News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
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New Castle, DE 19720
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Feel the Rush! Wilmington University is New Title Sponsor of Pro Women’s Criterium

Join WilmU in West Chest for the penultimate race day cycling event!

Wilmington University has announced that it is the new title sponsor of the 2019 Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic’s Pro Women’s Criterium. This is the penultimate women’s cycling event in the Benchmark Classic, which attracts women cyclists from around the country. The Criterium will take place at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, along the streets of downtown West Chester, Pennsylvania. This is the first women’s cycling event sponsorship for WilmU.

The 2019 Wilmington University Pro Women’s Criterium marks the event’s 15th anniversary of professional racing and family-themed activities along the historic city’s streets. It is a 40K race over a 0.6-mile course encompassing 8 city blocks in historic downtown West Chester. The course features four 90-degree turns and one short rise. The start/finish line is at the intersection of Gay and High Streets.

“Wilmington University is proud to sponsor the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic’s Pro Women’s Criterium,” said WilmU President Dr. LaVerne T. Harmon. “We celebrate the strength and determination of the women who will come from across the country to participate in this prestigious event, and we’re delighted that our athletes and Student Life team will be there to cheer them on.”

The Wilmington University Pro Women’s Criterium will bring top female riders together once again in one of the most popular and challenging courses on the USA CRITS Championship calendar. Adding to its allure is prize parity with the Iron Hill Pro Men’s Race, making it more attractive for women cyclists who are eager to compete.

WilmU recently opened its new Brandywine Campus, which will provide residents of Chester and Delaware counties access to more than 150 affordable higher education programs. The campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities and is located at the intersection of Route 202 and Beaver Valley Road, across from the Concord Mall.

“We are excited to see Wilmington University sponsor this year’s Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic and support our local communities in Chester County,” said Mark Yoder, President of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and organizer of the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic.

Yoder welcomed WilmU by noting the institution’s focus on empowering its diverse students, most of whom work full- or part-time, to achieve their academic goals via flexible and convenient formats, in preparation for success in the global marketplace.

“The women who compete in the Wilmington University Pro Women’s Criterium exhibit that same sort of grit and determination,” he said.  “And they provide an inspiration to young and old alike. These pro women athletes are the perfect role models for anyone aiming to better their lives.”

Wilmington University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees both on campus and online to a diverse student body of more than 18,000 students. The university is dedicated to distinguishing itself as an open-access education facility by providing innovative, career-oriented programs centered on its students – all at an affordable price.

Special thanks to Mark Hostutler for contributing to this release.

About the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic:

The Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic takes place on the streets of downtown West Chester, PA. Sponsored by Benchmark Federal Credit Union, this iconic event offers a wide range of exciting racing action and family-focused festivities that include the Iron Hill Twilight Pro Men’s Criterium, the aforementioned Wilmington University Pro Women’s Criterium, Rothman Institute Amateur Criterium, West Chester Dental Arts Kids’ Race, Tolsdorf Trike Challenge, Chester County Hospital Community Festival and MacElree Harvey Kids’ Zone.

About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is one of the most affordable, fastest growing private, nonprofit universities in the region, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in online and traditional formats. An accredited and respected leader specializing in exemplary student service, Wilmington University offers convenient and flexible options designed to prepare students for success in an increasingly competitive marketplace. The University is celebrating its 50th year and has never wavered in its mission to offer opportunities to all who wish to transform their lives through quality education. For more information, visit

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - New Castle, DE