The NUVO sports desk just got word from the Office of Organizing Stuff that the Mass Ave Criterium has upped the prize for the top female racers. The Category 1/2 pro dudes pick up $1,999 for a first-place finish, and the women Cats 1/2/3 will be vying for an identical prize.
Here's an excerpt from the press release we sent out yesterday:
Over 400 bike racers will roll at top speed past 5,000 spectators on Aug. 1, 2015, for the eighth running of NUVO’s Mass Ave Criterium. The “MAC” features bicycle racers of all ages and skill levels running a course through one of downtown Indy’s most beautiful neighborhoods, the Mass Ave Cultural District. This event is free to spectators. A portion of the proceeds of MAC benefits IndyCog.
Fans are afforded the chance to watch the races from an incredibly close vantage point — close enough, in fact, to feel the draft from the competitors as they fly by. Indianapolis Mascot races are scheduled, too — Indy Mayor Greg Ballard will preside over a contest including Boomer (Indiana Pacers), Freddy Fever (Indiana Fever), Nitro (The Indy Fuel), Alley & Axel (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and Jinx & Jaws (IUPUI). Motorcycle Racer Matt Carr will lead the Mascot Race cutting donuts and entertaining the crowd with stunts.
The MAC course features an incredibly tight turn around Mass Ave’s “Ann Dancing” video sculpture as competitors vie for over $7,000 in cash and prizes. The day’s events start at 9 a.m. with a CIBA ride and ends with the pros running at 7:40 p.m. The final 90-minute race will finish under the lights, and the men’s champ will pick up $1,999 in cash.
For more info, go to massavecrit.com