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Speed Week 2013 – Cycling into Walterboro!

The USA CRITS Weeklong Criterium Series Returns For Another Spin Through The Southeast

USA CRITS Speed Week is a series of seven races in seven southeastern cities over a nine day period that begins in Athens, Georgia and ends with the finale in Sandy Springs. Nationally-ranked athletes will take to the streets to contest Speed Week, the richest week of criterium racing in the U.S. with $125,000 in prize money on the line.

Downtown areas throughout the Southeast are transformed into international cycling competition arenas from April 27 – May 5, 2013. Once again, the Terrapin Twilight Criterium in Downtown Athens, GA kicks off the week-long series. In addition to the Terrapin Twilight, returning to the series are the annual events in Roswell and Sandy Springs in Georgia, as well as Walterboro and Spartanburg in South Carolina. Two new events have been added to this year’s calendar in the cities of Tybee Island, Georgia and Belmont, North Carolina.

criteriumlogo21The fourth stop on the Speed Week 2013 circuit is on Wednesday, May 1, in Walterboro, South Carolina at the Downtown Walterboro Criterium. Now in its 11th year, Olympians and national champions will flock to the town’s historic district for a night of racing.

“With its historic charm and small town feel, Walterboro offers a slice of Americana,” said City of Walterboro Mayor Bill Young. “Fittingly, the race brings Olympians and national champion cyclists to our town. Throngs of neighbors and visitors come out in force, even hosting big block parties to witness their prowess up close. It really is something to see!”

The City of Walterboro is a major sponsor of the Criterium, which was established eleven years ago in part because of local residents and civic leaders Charlie Sweat and Jeffery Herndon. Over the years, it has grown to 150 riders participating in the event.

Featuring a fast course with lots of turns, the racing excitement along the Washington, Neyle, Hampton and Walter streets circuit is truly a spectator-friendly event and is a favorite of the event staff and athletes.

“The circuit course runs through downtown Walterboro, dotted with historic homes, antique stores, and tree-lined streets,” said Mayor Young. “It’s a flat, high-speed course, and offers great viewing spots for spectators. It’s an exciting and fast paced race that we are fortunate to host.”

2012 Downtown Walterboro Criterium

The day starts at 4:00 PM with several categories of races, including a children’s race. The children’s race starts at the Waterfall Plaza on Main Street and ends at the E. Washington Street finish line. It’s a perfect chance for familes to come out and watch the kids take part.

The Women’s Pro/1/2/3 race that begins at 6:15 PM will be 25 laps. The headliner race starting at 7:15 PM and continuing for 37 laps features Men’s Pro/1/2 riders racing at speeds up to 35 mph. The women’s professional race and men’s professional race will be followed by award ceremonies at the finish line.

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