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Summer Criteriums

Series Information

The 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.

COVID-19 Arrangements

Please take personal responsibility for complying with the COVID requirements of the day. If you spot something that doesn’t look right please let us know so we can stay on top of it. 

Make sure that you have read and adhere to:

Changes for 21/22 season

  • Introduction of bye weeks to increase race duration of races in the earlier part of the season – check the calendar for details
  • Team size reduced from 7 to 5
  • Increased entry fees
  • ACT Champs is now held on ONE weekend day, rather than spread out over a couple of weekday afternoons
  • Introduction of a targeted women’s series (more details below)
  • Introduction of the new timing system

Price Increase

Entry has increased to $15, this is something the committee struggled to come to terms with, but as the running costs over the years have crept upwards we can no longer sustainably run the series at a lower fee.

2021/22 Pricing

  • Single Race: $15
  • Season Passes are available to any rider that nominates to volunteer at 2 or more crit races. The effective price will be $10 per race. See the Season Pass EntryBoss listing and the volunteering info for details. 
  • Junior Whites and Junior HC races: Free 
  • Juniors who enter grades where prize money is awarded will be required to pay the full entry fee for that grade. 

All entry fees are managed through Entryboss and are charged when entering. All refunds will be via Entryboss.

Season Passes

To access a season pass you must sign on to volunteer. 

This year the benefits of season passess will be:

  • Accessing racing at last years pricing (ie a season pass will be the equivalent of entering each race at less than $10)
  • Being automatically entered into every race – you don’t have to sign on week to week!

Full details are available on the Season Pass listing on EntryBoss. 

Women’s Series

The Summer Women’s Series series provides a platform for women to race against other women. As a club, we realise that there are complexities surrounding female participation. We want to encourage more of the women we have here in Canberra to race & develop. With varying feedback over the years, we recognise the benefits of mixing the grades and separating them. The limited series intends to maximise participation as we build momentum and enthusiasm and offer different opportunities to those whose preference is to race in the open grades. 

After the inaugural round we received overwhelming support and have decided to extend the series from the initial three rounds to six. The series is a collective race that targets both A/B women, with a secondary C/D bunch starting 15 seconds behind with a reduced duration of four minutes. New to racing women are highly encouraged to participate. Please let one of our volunteers know if you’re new to racing and we can help guide you with any questions you may have about racing. Stay tuned for the release of an updated crit calendar as we refine further details of the second half of the season. 

Prize money for the women’s series will be allocated in addition to the open grades (if you choose to race in both on the same night). Women’s series prize allocation is as follows:
– Overall 1st: $45
– Overall 2nd: $30
– Overall 3rd: $15
– 1st B grade: $30
– 1st C grade: $30
– 1st D grade: $30

Confused about open grades on non-women series nights? All races at CCC events are now ‘Open’ (men’s and women’s) grades. CCC will record the overall top three places in each grade (regardless of gender) and also the top three women’s places in each grade with prize money allocated accordingly. 

As a guide, a ‘Women’s A’ rider would probably register for ‘Open B’ most weeks. A ‘Women’s B’ rider from last year would register in ‘Open C’ and so on.

To participate in the Women’s series just register and select the normal open grade you would race. You will be entered into that grade like normal, and automatically entered into the Women’s Series race.

Riders can then choose to race the normal round, the women’s series race, or both! All for the same entry fee. Just register, show up at the listed start time(s) with your Season Number correctly attached, and we’ll do the rest.

Clarification on Bye Weeks

BYE weeks have been added to increase race duration of races and offer more opportunities for volunteering

If your grade has a BYE week this does NOT mean you can enter a different grade on that night. Grading and handicapping is something that we take very seriously at CCC as it ensures safe and fair racing. Please see the ‘Grading Policy’ section for more information.

Volunteering

Your club relies on volunteers to keep you racing and all participants at CCC Summer Crits will be expected to volunteer during the season.

Our volunteer roster is available at https://www.canberracyclingclub.org.au/volunteer-roster/ 

This season we are again linking season pass eligibility to early volunteer nominations. 

  • We will distribute a call for volunteers prior to the season. 
  • Once you have nominated and been allocated to a minimum of 2 events you will receive a unique code to enable you to buy a season pass. 

We must receive your nominations within the ‘volunteer window’ for you to be eligible for a season pass. Late nominations will not be eligible for season passes. 

Riders who do not complete an early nomination will still be required to volunteer.

  • You These riders will receive an email from the Crit Coordinator or a committee member allocating you to a volunteer role at a race. 
  • You will needWe expect you to respond promptly (within 2-3 days) and confirm that you can fill the role. 
  • If you are not able to fill the role you will be required to nominate to volunteer at an alternative vacant date. 

If you do not respond to volunteer emails or do not meet your volunteer obligation (minimum 1 volunteer duty) you will be suspended from racing until your volunteer obligation has been met. 

Our volunteer roster is available at https://www.canberracyclingclub.org.au/volunteer-roster/ 

Online Entry Only

Entry will be only via EntryBoss. 

  • There will be strictly no late entries or ‘on the day entries’. 
  • Entries will open 9.00 pm Wednesday the week before each race and close 2pm each Wednesday (day of the race). 

If you are unsure if you will race any given week we suggest you pre register and then scratch before 2pm if you need to. 

