The Tampa Twilight Criterium took place this past Saturday and my girlfriend and I accidentally attended it. We were in downtown Tampa looking for the ECO.lution festival and ran right into it.
I wasn’t sure what it was but it turns out the event is a fast-paced bicycle race that features a ton of cyclists racing on a short urban course through downtown Tampa. Besides having a variety of different races, there were also a bunch of different vendors with products relating to cycling.
The Races Were Intense
I was pretty impressed by the bike races, especially since it was the first time I had ever seen a bike race in person. It’s pretty crazy how fast people can go on a bicycle. I stood there in awe as the cyclists came flying by us doing lap after lap at high speeds.
Here’s a video of one of the bike races:
Pretty crazy huh? What’s really impressive is the fact they keep those speeds up for 40 minute straight. I was exhausted just watching them do a few laps.
If you’re in to cycling, I highly recommend checking out the event next year. It’s free to spectators and you can watch it from various places in downtown Tampa.