Charlottesville Criterium and Bike Fest returns
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Bicycle riders can gear up for the Charlottesville Criterium and Bike Fest.
The event will be taking place for the second time on Preston Avenue near Dairy Market and in part of the Rose Hill community on April 29.
The Charlottesville Racing Club and UVA Cycling Club say a Criterium is a fast-paced race on a short-closed course for variable amounts of time, which depends on experience level.
There will be amateur and collegiate riders participating.
It’ll start off at 10 a.m. with a series of free junior races for boys and girls in the 9-14 and 15-18 age groups. Then at 12 p.m., there will be a Bike Parade that is open to anyone in the community who has a bicycle.
The parade will take 20 to 30 minutes on a closed course.
Additionally, this year’s event will be hosting the ACC cycling conference championship in conjunction with the University of Virginia’s organization of the Jefferson Cup Road Race, which will be taking place April 30.
At Dairy Market, there will be a variety of activities, such as face painting, bike decorating, a small petting zoo and more.
The Starr Hill Brewery will have an outdoor beer garden, and the Charlottesville Ale Trail will host an after-party at Rockfish Brewing and Fifth Season Gardening.
The Criterium and Bike Fest is also a fundraiser for Charlottesville Community Bikes, a nonprofit that recycles bicycles and makes them accessible to the community.
The nonprofit will be promoting a silent auction as part of the event.
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