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Portsmouth Hosts Seacoast Criterium
September 2000

Seacoast Criterium photo Adding a new event to Portsmouth's crowded downtown calendar ain't easy, but the first Seacoast Criterium rolled out flawlessly. Our poor disposable camera was no match for the high-speed action as top-level professionals tore up the tarmac in Market Square in mid-September. With $30,000 invested in prizes, preparation and personnel, race organizers held their collective breath as heavy rains drenched the region the day prior. But gorgeous end-of-summer skies arrived in the nick of time.

Conceived by active bike route organizers from SABR, the race immediately attracted enthusiastic sponsors and racers. Despite advance promotion, many locals were surprised to find the busy downtown area closed to vehicles. A well-trained army of local volunteers marked out the route with barricades, netting and hay bales. Vendors and VIPs hovered in strategically placed tents as racers circled the brand new course. After a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by a 10-year old Dover songster, women racers manned the course. The men followed. Music blared, bodies whizzed by, and It was all over in a blur. Many top photographers were on the scene, however, we couldn't afford one. So we submit, for your approval, these eerie fuzzy images. Our favorite team, the New Hampshire Wheelmen (see bottom) came in dead last, but entertained the crowd with pedaling feats from an era when every bicycle ride was an act of heroism. __ JDR

Seacoast Criterium Scrapbook
September 16, 2000

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Disposable photos by J. Dennis Robinson
Copyright © 2000
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