For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Morris, Development Director, USA CRITS Series, firstname.lastname@example.org
USA CRITS announces postponement of remaining dates due to challenges related to COVID-19.
ATHENS, Georgia (July 10th, 2020) -The remaining scheduled USA CRITS events are postponed until 2021. These events include:
Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium, Athens, GA
Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic, West Chester, PA
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium, Spartanburg, SC
Sun City Criterium, El Paso, TX
Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, Winston-Salem, NC
Other than Benchmark Cycling Classic, each of these events had been rescheduled from the Spring in an attempt to allow them to safely move forward. Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium may still have some form of more localized activities, but those would not be part of the Series.
“Given the current conditions, we can’t produce the level of event that has become our standard while checking all the necessary boxes. We have continued to work with each venue locally to determine how the event could happen. The very things that make our events enduring, in this case, worked against us,” said Scott Morris, Director of Development.
USA CRITS events generate the largest cycling crowds in the US. The events are built around concerts and community festivals with engagement opportunities for sponsors. They are purposely built for the fans with D1 Teams and athletes from across the country helping to put on #theshow.
“First and foremost on our minds was the safety of our athletes and the fans. Beyond that, we had to address the impact to our local and national partners. Healthcare is a major local supporter of our sport. In addition, the level of permitted activities continue to change on almost a daily basis at the local and state levels making it impossible to plan for all aspects of the event day,” continued Morris.
USA CRITS will continue to partner toward a sustainable, watchable, team-based format for the sport of criterium racing in America. Several new venues are under consideration for 2021 and progress will be made toward converting events over to a more team based format while continuing the surrounding individual races. Meanwhile in 2020, there will be some virtual racing opportunities and other initiatives those taking precautions can participate in.
“We are going to take this window to build more partnerships while continuing to promote our D1 Teams and partners who have all stuck beside us during this challenging time for anyone in the event space,” said Morris.