Wilmington University latest to sponsor 15th Annual Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic

When West Chester welcomes the 2019 Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic to its streets on Saturday, August 10, a great number of new names will be on display – businesses eager to be associated with the event’s 15th Anniversary of professional racing and family-themed activities.  The most recent to become a part of this iconic event is Wilmington University, the new title sponsor of the Pro Women’s Criterium, the penultimate event on the race day calendar.

Wilmington University is a private university that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees both on campus and online to a diverse student body of more than 18,000 students. The university is dedicated to distinguishing itself as an open-access education facility by providing innovative, career-oriented programs centered on its students – all at an affordable price.

The Wilmington University Pro Women’s Criterium will once again attract top female riders eager to compete in one of the most popular and challenging courses on the USA CRITS Championship calendar. Adding to its allure is prize parity with the Iron Hill Pro Men’s Race. 

“We are excited to see Wilmington University sponsor this year’s Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic and support our local communities in Chester County,” said Mark Yoder, President of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and organizer of the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic. Yoder welcomed Wilmington University by noting the institution’s focus on empowering their students to overcome obstacles to reach their goals and become leaders in their fields. “The women who compete in the Wilmington University Pro Women’s Criterium exhibit that same sort of grit and determination,” he said.  “And they provide an inspiration to young and old alike. These pro women athletes are the perfect role models for anyone aiming to better their lives.”

The Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic, sponsored by Benchmark Federal Credit Union, brings thousands of spectators and families to the streets of downtown West Chester every year as they watch top-notch bicyclists race to the finish line in an event that is fun for the whole family. The Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic is slated to take place Saturday August 10, 2019 from 3PM to 10PM, with the Pro Women’s Criterium starting at 6:45PM.


About the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic:

Sponsored by Benchmark Federal Credit Union, the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic takes place on the streets of downtown West Chester, PA. The iconic event offers a wide range of exciting racing action and family-focused festivities that include the Iron Hill Twilight Pro Men’s Criterium, the aforementioned Wilmington University Pro Women’s Criterium, Rothman Institute Amateur Criterium, West Chester Dental Arts Kids’ Race, Tolsdorf Trike Challenge, Chester County Hospital Community Festival and MacElree Harvey Kids’ Zone.


About Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce:

The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, located in the heart of Chester County, PA is a membership based not-for-profit organization providing resources, advocacy and educational opportunities to help local businesses and entrepreneurs build relationships, promote their business, grow their network, address their most serious business challenges and become an integral part of the community. www.GreaterWestChester.com


About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is committed to excellence in teaching, relevancy of the curriculum, and individual attention to students. As an institution with admissions policies that provide access for all, it offers opportunity for higher education to students of varying ages, interests, and aspirations.

The university provides a range of exemplary career-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs for a growing and diverse student population. It delivers these programs at locations and times convenient to students and at an affordable price. A highly qualified full-time faculty works closely with part-time faculty drawn from the workplace to ensure that the university’s programs prepare students to begin or continue their career, improve their competitiveness in the job market, and engage in lifelong learning.