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Seventh Annual Zeeland Criterium

Gentex is proud to present the seventh annual Zeeland twilight Criterium. The annual event will take place on Friday, June 14 beginning at 6pm.

A Criterium is, by definition, a one-day bicycle race down a circuit road course. It is the most common form of American racing, complete with a multi-lap race to the finish. The course, generally spanning up to a mile in length, is repeated by the cyclists until anywhere from 25 to 60 miles is covered. The cyclists are to successfully tear through consecutive corners of the course without a place-breaking wipe out. Quick acceleration, agility, and balance are essential to being a competitive contender in the race. Zeeland’s Criterium racers will charge through the streets of Zeeland in a competitive half mile loop throughout historic downtown. Come join one of the city’s most exciting and competitive events swirling with heart pounding entertainment for both participants and bystanders.

The event commences with a 6:00pm kick off of the free kids race from the help of your friends at Main Street Bicycle Co., where children 12 and under are welcome to come out and race on the same course used by the pros (each child must wear a helmet to be part of the race).

Children’s race at 6:00pm (1 Lap)
Category 4/5 Race at 6:30pm (30 minutes)
Category 3/4 Race at 7:15pm (45 minutes)
Fat Bike Exhibition Race organized by Tripelroot at 8:05pm (3 laps)
Category 1/2/3 Race at 8:20pm (60 minutes

Both start and finish of the race is held midblock on Church Street between Cherry and Central. Participants will cycle north on Church Street to Main; East on Main to Centennial; South on Centennial to Lincoln; West on Lincoln to Church; North on Church to finish.

At the close of each race, awards will be presented in the park near the start / finish. The Prize list includes: Cat 1/2/3 – $2,000 (total) to the top ten. An additional $300 to top three placed women. Cat 3/4 – $700 (total) to the top five finishers, with an additional $100 to the top three placed women. Cat 5 – $400 (total) to the top three finishers.

Day of registration is $55.00 and racers are welcome to register as close as 30 minutes before their race starting time, registration will take place inside of the Main Street Bicycle Co. 201 East Main. The second race is only $15 for those competitors that which to tangle with the course more than once. All USAC rules will apply. For more information, please visit: www.zeelandcriterium.com . Registration for the Fat Bike Exhibition Race is held inside Tripelroot (146 East Main), now through race day. The race is free to enter but space is limited. A fat tire bike and helmet are required to be a part of this race.

The Seventh Annual Zeeland Criterium is brought to you by:
Gold Level Sponsor – Gentex
Bronze Level Sponsors –Zeeland BPW, Velo City Cycles, Ignite, BuhlerPrince Inc., Gentex Corporation, Zeeland Lumber, and Tripelroot.