Bank Mayor’s Cup

MayorsCupThe Bank Mayor’s Cup Criterium is a family-oriented celebration that promotes healthy lifestyles and offers a unique professional sports experience. The event is free for spectators.

Now in it’s sixth year, the 2014 TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Men’s and Women’s Races will feature nearly 200 top professional racers, including Olympians and national champions, who will compete for $30,000 in prize money. The Men’s and Women’s Professional Criteriums are the season’s final race of the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar. The event will also feature USA Cycling amateur categories preceding the pro races.

What you will see

A lot. For much of the race you will see a large peloton of racers tightly packed together despite high speeds. On many laps, the official will ring a bell. On these laps, you will see racers taking each other on head-to-head for mid-race competitions called “primes”. Mid-race primes are considered “races within the race”; a racer will win up to a thousand dollars every time he/she crosses the line first. The only problem- there is no prize for second place and, in going for the primes, it’s easy to get tired and hurt your chances at winning the finish. It’s all part of the strategy.

Racers to watch

A competitive field, including National Champions and Olympians from the US and abroad, top ranked professional racers, and some future superstars, will all descend into Boston for the Bank Mayor’s Cup.