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, dog PAW-rade, 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 am and will 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. Hammer Time and our community events starts at 4 pm. The Hammer Ride begins at 8 am on Sunday, August 15th starting and ending from Cahaba Brewing Company.
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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.
Hammer Time features something for everyone and begins at 4pm 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 best green attire for prizes. Free registration begins at 3:30pm at the Kids Zone on 3rd Ave S. at the Martin Biscuit Co. Building.
The Hammerfest Kids Zone will include inflatables, crafts, a bicycle obstacle course, and a bicycle giveaway! The first 100 kids will receive a free bike helmet courtesy of Think First. Kid’s will also have the opportunity to ride on the crit course during our community hour, Hammer Time. All children who check in at the Kids 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.
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The best viewing areas will be along 3rd Avenue South by the start/finish line and on 29th Street South.