High Speed Races Come To Delray

Early season criterium (high-speed cycling races set in thriving urban environments) racing in warm climates sets the stage for the 2012 USA CRITS Championship Series. Starting in Pineapple Grove’s business district, the Series travels to Tucson, AZ, Charlotte, NC, and Athens, GA, before hitting St. Louis, MO for the mid-point of the Series. The Series is defining the standard for American criterium racing, with five great events getting the year rolling for both the men and the women. The kick-off event returns top-level racing to South Florida for the first time in years with the inaugural Delray Beach Twilight Criterium on March 10. The area hasn’t seen a major competitive cycling event in almost a decade, with the last major race in Florida being held in 2007 in Jacksonville. South Florida has a rich cycling cul- ture, with two out of the five men’s USA CRITS champions currently residing or having lived there. “I am thrilled to have a major race back in South Florida so close to Miami,” says 2008 USA CRITS Champion and Miami resident, Yosvany Falcon, who will be racing with UCI Continental team Wonderful Pistachios in 2012. “I feel a lot of cycling fans not just in South Florida but from all over the state will head to Delray to see what USA CRITS can do, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”