After a brief hiatus, the legendary USA CRITS will be back in the saddle for a spring criterium series, running April 13 through May 25, 2024. Six full weeks of travel-friendly races will be livestreamed worldwide, anchored by four national calendar events:

  • April 13 – Sunny King Criterium – Kicking off the spring cycling season in Anniston, AL, Sunny King has held national rank within the US Domestic and Continental peloton as a must-do spring criterium event for over two decades.
  • April 26 – Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium – A one-of-a-kind fundraiser in Spartanburg, SC, this event features 150 tailgating tents around the course.
  • April 27 – Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium – This iconic Athens, GA evening race has reshaped American criterium racing since its inception in 1980.
  • May 25 – USA CRITS Finals: Winston Salem Cycling Classic – With its unique figure eight course, “Gears & Guitars” features world renowned musicians in the center of Winston-Salem, NC’s Innovation Quarter.

“The four main events in the series are the longest standing criterium events in the South,” says USA CRITS’ Marilyn Hill, who will celebrate a decade as Sunny King’s Race Director in 2024. “Having us all together will offer the athletes the best lineup of events, an easily manageable schedule to complete, and a solid cash payout at the end of the six-week series. Collectively, these are the South’s premier historic criteriums.”

TRAVEL-FRIENDLY: In addition to these pillars of criterium cycling, several additional events (including the Rock&Road Criterium in Newnan, GA) will soon be announced, making the Southeast the indisputable place to be this spring. All events are strategically planned within a limited radius to make travel easy on competitors. Several USA CRITS events also have the distinction of overlapping with sister series Speed Week, as well as being just a short drive from the USA Cycling National Championships in nearby Charleston, WV in May, leading into the Winston-Salem USA CRITS series finals.

LIVESTREAMS: USA CRITS proudly highlights riders and teams worldwide as the only 2024 criterium series in the country to be fully livestreamed. As in years past, every race can be viewed via and other streaming services.

CASH PAYOUT: The total prize purse stands at $200,000 and growing. As the remaining events are confirmed and announced, the total payout will be updated as well.

HISTORY: A decades-long cycling calendar mainstay, USA CRITS boasts a proven, reliable track record. Year after year, cyclists have been able to make solid plans around these events without fear of last-minute cancellations or disappointments.

LEADERSHIP: With a new leadership group and advisory boards in place, USA CRITS offers fresh energy to guide the direction of the series from this point forward. Joining founder Gene Dixon will be a seasoned group of event and team directors, including Executive Director Thad Fischer and Event Advisory Chair/Livestream Coordinator Marilyn Hill. With sponsors and partners in place (and room for a few more), the team is eager to present these new and improved events.

UPDATES: Announcements about the remaining events and total prize purse will be made via the USA CRITS website at and social media platforms. For more information, send an email to

** Since publication of this article, the last two races to complete the six-race series have been added - the Rock&Roll Criterium in Newnan, Georgia, and the LaGrange Cycling Classic in LaGrange, Georgia. The LaGrange race is also a part of Speed Week, as are the races in Athens and Spartanburg. **

Stop #1 Sunny King Criterium Anniston, AL Sat
April 13
Stop #2 Rock&Roll Criterium p/b 75 Jackson Properties Newnan, GA Sat
April 20
Stop #3 Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium Spartanburg, SC Fri
April 26
Stop #4 AOC Twilight Criterium p/b Michelob ULTRA Athens, GA Sat
April 27
Stop #5 LaGrange Cycling Classic LaGrange, GA Sat
May 4
USA CRITS FINALS Winston Salem Cycling Classic Winston-Salem, NC Sat
May 25