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“The biggest thing to happen in bike racing in Buffalo in a long long time…”

Larkinville is becoming a hotbed for criterium racing. Ever since the race series left the Cobblestone District and set up shop at Larkin Square, the momentum has surged. With skilled racers and a growing fan base, the future of bike racing in Buffalo looks to be stronger than ever.

“Today is our last race of 5 race series,” says criterium organizer Frank Grillo. “It’s shaping up to be a barn burner. We have Tour de France stage winner and yellow jersey holder Steve Bauer, signed up. Canadian elite racer  Simon Fothergill, team NCCH p/b Dec Expr, will be racing. In the women’s race we have professional Hayley Jones from Scarborough AUS racing, also from team NCCH p/b Dec Expr. This is the biggest thing to happen in bike racing in Buffalo in a long long time. We are getting a reputation for very fast Criterium racing on a great course with an awesome venue at Larkin Square.”

Following is a breakdown of the today’s events:
Women’s Race – 30 Minutes – 6:00 pm
Kids Race – 25 Minutes – 6:30
4/5 – 45 Minutes – 7:00 pm
1/2/3 – 75 Minutes – 7:45 pm
Sponsored by The Buffalo Bicycling Club / The BBC, Town Auto, Tom’s Pro Bike, Campus Wheelworks, The Bike Shop, Wells Fargo, First Niagara Bank, Independent Health, and Larkin Square.

Fee $30

This series is a Buffalo Bicycling Club “RACE CLEAN” event.

Chip Timing Provided by the Buffalo Bicycling Club – Please remember to bring your chip if you have one. Chips can be rented for $5 at registration and a $25 returnable deposit on race day or you can purchase a chip for $25.

USA Cycling Sanctioned Race with appropriate distance for upgrade points.

Additional prime money/merchandise also awarded. Primes will be awarded points and cash. points are 3 places 5,3,1. cash is 3 places $15, $10, $5. Five primes in the 1/2/3 race, four primes in the 4/5 race, and three primes in the Women’s race. Overall series series winners will payout 3 deep in each race, $75, $50, $25.

Promoter reserves the right to combine categories due to insufficient entries or shorten race due to time constraints.

USA Cycling rules apply. Bicycles subject to safety inspection. Junior gear restriction in effect. Free lap rule in effect until final 5 laps; make way to wheel pit for restart. Registration opens at 5:00 pm and closes ½ hr. prior to start of each race. Race held rain or shine. No refunds; entry will be considered a donation.

Series Description: This is a 5 race series with points awarded each race to combine for an overall series winner. Points format will be 12 places 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Ties will be broken by the final placing in the last race.

Course: 0.8 mile flat fast 4 corner course. Wide roads with left hand turns. Finish is on Seneca Street.

Parking: There will be no Parking in the lot across from the finish line. Please park in the Larkin lots on Exchange Street. to access them please come in from South Park Ave. and Van Rensselear Street. This will keep you off course and make it easy for everyone.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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