6th Annual Gaspirilla Criterium
Cigar City Brewing Festival
Tampa’s 6th annual Gaspirilla Criterium+Cycling Festival presented by Cigar City Brewing Invasion Pale Ale is here and it’s bigger and better than ever.
What’s a criterium? It’s a bike race – but not just any garden-variety bike race. Criterium-style bike racing uses a short course – in this case, just one kilometer – and riders circle the course multiple times at incredibly high speeds – over 35 miles per hour. Because the riders follow a short course, criterium – or crit – races are especially spectator-friendly, and those who line the raceway can expect to be “wowed” by the sheer speed of the colorful athletes as they fly past.
More than 500 cyclists will take part in both professional and amateur races, and spectators who want the best view of the race and its finish line can buy a VIP ticket which guarantees them a spot in the hospitality tent. VIP ticket holders enjoy other amenities including complimentary food and beverages and special perks, like autograph sessions with professional cyclists.
More details will be released as we get closer to the event. This is the 5th year FCCP has attended the event and members that attend are always surprised how much fun this event is. Many of our members also participate in this event. Please come out and help cheer them on! Don't be surprised if you sell a few photos from this great series of races as racers are alway looking for great photos of them racing.