San Francisco Twilight Criterium
Pro Cycling Returns to the 'City by the Bay" September 13th. Inaugural twilight
criterium brings the climb of Fillmore back into action in 'Cycling Crazy' San
Francisco in this USA Crits race series event.
Fans Will Line Union and Fillmore Streets to Watch
Unique Twilight Race
San Francisco’s notorious hills will once again be the highlight of a major
professional bicycle race when the San Francisco Twilight Criterium takes place
Saturday, Sept. 13. More than 400 of the best male and female cyclists in the
country will line up as the sun sets over the Golden Gate Bridge.
“This is the race that San Francisco cycling fans have been waiting for - a
world-class, high energy affair that showcases the beauty and thrill of the
sport,” said race organizer Ryan Dawkins of Project Sport, LLC. “No city in
America offers a more scenic course or a more animated crowd of cheering,
cowbell-ringing fans and partygoers.”
The peloton on the Fillmore climb lined by spectators at the 2005 San Francisco
Grand Prix. Photos c. Lily
The six-tenths-of-a-mile course around Cow Hollow provides the perfect
setting for maximum drama and spectator entertainment. San Francisco’s Union
Streets and Fillmore Streets will be transformed, as professional cyclists
circle an eight-block course up to 60 times – almost once a minute. The race
climbs Buchanan and does a fast
plunge down Fillmore Street (a climb made famous, or infamous for its leg
punishing steeps in the San Francisco Grand Prix.) technically tricky corners and a false flat around
the final turn means fantastic viewing points on almost every corner.
The star cyclists in the peloton – Olympians, national champions, and USA
leaders will be called to the line first and set the scene for an
adrenalin laced evening. An athlete village will offer the opportunity for fans
to walk up to the riders and get autographs minutes before the races - something
virtually unheard of in other professional sports.
2002 SFGP - Gerolsteiner riders leads on the Fillmore.
Photos c. Lily Trevisanut
“We are very pleased to host this exciting race after the incredible display
of athleticism and sportsmanship at the Beijing Olympics,” said Mayor Gavin
Newsom. “It is very important to support an event like this, which allows
members of our local community to compete against the best professional racers
in the country, and inspires our youngest to participate in sports and group
One of the evening’s highlights will be the kids race at 6 p.m. for ages
three to 12. Children are invited to sign up that night to race, either a short
stretch of the course (ages three to six) or a few laps of the course (ages
seven to 12). The event is free and all children will earn a prize.
A rider suffers on the final 20 meters of the Fillmore.
Photos c. Lily Trevisanut
The San Francisco Twilight Criterium is the 10th race in an annual, national
race series called USA CRITS, which has brought criterium racing into the
national spotlight. With the last chance for overall contenders to make a move
for the final podium in Las Vegas later this month, team strategy and
risk-taking in San Francisco promises to be on display.
For more information on the San Francisco Twilight Criterium, visit
Francisco Grand Prix Report & Photos
USA CRITS 2008 Series (races remaining):
San Francisco Twilight Criterium - San Francisco, CA 9/13
USA CRITS Championship Final - Las Vegas, NV - 9/25
About the San Francisco Twilight Criterium - The San Francisco Twilight
Criterium signals the return of professional cycling to San Francisco, Calif.
with a criterium race circling an eight-block stretch of the popular
neighborhood of Cow Hollow, a stone’s throw from the Golden Gate Bridge.
Professional women race at 6:40 p.m. and men at 8 p.m. The event is free, and
includes kids’ races and a pro athlete village where spectators can collect
signatures of their favorite racers. The San Francisco Twilight Criterium is
part of the USA CRITS series and owned by Project Sport, LLC, in San Francisco.
About Project Sport, LLC - Project Sport, based in San Francisco, is a
specialized sports management and marketing firm focusing on the running and
cycling community. They own and operate numerous events including the US Race
Series, Carrera de San Rafael and the San Francisco Twilight Criterium, and over
the last seven years, have produced events in Atlanta, Napa Valley, Colorado,
San Francisco & Idaho. Project Sport also manages the McGuire Cycling Team. For
more information, visit
About USA CRITS - USA CRITS National Criterium Series has been developed to
feature a brand of cycling unique to the United States, the criterium.
Criteriums are historically run on short laps through city streets. They offer
spectators the opportunity to watch Olympians, world and national champions
up-close as they ride at top speed. This has made the criterium format the most
spectator-friendly form of cycling entertainment. Events on the USA CRITS series
have the ideals that have made criterium racing an American legacy: Challenging
courses that showcase arts and entertainment districts; a large and energized
base of spectators; broad community support; and strong marketing opportunities
for sponsors. For more information, visit
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