By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Georgia Cup-Duluth Twilight Criterium Race Featuring Vertical Horizon

Cycling race that will pit the top professional and amateur riders against each other for a $7,500 prize purse

DULUTH, GA – Thrill, speed, adrenaline and excitement will fill the streets of Downtown Duluth as the 2nd annual Georgia Cup-Duluth Criterium returns with 400 cyclists and an estimated 5,000+ spectators.

The Georgia Cup Twilight-Duluth will be held on July 18th and feature some of the top professional and amateur racers in the Southeast region and beyond.  The unique feature of this event will be the twilight races for the Pro Women and Men that evening “Under the lights”. 

Criterium racing is one of the most common forms of bike racing in America.  The criterium, is a multi-lap race of 25-60 miles held on a closed course generally a mile or less in length. These races, which usually last one to two hours, are extremely fast - 30 MPH and up – as the cyclists jockey for position and sprint for lap “primes” (cash or merchandise prizes, pronounced “preems”). The short closed course, generally with both right – and left-hand corners, makes this type of racing easy to watch for spectators and more accessible for the media.

This USA Cycling sanctioned and insured event will start at 3:00 PM, and will feature a race for all levels of bike riders.  The goal is to encourage family fitness, health, and wellness.  The Georgia Cup Duluth Twilight Pro Criterium (Georgia Cup) is more than a professional cycling race. It is a festival of fitness, health, and wellness. During the races, families will benefit from entertainment and fun.

There will be mobile food vendors that will capture your taste buds, live music flowing through the air and a “Chill Zone” where residents can cool down from the summer heat. The night will close with a Summer Stage Concert featuring opening act the HighBeams at 8pm and Vertical Horizon at 9pm. Best known for their 1999 album, “Everything You Want,” Vertical Horizon will surely cap the night off with an outstanding performance from 9-11pm.

For additional information, go to www.GeorgiaCup.com