Team Tortuga Hosts Bloomington Bicycle Races on the Streets of Downtown Bloomington.
On Saturday July 10th, Team Tortuga is hosting a Formula 1™ style bicycle race on the streets of downtown Bloomington, Indiana. Also known as a criterium, the event is one of the Mid-West’s premier cycling events.
The race series begins at 4:00 pm and will finish by 9:00 pm. Admission is free and the events are categorized into five separate event starts beginning with Category 4/5, Masters, Category 3/4, Women, and Category Pro 1/2/3. The event is sanctioned by USA Cycling, the national governing body of competitive cycling in the US and categorizes events by skill level with 4/5 being novice and 1/2 being elite. Participants are licensed by USA Cycling based on their performance level acquired.
The course is approximately one half mile per lap and begins and ends on East Kirkwood near Indiana Avenue. The racers travel East on Kirkwood and turn left on Indiana, left on 7th, left on Dunn, right on 6th, left on Grant and then left back on to Kirkwood. The races are timed events of approximately one hour at speeds averaging just under 30 miles an hour.
Tom Saccone, Director of Team Tortuga said, “We are delighted that the city of Bloomington has once again opened its arms for this exciting, annual event. Bloomington has a rich tradition of competitive cycling that takes the essence of the Little 500 and brings it to the street level. Several hundred competitive cyclists will travel to Bloomington from all over the state for this event. The racers will complete each lap in about 45 seconds, keeping fans thrilled all evening on this very technical downtown venue. Last year over 2,000 spectators lined the course and businesses for this festival-type event.”
About Team Tortuga
Team Tortuga is a competitive cycling team based in Bloomington, Indiana. Membership is open to anyone interested in performance cycling. The team is sponsored by Oliver Winery and Bikesmiths. Go to www.teamtortuga.org for more information.
For more information:
Tom Saccone, Director 317-519-1494