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 over $3,700 during the exciting event.

Bicycle racing 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? A 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!!!

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