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Grading Policy

Grades and handicaps are determined by the Club Handicapper.

If you have any grading or handicapping enquiries please contact us [email protected]

A few notes on the “philosophy” of grading:

  • The objective of grading is to provide safe and enjoyable racing for everyone – riders who are too strong for their grade reduce the enjoyment for other riders; riders who are too weak for their grade increase the danger for other riders.
  • The optimum outcome is that each graded race is won by a rider who is in the “right” grade, is in good form, and rode a smart race.
  • The grades are not there to enable a rider to get a high placing even though they haven’t trained; aren’t feeling well; or feel like a steady ride with a sprint at the end.
  • If you haven’t trained much, or are feeling unwell, you can expect to have a tough race and be unlikely to score a place until you are in better form – that’s racing!
  • The final results are not the only indicator of the need for re-grading. If you are too strong for your grade you may be promoted even if you don’t win the final sprint.

Grading for the Summer Crit Series

Riders will start each season in the grade they finished last season. Any rider who has been promoted during the winter road season will ride in the higher grade.

If you would like your grade reassessed prior to the season opener, please contact us to state your case. A lower grade will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. “I haven’t done much riding”, “I’m not as fit as last year”, etc, are not exceptional circumstances. If your form is much less than last year it will be clear in the first few races and you will then be regraded accordingly.

If you are new to criterium racing, we strongly recommend that you contact us before the season starts to get a preliminary grade and attend one of the warm-up races so that we can get you into the right grade for the first race.

As for last season, riders will be promoted in line with the handicapping policy on the Crits Info page. However riders may be promoted sooner if they are too strong for their grade, at the discretion of the club handicapper.

Riders can also be moved down a grade when warranted. This is only likely to be done once they have raced at least once in their nominated grade (we suggest you notify the handicapper first so we can see how your ride goes).

No grade changes will be considered on the night and no grade swapping because you missed your start time (or your start time isn’t convenient). Please monitor the grade changes announced on facebook during the season to ensure that you arrive in time for your correct grade.