It’s Criterium time again in Wheat Ridge

High-speed cycling event offering family fun and beer

Staff report
Posted 6/5/19

Cyclists from across the state will compete on June 9 at the Criterium and Brewfest in downtown Wheat Ridge. During each of the day’s races, participants ride as many laps of the 1-mile circuit as …

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It’s Criterium time again in Wheat Ridge

High-speed cycling event offering family fun and beer

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Cyclists from across the state will compete on Sunday, June 9, at the Criterium and Brewfest in downtown Wheat Ridge.

During each of the day’s races, participants ride as many laps of the 1-mile circuit as possible within the time limit. This ensures a lot of action and excitement for spectators and athletes. This year, Wheat Ridge’s Criterium will once again act as the Colorado Criterium State Championships.

The course begins and ends on 38th Avenue in front of Wheat Ridge Cyclery, the event’s Presenting Race Sponsor. Riders, both elite and amateur, will race with staggered start times beginning at 9 a.m., continuing till 5 p.m.

Each race takes about 40 to 60 minutes. Prizes range from gift cards and merchandise to cash. This year’s updated race course will end in a sprint to the finish along 38th Avenue.

Back this year is the accompanying brewfest. Eleven Colorado microbreweries will offer 8-ounce tasters of their beer. This year, there will also be sangria samples. The afternoon Brewfest will take place on High Court between 38th Avenue and 39th Avenue. Spectators will be able grab a beer sample and wander over to the race course to enjoy the action. Confluent Development is this year’s Presenting Brewfest Sponsor.

The Criterium has activities for all ages too. The Community Fun Ride will start rolling at 1:20 p.m. This community bike ride will allow everyone to ride the race course with family and friends. The Kids’ Zone will be open at 11 a.m.and will include face painting, a bouncy castle and water games. The Outdoor Expo will run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature local recreation and wellness businesses.

There will be extra event parking in several locations along 38th Avenue. Cycling to the event is encouraged, and there will be plentiful bike parking on the Green on Ridge at 38 (7101 W 38th Avenue).

Learn more about the event and register to race at Ridgeat38.com/Criterium.

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