The 43rd Annual Dilworth Criterium is designed to attract
professional and amateur cyclists from all of the country to the
beautiful Dilworth Neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. The cyclists will compete for
during the exciting event.
has been deeply rooted in Dilworth since the early days. In
September 1897, a 1/3 mile hard-pack cycling track was opened with
stadium seating for 1,344 and artificial lighting drawing racers
from across the country. In the last 35 years, the Dilworth
Criterium has hosted national pro tour teams, an Olympics qualifier
and international stars like Steve Bauer and George Hincapie
What is a criterium?
criterium is a bicycle race on a
closed circuit less than a mile in length where cyclists complete
multiple laps. Depending on category, race distances may vary
between 25 and 50 miles in length and the fast action and high
visibility are a real crowd pleaser.
Why is a criterium so exciting? When 100 plus cyclists try to take a 90 degree turn elbow to elbow at over 30 miles per hour, there tends to be a little rubbing and bumping, sometimes even a few crashes. NASCAR on two-wheels!!!