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by Shane Stokes
March 10, 2018
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Specialized has signed on as a brand supporter of USACRITS.tv. Launching March 15, USACRITS.tv is an online channel for the premier criterium series in the United States, where all of its 11 events in 2018 will be shown live, along with additional races and events from previous seasons, viewed on demand. The channel is intended to help alleviate sustainability and growth issues for series events as well as competitors.
“We are excited to have the most iconic brand in American cycling supporting this important endeavor,” said Scott Morris of USA CRITS. “Specialized, along with our other supporters, will be key in getting the word out that you can watch criteriums, the most American form of bike racing, and help give back to the teams and events at the same time.”
USACRITS.tv was designed to create a sustainable platform for the growth and funding of the national series. Membership to USACRITS.tv will be $55 annually or $5.99 annual-paid-monthly. Fans will also able to purchase these races as pay-per-view by event for $15. Each membership level will return a split directly back to teams and events, adding to the sustainability and growth of criteriums. Membership and purchase of pay-per-view events will also support additional live streaming, prize money, events, and teams and athletes.
“We are incredibly proud to partner with USA CRITS,” said Sam Benedict, general manager at Specialized. “The racing is fast, fun to watch, and definitively American, while the atmosphere of the overall events is inviting and inclusive of so much more than racing. Getting more people out to watch or participate in riding and racing is what we are all about.”
CyclingTips is the official media partner of the 2018 USA CRITS series.