Artful Word: Burlington Bike Criterium 2019
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Join award-winning producer James Gero at the Burlington, Vermont Bike Criterium.
The Tour de France of Vermont comes to the streets of downtown Burlington Vermont. When Main Street, College Street, Saint Paul Street and parts of Pine Street are closed down to traffic, crossing guards and pedestrian barriers hold back the cheering spectators as the men's pro racers skillfully careen and agilely maneuver their bikes at breakneck speeds to vie for first place in this prestigious segment of the Green Mountain Stage Race.
When we think of bike racers, we think of the men's pro criterium. If you love to ride your bike on the Burlington bike path, or even long-distance on Vermont's idyllic country roads, you know it is no easy task to make good time. Yet it is one of the greatest and most fun ways to stay in tip-top shape. Now is your rare chance to be up close and personal with the best. Watch and even have a chance to meet dedicated athletes at the very top of their game. You can experience this right in beautiful downtown Burlington, Vermont every Labor Day. Close out summer with this grand event.
When we think of bike racers we think of Ben Wolf, who first won the men's criterium when he was 19. Now at age 26, he has won three Burlington, Vermont bike criteriums and he only comes to Burlington when his busy international racing schedule permits. When Ben Wolf is in the house, you know the ace will be fast and the front runners will undoubtedly leave the pack in a hurry. This was the case in this year's event. Half the riders in the pack were pulled halfway through the race to make room for the front runners. This led to a spectacular finish. Fast and skillfully furious. Please enjoy this grand event in all its glory.
Written by James Gero.