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Trike racing adds new dimension to Iron Hill Twilight Race Series

07/08/2015 11:40AM ● By J. Chambless

For most of us, the days of riding a tricycle ended well before our first day at school. On Saturday, Aug. 8, many women and men will return to their three-wheel roots at this year’s Twilight Trike Challenge presented by Tolsdorf Oil Lube Express. 

Returning for its second year, this popular addition to the Iron Hill Twilight Race Series has proven to be a favorite among spectators and participants alike. Last year, 13 teams faced off against each other. This year, over 25 teams are expected to compete in this series of hot-handed, cold-blooded, all-out trike racing down Gay Street in West Chester.

Any business, organization or group of five, 18 or older, is invited to enter this challenging double-elimination tag-team race, where every team will compete at least twice on the road to victory. Not only will the winning team receive the Twilight Trike Challenge trophy engraved with the team name, each member will be a VIP guest at the Susquehanna Crit Club, located along the race route. There they will enjoy a  buffet, drinks and camaraderie while enjoying a prime view of the racing action.

The Twilight Trike Challenge is just one of many attractions that will make up West Chester’s popular day of racing action and family-friendly events. The fun begins with the West Chester Dental Arts Kids' Race and includes the Avanté Salon Pro Women’s Criterium, Rothman Institute Amateur Men's Criterium, Community Festival, Kids’ Zone, BMX Stunt Riding Exhibition and more, climaxing with the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium, one of the most important professional cycling races on the East Coast.

Last year culminated in victory for Team Tolsdorf Oil Lube Express. “I swear it wasn’t rigged,” said team captain Chris Tolsdorf with a laugh, answering charges that no one seriously made. He has already thrown down the gauntlet for this year’s race. Those ready to answer the challenge can do so by visiting