600 Cyclists, 40 MPH, 1 Day!

600 Cyclists, 40 MPH, 1 Day!

Tampa, Fla. -The Fifth Annual Cigar City Criterium and Street Festival will once again bring cycling excitement to the streets of Tampa’s Downtown. Amateurs and professionals from across the country will compete in urban high-speed short course races known in cycling circles as a “Crit.” What: Fifth Annual Cigar City Criterium and Street Festival

When: Saturday, March 16, 8am to 9pm (Lykes Square activities from 4pm to 8pm)

Where: In and around Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 N. Franklin, Downtown Tampa

While the athletes compete in all-day races, the street festival will be in full swing. Spectators can watch the competition, enter the 3k foot race, visit the Sports, Health and Wellness Expo, enjoy a Cigar City Brewing “Criterium Ale,” exclusive to the event, and more.

Participants can ride their bikes to the event to take advantage of the free bike valet parking and bike safety check. And Prime Viewing VIP ticketsare still available right at the start/finish line.

The Cigar City Criterium and Street Festival is presented by the Tampa Downtown Partnership and the National Cycling Alliance. For more information, visit http://www.tampacrit.com.

Event Schedule:

Encore Village
8am – 2pm: Amateur Criterium bike races

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
11am – 4pm: Mayor’s River O’Green
4pm – 7pm: Rock the Crit! – Rock the Park presents a special Crit concert!

Lykes Gaslight Square
4pm – 4:45pm: tbt* Beer Dash (3K running race)
4pm – 8pm: Sports, Health and Wellness Expo
4:45pm – 5:30pm: Handcycling Competition
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Amateur Finals presented by Cycle Sport Concepts
6:30pm – 8pm: Professional Criterium Race
8:30pm: Podium Awards

Release provided by: Tampa Downtown Partnership Media Release | Karen Kress | kkress@tampasdowntown.com