June 2018 marks the seventh year of the Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic, Oklahoma City’s premier bicycling event, and this year’s event on June 1, 2 and 3 will not disappoint.
If you’re looking for action and excitement, then don’t miss this event which features many of the nation’s top professional cyclists and some of the most stacked amateur fields you'll find in this region. Unlike other sports out there.
The Oklahoma City Pro-Am event is free to the public, and all the racers ask is for you to cheer them on and ring those cow bells as loudly as possible.
Since the first year in 2012, the Oklahoma City Pro-Am event has grown from a single day event to a three day event featuring venues in Midtown, Film Row and Automobile Alley. H&8th Night Market remains among the largest food truck festivals in the U.S., and on Friday, June 1, visitors can eat everything from burgers to barbecue to vegan delights and international cuisines.
The first H&8th debuted in 2011 with three food trucks and roughly 200 people. The event became the largest monthly food truck festival in the U.S. based on attendance, drawing between 20,000 and 40,000 people each month during the 2014 season, according to co-founder and Elemental Coffee Owner Laura Massenat.
Today, H&8th continues to offer up the fun, family and pet-friendly environment once a year during the Pro-Am Classic.
The Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic is now part of the USA CRIT Series calendar, the third national level calendar the event is a part of and also the most exciting. Pro-Am’s inclusion into the USA CRIT Series has finally enabled the race to bring live streaming to Oklahoma City and in the world of American criterium racing, that's a big deal.
If you’re ready to witness the thrill of racing at H&8th Night Market, Hodges says the best seats in the house are Friday night in Midtown, at the corner of Hudson & 8th along the inside corner at Elemental Coffee or the outside near the railing. This location is the final turn to the finish line, and racers will lay it all on the line at that turn. It’s also downhill, so expect to see crazy speed from racers too.
On Saturday, find your perfect seat at Film Row on the corner of Dewey & Sheridan. Anyone who has raced Film Row knows that the person first out of that corner wins the race, so expect a number of racers to roll the dice.
On Sunday, get a different view at Automobile Alley at the corner of Broadway and 8th near Hideaway Pizza. As a spectator, you can be close enough to feel the wind as the racers rush by, hear the talk from inside the peloton as they pass, and see the focus in their faces as they dig deep and plan their next attack or struggle to hang on.
So get ready for food, fun and cycling action June 1 to 3 in Midtown, Film Row and Automobile Alley, and don’t be afraid to cheer on your favorite racer!