Twilight Criterium is Changing Course

March 22nd, 2015 | By Marjie No Comments

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Athens’ Twilight Criterium is returning  April 24 and 25, and it is bringing with it some exciting changes!

While previous Twilight races took place in the historic center of Athens, construction on Clayton Street caused a change in the course for the race’s 35th anniversary this year.  The route will now cover a different section of downtown streets.  The course change is being approached by athletes and organizers alike as a fresh take on the Twilight experience.

According to Gene Dixon, the founder of Twilight, “It is going to be hard to unwind 35 years of racing on what is considered the best criterium course in America, but the new course offers its own unique challenges.”  Among these challenges are a longer course length, high-speed turns, and unfamiliar hills.

The racers themselves are also excited for the course change. “Twilight is a race that has a very unique feeling to it,” says Thomas Brown of the 706 Project.  “The crowds, course, and history of the race all play into the nerves of the riders themselves. Changing the course for 2015 will not affect the racers’ desire to race hard and win.  A new course is often a nice reset for a race.  It rescripts the usual play by play of the race and allows a more open and aggressive racing style to dominate.”

According to Frank Travieso, last year’s third place finisher who also races with the 706 Project, “Athens Twilight is a crazy race normally, because the crowd and the big name of the race. Now, with the new course, you can multiply that craziness by ten.”  With all of this excitement, this year’s Twilight will surely shape up to be an exciting one!

While the course may be new for this year, though, it will be closer to the original Twilight Criterium than you might think.  “This [new] course has a bit more of a wide open feel similar to the first Twilight,” says Dixon.  The previous course was part of the years that saw Athens grow into the city it is today, but the new track seems like it will be a good reminder of both the city’s and the criterium’s past.

In addition to the race, Twilight is bringing a bunch of other fun activities.  Music, BMX stunts, time trials, a parade, a kids’ criterium, and much more will also be happening on Saturday!

The Twilight Criterium is sponsored by the Athens Orthopedic Clinic, and profits from the event will go to the Athens area Habitat for Humanity.

Between the activities, the course change, and the race itself, this year’s Twilight Criterium is definitely one you will want to see! Check out the event’s website at
www.athenstwilight.com.

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