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SALT LAKE CRITERIUM ROARS THROUGH THE GATEWAY JULY 17

RACE TEARS THROUGH DOWNTOWN HOLLADAY JULY 18

The Criterium is a Huge Street Party with a Bike Race

Road closures from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. July 17 in Salt Lake

And from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18 in Holladay

SALT LAKE (July 7, 2021) –The second annual Salt Lake Criterium will again roar through the heart of Salt Lake at The Gateway on Saturday, July 17. This year, organizers added a second day of intense rivalry racing on Sunday, July 18 in downtown Holladay. The two-day event is part of USA CRITS, the premier cycling series in the United States, showcasing the best riders in a uniquely American style of racing. Both days will be streamed live on USACRITS.tv.

While the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is on hiatus for another year these circuit races will provide big excitement for the bicycle racers and spectators alike with world-class and local favorite competitors lapping fast-paced, short 1 kilometer (.62 mile) multi-circuit courses. This is the second time USA CRITS Series is bringing the race to Salt Lake.

The criterium, with its fast, short laps, world class sprinters and professional teamwork, is one of the most exciting cycling disciplines to watch and is ideal for spectators who will be able to watch each race develop from start to finish. The rivalry among teams is expected to ratchet up the tension. Legion of Los Angeles, led by Justin Williams, dominated the first race of the series in Tulsa, OK in mid-June. Now Best Buddies Racing and Butcher Box Racing are ready to take points back in Salt Lake City.

“The very nature of criterium racing on short, closed circuits is what makes it possible for us to put on these events this year,” says Race Director Eric Gardiner. “A major stage race, like the Tour of Utah, requires hundreds of staff and volunteers, along with the cooperation of the Utah Highway Patrol and permits for every town along the route. Criteriums require a much smaller footprint and are able to more easily put together a plan make the event safer for everyone from riders to staff to spectators.”

America has a rich history of criterium racing, a unique form of cycling that stresses high-speed races contested amidst a thriving urban atmosphere.  Criteriums are the most spectator-friendly and enduring form of bicycle racing in America. Locally originated events combine the highest levels of cycling with community gatherings and street festivals, while showcasing some of America’s most vibrant downtown districts.

“We are so excited to welcome these elite riders to Salt Lake,” said Clay Partain, managing director of Sports Salt Lake. “It’s exhilarating to host this caliber of race and these two venues represent the best places in the valley to see and feel the excitement of a crit race.” 

The Organizing Committee will be planning to safely support the number of fans expected to watch in person. The Salt Lake Criterium inaugural event in 2019 was highly successful with 319 amateur riders, 21 USA CRITS D1 professional teams, and over 5,000 fans that came down to The Gateway throughout the day.

Local Sponsors include: Visit Salt Lake, Utah Sports Commission, Cotton Sox Photography, Blackwell Realty Group, DNA Cycling, Rotor Bike, Kuhl Clothing, Markosian Auto, ENVE Composites and Your Favorite Bartender.

About USA CRITS: Now in its 14th year, the USA CRITS Series is the premiere cycling series in the United States. USA CRITS was developed to feature criterium riders and to offer venues, teams and riders the ability to excel in a unique discipline of cycling. Starting in 2018, an effort to build the sport toward greater sustainability was taken on with the USACRITS.tv project. The events that form the USA CRITS Series showcase the ideals that make criterium racing an American legacy: challenging courses that showcase arts and entertainment districts, a large and growing base of spectators, broad community support, and strong marketing opportunities for partners.

About Sports Salt Lake: Sports Salt Lake is a division of Visit Salt Lake, a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the promotion of Salt Lake as a convention, sports, and travel destination. Sports Salt Lake’s mission is to improve the area economy by attracting and providing support to sports and athletic events to Salt Lake County. Salt Lake is a unique fusion of metropolitan city and quaint mountain town; the towering Wasatch Mountains that embrace Salt Lake offer a dramatic backdrop to the vibrancy and activities of downtown. For more information on all that Salt Lake has to offer, go to www.VisitSaltLake.com.

