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Fitness, fun showcased at fourth annual Sun Devil Criterium

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Cyclists race in the Men's Professional 1/2/3 race at the Sun Devil Criterium held Jan. 21 at ASU's Tempe campus. Photo by Marcus Chormicle/ASU Now

January 22, 2018

For the fourth consecutive year, the 2018 Sun Devil Criterium was held on a closed course around ASU Gammage. The Jan. 21 bicycling affair was the largest single-day bike race in Arizona. Fifteen bicycle races were held for a variety of ages and skills.

The USA Cycling-sanctioned event was hosted by the ASU Cycling Club. Hundreds of participants from in and out of state circled ASU Gammage. 

“The Sun Devil Criterium promotes fitness, fun and a more sustainable way to travel,” said Benjamin Mangilit, club president. “We are so proud to host the event each year on the ASU campus as it (makes) our club more accessible to the bicycling community.” 

Mangilit said he expects two competitors to have a great season following their wins. ASU Cycling Club member and marketing sophomore Jack Gillick lapped the Men’s Collegiate B field, while 2012 Olympic competitor and graduate student Trevor Barron won in Collegiate C. 

Event sponsor ASU Parking and Transit Services (PTS) emphasized how the event boosts bicycling for health and well-being for the community.

“PTS offers so many resources so anyone who wants to can bicycle,” said JC Porter, PTS commuter services assistant director. “From bike valets to occasions like these, we are committed to building this capacity.”

Learn more about bike resources on campus and watch a bike safety video for more information.

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