Spartanburg and Athens return to anchor Speed ​​Week criterium series

Speed ​​Week returns for seven criterium races over the next 10 days across the southern US, combining for $ 80,000 in total prize money for individual races, divided equally for men and pro women. There is also a $ 15,000 bonus purse to be shared by overall Speed ​​Week winners, awarded to the top five men and top five women as well as top five men’s and women’s teams.

The payouts are on par with the national series that began at Sunny King Criterium, the American Criterium Cup, but in a more condenses calendar and geographic region. Organizers describe the races as ‘a sweet southern spin on the traditional tailgate’, as spectators who usually fill stadiums for college football in the fall are expected to turn out in full force in these smaller southern towns for the closed-circuit races.

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