About The Gateway:

The Gateway is a 1.4 million square foot lifestyle destination in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City. Owned and managed by Vestar, the property recently underwent a $100 million redevelopment—infusing retail and dining, entertainment, modern office space, arts and culture, a boutique hotel, and a full calendar of community-driven events.   

RACE SCHEDULE

CategorySaturday – The Gateway
 StartFinishDuration
3/4/Novice Women10:15 AM10:45 AM30 min
35- 4/Novice Men11:00 AM11:40 AM40 min
35+ 4/Novice Men11:50 AM12:30 AM40 min
Master Men 40+12:45 AM1:30 PM45 min
Cat 3 Men1:45 PM2:30 PM45 min
Women 1-2-32:45 PM3:30 PM45 min
Kids Race3:40 PM1 lap 
Cat 1-2 Men4:15 PM5:15 PM60 min
D1 Pro Cat 1-2 Women5:30 PM6:30 PM60 min
D1 Pro Cat 1 Men6:50 PM8:00 PM70 min
CategorySunday – Holladay
 StartFinishDuration
3/4/Novice Women8:15 AM8:45 AM30 min
Cat 4/Novice Men9:00 AM9:40 AM40 min
Cat 3 Men9:55 AM10:40 AM45 min
Master Men 40 + 10:55 AM11:40 AM45 min
Women 1-2-311:55 AM12:40 AM45 min
Cat 1-2 Men12:55 AM1:55 PM60 min
D1  Pro-Cat 1 Men2:10 PM3:20 PM70 min
D1 Pro Cat 1-2 Women3:25 PM4:25 PM60 min

The Salt Lake Criterium Announces Two Day Event for July 2021 – Two races to be Part of the USA CRITS Series

Salt Lake City, Utah (August 25, 2020). The Salt Lake Criterium organizing committee announced today a new expanded racing weekend for 2021. The first of two criterium races will take place at the 2019 venue, the original Gateway location in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, July 17th The second race will be held on Sunday, July 18 on an exciting course in the Holladay neighborhood. These events will be sanctioned under USA Cycling and include amateur and professional fields. Both races will be part of the USA CRITS national series.


“Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event at the Gateway, we are excited to grow this into a crit racing weekend that will showcase more of Salt Lake City and it’s cycling fans, with back-to-back Saturday/Sunday USA CRITS races, we expect to attract an even larger number of pros competing for points and cash on the two very different courses.”

Salt Lake Criterium Race Director – Eric Gardiner


The organizing committee was saddened to cancel the 2020 event due to the Covid-19 pandemic but are doubling down on last year’s event to continue growth. The criterium, with its fast, short laps, world class sprinters and professional teamwork, is one of the most exciting; cycling disciplines to watch. The Committee will be planning for safely supporting the number of fans expected to watch in person, with scenarios dependent on the status of the pandemic in the next year. Both days will be streamed live on USACRITS.tv. The Salt Lake Criterium inaugural event in 2019 was highly successful with 319 amateur riders, 21 USA CRITS D1 professional teams, and over 5,000 fans that came down to The Gateway throughout the day.

About USA CRITS Series

Now in its 14th year, the USA CRITS Series is the premiere cycling series in the United States. USA CRITS was developed to feature criterium riders and to offer venues, teams and riders the ability to excel in a unique discipline of cycling. Starting in 2018, an effort to build the sport toward greater sustainability was taken on with the USACRITS.tv project. The events that form the USA CRITS Series showcase the ideals that make criterium racing an American legacy: challenging courses that showcase arts and entertainment districts, a large and growing base of spectators, broad community support, and strong marketing opportunities for partners. http://www.usacrits.com

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For more information opportunities:

Eric Gardiner                                           

Salt Lake Criterium

801-660-9173

ericgardiner@gmail.com

We are proud to bring USA CRITS Pro Crit racing to Utah!