Approximately 1,000 cyclists and hundreds more spectators are expected to wheel into Oshkosh for an all-day series of races on Thursday, June 26. The races will lace through the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus’s streets as part of the Tour of America’s Dairyland (TOAD).
The “Oshkosh Criterium de Titan” will take place on Day Eight of the 11-day TOAD. The event and related activities will stage in and around the UW Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center on the university campus.
From 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 26, High Avenue and Algoma Boulevard between Woodland and Osceola Streets will close and transform into a spectator-lined race course. Some University parking lots will be unaccessible due to the race course’s closure, but law enforcement and campus administration are finalizing a list of available parking for students, faculty, staff and spectators. Expect announcements with further details in the days leading up to the event.
The series of races will run throughout the day and into the evening, featuring nationally and internationally competitive cyclists and first-time racers.
The day is all part of the USA Cycling-sanctioned TOAD tour stop. The Oshkosh Criterium de Titan is also one of four stops in the TOAD lineup featuring the USA Cycling Juniors Road Development Race Series.
“This is an event that Wisconsin’s Event City has never seen the likes of before,” said Christopher Yaggie, a race coordinator for the Oshkosh Criterium de Titan. “Thousands of cyclists, their families and fans will have a day’s-worth of competitive and fun bicycle racing to enjoy. The event will bring all kinds of new energy to Oshkosh – the enthusiasm and fan-following of a growing sport a surge of new tourism, which the city, the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau and UW Oshkosh have, together, helped grow year after year.”
The TOAD stop in Oshkosh will require the temporary closure of streets. The city of Oshkosh and UW Oshkosh adminstrators and authorities are already coordinating efforts.
The Oshkosh Common Council approved a special event permit for the Oshkosh Criterium de Titan in late February. Coordinators will share more event details as June approaches.
Current sponsors for the event include UW Oshkosh, the UW Oshkosh Foundation, First Business Bank, Michels Materials, Christopher Yaggie and David Detjen of Ameriprise Financial and the Oshkosh Cycling Club.
“UW Oshkosh has a rich tradition of hosting events that, every year, draw thousands of athletes, fans and visitors to our campus and city,” UW Oshkosh Foundation President Arthur Rathjen said. “The Oshkosh Criterium de Titan is one more example of our University teaming up with our neighbors and partners to bring a family-friendly, one-of-a-kind event to Oshkosh for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire community. We are proud to co-sponsor and host this incredible day of cycling.”