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Hot Two-Wheeled Action Redux

Editor’s note: I wrote the following article for our sister site The Bike Geek — and a day later we experienced some technical difficulties with that site that are still being resolved. In the meantime, I wanted to share coverage of this exciting event that took place during Florida’s Bike Month — the very first criterium-style race ever held in downtown Tampa.

The City of Tampa played host to some exciting racing action last weekend…The Tampa Twilight Criterium. Sponsored by the Tampa Downtown Partnership, local bike shops and WAM Events, this day-long event was a blast!

Although I had to work on Saturday, I was lucky in that the race course was mere blocks from my workplace. I was able to catch the action before work, at lunch and for an hour or so after work. Come with me as I share photos of the races and the health and wellness festival that took place in Lykes Gaslight Square in the heart of the race course.

Race sponsor Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium brought their rolling full-service bike shop to the event:
rolling shop

The health and wellness festival was well-attended…massages, bicycle advocacy groups, the Tampa Bay Bicycle Co-op and food were on offer:
festival

The Tampa Downtown Partnership even had free bicycle valet parking for the event, a nice touch!
valet parking

For the womens’ race, we caught The Bike Geek/Bikecommuters.com friend Lily Richeson lining up for her event. She’s number 231, and she placed in the top 20 in her category:
lily
(photo by Lisa Hickman of the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club)

Here’s a pack of juniors and Cat. 5s blazing down the course:
juniors

Part of the technically-challenging course went down Franklin Street in the heart of downtown…those bricks were tough to keep traction on, and there were several wipeouts at the turns onto and off the bricks:
franklin

Some high-speed action:
corner

The Cat. 2/3s in pack formation:
pack

And another action shot as the Cat. 2/3s take a high-speed corner heading toward Ashley Drive (University of Tampa’s “Plant Hall” in the background:
plant hall

It was a great event…hundreds of racers and thousands of spectators throughout the day. Let’s hope this becomes an annual tradition during Florida’s Bike Month!

12 Comments

  1. Yokota Fritz

    Win this book! You’ve found a checkpoint for the 2nd Virtual Alleycat.

    Next Checkpoint: http://bikecolumbus.blogspot.com/

    Check in here, take a look around and race to the next checkpoint.

  2. dudeonabike

    Curious to see if anyone finds this checkpoint–even though now I see the connection: title of blog post=Hot Two Wheeled Action; Cycleicious new book “Custom Bicycles A Passionate Pursuit”=hot two wheeled action. Cute. (confession: I got help from @cyclelicious at http://www.cyclelicio.us/–totally unsolicitied, I swear!)

  3. kit

    dudeonbike:

    I’m just on your wheel, man.

  4. Gunnar

    Got it.

  5. Cyclin Missy

    Found the checkpoint!

  6. Leighton

    Checkpoint!

  7. Gavin

    yahoo!

  8. Jon

    CHECKPOINT YESSSS

  9. redfieldbikes

    check

  10. ann

    check!!

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