Region Riot Criterium Bike Race

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Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., in partnership with Region Racing Powered by Strack & Van Til is proud to bring the inaugural Region Riot Criterium bike race to the city of Hammond on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 8:00am until 6:00pm.

A criterium cycling race, also known as a crit, is a bike race consisting of multiple laps around a closed circuit, the length of each lap or circuit ranging from 800 meters to 5 km. The Riot course is 2 km (1.3 miles). Events often have prizes called primes (pronounced /priːmz/ ) for winning specific intermediate laps. An announcer broadcast tells the riders that whoever wins the next lap, wins the prime. Spectators are welcome to watch the cyclists compete at designated spots along the course. Since these races are known to be extremely competitive, sometimes there is bumping and crashes in the pack.

“I am really excited to bring something fun and different like a criterium cycling race to Hammond. As everyone knows, I am an avid cycler, and I cannot wait for this competition”, says Mayor McDermott. Dean Button, the city of Hammond’s Engineer is one of the event organizers and a competitor as well. “I’ve enjoyed racing and thrilled to work with Mayor McDermott to bring this race to my home town. We want the event to become tradition.”

Visit riot.gohammond.com for full details and registration links.

Questions? Email regionriot@gohammond.com.