Practice Crits

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. For 2020 all races will be on Water Tower Hill, Colchester, Vermont.
There are three races (A, B and C) and your USAC racing category will determine which race you can enter. A and B race entry fee is $10 per race. C race, Junior and full-time student entries are $5 per race. Race fees include the $4.75 USA Cycling insurance surcharge. Standard USA Cycling entry forms are used. All Junior racers MUST have the signature of their parent or legal guardian on their race form. 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 must be worn at all times at the race site; infractions will be subject to fines.  Your USA Cycling license must be shown at registration. Beginner one-day ($10), experienced one-day ($25) or annual ($80; juniors, $40) licenses may be purchased on site. You may apply the cost of 1 one-day trial license to the cost of an annual adult membership. All USA Cycling rules of racing apply.
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!

Printable 2020 race flyer (pdf).

The 2020 Practice Crit Dates are May 19, June 2, Jun 16, June 30, July 14, August 4, August 18. They are also posted in the Events calendar. All races are on Tuesday evenings.

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

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 and women, all one-day racers
B includes Cat 4 men and women and Cat 3 women
A includes Cats 1-3 men and 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 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.

Please contact the series coordinator Andre Sturm.