The Delray Beach Twilight Festival Takes Over Atlantic Avenue on Saturday, March 22nd

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Founded in 2011, The Delray Beach Twilight Criterium is not your average health and lifestyle festival. On March 22, Delray Beach’s downtown Atlantic Avenue will explode with excitement as hundreds of cyclists from around the country come and compete for a grand prize of $25,000. This event will certainly be one to remember. Unlike ‘stage races,’ such as the Tour de France, which occur over great distances, this is a sprint-style race, with a short, 1 kilometer course that is lapped over, and over and over again. Have you ever seen a bicycle go 40 mph? You will! Think of it as Indy Car Racing meets the Tour de France. The Delray Beach Twilight is one of only Twelve sanctioned races by the USA CRITS Series. Now in its eight year, the USA CRITS Championship Series is the premiere cycling series in the United States. USA CRITS was developed to feature criterium riders and to offer venues, teams and riders the ability to excel in a unique discipline of cycling. Because criteriums are run on short tracks through urban areas, they offer spectators the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the top cyclists from around the globe. In its third year, The Delray Beach Twilight hopes to provide the Delray Beach community with an enjoyable, family oriented event and drive business to the downtown merchants and restaurants. Bring the family and come cheer on some of the top local and national athletes as they push themselves to the limit. History of the Twilight The Twilight concept was founded in Athens, Georgia in 1980 by Gene Dixon and was the first nighttime race held in the United States in more than 60 years. Many more night time races followed throughout the country with Dixon hand-picking the top 12 night races and organizing a nationwide series called the USA Crits. The USA Crits races are unique among other night time races, popular among racers, spectators and some of cycling’s hottest international stars. In 2011, Dixon for the first time in USA Crits history, chose a 1st year event to be on the series…the Delray Beach Twilight. Other races on the series are hosted in Tucson, Arizona; Charlotte, North Carolina; St. Louis, Missouri; New York, New York; Cincinnati, Ohio; West Chester, Pennsylvania; Boise, Idaho and Las Vegas, Nevada. How to Watch the Delray Beach Twilight Festival If you’ve never seen a bike race up close, you’re missing out on one of the most incredible sports in the world. Put on some comfortable shoes, grab your friends and family, and prepare to watch bikes go as fast as cars! “When do I show up?” Early. In order to “understand” a race, you need to see the beginning, middle and end. It’s both an individual and a team sport, and the more events you watch, the greater understanding you’ll have of the tactics. Spend the day in Delray Beach with the whole family. Check out our Races, BMX Stunt Shows and reserve a spot at your favorite Atlantic Avenue restaurant. “Where will the Start/Finish line be?” The Start/Finish line will be located right in front of Spot Coffee and Delray Center for the Arts. This will be the ideal place to get autographs and take pictures. It’s also a great place to see how a race begins and the excitement of the finish. “Can I move around?” Absolutely – it’s encouraged. Delray Beach offers some challenging turns that shape the race. Be sure to see the racers as they speed through Delray Beach and take the turns at 40+ mph before launching towards the Finish line. Grab a drink at your favorite bar or relax in our beer garden for one of the best seats in the house! “What if I have a question?” Just look for a Race Marshal – they’re the guys with the “USA Crits” shirts- they’ll give you the inside scoop. Volunteer & Be a Part of this Year’s Delray Beach Twilight Festival Get an inside-look at all the racing action, while helping out on this fun-filled day. Hundreds of volunteers, like yourself, are needed to be goodwill ambassadors for Delray Beach, Florida by attending to the safety and comfort of the event spectators. Help with racecourse marshaling, packet pick up, security, traffic control, and event information. As a token of our appreciation, you’ll receive an official Delray Beach Twilight Festival T-shirt, a gift from cycling manufacturer LG and a great view of the races! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Gina Jenkins at gina@delraybeachtwilight.com. Echelon Wine Lounge and Sierra Nevada Beer Garden Open to the public, the Echelon Wine Lounge and Sierra Nevada Beer Garden will be serving popular beers and wines for the Delray Beach Twilight Festival on Saturday, March 22 from 5pm to 10pm. The Garden and Lounge will be located at Turn 1 on the corner of Swinton Ave and Atlantic Ave. Beer and Wine will cost $5 each. 100K Recreational Tour Cycling Ride. The Granfondo Garneau Florida Ride is the newest road cycling event to hit South Florida. “Grandfondo” is Italian for “Big Ride.” Louis Garneau, the Canadian road racing and track Olympic champion and cycle-wear manufacturer, has paired up with the Delray Beach Twilight festival to create an epic cycling experience for the masses! Challenge yourself to ride 100K (62 Miles) along the beautiful and scenic A1A. Register to ride at delraybeachtwilight.com/granfondo-ride.php. Participants Receive: Custom LG GranFondo Jersey, Bib Timing, Event Medal, Catered Breakfast and Lunch, Fully Stocked Rest stops, SAG Support, Police Escort, Goodie Bags with products from sponsors, Raffles/ Prizes, Beer, Wine and Category Winners Jerseys. The Granfondo Garneau Florida Ride is in support of the YMCA Bike Program and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. For more information about the weekend of Twilight Events, please call 561-289-9052 or email Hello@delraybeachtwilight.com