NOTICE: This newsletter was originally sent on Jun 10, 2009.
Bike Racing Returns to Downtown Fort Collins
FORT COLLINS, CO - June 10, 2009 - Bicycle racing is coming to Old Town Fort
Collins this summer. On June 2, the Fort Collins City Council approved an event
permit that will grant its applicants the ability to use City-owned property to
host a weekly bicycle criterium race. The result isthe City Streets
Crit, a cooperative effort to bring community-based bicycle racing to
downtown Fort Collins.
Starting Tuesday June 16th, cycling enthusiasts of
all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to race their bikes on the
tarmac of the City Streets department just north of New Belgium Brewery at 625
Ninth Street. The 1km closed course offers plenty of room for riders to open it
up. It also boasts an alley between two brick buildings, adding an Old Town feel
to the venue.
The race series is being made possible by the cooperative
efforts of The Fort Collins Velodrome Association (FCVA), FC Bikes (City of Fort
Collins), Blacksheep Junior Cycling, The Cycologist bike shop and Ciclismo
Racing, an elite amateur cycling team based in Fort Collins.
Kemp, Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Fort Collins, expressed his delight
with the joint effort. "The City of Fort Collins staff is excited to
collaborate with FCVA & Ciclismo Racing on the City Streets Crit Race
series. One of the recommendations from the 2008 Bike Plan specifies the
support and promotion of competitive bicycle sporting events in Fort Collins."
Kemp also praised the unique use of the City asset, "Our local event
organizers identified the Streets Department facility as a prime venue to host a
series of bike races due to its downtown location and size of the enclosed
facility. Whereas, the Streets Department facility is not commonly used for
Special Events, Kemp noted, "Special considerations were made by the Fort Collins City
Tim Anderson, with the Fort Collins Velodrome Association, identified
the site. Anderson has a passion for cycling and an eye for cycling venues. Last
year Anderson organized the CSU Oval races (which begin again Sunday July 12) in
an effort to bring community-based racing to downtown Fort Collins. "The FCVA
exists to promote, develop and facilitate 'bicycling as sport' in Fort Collins",
Anderson predicts, "This race series will demonstrate the
value and simplicity of a weekly criterium on a closed course near Downtown.
It's success will encourage our leaders to consider a more permanent dedicated
facility for all types of bicycle racing in a City park."
Director of Sport for Ciclismo Racing, and Ryan Scalva of The Cycologist bike
shop both echoed Anderson's passion for the new race series. "The amount of
enthusiasm we have seen from our community for this event just goes to show how
much cycling really is a way of life in Fort Collins," Clark said, while Scalva
noted, "I feel we are bringing people in the community closer to the sport and
The race promoters are encouraging everyone to ride to
the race and spectators are welcome. Kids races are free and adult races are
$10. Racing starts June 16 at 6pm. For more information go to Your Group Ride.
Ciclismo Racing Based in
Fort Collins, Colo., Ciclismo Racing is a dynamic sports management company
dedicated to advancing the sport of American cycling and and promoting bicycling
as a way of life. Ciclismo Racing is founded on ethics, integrity, hard work and
a commitment to build the best professional cycling team in the United