Speed Week returns for seven criterium races over the next 10 days across the southern US, combining for $80,000 in total prize money for individual races, divided equally for pro men and pro women. There is also a $15,000 bonus purse to be shared by overall Speed Week winners, awarded to the top five men and top five women as well as top five men’s and women’s teams.
The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium bike races go through the heart of Spartanburg into a one of a kind block party. The Crit consists of 6 races, 4 amateur and 2 professional. This is the professional men's race the last race of the night.
The Speed Week Elite Racing Series is hosted by PAL and more than 300 racers will participate from 40 states and 8 countries. The event starts at 3:15 p.m. with the kids’ ride at 5:00 pm and the pro races starting at 6:40 pm. Professional cyclists will hit sharp turns at over 30 mph around the half-mile course in the center of the city. The event benefits PAL (formerly known as Partners for Active Living) and their health and wellness work in our community.
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium bike races took place in the downtown area on August 20, 2021. The events start at 2:45 p.m. and the last race around 7:50 p.m. The last race is what gives the 'Crit' its name, as professional cyclists compete in the closed-circuit, multi-lap race through downtown Spartanburg. The event benefits PAL (formerly known as Partners for Active Living) and their health and wellness work in our community.
“The Crit is like our Kentucky Derby,” Assistant City Manager Mitch Kennedy added. “It’s an opportunity for residents, visitors, corporations and businesses to gather together for an evening of fun in downtown Spartanburg in support of an incredible organization.”
Cyclists make their way around the track along Main Street and Church Street for the 15th Annual Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium in downtown Spartanburg, Friday evening, April 26, 2019. Hosted by Partners for Active Living, the multi-lap bike race consist fo 6 races with amateur and professional divisions, and is part of Spartanburg's Spring Fling weekend event.
Just in the last 10 years, Crit attendance has grown tremendously, with the tent count alone skyrocketing from three in 2009 to this year’s 95. Graham thinks that the unique atmosphere of the Spartanburg Criterium is the key to its popularity. "We have something really different in Spartanburg because we are one of the only Crits in the nation that does this tailgating type of vibe," Graham said. "I think it's really fun for the bikers, and it's really fun for the people. As it's gotten bigger and bigger, the vibe has gotten bigger, and it's so much fun for us to celebrate a healthy way of living."