a closed circuit course at high speeds, right in the heart of a vital urban setting.
Stay tuned to USACRITS.com for all of the latest information regarding the 2019 Series throughout the season.