Practice Crits

GMBC holds a practice criterium (crit) race series that is sanctioned by USA Cycling. The crit series runs from late spring to mid-August, on Tuesday evenings. For 2024 all races will be on Water Tower Hill, Colchester, Vermont. The race dates for 2024 are 14 May, 18 June and 9 July.

Click for the official race flyer for 2024. Please fill out an unofficial “pre-registration” form to let us know you are planning to come. This is NOT the USAC registration form, but it helps us plan for the event–and maybe even contact you if we have to cancel due to weather or other unsafe conditions.

There are two races (C/B starts at 6 pm; B/A starts at 6:45). Registration opens at 5:30 and closes 10 minutes before each start.

Race levels are based on USAC racing category.

  • C level: Cat.5 men, cat 4 women, beginners.
  • B level: Cat.4 men, cat 3 women.
  • A level: cat 1-3 men, women

Adule entry fee is $10 per event. Junior and full-time student (be prepared to show student ID) entries are $5 per race. Race fees include the $5.99/rider/day USA Cycling insurance surcharge. USA Cycling entry forms are used. Forms may be printed, completed and handed in at registration or filled out at sign-in. All Junior racers MUST have the signature of their parent or legal guardian on their race form. If the parent or guardian will not be at the race, the form must be filled out, signed and brought to the race. The C race is an introductory race for riders looking to get a taste of what it is like to race in a criterium. Experienced racers ride the C race with new riders and give racing tips and encouragement!
Helmets must be worn whenever you are on your bike at the race site; infractions will be subject to fines as per USAC rules.

The three 2024 Practice Crit Dates are 14 May, 18 June and 9 July. These are all Tuesdays. Race dates are also posted in the Events calendar. Races are generally held rain or shine. If cancellation is necessary due to predicted thunderstorms or other bad weather events, we attempt to notify riders using the GMBC list serve by 4:30 on race day.

The race is held at Water Tower Circle, Colchester, VT. The course has one corner, is sloping, and is about 500 yards long.

Pre-registration form: Informal, for planning purposes; lets the organizers know that you plan to come.

Official USAC registration form: Required for racing. May be completed before arrival or at the event.

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: CB race 6:00; B/A race 6:45
Fields may be combined at the discretion of the promoter and chief referee.

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 unless given permission by the Chief Referee.

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.

2023: May 9

2021: July 27, Aug 10, Aug 24

2018: June 12July 10July 24August 7

2015: May 17June 21July 5July 19

Please contact the series coordinator Andre Sturm.