It seems that you can’t just have a crit race these days it has to be a ‘super crit’, so with that in mind and that we always try and take the racing up a level at MWCC; on the 27th December we will be hosting our HART ‘Superer Crit!’ A fun morning of racing giving you the opportunity to show off all your recent Christmas bling.

Santa will have delivered you new bikes, new helmets and plenty of cycling kit, so what better way to show it off and also get a few race kilometres into your Rapha Festive 500 than by racing around HART on the morning of the 27th December. Please note that unlike our Friday night series, there will be no children’s training at this event.

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.

Schedule for the Superer Crit Day

6:30am Course is open and sign ons will be taken.

7 am – D & B grade

8 am – A & C grade

9 am – Coffee shop time!

Entry is $15 for Race Licence Members. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of the current renewals at Cycling Australia or try one of their 3 Race Licences to see if you like racing (riders could try a crit and a road race with this option). All riders must have a current licence or purchased a 3 Race licence, to allow for appropriate race insurance. NO DAY LICENCES AVAILABLE.

Juniors please note the following as per our race sanction:

Junior Riders (second year U15’s and U17’s) may be permitted to race against older riders, BUT only in the two lowest grades under the condition they race using their restricted gears for their age category.

Junior riders (second year U15’s and U17’s) wishing to ride up in the top two grades can only do so if they have received approval from the CNSW Technical Commission. All approved juniors will hold an approval letter from the CNSW Technical Commission and must submit the letter upon signing on.

However, the process for any second year JM15’s and JM17’s wishing to ride in a grade higher than the lowest 2 that are on offer is below:

  • Their coach must provide a written request to CNSW.
  • Either the NSW State Junior Coach (Tom Dawson) or the CNSW Technical Commission will review the application and respond accordingly.
  • All Junior riders must show written authorisation from CNSW if they wish to ride in a grade higher than the lowest 2 that are on offer.

Now before some troll climbs out from underneath his rock to complain about this to us, this is a Cycling NSW requirement as per our race sanction. This is not something we have implemented of our choosing.

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 throughout the morning, so riders just need to get there approximately 15 minutes before their grade to enter and pin on a number. We will be taking entries from 6:30am on the day.

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.

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 this and our Friday night races. Riders will be able to warm up on the track before their race.

How fast or good do I have to be to race? The morning will 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.

You can always move up or down a grade in your next race if you find your selected grade too hard or too easy. 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.

We look forward to welcoming you on December 27 for our morning of racing.

All competitors are reminded that road cycling can be considered a dangerous sport, and whilst all reasonable care is taken by the race organizers and officials when organizing this event, all participating cyclists have an equal responsibility to ensure they take all reasonable care by adhering to the road rules and any other conditions imposed by Police and or officials ensuring a safe race environment for all concerned.