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‘Criterium’ race to draw 100+ cyclists to city

This year’s 14th annual Downtown Walterboro Criterium will follow the same downtown route, but will feature a shorter riding course for cyclists. The change came at the suggestion of the professional criterium organizers, according to Jeffrey Herndon, one of the organizers of the annual Walterboro event. According to Herndon, the new route will turn right onto North Memorial Avenue and then immediately on Hampton Street. “This will create more action for the spectators, as well,” he said.
The professional cycling race will offer a professional women’s race, a professional men’s cycling race and a local kid’s cycling race. The kid’s cycling competition begins at 6 p.m. Then, the professional women’s race will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by the main event of the men’s professional race, which starts at 7 p.m. “We are certainly expecting it to be wonderful,” Herndon said of this year’s event.

The entire evening of races begins at 4 p.m. with the Master’s Race. Walterboro’s criterium is part of a multi-leg race that takes professional cyclists along the East Coast. Locally, professionals stand to win a $10,000 cash purse. “There will be between 100 and 130 professional cyclists in Walterboro for this event, with between 50-60 cyclists in the amateur contest,” said Herndon.
Additionally, this year’s event offers another change to the traditional VIP tent. Tickets to the VIP tent this year are $25 each, and will boast entrees prepared by local chefs. The ticket cost includes an all-you-can eat buffet of the different entrees prepared, along with beer and wine. Non-alcohol beverages are also included in the ticket price.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

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