The 2017/2018 Summer Criterium Series is Canberra’s oldest and most popular criterium series, featuring the biggest range of grades and the highest level of competition. The series is held every year on Wednesday nights during the warmer months of the year.
The 2017/18 series begins with a prologue on the 18th October (a no points round, so you can find your crit legs).
Prologue: 18th October 2017
First point-scoring round: Wednesday 25th October 2017
WB, WC, and JW first point-scoring round: 1st November 2017
Live results are available at http://crits.canberracyclingclub.org.au
CCC Hedley Property Investments Summer Criterium Series results are based on top 10 placings of each grade, so you don’t need a timing chip as you would for many state and national level races. To claim your placing, you must go through the Finish Chute (metal barriers) after the race finish and in the order you finished.
The series is brought to you by Hedley Property Investments.
Entry is at Stromlo Forest Park on the night. Registration is located in the Registration Room, which is adjacent to the entry to the toilets. In order to race, you must also register your attendance each night, prior to your race (including if you have already paid entry for the season).
- Season Pass: $100; or
- Single Race: $10
- Juniors (U13 and younger): Free
Cycling Australia Race License
A Cycling Australia Race membership is required to enter any Canberra Cycling Club races, including the criterium series. You do not need to be a member of Canberra Cycling Club to race the Summer Criterium Series or other Canberra Cycling Club races.
You can purchase a Race License here:
- Canberra Cycling Club Race License: http://membership.cycling.org.au
- Day Race License (new members only): https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=14967&OrgID=4912
- 3 Race License (new members only): https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=14967&OrgID=4912
Grading Policy (NEW!)
You will be allocated a racing grade by the club grader at the start of the season.
You will be up-graded if:
- You score 60 points in a grade during the season;
- The grader gives you a manual re-grade (a reason will be published)
You may only be down-graded if:
- You DNF two races in a row before 5mins + 2Laps to go and you request a down-grade; or
- The grader agrees to your manual re-grade (a reason will be published)
Nb. A large re-grade will occur before the start of the season to ensure an acceptable spread of ability exists both within and between each grade. This is important in ensuring riders can progress through the grades without having to make an unrealistically large leap to keep up with the next grade.
Re-grades will be published on the website www.CanberraCyclingClub.org.au each week.
Grade Mentors will often be present, and particularly in the lower grades, to ensure riders are riding safely and in good sporting spirit. Please be accepting of their feedback – they are there for everyone’s safety
Each rider is also highly encouraged to improve the safety of their own grade by calling out unsafe riding and unsportsmanlike behaviour. Be mindful to keep feedback sufficiently constructive. The goal is to improve safety, not to get people to refrain from coming back next week!
Grade Mentors are experienced riders and will wear a yellow helmet cover or vest so they can be easily identified. Grade Mentors may enter to race another grade on the night, and will not be entered or score points in the grade which they are mentoring. If you’re interested in being a Grade Mentor, please get in touch with the race director.
Sanctions for Safety
In all grades except for A Grade, you may be sanctioned with a two-race ban for:
- Causing a crash involving others, especially through reckless or careless behaviour; or
- Unsportsmanlike behaviour, including intimidation tactics.
The commissiare(s) will decide any such sanctions. All grades are subject to the appropriate technical regulations and policies of the club and Cycling Australia.
Women’s Grades are back! After feedback we are re-introducing Women’s B Grade and Women’s C Grades, which will race in the same time-slot as the Junior Whites, and, with enough women, these grades will also race separately (on opposite sides of the track). Therefore, in order ensure there are sufficient riders to make WB & WC viable, women will not be allowed to enter D Grade or E Grade except in very exceptional circumstances and with approval from the grader and race director.
You can help keep Women’s graded racing on the Canberra calendar by bringing your friends along and racing every week possible. To help, we’re giving women in these grades who are new to the CCC Summer Criterium Series their first race free (you just need to buy a CA license – see above). Additionally, to do our part to ensure there are sufficient numbers, you will receive a Canberra Cycling Club jersey if you race at least 13 rounds of the 2017/2018 series in WB/WC.
There is no Women’s A Grade in the 2017/2018 Summer Criterium Series. A, B, and C grades are open to women to enter and we recognise that this is currently the preference of many elite and experienced women riders.
Women’s B & Women’s C Grade starts on 1st of November (Round 2), plus the prologue round on 18th October. WB/WC will have one extra round at the end of the season (Round 19), held on the same night as some of the ACT Criterium Championships Men’s Grades.
Junior Whites (JW)
White is the colour of the Young Rider Classification jersey at Le Tour de France and numerous other events around the world. CCC is introducing the JW category for the 2017/2018 season. The category is for all U13 riders who have been promoted from the Junior HC category, and some U15/U17 riders who have been allocated to the grade by the grader. Only rarely, and in very exceptional circumstances, including both very highly developed fitness and bunch riding skill level, will U13 riders be permitted to race in the adult grades.
HC is for “hors categorie” and handicap. This Junior HC category is for ages 6 to 13, and occasionally for U13/U15 riders who are new to cycling. Any type of bike may be used in this category, but it must have (only) two wheels. No tricycles or bikes with trainer wheels are allowed. You also need to be able to ride a bike without trainer wheels. Riders in this category will be handicapped each week, meaning the slower riders are given a head start, giving everyone a chance to win.
Leader’s Race Numbers
The points leader of each grade will receive a second “race number” to pin on. Whilst a rider is leading the points score of that grade, the leaders race number must be worn on the rear of the jersey in addition to the regular race number.
Teams / Squads
To register a team and/or squad, contact [email protected] with your team name and the names of your team members. Racing as part of a team is completely optional – it just means the points you score count towards the Team and Squad points score classifications.
Race Director: Matt Robertson 0415 240 433
Commissaires: Various, but usually Bill Walker, and/or Malcolm Paterson.
THE FOLLOWING CALENDAR MAY BE UPDATED. PLEASE CHECK WEEKLY