Cyclists compete downtown during Tacoma Twilight Criterium

The inaugural Tacoma Twilight Criterium (TCC), presented by Michelob Ultra and created by The Tacoma Pierce County Sports Commission, Junefish marketing and Tacoma Bike, arrived in Tacoma Saturday on its sixth and final stop of the newly founded Cascadia Crit Series. Stops along the tour began on May 29 in Woodinville and followed in Fremont, Seward Park, Ballard and the Brad Lewis Memorial before concluding in Tacoma.

The Tacoma course featured a basic 4-corner rectangle measuring about .8 of a mile with an uphill on the back side and a slight downhill finish. Lap times were averaging appproximately 1 minute and 35 seconds, which gave the crowd plenty of chances to see the race unfold.

US Olympic Short Track Speedskating medalist JR Celski attended to sign autographs and cheer on racers while a sparkling new 2010 Lamborghini SV served as the pace car for the night’s Category 1 main event. According to race officials, over 350 racers attended to put on a show for more than 3,000 spectators. An art-bike parade featured Tacoma’s best in retro and custom fabricated rolling works of art. More than 60 kids lined up for a shot at racing downtowns Pacific Avenue.

The goal for this event was twofold, according to race officials: create a great race for the cyclist and create a festival atmosphere for the city.

Results for the Tacoma Twilight Criterium and the Cascadia Crit Series are as follows:

— Men 1/2 Top 3 at Tacoma Twilight Criterium —

1- Trevor Kosa, Olympia Orthopedic Associates

2- Russell Stevenson, Cucina Fresca

3- David Fleishauer, Harriot Sports Performance

— Men Top 3 Cascadia Crits 2010 Series Overall —

1- Grant Boursaw, Greggs Trek

2- Logan Owen, Hagens Berman

3- Trevor Kosa, Olympia Orthopedic Associates

— Women 1/2/3 Top 3 Tacoma Twilight Criterium —

1- Jennifer Wheeler, Hagens Berman

2- Annette Williams, First Rate Mortgage

3- Liz Nettles, Hagens Berman

— Womens Top 3 Cascadia Crits 2010 Series Overall —

1- Kele Murdin, Keller-Rhobeck

2- Kimberly Turner, Cucina Fresca

3- Jessica Cutler, Cucina Fresca