March 9, 2016 - The Roanoke Regional Partnership and Virginia's Blue Ridge announced that downtown Roanoke will be hosting the inaugural Virginia's Blue Ridge Twilight Criterium on May 21, 2016. This fast-speed bicycle race, otherwise known as a 'crit', will bring around 100 seasoned riders to compete in a three-quarter-mile loop around the streets of downtown Roanoke for a $15,000 purse.
"Landon Howard, President of the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (RVCVB), stated, “Virginia’s Blue Ridge Criterium presents a tremendous opportunity for the region to drive economic development, promote tourism, and showcase the area as a premier biking destination to visitors. This partnership will give the RVCVB an unparalleled platform to showcase the beauty and diversity of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. We are pleased to partner with the Roanoke Regional Partnership on this inaugural biking event.” Read the full article by Stuart Revercomb originally posted on RoanokeStar.com here.