Salt Lake Crits Update July 16, 17: Start Times, Course Maps, Schedule, Series Info

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SALT LAKE CRITERIUM RETURNS WITH TWO RACES IN THE GRANARY AND SUGARHOUSE PARK JULY 16TH AND 17TH, 2022 – Road Closure Updates

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (July 11, 2022) — The action on Saturday, July 16, kicks-off in the Granary District near downtown and INDUSTRY SLC, with a fast, four-corner, counterclockwise rectangle circuit just under a mile in length. The racing starts with amateur categories before the pros take the stage in the evening, which is the sixth of 10 stops on the new 2022 National Criterium Series Calendar, The American Crit Cup, where national and international men and women professional teams and cyclists battle it out for the chance to gain critical series’ points and more than $22,000 in cash.

The start/finish will be on 500 W between 600 and 700 S.

Sugarhouse Park is the host venue on Sunday, July 17, and features a longer, 1.4-mile rolling course. Sugarhouse Park is a longtime favorite of local racers, who will be looking to use their homefield advantage after a hard day of racing on Saturday. Sunday’s race is also featuring additional junior and master categories throughout the day before the pro men and women take the stage to cap off what is sure to be a thrilling weekend of racing. The start/finish will be on the southside of the park at the top of the hill.

Live coverage will be on https://americancritcup.com/media/outside-livestream/ The pre-show begins at 6:15 p.m. MDT Saturday followed by coverage of the professional women’s race. The professional men’s race begins at 8:05 p.m. MDT. 

More info and registration for racers: https://saltlakecriterium.com

Schedule of Events:

 

 

Salt Lake Criterium Road Closure Detail (Granary District)

July 16, 2022: The following roads will be closed from 11 am to 9:30 pm

500 West All lanes will be closed from 600 S to 800 S.

600 West All lanes will be closed from 600 S to 800 S.

600 South, Side street below freeway off ramp The side street of 600 S which is not part of the freeway off ramp but located just south will be close between 500 W to 600 W.

700 South All lanes will be closed from 400 W to 600 W.

800 South All west bound lanes from 400 west to 600 west will be closed. Traffic will be diverted on the east bound lanes by Salt Lake City police. 800 south east bound lanes will be split to provide two-way traffic. All traffic will follow police instructions while driving in the area.

 

Salt Lake Criterium Road Closure Detail (Sugarhouse Park) 

The Sugarhouse Park Road loop will be closed for the entire day on July 17th 2022. The entrance gates will be closed, and additional fencing will be placed for racers.

Spectators are encouraged to park at Highland Highschool (2166 S 1700 E Salt Lake City, UT 84106)


Best Buddies Defends National Series Lead; Boise Crash Sidelines Rodriguez with Five Races Remaining 

BOISE, Idaho (July 15, 2022) — Best Buddies Racing Built by HGR Construction has proven to be the top American criterium team this season by leading the American Criterium Cup, a 10-race national series. But in the fifth race, the Bailey Glasser Boise Twilight Criterium, series leader Alfredo Rodriguez of Mexico crashed hard in the closing laps. 

Alfredo Rodriguez (Best Buddies Racing) broke his collarbone and won't be defending his lead in the American Criterium Cup. Photo courtesy Best Buddies Racing

Team Captain Michael Hernandez took the team’s colors forward and finished third behind race winner Ty Magner (Legion of Los Angeles) and Brandon Feehery (Project Echelon). Best Buddies entered Boise with four riders in the top 10 of the series standings. Rodriguez wore the red leader’s jersey, having won in Anniston and Harlem to put him in a comfortable lead.   

But when that red jersey hit the ground plans changed for that day. Although Rodriguez narrowly retained the series lead, there would be no red jersey worn the following weekend in Salt Lake City. Rodriguez had broken his collarbone.    

“We put Alfredo into the best care we could find with Dr. Eric Heiden,” said Team Director Thomas Craven of his former teammate and legendary Olympic speed skater, now a highly regarded orthopedic specialist. Rodriguez did not require surgery. His return to competition, Craven noted, will be a race-by-race decision. “We’ll see how fast he heals but typically he would need a month to recover.”  

With three of the final five races packed into that month, Best Buddies will need to turn to its other stars, Hernandez, Bryan Gomez of Colombia, and Danny Estevez of Massachusetts, to lead the teal train forward. Rodriguez still leads the standings with 296 points; Gomez is fifth with 155 points; Hernandez is sixth with 146 points; and Estevez is tenth with 90 points.  

The team’s next contest will be the Salt Lake Criterium, the sixth race of the series, being held Saturday evening. Live coverage will be on https://americancritcup.com/media/outside-livestream/ The pre-show begins at 6:15 p.m. MDT followed by coverage of the professional women’s race. The professional men’s race begins at 8:05 p.m. MDT. 

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