Last Sunday, Horst Engineering was one of the title sponsors of the 10th annual Keith Berger Memorial Criterium in East Hartford, Connecticut. The race was promoted by the Horst Engineering Cycling Team and the Expo Wheelmen and was a kickoff to New England Crit Week.
This race is a memorial to Keith Berger, who was a fixture on the New England cycling scene. He raced on several area teams during his career, including the Capital Velo Club. Sadly, Keith was a victim of cancer at a very young age. Racing hard is the best thing that cyclists can do to remember Keith.
Race Directors Max Accaputo and Trent Sullivan did a fantastic job at marshaling the resources, sponsors, and volunteers necessary to save this race and keep it on the New England cycling calendar. Many volunteers came together, including members of both Team Horst Sports and the Expo Wheelmen, to put on a great show. We had gorgeous June weather for the first full day of summer with brilliant sunshine and beautiful white puffy clouds dotting the bright blue sky. That helped us with a record turnout of 320+ riders in six categories. There were category 4/5, 3/4, 40+, Juniors, Women’s, and 1/2/3 races.
Proceeds from the race will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training as well as the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP). Other race sponsors included:
- Danaher Lagnese, PC; Attorneys at Law
- Romano Berger Executive Search
- New England Bike Racing Association (NEBRA)
- J. Renee Coffee Roasters
- So.G Coffee Roasters
- Cycling Concepts
- Bicycles East
- Dealer.com Cycling Team p/b 1K2Go Sports
- Bob Smith from Dur-a-Flex Floors
Horst Engineering has been a strong supporter of amateur cycling and other endurance sports since the founding of Team Horst Sports in 1997. The Keith Berger Memorial Criterium will return in 2015.