After considerable discussion with USA Crits, the Criterium race director, sponsors and staff, the City of Littleton has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Littleton Twilight Criterium due to the impact of COVID-19.
We are very disappointed to have to cancel this year’s event. Based on surveys conducted by USA Crits, up to 30 percent of racers aren’t comfortable competing this year. With no end in sight to the virus, social distancing protocols, and public health orders that prevent large gatherings of people, this is the only choice we could make at this time. We plan to come back bigger and better in 2021.
— Littleton Event Manager Elizabeth Scofield
The event was in its 8th year and has been held in Downtown Littleton on the first Saturday in August since 2013.
What is a Criterium?
A criterium is a bike race on a short, closed-circuit course, usually under a mile in length and lasting 30 to 60 minutes. Criteriums are great fun for spectators because you can walk around the entire course and see racers fly by every few minutes at nearly 30 miles per hour, in very close proximity to one another! The Littleton Twilight Criterium takes place on the streets of Historic Downtown Littleton with lots of corners, speed, and action on the 0.8-mile course, and featuring many of the best racers in the nation! The event is part of both USA Cycling’s National Calendar, and the top-level USA Crit Series. There will be seven races and a Cruiser Ride (open to the general public), highlighted by the men’s and women’s professional races under the lights.
Littleton Twilight Criterium part of the USA CRITS Series
Criteriums are America’s most enduring form of bicycle racing, transforming vibrant downtowns into world-class cycling arenas. Unlike other professional sports, bicycle racing in America has no ticketed income source, and unlike running or triathlons, no large participation base to fund the events and athletes. The sport can only grow through an increasing number of fans and a vehicle to support this growth. Like the creation of the USA CRITS Series, races are born from event directors’ passion for the sport.