Cigar City Brewing Criterium and Street Festival 2012: Photos from the streets

A little rain didn't put a damper on the Cigar City Crit Saturday.

Adults and children participated in a variety of activities in Gaslight Park.


Vendors and tents from many of the bike racing teams filled Gaslight Park.Vendors and tents from many of the bike racing teams filled Gaslight Park,


As part of the fun downtown and in commemoration of National Poetry Month, IV Poets' David Durney wrote a poem on the spot, soliciting passersby for just two words, two bucks and taking it from there.
Poet David Durney kept a copy of each poem Criterium attendees helped him create for a later complilation.



Shyla Flecha, 13, plays a baseball game sponsored by the Tampa Bay Rays. Participants who got a home run, won a T-shirt.Shyla Flecha, 13, plays a baseball game sponsored by the Tampa Bay Rays. Participants who got a home run, won a T-shirt.


Racers zip by the judges stand.Racers zip by the judges stand.


10 - 18 year old class get instructions  at the starting lineThe 10-to-18-year-old class gets instructions at the starting line.
The Cigar City Brewing Criterium Race and Street Festival was in gear all day long, culminating in the professional race at 7:25 p.m.

Mens 30 plus race  gathers at the starting line under dark skies in downtown Tampa

Men's 30-plus race gathers at the starting line under dark skies in downtown Tampa.

The Cigar City Brewing Criterium and Street festival was threatened briefly on Saturday by foul weather, but the athletes were undeterred. Some tents blew away and spectators ran for cover, but the race sped on.
Cigar City Criterium 30-plus class raced in the rain.Cigar City Criterium 30-plus class raced in the rain.

Event organizers expected more than 600 racers to compete on the 1-kilometer course. Unlike the Tour De France, a criterium race (“crit” race) is on a short lap track with sprint-style competition. At the Cigar City Crit, several different classes of racers with varying age groups and genders participated.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn participated in the Family Fun Race along with several team mascots.Mayor Bob Buckhorn participated in the Family Fun Race along with several local team mascots.

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