Fast bikes and big rigs!

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The Rochester Twilight Criterium promises family fun this Saturday, May 11 in Rochester.

Race Director Shana Lydon explained how the City’s Big Rigs will pair perfectly with the professional cyclists who twist their way through the Downtown streets Wednesday during News 8 at Noon.

“As everybody has enjoyed in the past, the men’s and women’s pro race will be happening,” said Lydon. “But before that, we’ve added on some additional events through our partnership with the City of Rochester and The Strong National Museum of Play. They will be doing, starting at 2:00 p.m. what’s called ‘Little Kids, Big Rigs,’ where kids can come out, climb on all the really fun equipment that the city has and just check everything out. The Big Wheel races that we started last year with The Strong Museum, they’ll be back as well. Everything, in the beginning, will be happening right on the Broad Street Bridge, so it should be a good time starting at 2:00 p.m. Bring the whole family.”

There will also be a Beer Garden, courtesy of Rohrbach’s, and various food trucks as well. Lydon displayed one of the style of bikes that the professional riders will use in the Criterium, which can retail for $13,000. “It’s an investment, but it’s an amazing ride!” she said.

The Criterium course is comprised of nine turns over a one-mile loop. “The racers will get upwards of speeds of 55-60 miles an hour because going down Court Street is downhill,” noted Lydon. “The average speeds of the men’s pro race is about 30 miles an hour. So imagine riding your bike for 30 miles an hour for an hour and 40 minutes!”

Lydon added, “The other thing that happens in between the women’s pro race and the men’s pro race is we have the Elite Rochester Mile. Amateurs are able to run the mile too. That starts at 5:40 on Saturday. Registration is still open. So if you’re a runner and you want to get out there for the biggest crowds of any race you’ll do, the amateurs can show up and register. No qualifying times are necessary. But the Elite Mile, they have to qualify with some pretty serious speed so we’ll see the women and men finish in under 5 minutes.”

For more information on this year’s Rochester Twilight Criterium, visit

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