Criterium returns to downtown

BELMONT – Residents will welcome world-class cyclists to the third annual competitive bicycle criterium on April 12 in historic downtown.
The City of Belmont and the Belmont Merchants Association announced that CaroMont Health has signed a three-year agreement to be the title sponsor of the event – The CaroMont Health Criterium – that will attract athletes from across the Charlotte region.
“We are fortunate to have such a great community partner in CaroMont Health.
Their team recognized the criterium’s ability to promote active, healthy lifestyles and to bring new people to eastern Gaston County,” said Adrian Miller, assistant city manager of Belmont. “We are excited to have CaroMont Health partner with us on this great event.”
CaroMont Health Criterium begins at noon April 12 in downtown Belmont with amateur races.
There will be men’s and women’s amateur races throughout the afternoon, many of which will feature cyclists from around Gaston County.
Elementary children will have the opportunity to ride one lap on the 2/3-mile route through downtown.
The event concludes with a women’s professional race and a men’s professional race. These professional cyclists come from across the U.S. and from international countries.
The course winds by the historic shops and houses on narrow downtown streets before ending up the monster hill on Main Street by city hall.
The event will feature the Gaston Arts Council Kids Zone with local artists, crafts and musicians entertaining children.
The kids zone will also have popular inflatables for children to enjoy. Families can take advantage of the CaroMont Health Wellness Village on Catawba Street to learn about healthy lifestyles.
The CaroMont Health Criterium will bring the energy of hundreds of cyclists and thousands of spectators to downtown Belmont on a Sunday afternoon that would otherwise be a quiet spring day.
“We are excited and proud to be a partner for this premier event in beautiful, downtown Belmont, recently named one of the states’ best for its vibrant and thriving Main Street,” said Doug Luckett, president and CEO at CaroMont Health. “Cycling is a great sport, and promoting healthy activities like this event supports CaroMont’s mission to help get our community healthy.”

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