The 2nd annual Hammerfest fueled by BOLT24 is coming to Birmingham on August 14-15, 2021. Twenty USA CRITS D1 professional cycling teams from all over the US will be racing through the streets of the Pepper Place District in downtown Birmingham. This exciting, fast-paced criterium racing is not just for the pros. Amateurs, juniors, and handcyclists will be tackling the same course and putting their skills to the test.
This FREE special weekend includes something for all ages with the Hammerfest Kids Zone, Community Hour, Lil’ Shamrock fun ride where youngsters can show their St. Patrick’s Day spirit and decorate their bicycles or tricycles, St. Pawtrick’s Day Parade, best-dressed contests for prizes, food trucks and more. Don’t miss all the festivities at the restaurants and bars in the Pepper Place District.
Racing begins at 11:30 am and should conclude around 9:00 pm on Saturday, August 14th in the Pepper Place District. The women’s D1 pro race kicks off at 6:10 pm followed by the men’s pro D1 race at 7:35 pm. The Community events starts at 4:45 pm. The Hammer Ride begins at 8 am on Sunday, August 15th. More information about the Hammer Ride will be announced in January.
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Parking is located outside the closed perimeter of the course. There is ample street parking in and around Pepper Place between 1st and 5th Avenues South as well as around the closed perimeter. The closed perimeter extends from 2nd Avenue S to 4th Avenue S and 28th St S to 32nd St S.
The Community Hour features something for everyone and begins at 4:45pm with the AMBUCS kids ride. Bring your family, friends and pups to party around the Leprechaun Loop. Run, walk, dance, or ride around the closed racing course while wearing your St. Patty’s Day attire for prizes. Free registration begins at 3:30pm at the kid’s zone on 3rd Ave S. at the Martin Biscuit Co. Building.
The Hammerfest Kids Zone will include inflatables, crafts, bike courses, bike safety/maintenance information as well as a place to decorate bikes with all the leprechaun and green gear for St. Patrick’s Day. Kid’s will have the opportunity to ride on the crit course during the community hour. All children who check in at the kid’s zone will be entered to win a free bicycle courtesy of Trips For Kids.
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Redemptive Cycles will be back with a free bike valet for guests.
Check back for more information on location and hours of the Bike Valet.
Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
Coming from out of town? Reserve your stay today at the Courtyard Birmingham Homewood or the Residence Inn Birmingham Homewood.
The best viewing areas will be along 3rd Avenue South by the start/finish line and on 29th Street South.