On Sunday, June 12, approximately 130 cyclists took to the streets of Riverton to participate in the first annual Historic Riverton Criterium. Promoted by Carlos Rogers, an amateur cyclist for twenty years and a Riverton resident, the race was a culmination of a years worth of planning and coordination with USA Cycling, the borough council, public officials, and the residents of the community.
The riders raced multiple laps, based on category and/or age, through a short closed off course (approximately .7 mi). Starting on Main Street going counter-clockwise to Fifth, Fulton, Fourth, Cinnaminson, Second, and back to Main for the finish, spectators were able to witness the high speeds, tactics, and excitement of bicycle racing. Mayor Robert Martin, Police Chief John Shaw, and Rev. Richard Wrede (Christ Episcopal Church) served as honorary starters for the various races. There were also two kids races that provided a great opportunity for the participants to challenge themselves on the same course as the riders.
By all accounts from USA Cycling officials, riders, borough officials, and residents the race was a great success. Plans are in the works to put on the race next year and to make it an annual event in Riverton.