The MWCC Crit Championship will be held as part of the the closing out of our summer of racing at HART. The Club Championship will be held on the 2nd March as part of the existing racing schedule. With medals up for grabs, it promises to be an exciting evening of racing. HART will conclude on the 9th March.

The racing has been super strong throughout summer and so with that in mind, we will offer MWCC riders the chance to add some silverware to the trophy cabinet. On the night we will be running our usual grades of A-D and we will run the MWCC championships within these grades to give them large quality fields and racing.

On the night we will be awarding Championship Medals to Grades A-D, Women’s Finishers 1-3, Masters 40+ and Juniors U/17. The Juniors age has been dropped to U/17 to reward them for their participation throughout the summer series and a full podium will be awarded.

This is a great chance for MWCC riders to get themselves some bragging rights within the Club.

The HART track is an honest little course with a little pinch every lap. Being car free and a looped course, riders are nearly always in sight and so it makes it a fun spectators race and a great introduction for those new to racing. Spectators are able to sit in the middle of the course which allows them to be there at the finish line and also at the little pinch, making for exciting viewing throughout the race.

What is a criterium? A criterium is a timed race or a certain number of laps. Often completed on a short loop of between 1-2 kilometres, riders complete the set time or laps and the winner is the first over the line after that time or laps completed. It is a good sport for spectators because the riders come past at regular intervals.

Where is HART? 451 Mona Vale Road, St Ives. This is opposite St Ives Showground. There is plenty of parking available at the site, if you wish to drive. Alternatively there are a number of cycling routes to the venue.

How do I enter? Entry is on the day, simply turn up with your licence or 3 Day permit print out and a Australian Standards helmet and $15 if you are in Grades A-D.

What time do I have to enter? Entries will be open from 6pm on the eveing, with racing to start at 6:30pm, grades are let off with small time gaps.

Is this open to all riders and clubs? Yes, this race day is open to all riders and clubs. New riders are welcome, just make sure you have a race licence or have purchased a 3 Race permit. We recommend that you choose Manly Warringah as your club of choice when purchasing a licence. The Championship will be run within the existing races.

Can I ride the track at other times? No. This is a private venue, that we have hired specifically for this event. It is not opening to cyclists outside of ur Friday night races. Riders will be able to warm up on the track before their race but please do not enter the track prior to 6pm.

How fast or good do I have to be to race? Our races cater for all standards or riders. If you have no racing experience and are new to riding a bike, then we would recommend D Grade, if you have been riding a while but never raced, then perhaps consider C Grade.

Our sign on officials will also be able to assist you in selecting a grade on the day if you aren’t sure.

What if I can’t keep up? Don’t worry that is racing, if you find yourself off the back, you can continue to ride around or you can join the infield of spectators.  The multi loop nature of the course, means you are never far from the start/finish line, so you won’t be stuck out there for hours. Many riders all the way up to elite, will pull the pin early if they find themselves in difficulty, there is no shame in this option.

Chris Taylor is  a Trophy Race specialist

Race Details

Date: 2 March

Sign on from 6pm.  Please no riding on the track prior to 6pm.

Race Start: 6:30pm – All Grades

Grades: A-D

Entry Fee: $15 with a Racing Licence

All riders and clubs welcome, MWCC riders will race within existing grades for the Club Championship.

Location: 451 Mona Vale Road, St Ives

The HART course is located on Mona Vale Road, opposite the entrance to the showground. There is ample parking on site and it also has fairly safe cycling routes to the venue. The course is completely car free.