GMBC holds a practice criterium race series that is sanctioned by USA Cycling. The crit series runs from late spring to mid-August, on Tuesday evenings. In 2016 all races were on Watertower Hill in Colchester, Vermont.
There are three races (A, B and C) and your USAC racing category will determine which race you can enter. The C race is an introductory race for riders looking to get their feet a little wet and see what riding a crit is about. Experienced racers ride the C race with new riders and give racing tips and encouragement!
Helmets are required and your USCF license must be shown at registration. Non-licensed riders may purchase a one-day ($15) or annual license ($70) on site.
Riders who compete during the season will be asked to help marshal intersections — all will have to help out so we can have a race series!
The 2017 Practice Crit schedule will be posted in Events in early spring when dates are confirmed. All races are on Tuesday evenings. Usually 8 races are scheduled.
Questions? Please contact the series coordinator Andre Sturm.
More Race Info
Registration: Begins at 5:30 and closes 10 min prior to your race, no advance registration. Please keep your numbers and reuse in subsequent races.
Starts: C race 6:05; B race 6:30; A race 7:05
Categories and entry fees: All juniors ($5) race in their USAC category. Fields may be combined to form a minimum field at the discretion of the race director and chief referee.
- C includes cat 5 men, cat 4 women, all one-day racers
B includes cat 4 men and cat 3 women
A includes cats 1-3 men and cats 1-3 women
USAC cycling rules apply including penalties for infractions. Entry fee includes the USAC insurance surcharge.
Warm up: Be courteous to traffic, remember that it is rush hour and they all want to go home. No warming up on the course during races.
Cancelations: Races will be cancelled if conditions (i.e. weather) do not permit safe riding. We will post cancellations on the GMBC email list by 4:30 pm race day when possible.
Practice Crit Location
The course is approximately 1/3 mile with one up hill section approximately 200 meters. There is one sharp left hand corner at the top of the hills, followed by a down hill with a bend at the bottom and then you begin the uphill Participants will gain experience in cornering, pack riding at a fast pace, and the art of sprinting and riding a mild climb at race-pace.