The best professional and amateur cyclists in the US are coming to put on a show over Labor Day Weekend! Four full-tilt races in four of STL’s coolest neighborhoods. Each Day features an all-day program of racing that includes amateur races, and kids races, that build up to the men’s and women’s professional races. Each race showcases “criterium format” racing on one mile+ laps. This Americanized style of racing appeals to both athletes and spectators alike as the peloton speeds by every few minutes, holding lines only inches apart from one another. Spectators can watch the race develop lap after lap and hear commentators announce race strategy as the excitement builds.
The Gateway Cup takes place in the heart of FOUR unique and awesome St. Louis neighborhoods.
Within each of these host communities, the race course is a defined one-mile lap and the race format is known as a “criterium.” This Americanized style of racing appeals to both athletes and spectators alike as the peloton, or pack of cyclists, pass by every few minutes at impressive speeds holding lines only inches apart from one another. Spectators can watch the race develop lap after lap and hear commentators announce race strategy, allowing more of an understanding and involvement in the excitement. Returning for 2023- all four days of the Gateway Cup are included on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.
There are 9 races each day based on ability, ranging from newbies to pros. Each day begins with the amateur races and builds up to the featured events, the men’s and women’s professional races. In these races, 150 of the top national and international cyclists will hurl themselves through corners averaging 30 mph towards a typically thrilling sprint finish. Guaranteed inspiration.
For the Men’s and Women’s Elite Classes, we have an overall Omnium competition for the best aggregate results over all four days of racing. Each day we score the top 15 places and assign points toward an overall prize. Points are awarded 25, 20,16, 14, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Join the Lafayette Square neighborhood and business district as the first leg of the Gateway Cup gets underway in St. Louis’ first historic district, this nighttime Criterium will take place under the lights on a flat, wide-open 0.9-mile course with four 90-degree turns.
Now home to many unique shops and restaurants, the Lafayette Square neighborhood is one of the oldest in St. Louis and boasts the city’s first public park. Created by ordinance in 1836, the park was named in honor of Marqis de Lafayette, a French statesman who served as a volunteer under George Washington during the American Revolution.
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