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The MVP Health Care Rochester Twilight Criterium


ROCHESTER, NY, May 3, 2018–On Saturday, May 19, the MVP Health Care ROCHESTER TWILIGHT CRITERIUM will return to Downtown Rochester for a fourth consecutive year. Along with the earlier date (the event was previously held in late summer), the organization announced a new title sponsor, MVP Health Care, for this health-focused, family friendly community event. For the fourth consecutive year, the City of Rochester returns as the event’s presenting sponsor.

For the fourth straight year, the event is part of USA Cycling’s Professional Road Tour (the highest level of professional cycling in the U.S.) and the MVP Health Care Rochester Twilight Criterium will feature top male and female athletes from across the U.S. and beyond.  As participants in one of only nine criteriums on the U.S. calendar, these professional men and women race for equal $12,000 prize purses. Additionally, the event will showcase some of the nation’s finest 17- to 22-year-old amateur athletes.

The second annual ROCHESTER MILE running race will take place again this year and will feature one-mile races for elite and amateur female and male runners. The elite runners will hit the streets with the hopes of breaking course records and capitalizing on the equal $2,500 purses.

New for 2018, the MVP Health Care ROCHESTER TWILIGHT CRITERIUM has added a Big Wheel Kids Race. A smaller modified course will be set up in the food truck rodeo area before the criterium gets underway, all dedicated to the kids. The event will be free for all children who want to participate and bikes and helmets will be available for use.

Criteriums are best explained as a uniquely American-style bike race. The nine-corner course, located right in the center of Rochester, is considered one of the world’s best. The racing provides incredible lap-after-lap excitement highlighting the athletes’ extraordinary bike-handling skills combined with explosive speed! In short, what NASCAR is to automobile racing, criteriums are to bike racing. This is one of the few times spectators can watch the fast-paced action for free just inches away from these amazing professional athletes!

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