New in 2008: The Chicago Criterium
The city this morning announced the inaugural Chicago Criterium, to be held in Grant Park July 27, 2008, and featuring “national and international cycling teams,” no doubt part of the mayor’s effort to establish the city’s Olympic credibility. (There were rumors of a major race on Memorial Day weekend this year, but it never came together.)
I had dinner with a CBF employee last night and she was stubbornly tight-lipped about the announcement. I’m going to try to flesh out some more details: Will it be on the National Race Calendar? Will it be part of Superweek? What exactly will the course be? Will there be amateur races?
And who will be the first to tell the city
that it needs to hire a highly paid copy editor cum cycling consultant?
In any case, this could be a lot of fun. Spectators? A grandstand? Jumbotron? At a cycling race? Crazy!