Florida’s largest cycling event draws many to Tampa’s downtown


The Cigar City Brewing Criterium in Tampa features many ancillary events. (Photo by Mary Stewart Latta)
The Cigar City Brewing Criterium in Tampa features many ancillary events. (Photo by Mary Stewart Latta)
The fourth Annual Cigar City Brewing Criterium and Street Festival – presented by Bright House Networks and produced by the Tampa Downtown Partnership will take place in Tampa’s Downtown in and around Lykes Gaslight Square on Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The free community event has activities for all ages and skill levels.

More than 600 cycling amateurs and professionals from across the country will compete in urban high-speed short course races known in cycling circles as a crit.

While the athletes compete in all-day races, the street festival will be in full swing. Spectators can watch the race or demos of bike polo and roller derby, or browse through the Sports, Health and Wellness Expo.

The premier sponsor, United Healthcare, is hosting a Fit Kids Duathlon.  The Kids Zone will offer bike decorating, helmet giveaways and fun. Participants can ride their bikes to the event to take advantage of the free “GoByke!” bike valet parking and bike safety check. There will be prizes and giveaways for participants and spectators. For more information: http://www.tampacrit.com

A few highlights include:
•    Red Bull Athletics Zone - bike polo and Derby Darlins roller derby games
•    UnitedHealthcare Fit Kids Duathlon
•    tbt* 3k Beer Dash
•    Tampa Bay Times Family Fun Ride (free Cycling Parade)
•    Food Trucks, Florida’s Longest Outdoor Bar and City Cycle Mobile Tasting Room
•    Sports, Health and Wellness Expo
•    Fit Kids Zone with bike decorating, helmet giveaways, bike safety information and lots of play
•    VIP Viewing, bike giveaways and much more

The Tampa Downtown Partnership is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization that administers the Special Services District (SSD) Program.  In addition to Tampa's Downtown Guides and Clean Team, the Tampa Downtown Partnership works to promote downtown through marketing, business development, transportation and beautification efforts. The Partnership has a long history of supporting downtown’s revitalization, a broad constituency, and strong relationships with many community stakeholders. For more information about the Tampa Downtown Partnership, telephone (813) 221-3686 or visit the Partnership’s web site at www.tampasdowntown.com.

This Article Updated March 26, 2012 @ 12:32 PM For more information contact: