SWFBUD was proud to participate in the Downtown Tampa Crit today as bike racers took to the streets of Tampa. It wass wonderful to meet some old bike friends and also meet new ones today when I chatted about the BAM Network and SWFBUD's tole.
Kudos to Karen Kress and the Tampa Downtown Partnership for putting on the race event and for drawing bicyclists to downtown.
Harsh rains struck about 2:30 PM, and I along with other exhibitors had to pack up but the races carried on and the skies eventually cleared with more spectators coming to downtown to check out the pro racers in the early evening.
Here's Chaz chatting with J. Steele Olmstead, a bicyclist-lawyer who is a SWFBUD member.
Chaz and his partner Monica talk with J. Steele. Great story about Chaz and Monica. When I worked on my first Bicycle Bash 5 1/2 years ago I met Chaz and Monica while I was biking in St. Petersburg near Witham Field with my Bicycle Bash trailer. Chaz and Monica still remember those days.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn was working the crowd and stopped by to say hi. Here's Mayor Bob with SWFBUD lawyer member J. Steele Olmstead.
Mayor Bob enjoys a photo opp with bicyclists, young and old.
Hey, who's that guy with the mayor?
A crit competitor heads out.
Michael with his helmet cam paid a visit.
Ben and Jerry took a break from their ice cream business to stop by the Crit.
And even Bullet made a cameo with his fat tire rig.