April 20, 2006 – Cyclists from all across the globe will head to the starting line on Clayton St. in just one week for the 27th annual Twilight Criterium. It’s not springtime in Athens until the exciting weekend of races, kid-friendly activities and nighttime festivities. This year’s Twilight offers something for everyone with the new lineup of events.
Movies by Moonlight, featuring the cycling favorite Breaking Away, will begin Friday night at sunset on College Avenue’s big screen. Bring the family and some lawn chairs and get excited for the weekend races.
The Twilight Coaches’ Training Conference, sponsored by Endurofit, will be held on Friday night at the Hilton Garden Inn from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The country’s top racing experts from past professionals to the nation’s top coach will be on hand to provide information on training and racing.
The WBL 150 on Saturday morning is open to the first 150 cyclists’ to register. The entry fee is a donation to the newly established Twilight Foundation that is to provide year-round fitness events and educational activities through the Science of Cycling program. The challenging 150 km ride will be led by Athens notable David Crowe, and refreshments will be provided along the way.
Criterium Delirium ensues the week before with an educational spin on the Science of Cycling just for kids. Downtown retailers hold the answers to the Tour de Town questionnaire given to elementary school students that teach math and science in fun ways. Participants will be entered in a drawing on Saturday afternoon for a new bicycle.
Visit <http://www.athenstwilight.com>www.athenstwilight.com for a full calendar of events and more details. Registration information and forms are also available online.
The Athens Twilight is a lifestyle-defining event that promotes community development and involvement through a weekend of sports and fitness activities for all ages, skill levels and abilities. The event encourages participation in lifetime sports while providing positive role models throughout area schools, raising money for local charities and creating economic growth through tourism.