Prize money for the top Men’s Pro 1/2/3 category main event has been increased from $3,000 to S5,000 for this Saturday’s fifth annual Whiskey City Twilight Challenge, potentially one of the best cycling races in the United States this year, according to the host Queen City Wheels organization. (Queen City Wheels.org)
Indiana and Kentucky state championship jerseys will be at stake again in the Whiskey City Challenge. (Queen City Wheels.org)
CYCLING CHALLENGE 'GO' FOR SATURDAY
LAWRENCEBURG - Rumors regarding the cancellation of the 2020 Whiskey City Twilight Challenge Criterium, presented by Queen City Wheels and the City of Lawrenceburg, are unfounded.
"If a rumor is going around about the race being canceled that is 100 percent false," stated a post on the cycling organization's Facebook page Wednesday, July 8.
"In fact, we just added more prize money and primes in appreciation of the massive community support. Just spoke with the Mayor, and he is incredibly pumped to be putting on potentially one of the best races in the United States this year."
A bit earlier, the Queen City Wheels announced that pre-registration numbers for the Men's Pro 1/2/3 category race had been met, allowing an increase from $3,000 to a $5,000 payout for the top professional race.
The fifth annual Whiskey City Twilight Challenge takes place Saturday, July 18, on the streets of downtown Lawrenceburg, with proper social distancing, of course. The event also will serve as the official Indiana and Kentucky State Championships for criterium racing.
Bicycle racing starts at 2:30 p.m. with the junior divisions and runs through 10:30 p.m., with the pros finishing up under the lights.
The feature Men's Pro 1/2/3 60-lap criterium race is set for a 9 p.m. start to culminate a full day of cycling action.
The Challenge also offers some of the best payouts ever in women's regional cycling competition, promising $3,000 for the Women's Pro 1/2/3 30-lap race, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., as well as $2,000 for the Women's Category 4-5 Juniors, a 25-lap race starting at 4:30 p.m.
The race is admission-free and open to spectators, who are likely to enjoy watching fields that can reach upwards of 100 cyclists at one time hitting speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Live music will be playing in the new City Park starting at 6 p.m.
Entry still can be made by pre-registration only through 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. There will be no race day registration.
The Whiskey City Challenge course is a closed, flat and very fast .67-mile loop through downtown Lawrenceburg, featuring a fairly smooth surface with great corners, great features and well-lit. Race finishes always involve a great sprint to the finish line on High Street.
All race participants must have a valid 2020 USA Cycling racing license and will be required to race in the category listed on that license. One-Day licenses and annual USAC licenses are available for purchase at www.usacycling.org. You must purchase your license prior to the event when you register no licenses will be sold on site.
Results will be posted after each race. While in the results area, competitors will be required to practice social distancing. Results will be posted to USAC with n 24 hours of the event.
Riders will be called up in order of registration. Except in the Pro 1/2/3 race, where all the fastest riders on the big teams will get priority callups, the rest of you will be assigned to order of registration.
Races will be held, rain or shine.
Parking will be available in the city lot at Short and High Street. Garage parking is also available to participants and spectators at 200 New Street.
Pro rider Chris Uberti of Cincinnati, representing the First Internet Bank Cycling team, won the 2019 Twilight Challenge signature 60-lapper, finishing on top of a field of 39.
For more information go to https://www.bikereg.com/whiskey-city. The event phone number is (513) 256-6934.
Presented by Queen City Wheels
& City of Lawrenceburg
SATURDAY, JULY 18
Category Start Distance Prize
Men 9-14 2:30 p.m. 10 laps Medals
Women 9-14 2:30 p.m. 10 laps Medals
Men 60+ 3 p.m. 20 laps $500
Women 40+ 3 p.m. 20 laps $500
Men (Cat 2-5) 40-49 3:45 p.m. 25 laps $500
Men (Cats 2-5) 50-59 3:45 p.m. 25 laps $500
Women 4/5 & Jr. 15-18 4:30 p.m. 25 laps $2,000
Men 4/5 & Jr. 15-18 5:30 p.m. 25 laps $2,000
Women Pro 1/2/3 6:30 p.m. 30 laps $3,000
Men 3/4 7:30 p.m. 45 laps $3,000
Men Pro 1/2/3 9 p.m. 60 laps $3,000