Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 26th, 2007 at 3:02 pm
Bus mall construction has forced Portland’s premiere professional bike race to a new location. After five years of being held at the South Park Blocks (with a start/finish line in front of the Portland Art Museum), The Health Net Twilight Criterium will move to the North Park Blocks this year.
The event, which takes place on August 24th, draws thousands of spectators who watch top bike racers battle shoulder-to-shoulder around tight, dark corners for a shot at victory.
The news comes from Good Sport Promotions’ Ayleen Crotty. She says they’re excited about the new location because it allows them to retain the “360 viewing oasis and downtown atmosphere” that make the event so special.
The new course will start and finish on NW 8th Ave. between Everett and Davis and will loop to 9th Avenue via Flanders and Couch.
Also new this year is the addition of a Category 3 race that will allow Category 2 level women to compete. In previous years, only Pro 1-2 and Masters men races were held.
I’ve watched this event the last two years (check out my reports and photos from 2006 and 2005) and it is an awesome spectacle. In addition to great racing, there’s live music, a beer garden, and an expo area.
Save the date…or if you’re fast enough to compete, good luck!