Twilight

Twilight Foundation

History of Twilight


Founded in 1980 by Gene Dixon, the Athens Twilight Criterium was the first nighttime race in the United States in over 60 years. What began as one race with 40 competitors has since grown to offer eight separate race classes and 150 cyclists competing in the main event, the men's criterium, an 80K race around downtown Athens.


Heralded by VeloNews as the "Criterium Not To Miss" and voted first by their poll of professional and amateur racers, Twilight is a highlight of the pro cycling season. The Twilight is a part of the USA CRITS Championship Series, USA CRITS Speed Week, and Georgia Championship Series. The Athens event has always stood apart from other criteriums and is popular not just with racers, but with its huge crowd of spectators, consistently drawing over 30,000 spectators and some of cyling's hottest stars to the streets of the Classic City annually.


In October 2010, Dixon announced the formation of the Athens Twilight Foundation. The non-profit foundation was created to execute the annual Twilight Criterium and plan a year-round calendar of fundraising events and support cycling and fitness initiatives. The foundation's goal is to become a resource promoting community development and public health. "The community adopted the Twilight from the start and the creation of the Twilight Foundation ensures the event's future," said Dixon. "The foundation is the best way for the Twilight to remain America's iconic criterium and maintain its legacy for the entire Athens community."



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Previous Winners of the Twilight Criterium



Year
Men
Women

2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
1980

   
   Kevin Mullervy
   Luke Keough
   Luca Damiani
   Karl Menzies
   Heath Blackgrove
   Rahsaan Bahati
   Mark Hekman
   Vassili Davidenko
   Vassili Davidenko
   Brice Jones
   Dan Schmatz
   Gord Fraser
   Graeme Miller
   Gord Fraser
   Frank McCormack
   Roberto Gaggioli
   Todd Littlehales
   Chris Horner
   Scott Fortner
   Thoma Craven
   Malcolm Elliot
   Greg Orabetz
   Rick Strooper
   Steve Speaks
   Doug Shapiro
   Jim Copeland
   Jeff Pierce
   Tom Schuler
   Alan McCormack
   Davis Phinney
   Alex Steida
   Steve Bauer
   Danny Clark
   Danny Clark

   Erica Allar
   Erica Allar
   Theresa Cliff-Ryan
   Theresa Cliff-Ryan
   Brooke Miller
   Rebecca Larson
   Katharine Carroll
   Jen McRae
   Shannon Hutchinson-Krupat
   Tina Pic
   Candice Blickem
   Ina Tutenberg
   Anna Millward
   Sarah Ulmer
   Anna Milward
   
   Jen McRae
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  



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In 2004, Turner South's program "Liars & Legends" featured a presentation of the Athens Twilight Criterium, giving an excellent feel for the world-famous event.




Clips from Clate Sanders' 1981 Athens Twilight Criterium documentary







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