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Summer Criteriums

Grade moves after Round 1, 17 October 2018.

Name From To Reason
Matt Meisel-Dennis D Grade C Grade Initial grading low based on performance round 1
Nuru Somi B Grade A Grade Initial grading low based on performance round 1

Series Information

The 2017/2018 Summer Criterium Series (the 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 and is brought to you by Hedley Property Investments.

Please note that the Calendar may change, so please ensure you are working off the latest version which will be published here.

Live results are available at http://crits.canberracyclingclub.org.au

Marshal Duty Roster

Your club relies on volunteers to keep you racing. Our criterium roster requires at least two people to help out with some easy tasks from 5:30pm onwards, which are (1) operate the timing board, and (2) take placings in the finish chute. Teams are rostered on most nights – please check the roster for when your team is on.

Series Entry

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).

Entry Fees

  • Season Pass: $100; or
  • Single Race: $10
  • E Grade, Women’s C, and Junior Whites: $5 (single race)
  • Juniors (U13 and younger): Free
  • All entry fees can be paid on the day.

Cycling Australia Race Licence

A Cycling Australia Race membership is required to enter any Canberra Cycling Club races, including the series. You do not need to be a member of Canberra Cycling Club to race the series or other Canberra Cycling Club races.

You can purchase a Race Licence here:

Grading Policy

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. Your grade at the start of the season is the same grade in which you finished the previous season.  A lack of training is not a reason for downgrading.

Re-grades will be published on this page each week.

Grade Mentors

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 experienced racers and are there for everyone’s safety.

Each rider is encouraged to give and take advice from each other – just keep it civil and constructive.  We may be racing for the untold glory of a win in a club crit, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all have heaps of fun and support each other to get better and keep racing.

Sanctions for Safety

In all grades you may be sanctioned with a two-race ban for:

  • Causing a crash involving others, 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

We are continuing 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). 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 2018/2019 series in WB/WC.

There is no Women’s A Grade in the 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 Grade

To help ensure a good number of riders in the women’s grades, and kick-start the momentum in women’s racing, selected Women’s B Grade riders will be permitted to join C Grade each night if they race in Women’s B. All women riders will benefit as a result, as there will be more exciting women’s racing. These women will not feature in the C Grade results or prize money. No other riders may join in with a race which is not their grade, except for the “grade mentors”.

Women’s B riders may be considered for addition to the list during the season, however please note the list is intended to remain short, to bring you good, consistent women’s racing week after week. It’s not there to give all women twice as many races.

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.

Junior HC

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.

Finish Chute

CCC Hedley Property Investments Summer Criterium Series results are based on top 10 placings of each grade. To claim your place you must go through the Finish Chute (metal barriers) after the race finish and in the order you finished.

Prize Money Policy

Nightly Prize Money
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
A $100 $50 $30 $10 $5 $195
B $50 $30 $10 $5 $95
C $30 $10 $5 $45
D $10 $5 $15
E N/A $0
WB $50 $30 $10 $5 $95
WC N/A $0
Junior White N/A $0
Total $445


[email protected]

Race Director: Steve Crispin

Commissaires: Various, but usually Bill Walker, and/or Malcolm Paterson.