Tomorrow night the curtains close on our Friday night series at HART Driver Training Centre, St Ives. We will be riding off into the sunset until daylight saving returns. Don’t miss this opportunity to get amongst it, with racing to start from 6:10pm.
The final week will bring around some sadness with this great racing venue once again becoming a ghost town on Friday night. Of course our main organiser Dave Watkinson still has a wife to go home to which is a good sign and perhaps the season shouldn’t have gone on any longer to ensure that he didn’t arrive home with his bags packed on the lawn.
Which is a reminder of the amount of time that the organisers of these events have to put in, it isn’t just turning up every Friday night, but it is also all the work that goes into each and every week behind the scenes, which can stretch any relationship. So to all of those who have made this series a success we say thanks and then of course without blinking ask – so when are you going to organise some more?
While it is unlikely that we will return to HART before the next stretch of daylight saving, you still have one opportunity to go. Tomorrow night – 21 March will be our finale. You can sign on from 5:45pm and racing will begin at 6:10pm sharp to ensure that we aren’t racing in darkness.
Make sure you have your 2014 Gold Licence or a copy of your receipt because no gold licence means no racing.
Riders can sign on from 5:45pm for a 6:10 start. Entry is $15 and riders must have a GOLD 2014 licence in order to race. There are no day licences available. If you wish to upgrade your membership, head over to the Cycling Australia website to upgrade your licence.
Race location is HART Driver Training Centre, Mona Vale Road, St Ives
Grades A-C with all clubs and riders welcome.
What is criterium racing? Crit racing as it is commonly referred as, is a form of racing that takes place on a multi loop course generally under 2 kilometres in length. Each race is generally either a set length of time i.e 30 minutes or laps ie 14 laps. Many of these races may include a ‘prime’ which may be sprint prize for first over the line on a particular lap. Like all racing there are plenty of tactics at play as riders work to their particular strengths – with many riders attempting to make the field as small as possible by the end, to increase their chances of victory.
Crit racing is a great introduction to racing because you are never far from the start/finish point if you happen to find the pace a little too tough going, so many riders end up having a good view of the sprint finish. Just make sure you have had a good warm up, because the races are generally short in duration, many riders hit the gas from the first lap. Why not come along and spectate if you are not sure that you want to pin on a number?