Athens Twilight

There’s only one place where you can see some of the best cyclists in the country, live music, and tens of thousands of people roaming the streets with half-empty solo cups – Athens Twilight. And lucky for you, it’s coming soon!

Athens Twilight, sponsored in part by your very own J House Media, kicks off the weekend on Friday, April 29th. Just go prepared to have a great time!


The Athens Twilight Criterium, founded by Gene Dixon in 1980, was the first of its kind for more than 60 years in the United States. Twilight began as a single race with forty participants and has grown to host a variety of separate races and special events – the main event being the 80k men’s race around downtown Athens.

This infamous race is a favorite hot spot on the national cycling tour circuit, both for its special evening events and the massive crowds that flock to the unique downtown retail and entertainment district of Athens, Georgia. 

In October 2010, Dixon announced the formation of the Athens Twilight Foundation. This non-profit foundation’s goal is to become a resource that promotes community development and public health. Not only does the foundation get involved in community issues, it also ensures the future of Twilight. According to Dixon, “The foundation is the best way for the Twilight to remain America’s iconic criterium and maintain its legacy for the entire Athens community.”

A poll from VeloNews voted Twilight first of professional and amateur racers, it’s the highlight of the pro cycling season. The Athens Twilight Criterium is a part of the USA CRITS Championship SeriesUSA CRITS Speed WeekGeorgia Championship Series, and National Racing Calendar.

Come roam the beautiful streets of downtown Athens with more than 30,000 of your closest friends, enjoy local bands and vendors, and get up-close-and-personal with some of the country’s greatest cyclists. We’ll see you in the VIP section! What more could you ask for in a weekend?

For more information about the race, teams, events, and the Twilight Foundation, visit

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