Timing System Trial

2021 will be a year-long trial of timing using the passive RFID system and attempting to sort out our processes to make your race day experience top notch. 

This means that you should rock up to Crits with your CCC or VCC race number AND correctly fitted timing tag each week. 

We have switched over to only using my.raceresult.com for results week to week. 

We will always run a chute. Please continue to have your place recorded in the chute each week. 

Podiums

Immediately after you have had your place recorded in the finish chute the top 3 riders overall and top 3 women are to move to the centre of the crit track for a podium photo. A volunteer or committee member will take the photo and it will end up on our socials. 

Race Day Check In

Anyone (family, volunteers, siblings, riders etc) who attends a CCC race will be required to check in using the Check in CBR app.

Please do this as soon as you arrive at the event. QR codes will be available around the venue. 

Due to COVID-19 requirements we are also trying to limit the number of interactions that are required between our members and volunteers. 

Please only attend the check in desk if you need  if you are a visiting or new rider collecting or returning a number. 

Otherwise our new timing system will identify that you have arrived at the venue and you will appear on our ‘Live Check-In’ list on the CCC my.raceresult.com results page for that week. 

Race Licence

An AusCycling All Discipline 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, but we encourage you to join our club.

You can purchase a Race Licence here:

If you’d like to try racing before you commit to a full membership you can purchase a range of trial options. Full details are available on the AusCycling website

Race membership is now available as yearly or monthly payments.  

Frame Plates and Numbers

CCC will be using the new timing system, plates, and numbers for this series. 

You must have both a correctly fitted frame plate and race number to participate in each race. 

If you forget or lose your timing tag you can still race but you will not be recorded in the results, and will not be eligible for prizemoney of points.

You will not be permitted to race if you do not have your correct race number attached to the back of your jersey. 

We will do a frame plate and number reorder prior to the commencement of the crit season and over the summer break. Riders who have lost their plates / number will be able to order replacements at their own cost.

If you are not a CCC member you can purchase a number pack (yours to keep for as long as you are an active racing member in the ACT) for $25. Details here

Points allocation

Points are awarded for each rider that finishes in each grade, which will reward consistency. To score points you will need to pass through the chute at the end of the race. The breakdown of points will be as follows:

First place will be allocated 2 points times the number of riders in the grade. This will be capped at a maximum of 20 points for 1st place. 

Each place will then receive two points less than the place before. 

For example:

  • 1st – Number of riders x 2 (capped at 20 points)
  • 2nd and all subsequent places – value of previous place minus 2 points.

All finishers will be allocated a minimum of 2 points. Riders that DNF will receive one point. 

Volunteers (who do not race their grade) will be awarded 10 points for that round. 

Finish Chute

This season all places in each grade will be recorded. To claim your place you must go through the Finish Chute (metal barriers) after the race finish and in the order you finished. Please remain in the finish chute until you have been released by the Commissaire / volunteer recording the results. 

If you do not pass through the finish chute and have your finish place recorded you will appear on the results sheet as a DNF.

Prize Money Policy 

The following prize money will be offered this season. Prize money will be paid to place getters at the end of each race. 

The top 3 overall and top 3 women* in each grade will receive prizemoney as follows.

Grade1st2nd3rd1st W2nd W3rd W
A$45$30$15$45$30$15
B$3020$10$30$20$10
C$3020$10$30$20$10
D$30$20$10$30$20$10

*Notes:

  • Where a women’s rider places in the overall top 3 places, and also in the top 3 women’s places they will receive the higher value prize. 
  • E / Junior white category is a development category that focus is on skills and participation and is therefore not eligible for prize money

Grading Policy

Grade change requests must be received by Sunday at 4pm the week before the race. Email [email protected]

Please review the information on grading on our website here. 

You will be allocated a racing grade by the club grader at the start of the season. This is likely to be the grade you started in at the end of last season. 

You may be moved to a new grade based on your race performance. You will be notified if a grade change is going to happen for you. 

If you would like to request a grade change please email [email protected] to start the discussion. You will not be able to request a grade change on the night. This is to ensure safe and fair racing, and to ease the administrative burden on our volunteers.

Only grade changes approved by the Club Handicapper are to occur.  Riders who ride outside of their grade will be disqualified and subject to referral to the Commissaire for sanctioning.  

Hot tip: this season we will be using avergare lap time as a guide to assist with handicapping. If you are regularly punching out laps faster than the lower half of the grade above you, expect to be promoted. Similarly, if your lap times are regularly slower than the grade below you, or you are regularly lapped, a demotion may be on the cards.  

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 use of foul or abusive language and/or intimidation tactics.

The commissaire(s) will decide any such sanctions. All grades are subject to the appropriate technical regulations and policies of the club and AusCycling..

Women’s Grades

All races at CCC events are now ‘Open’ (men’s and women’s) grades. CCC will record the overall top three places in each grade (regardless of gender) and also the top three women’s places in each grade. 

For example, a ‘Women’s A’ rider would probably register for ‘Open B’ most weeks. Some elite and pro women’s riders will mix it up in the ‘Open A’ category. A ‘Women’s B’ rider from last year would register in ‘Open C’ and so on.

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 has developed the JW category since 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 higher 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.

Teams / Squads

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. Winning teams will be announced at the end of the season, and will get to raise the Team Champs trophy. 

Contacts

[email protected]

Race Directors: Ella Bloor, Steve Crispin

Commissaires

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