The CSC Invitational will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, June 2. The Washington DC area race will again bring a world class field to the streets of Clarendon Virginia. The inaugural criterium was held in 1998 and has a reputation for toughness. Racers tackle a 1 km lap that takes just over a minute to complete.
"This is the hardest crit we do all year," said 2005 champion Ivan Dominguez.
Last year's winner Mark McCormack agreed, "You can see it at the end of the finish, over 100 riders started the race, but it was whittled down to 30 at the end. It's a hard man's criterium."
Cycling fans will have a chance to meet their favourite riders at a reception from 6:30 to 9:00 pm on Friday, June 1 at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City. Ticket information is available at www.arlingtonsports.org. A silent auction held in conjunction with the reception will raise money for the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Racing begins in the morning with amateur categories and a new handcycling competition. The pro men's race will begin at 12:25 PM