Alabama State Criterium Championship
Tour de Bay Ride
On May 6 and 7, it will be Pedals to the Metal in downtown Mobile.
Here’s what the racing will be Saturday on Dauphin St. at N. Warren St. in Downtown Mobile: intense, fast-paced, sometimes combative and always fun. A criterium – commonly known as “crits” – challenge riders to make as many laps of a course as they can manage in a relatively short period of time. “They are professionals that participate in this event, they’re out there racing for money and bragging rights,” said Jessica Melton, an event organizer. “Those guys are banging handlebars and rubbing elbows.” A series of races, lasting between 25 and 55 minutes each and divided into various skill categories for men and women, will run between 9 am and 6:30 pm Saturday, May 6.
Here’s what the ride will be Sunday at Bienville Square in front of the newly opened Hilton Garden Inn: intense, leisurely, fast, slow, competitive, noncompetitive, and fun. The Ride will take riders throughout Mobile County. Riders dictate their distance and their pace. The Ride begins at 8am, Sunday, May 7 and the after party begins at 11am at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Online registration is now open. The entry fee is $25 for the Criterium and $25 for the Ride until May 1. The entry fees for both the Criterium and the Ride is $40 until May 1. After May 1, the fees increase to $30 for the Criterium, $30 for the Ride, and $50 for both the Criterium and the Ride.