USA CRITS 2019 (USA CRITS)
USA CRITS 2019 (USA CRITS)

The inaugural Salt Lake Criterium will roar through The Gateway and surrounding neighborhoods on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 1 until 9:30 p.m. The race course will provide big excitement for the bicycle racers and spectators alike with world-class and local favorite competitors lapping a fast-paced, short 1.1-mile multi-circuit through downtown Salt Lake. This is the first time USA CRITS Series, the premier cycling series in the United states, is bringing the race to Salt Lake.

The Salt Lake Criterium is a crowd-pleasing cycling race featuring the top criterium (or crit) racers in the world and local amateurs, spectacular viewing areas from above and a beer garden and festival area around the start/finish line near the Olympic Legacy Plaza. Ample parking is available, but everyone is encouraged to take public transportation. The Gateway has two easily accessible TRAX Stations.

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.

“The last time a professional criterium of this level came to Utah was in 2014 and 2015 during the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition, an event for professional women criterium racers,” said Eric Gardiner, Salt Lake CRIT race director. “The Salt Lake Criterium will feature pro men and pro women’s fields with equal prize money ($7,500 each).”

Twenty of America’s elite men’s and women’s cycling teams from 14 different states have been invited to participate as USA CRITS D1 teams. The nationwide series offers a season ending prize purse for teams and individuals while streaming all the races on usacrits.tv.

Local professionals include Park City resident, Katie Clouse who at the age of 17 has 26 national championships in road, mountain biking, and cyclocross. This year she placed third at the Athens Twilight Criterium, which is one of the longest standing criterium races in the US and part of the USA CRITS series. She races for the locally based DNA Pro Cycling Team.

AJ Turner, a Utah resident and employee of Ogden-based ENVE composites will be featured in the men’s professional race that starts at 8pm, riding for the Team Clif Bar Cycling. AJ Recently won the Utah State Criterium Championship held at Sugarhouse Park in May.

“We are so excited to welcome these elite riders and our local favorites to The Gateway,” said Jacklyn Briggs, marketing director. “It’s exciting to host this caliber of race and The Gateway is the perfect space to do it, with its multiple viewing areas from the upper or lower level, there is no better place to see and feel the excitement of a crit race.” 

Sponsors: Returning to support the Series for 2019 is Bikereg.com, the official registration and results partner, as well as Specialized and Colavita. New industry sponsors include Jakroo, Feedback Sports, and DeFeet. Other Series sponsors to be released in January.

Local Sponsors include: Visit Salt Lake, DNA Cycling, Rotor Bike, Kuhl Clothing, Your Favorite Bartender, Markosian Auto, ENVE Composites.

SLC Course Map
SLC Course Map

Salt Lake Criterium Road Closure Detail (see map below)

July 20, 2019: The following roads will be closed from 1 pm to 9:30 pm

200 South, all westbound lanes from 400 West to 600 West. Traffic will be diverted on the east bound lanes by Salt Lake City Police. 200 South eastbound lanes will be split to provide two-way traffic. Traffic leaving 500 West will be able to cross 200 South at the 500 West intersection. They will follow police instructions when crossing.

Rio Grande Street will be closed from 200 South to 50 North. This is a private road owned by the Gateway.

100 South will be closed between 400 West and 500 West. It will also be closed between 500 West and 600 West. Since 500 West is a wide area of street, residents will be able to move between their condos and 200 South to exit the race area. Local traffic will be permitted to move around following Salt Lake City Police instructions. Underground parking will still be available that is located on 100 South between 400 West and Rio Grande Street.

600 West between 100 South and 200 South will only have southbound traffic. No northbound traffic will be permitted during the event.

50 North between 400 West and 500 West will be closed. Local parking lot users will be permitted behind the Hyatt Place Salt Lake City and the 460 West 50 North parking lot.

Parking will not be permitted on either side of 500 West between 100 South and 50 North all day Saturday July 20th. Vehicles will be towed.

Residents affected by road closures.

Liberty Gateway residents will not have access to their garage once the event begins. They will park in the 35 S 6th West parking lot with permission from the parking lot owners.

Alta Gateway Station residents will have normal access to their parking structures.

Altitude on 5th Apartments will have normal access to their parking structures.

The Parc Condos will have normal access to their parking structures.

About USA CRITS:  Now in its 13th 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.

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