BEMBEL CRIT RACE
Who will win and raise the cider tankard trophy? On the Festival Saturday, there are seven exciting race events run by traditional cycling club VC Frankfurt 1883. The Fixed Gear Criterium will be welcoming a high-quality and international line-up, and for amateur riders the ‘Bembel Crit’ is staging attractive races throughout the festival day. The tough circuit course is going to see some thrilling sprint finishes right in the middle of the trade show – and this is just the first of many public highlights planned for the EUROBIKE FESTIVAL DAYS.
Frankfurt has a long cycling tradition; after all, the metropolis on the Main has been the venue for the one-day race "Rund um den Henninger Turm" (now Eschborn-Frankfurt), which takes place annually on May 1, since 1962. This is not the only reason why Frankfurt offers the perfect space as the new location for EUROBIKE. On the other hand, one might object that Frankfurt is also known as a car city.
City of contrasts
But it's precisely these contrasts that make Frankfurt special: here, cars meet bicycles, Goethe meets Haftbefehl, the stylish banking district meets the dreary Bahnhofsviertel, hip after-work bars meet the cozy Altsachs, fancy cocktails meet Ebbelwoi. By the way, the latter plays an important role at the BEMBEL CRIT on the Saturday of the festival. After all, Bembel refers to the pot-bellied, gray jugs in which the Hessian cider is traditionally served.
In the fixed-gear criterium (i.e., a circuit race on wheels with a rigid hub), participants whiz across the asphalt, and whoever completes the laps in the fastest time secures not only fame and glory, but also the big cider stein. What could be more fitting to win in Frankfurt than a Bembel?
The circuit gets down to business
The term "Festival Saturday" is definitely filled with meaning with the BEMBEL CRIT: With a total of six races, both in the elite and hobby classes, where women and men are equally at the start, it is namely really getting down to business. The course promises excitement for the audience, who can chill, celebrate and cheer on the side of the track.