Today is the Twilight Criterium, one of downtown Athens’ most anticipated annual events. As usual, hundreds of onlookers are expected and there is a full day of activities ahead.
As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, cyclists from all over the world come to Athens to race through its downtown.
The course start-finish line is on Clayton Street at College Avenue while the 1K course runs clockwise on Clayton Street, Lumpkin Street, Washington Street and Thomas Street.
The women’s race begins at 7:15 p.m. in which they must complete 40 laps. Male racers must double that number of laps when they start at 8:30 p.m.
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Over the almost 40 years of the Criterium, the event has expanded to include more than the evening races. During the day there are amateur races, a 5K run, and many child-friendly events.
Races will take place throughout the day with starting times varying depending on riders’ ages and race categories. These races include the Twilight Men’s and Women’s Pro Twilight Criterium, CLIF Bar Amateur Cycling Races and Kids Criterium Victory Lap.
In addition to the races, there will also be Keith King BMX Stunt Shows and Kids Criterium.
Children’s events also include a bike race, fun run, a pump track and bouncy houses.
Those unable to attend the evening races can watch a live stream starting at 5 p.m. by visiting https://usacrits.tv/ref/athens.