CRCA Lucarelli & Castaldi Bear Mountain Classic

The Bear Mountain Classic is perhaps the most prestigious race in the tri-state area and one of the few remaining road races in the region. Taking place entirely within the confines of Harriman State Park the Bear Mountain Classic course has previously served as the US National Championship course and featured on the Professional National Road Calendar. It its present day form the race features a plethora of field options for nearly every category and age group rider.

Bear Mountain Classic SPonsor

The 2018 CRCA Bear Mountain Classic is sponsored by Jamison Capital to help insure road racing remains active in the New York City area. The event is also supported by Lucarelli & Castaldi. Lucarelli and Castaldi is a personal injury law firm that represents cyclists and other accident victims. 

Lucarelli & Castaldi, LLP is a personal injury law firm that represents injured cyclists and other accident victims in New York and New Jersey. The firm is a major supporter of amateur sporting events and cycling, having been a sponsor of the CRCA Bear Mountain Classic, the CRCA Floyd Bennett Field Race, the CRCA Lou Maltese Race, the annual Lucarelli & Castaldi Cup held in Prospect Park and many others.


2018 Bear Mountain Classic Information

The 2018 edition of the race will serve as the New York State Road Race Championship. Important links for the 2018 edition of the race are included below:

New York State ChampionshipS

The following categories will be pulled from their respective fields to award New York State Criterium Championship prizes. To participate you must be listed as a New York State resident on your USAC license and in your Bikereg profile. 

  • Elite Men, Men U23, Men 2 (from Elite Men)

  • Elite Women, Women U23, Women 35+ (from Elite Women)

  • Men 3

  • Men 4

  • Junior Boys & Girls: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14

  • Junior Men: 15-16, 17-18

  • Women 4 & Junior Women 15-16, 17-18

  • Women 3 (from W3-5 field)

  • Masters 35-44, 45-54, 55-59, 60+

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE Bear Mountain Classic

Excerpted from the To Be Determined Journal Bear Mountain Race Report:

This race is hard: for racers it offers one of the longest races with more climbing than any other race in striking distance of NYC; as a race director, coordinating 3 neutral support cars and 20+ moto officials during a day packed with back-to-back-to-back fields is not easy.  Top that off with the financial pressure imposed by the expenses of putting on such an event, with the frustrating pre-registration practices of bike racers in the 21st century, and you have the CRCA Bear Mountain Classic in a nutshell. 

For those who have not raced it, the Bear Mountain Classic course actually does not include the infamous Perkins Memorial Drive that is synonymous with "Bear Mountain" to New York City cyclists.  

Rather, the course comprises an approximately 14 mile loop with several climbs, the most punchy of which is the first - Tiorati Brook Road. Tiorati is not a particularly long or steep climb - roughly 2.3 miles for the main chunk at a 4% average gradient - but combined with the rollers spread throughout the rest of the loop it becomes a leg sapping day on the bike (while on the topic of Tiorati: congrats to Samantha Fox for taking the Strava QOM on race day!).

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CRCA Bear Mountain Classic Champions


  • 2017: Glen Ferreira (Team Metra/Xrcel/Cycles 54)

  • 2016: Allan Rego (CRCA/Lupus Racing Team)

  • 2015: Scott Zwizanski (Optum)

  • 2014: Mike Margarite (CRCA/Weather Channel Cycling Team)

  • 2011: Matthew Waller (Tri State Velo)

  • 2010: Aaron Fillion (Ride with Rendall)

  • 2009: Clayton Barrows (CRCA/Empire)

  • 2008: Matthew Johnson (CRCA/Empire)

  • 2007: Ryan MacKenzie (Equipe Volkswagen)

  • 2006: Phil Cortes/David Veilleux (Garneau Optik)

  • 2005: David Greenfield/Josh Dillon (Louis Garneau)

  • 2004: Melitio Heredia (Toga) *

  • 2002: Nat Faulkner (Kissena)

  • 2001: Kevin Monahan (Colorado Cyclist)

  • 2000: John Lieswyn (Shaklee)

  • 1999: Peter Mazur (Kissena)

*Joe Papp finished first in 2004 but was stripped of all results since 2001 after pleading guilty to doping charges


  • 2107: Danielle Morshead (Team Errace)

  • 2016: Cassandra Maximenko (CRCA/ Velo Classic p/b Stan's NoTubes)

  • 2015: Cassandra Maximenko (CRCA/ Stan's NoTubes p/b Velo Class)

  • 2014: Beth Ruiz (Miller?)

  • 2011: Kristin Lotito (CRCA/Houlihan-Lokey/Sanchez)

  • 2010: Alejandra Madrinan (CRCA/Comedy Central)

  • 2009: Evelyn Stevens (CRCA/Radical Media)

  • 2008: Beth Miller (North Atlantic Velo/

  • 2007: Lauren Shirock (BMW/Bianchi)

  • 2006: Emma Nelson (Advil Chapstick)

  • 2005: Margot Herman (Mission in Motion)

  • 2004: Anna Milkowski (Rona)

  • 2002: Laura van Gilder (Trek Plus)

  • 2001: Roz Reekie-May (Pittsburgh Cycling)

  • 2000: Tina Mayola (

  • 1999: Laura van Gilder (Navigators)

Bear Mountain Classic Technical Guide

NO DAY OF REGISTRATION. As with all CRCA races registration must be done in advance on Bikereg. 

