Novant Health Invitational Criterium April 11 in Uptown

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Held in Charlotte’s Center City, an international field of the world’s top men and women’s professional cyclists will take to the streets of uptown Charlotte and will compete for over $50,000 in prize money in the Novant Health Invitational Criterium (formerly known as the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational). Returning for its 12th year, the races take place on a mile long spectator friendly course starting at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets, where spectators are up close to the racing action. Over 350,000 people have lined Charlotte’s streets since its first year to cheer on these elite riders, as cyclists take the sharp corners of the downtown streets shoulder to shoulder at high rates of speeds, competing for the country’s largest single day prize purse in bicycle criterium racing. Over the course of the race’s 11 year history, winners have come from 7 different countries and over $1 million in cash prizes have been awarded. The Novant Health Invitational Criterium is held to raise money and awareness for the Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas (BTFC). The BTFC is dedicated to supporting Charlotte area brain cancer patients by assisting them in their navigation of the healthcare system and encouraging vital research that advances effective and collaborative solutions for cancer treatment. Over the past 11 years, the Novant Health Invitational Criterium has raised approximately $5 million for the BTFC.