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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 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 (V2).

Revised Criterium Calendar (11th Feb 2020)

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.

Race 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).

Please remember you must be prepared to show:

  • your valid current CA race licence.
  • your helmet has the Australian Standard certification sticker

Entry Fees

  • Season Pass: $100; or
  • Single Race: $10
  • 5:15pm Handicap race juniors and Junior Whites: Free (this does not include the juniors that race in grades where they can win prize money)
  • All entry fees can be paid on the day.
  • You can buy a series entry here. Series entries are only available until the 24th of October 2019.

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, but we encourage you to join our club.

You can purchase a Race Licence here:

  • Canberra Cycling Club Race Licence: https://cycling.org.au/membership/race
  • If you’d like to try racing before you commit to a full membership you can purchase the Race Starter Kit or Race One Week options. Full details are available on the Cycling Australia website.
  • CA Race membership is now available as yearly or monthly payments.

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 and, with enough women, these grades will also race separately (on opposite sides of the track). In order to ensure there are sufficient riders to make WB & WC viable, women will not be allowed to enter Men’s D 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 licence – see above). There is no Women’s A Grade in the series. The standard 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.

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 continuing the JW category for the 2019/2020 season. The category is for all U13 riders who have been promoted from the Junior HC Handicap 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 higher grades. Juniors in this category must adhere to CA Junior Cycling regulations for their age category, including using appropriate restricted gearing and no carbon wheels.

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 and brakes. 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

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

CCC has revised the allocation of prize money at summer crits. The revision is based on:

  1. Supporting all local riders, including those who race at a higher level
  2. Increased equity between the grades
  3. Sustainability for the club in meeting the costs of running the event
  4. Practices at previous years crit series
Note that prize money:
  • must be claimed on the night.
  • will not be awarded for Men’s E and Women’s D grades as these are introductory grades with a focus on skill development and participation.
Riders 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th TOTAL
5 to 10 $40 $20 $10 $0 $0 $70
11 to 20 $70 $35 $15 $10 $0 $130
21 + $100 $50 $25 $15 $10 $200
Riders 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th TOTAL
5 to 10 $20 $10 $5 $0 $0 $35
11 to 20 $40 $20 $10 $5 $0 $75
21 + $50 $30 $20 $10 $5 $115


[email protected]

Race Director: Steve Crispin

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