There are many cycling events held in America throughout the year. Unfortunately, the events of the past year and current events were affected by the pandemic, and racers could not enjoy cycling as much as they would wish.
Things are slowly coming back to normal, and borders are opening, which means pro-criterium racers can chase the American events. One such event that crit racers are looking forward to is The Tour Somerville.
The Tour of Somerville, also known as the Kentucky Derby of Cycling, is one of the few classic racing events. Many crit events have slowly faded away, and the Corona pandemic had threatened to erase the Kentucky Derby. However, the Somerville tour has been held on to date.
This year’s event was held on the Labor day weekend between September 4th and Monday 6th.
The Tour of Somerville began in 1940 and has been held 77 times ever since. The race started as a small carnival cycling event for the local community. This changed during the 70s when cycling gained traction in America.
The Tour of Somerville benefited from the traction and became one of the best classic races. It started attracting professional racers from Canada and other countries.
1940, 1941, and 1942 events were won by Furman Kugler and Carl Anderson, who later joined the military and were killed during World War 2. Because of this, the Somerville Tour is held during Labor Day weekend to honor military servicemen and women.