Rider Conduct: Unless specific exceptions are noted in this Technical Guide, this race is governed by the rules found in the 2018 USA Cycling Rulebook. See The Chief Referee may increase/extend any fines or impose other penalties according to the gravity of the offense. Relegations affect placings. Monetary fines issued to riders or teams are to be paid directly to USA Cycling per USAC rule 1K2d.

Centerline Rule: This course is open to traffic and utilizes a rolling enclosure. USAC 3B1 “centerline rule” is in effect for the entire race course except for the final 500M of the finish lap only, and will be STRICTLY ENFORCED. Deliberate riding on the left side of the centerline in order to advance position or repeated drifting to the left of the centerline without provocation will result in a penalty, including disqualification from the Race. Additionally, riders may also be relegated or disqualified at the discretion of the Chief Referee. The centerline rule is in effect for all Sprints and K/QOM sprints. Racers may use the entire roadway only for the final 500M of the race (finish lap only).

Helmets: Per USAC rule 1J1, riders are required to wear a securely fastened helmet at all times while mounted on a bicycle (does not apply to riding rollers/trainers during warm-up). This rule is in effect at all times for all competitors from the opening of registration through the final awarding of prizes.

Junior Rollout: Per USAC rule 1I4, ALL Juniors (no matter what category they are competing in) must report to rollout IMMEDIATELY after finishing. Rollout will take place just after the finish. Look for signs. Penalties for failing to report to rollout or if bike fails rollout: loss of any sprint or K/QOM placings and possible relegation of finishing place at the discretion of the Chief Referee and Race Director.

Littering: Please utilize garbage bags and garbage cans, or take your garbage with you. Do not litter. Participants who discard bottles or wrappers in unapproved areas will be subject to a $30 fine per the USAC Discipline Table 8A4(a) or disqualification from the race at the discretion of the Chief Referee and Race Director. The only approved area for discarding litter on the race course is at the feed zone. Under New York State law, littering is subject to prosecution including a fine. The fine is stiff! Please be self-policing, and the race will have monitors.

Food: Food will be available for purchase from vendors at the Lake Welch Parking lot.

Bathrooms: Park facilities will be open for our use the day of the race. Please make use of these restrooms. Urinating and/or defecating on parks property will not be tolerated and you will be subject to New York State laws including a fine and disqualification from the race. Please see the Race Village Map for restroom location - Please use the Beach Side Restrooms.

Staging: Staging will be 15 minutes before your race. Please see the Race Village Map for staging locations. Signs will be posted.

IMPORTANT: The race starts on a steep descent into a 180 degree turn - officials will allow riders to descend at their own pace BUT will neutralize the field past the 180 degree turn until the entire field makes the turn - the racing will begin on Tiorati. Again - the priority on the descent is SAFETY. Proceed at your own, safe pace, and the field will be neutralized coming out of the turn until the entire field has exited the turn and then racing begins on Tiorati.

Numbers: Racers will be provided with two numbers. Numbers must be pinned on the RIGHT and BACK of the riders jersey. Incorrect placement of numbers may lead to incorrect results.

Results: Results will be posted near registration shortly after the finish of your race. After results have been posted, racers will have a 15 minute protest period. After the 15 minute protest period, results will be final. It is the racers responsibility to verify their result during this 15 minute protest period. Results will not be changed afterwards.

Neutral support: Neutral support will be provided by SRAM and support from NYC Velo will be available at the Race Village near the staging area. SRAM Neutral support will be provided by the first three fields in each wave. The fourth field will not have neutral support. 

Course Description

The Bear Mountain Classic takes place on a beautiful, rolling 14.1 mile loop of Harriman State Park. The Start/Finish is at Lake Welch followed by a fast descent toward the PIP before a sharp U-turn and steady climb up Tiorati Brook Road which is often the most decisive climb on the course. For the full course click this link for the Strava Route


The race is located at Lake Welch Beach in Harriman State Park. Please note that there is only ONE road that enters Harriman state park that does not interrupt the race course. 

  • From North and East : Palisades Parkway to Exit 15 -> Gate Hill Road

  • From South : Palisades Parkway to Exit 14 -> Willow Grove Road -> Gate Hill Road

  • From West : I-87 S -> Exit 15A to RT 17 to NY-59 E -> US-202 E -> Laddentown Rd -> Call Hollow Rd -> Willow Grove Rd -> Gate Hill Rd

Please only approach the park from the South East via Gate Hill Road. The following roads will put you on the race course, avoid them if possible: Seven Lakes Drive, Lake Welch Parkway, RT 106. DO NOT take Exit 16 from the Palisades Parkway - This will put you directly on the race course!

Parking: The Lake Welch Beach parking is available for parking. There is a separate road to the parking lot, please make use of this. Do not drive on Lake Welch Parkway. The lot is large and has ample space for everyone. DO NOT PARK ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD ANYWHERE IN PARK

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