Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Although the name has changed to the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic, you can still count on the fun and excitement of past years. Thrill to top-notch professional bike racing with the Iron Hill Pro Men’s Criterium and The Brumbaugh Wealth Management Pro Women’s Criterium. Enjoy top amateur racing in the Rothman Institute Amateur Criterium. Have a blast watching the Tolsdorf Trike Challenge. Sign up your children in the West Chester Dental Arts Kid’s Race. Mark your calendar: August 12, downtown West Chester. . . for the thrill of it!

Every year, the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic brings thousands of race spectators and their families onto the streets of West Chester where they get an up-close look at top athletes as they race in the downtown streets at speeds up to 35 mph and more. This year’s Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic will be the largest turnout since the race’s inception.

In addition to top-notch professional bike racing, the day will be packed with lots of family-friendly events and activities throughout West Chester.

The fun and excitement begins at 4:00pm when the Kid’s Zone, Community Festival and the Market Street Block Party open to the public. It is also when the West Chester Dental Arts Kid’s Race, a series of age-determined sprints for children between 3 and 10, kicks off the evening’s racing events. Adult-sized tricycles will take over the street soon after with the Tolsdorf Trike Challenge, a double-elimination tag-team tricycle race. The excitement will continue to build, first with the Rothman Institute Amateur Criterium, followed by the Brumbaugh Wealth Management Pro Women’s Criterium and culminating with the Iron Hill Pro Men’s Criterium/USA CRITS Championship.

Truth be told, this day of nail-biting competitive racing will have started much earlier with the Rothman Institute Amateur Cycling Trials at 8:00am and running until 3:00pm on the campus of Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester. This series of nine criterium-style races is open to Cat. 2, 3, 4, 5 men and women riders, as well as masters 35+, 45+, 55+, 65+ and juniors 9 to 18. The top qualifiers in selected categories will help determine the field for the aforementioned Amateur Finals.

Enjoy all that downtown West Chester has to offer during a day of racing excitement and family fun for everyone.

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