|Join 5,000 other race fans lining the race course for the Sunny King Criterium in historic downtown Anniston, Alabama. With the Talladega Superspeedway in our back yard, NASCAR is something we understand. A criterium is like NASCAR -- except it is powered by legs and lungs, not gasoline engines. Hundreds of pros and amateurs race bikes around the .6 mile closed course multiple times -- racing inches apart at speeds reaching 40 mph. And you're just inches from the racers as they zoom by on the course. The Red Diamond JumboTron located near the Finish Line ensures that you catch all the action on the course, providing slow motion replays -- which can be especially interesting when there's a pileup.
Your afternoon downtown will quickly turn to evening when the Pro Women and Pro Men take the course in back to back races under the streetlights of downtown. More than 12 restaurants are on site providing great food and snacks all day at the 8th Annual Red Diamond Restaurant Tour, selected a Top 10 Event in Alabama in 2012. So plan to eat lunch and dinner at the festival. The Scion KidZone offers more for your kids than they can handle -- art, climbing walls, jump stations, kids bike races and running races, a Talladega Superspeedway pace car, live critter shows, and much more. And you'll even see Luke Skywalker and his buddies, Darth Vader, Princess Leah and more Star Wars characters roaming around the festival. If you are a runner, jump in the YMCA 5K hosted early in the morning, and if you enjoy music don't miss the Hot Blast Music Cafe. If you are a recreational rider, plan to join us the morning after the festival at the 20th Annual Cheaha Challenge presented by Wells Fargo Advisors---A Gran Fondo! Bring the family and lots of energy and plan to make a weekend of it.
|Below is a map of the .7 mile course. The races will follow a counter-clockwise direction. The final straight is a slight uphill.
Registration for the 2012 Sunny King Criterium is now open at:
On-site Registration will be Available on Race Day inside of Classic on Noble near the Start/Finish line. Race Day registration opens at 9am cst.
|Your Entry Fees are Donated to Relay for Life, a local American Cancer Society Fund-raiser. $70,000 has been donated since 2005. 2013 goal is $10,000. Thank you for racing with us!
|Drive times to Anniston:
Birmingham, AL: 1 hour
Atlanta, GA: 1.5 hours
Chattanooga, TN: 2.5 hours
Spartanburg, SC: 4 hours
Montgomery, AL: 2 hours
From Interstate 20:
From I-20 Exit #185, travel north on AL Hwy 21 approximately 2.5 miles to Anniston.
When the grassy, tree-lined median becomes visible continue to 10th street and turn left (west). Park in this area and walk one block west to Noble Street.
From North of Anniston
Travel South on Hwy 21.
A grassy, tree-lined median will become visible. Continue to 10th Street and turn right (west) on 10th.
Park in one of the lots and walk one block west to Noble Street.
|For More Information:|
405 WOODBRIER LN
(282) 562-9283 www.sunnykingcriterium.com