Rothman Amateur Trials Offers Path to Compete in Benchmark Cycling Classic


Cyclists in all categories are invited to participate in The Rothman Institute Amateur Trials being held on Saturday, August 12, at Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester, PA.

These nine criterium-style qualifying races determine the field for the Rothman Institute Amateur Criterium at 5:45 P.M. It’s all part of the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic. Riders should plan on bring their families and friends to enjoy the school’s park-like setting.

For Cat 1 through Cat 5 men and women riders, as well as masters 35+, 45+, 55+ and juniors 10 to 18, these races offer prime opportunities to compete while sharing in significant prize money.

This is a USA CYCLING sanctioned event where all USAC rules apply. All finishing racers are factored in PAC BAR point scoring. One-day licenses for Cat 5 men and Cat 4/5 women will be available for purchase on site.

Details, registration and the full schedule of races can be found at

“Throughout the qualifying races, riders will be competing for cash prizes plus valuable merchandise awards,” said Mark Yoder, president of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, the organizer of the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic.

The public is invited to watch these qualifying races that will begin at 8:30 A.M. and will run until about 3:00 P.M. Then the focus will shift to the streets of downtown West Chester.

The racing action kicks off at 3:30 P.M. with the West Chester Dental Arts Kids’ Race, a free series of age-appropriate competitions for children between 3 and 10.

Then it’s the Tolsdorf Trike Challenge at 4:30 P.M. where 5-member teams compete against one another on the supplied adult-size tricycles.

The Rothman Institute Amateur Criterium follows at 5:45 P.M.

One hour later top professional female riders go head-to-head in the Brumbaugh Wealth Management Pro Women’s Criterium.

At 8:00 P.M., the Iron Hill Pro Men’s Criterium will take place.

As part of the USA CRITS Championship Series, this is one of the most important pro bike races in the region, one that attracts over 100 professional riders from all over the United States and beyond.

And while racing will always be the focus of the evening, spectators to the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic will also find such additional attractions as the Community Festival, Iron Hill Beer Garden, Kids’ Zone, and a nearly endless party-like atmosphere everywhere.

Details can be found at

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