Danbury Will Host Top Pro, Amateur Cyclists For New Race

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The inaugural Race4Scholars Criterium will be held Aug. 17 in Danbury. The race will be presented by Danbury Audi.
The inaugural Race4Scholars Criterium will be held Aug. 17 in Danbury. The race will be presented by Danbury Audi. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Danbury Audi/Facebook

DANBURY, Conn. – After more than a decade since top professional cyclists and amateurs from the tri-state area last raced in downtown Danbury, they will be making a return this summer.

The inaugural Race4Scholars Criterium presented by Danbury Audi will take place in Danbury on Sunday, Aug. 17.

"Danbury Audi has made a powerful statement to brand downtown Danbury as a mecca for family entertainment and a destination for cycling enthusiasts," said Duane Perkins, founder and president of WHEELpassion.

"It takes a lot of time to launch a high-caliber events like this. Proceeds from this event will help establish a scholarship fund for college-bound high school graduates who intend to major in academic Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines, the medical fields and other relevant majors."

The course is classic American-style Criterium racing, a.k.a "Crit." The 0.6 mile (1K) loop is lapped over and over and over again. Making this course technical for riders and very up-close and exciting for spectators.

“We are excited to be working with WHEELpassion to bring competitive cycling back to downtown Danbury. Cycling has been an important part of our promotional efforts for the past four years with our sponsorship of Team Danbury Audi. We are looking forward to a great inaugural event and for the Criterium to become a summer fixture downtown,” said Josh Weeks, dealer principal for Danbury Audi.

For more information on the race, contact Duane Perkins at wheelpassion@gmail.com or visit wheelpassion.org.

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