USA Crits Competition Heats Up at the 30th Annual Chris Thater Memorial Races

The Championship Series has one more stop on the calendar before the finals, which will be held on September 19. The racing action continues this weekend at the ninth stop – the 30th Annual Chris Thater Memorial Races in Binghamton, New York. Pro women will take the line at 5:00pm EDT on Saturday, August 24. The pro men will race the following morning, Sunday, August 25, at 12:30pm EDT.

The Chris Thater Memorial is dedicated in memory of Chris Thater, an avid cyclist, who was killed by a drunk driver, and is a project of the Broome County STOP-DWI Program to heighten awareness about the drunk-driving problem. The race attracts over 1,500 participants from local athletes to world-class competitors with crowds of over 10,000 spectators.

EVENT SCHEDULE — All times in EDT:

Saturday, August 24th

9:30 a.m. Masters Men 55+/60+ – 16.4 miles/20 laps
10:20 a.m. Men Cat 4 – 20.5 miles/25 laps
12:30 p.m. Master Men 45+ – 20.5 miles/225 laps (Cat 1-4 only)
1:30 p.m. Master Men 35+ – 24.6 miles /30 laps (Cat 1-4 only)
2:30 p.m. Men Cat 2/3 – 32.8 miles/40 laps
4:00 p.m. Men and Women Junior 10-12, 13-14 – 8.2 miles/10 laps
4:01 p.m. Boys and Girls Youth 6-9 – .85/1Lap
5:00 p.m. Women Pro/1-2/U23 – 30 miles/36 laps
Sunday, August 25th
8:30 a.m. Men Cat 4/5 – 20.5 miles/25 laps
9:00 a.m. to Noon ZooMobile
10:00 a.m. Chris Thater Memorial 5K Run
Chris Thater Kid’s Run to Immediately Follow
11:00 a.m. Junior Men and Women 15-18 – 20.5 miles/25 laps

12:30 p.m. Men Pro/1/U23- 50.02 miles/61 laps

of CARE4CYCLING powered by Solomon Corp has maintained a very strong lead in the overall women’s competition, currently of 376 points, on the rest of the women. In the pro men’s race for the Orange Jersey, however,  has gained a significant lead on fellow  teammate, Carlos Alzate, who went down hard in the final turn before the finish of the Andersen Banducci Twilight on July 13.


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