CRCA Club Series

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The Lucarelli & Castaldi CRCA Club Series spans 12 races from March thru September in Central Park. These races provide the lowest cost racing in our region and are only open to CRCA Season Pass and Racing Members. Join CRCA today to access this great series!

Contact Vice President of Racing for any additional question on the Club Series races.

Lucarelli and Castaldi CRCA Club Series Sponsor 

The 2018 Lucarelli & Castaldi CRCA Club Series is presented by Lucarelli & Castaldi. Lucarelli and Castaldi is a personal injury law firm that represents cyclists and other accident victims. Their support is vital to the operation of the CRCA Club Series and directly helps reduce the cost of racing for every single CRCA member. 

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.

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CRCA Club Series Dates, Fields, AnD Formats

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Lucarelli & Castaldi CRCA Club Series Schedule

  • Saturday, March 3
    • Start time: 6:25 AM
    • Fields (Laps): W (5.0), A (6.0), B (5.0), C (4.0), WD (3.0)
    • Notes: Cats Paw Finish
  • Saturday, March 24
    • Start time: 6:40 AM
    • Fields (Laps): W (4.0), A (6.0), B (5.0), M40+ (4.0), C (3.0)
    • Notes: Cats Paw Finish
  • Saturday, April 7
    • Start time: 6:15 AM
    • Fields (Laps): W (5.1), A (6.1), B (5.1), Clinics
    • Notes: Met Finish
  • Saturday, April 21
    • Start time: 6:10 AM
    • Fields (Laps): W (5.5), A (6.5), B (5.5), C (4.5), WD (4.5)
    • Notes: West 98th Finish
  • Saturday, May 19
    • Start time: 5:40 AM
    • Fields (Laps): W (6.2), A (8.2), B (7.2), C (6.2), WD (5.2)
    • Notes: Engineers Gate Finish, Points Format
  • Sunday, June 17
    • Start time: 5:40 AM
    • Fields (Laps): W (7.1), A (8.1), B (7.1), C (6.1), Clinic
    • Notes: Met Finish
  • Saturday, July 7
    • Start time: 5:40 AM
    • Fields (Laps): W (6.0), A (8.0), B (7.0), M40+ (6.0), C (5.0)
    • Notes: Cats Paw Finish, Power Points Format
  • Sunday, July 15
    • Start time: 5:40 AM
    • Fields (Laps): W (6.7), A (8.7), B (7.7), C (6.7), WD (5.7)
    • Notes: Tavern Finish, Points Format
  • Saturday, August 4
    • Start time: 5:50 AM
    • Fields (Laps): W (5.5), A (6.5), B (5.5), C (4.5), WD (4.5)
    • Notes: West 98th Finish
  • Saturday, August 18
    • Start time: 6:05 AM
    • Fields (Laps): W (5.7), A (6.7), B (5.7), M40+ (4.7), C (4.7)
    • Notes: Tavern Finish
  • Saturday, August 25
    • Start time: 6:10 AM
    • Fields (Laps): W (5.0), A (6.0), B (5.0), C (4.0), WD (4.0)
    • Notes: Cats Paw Finish, Power Points Format
  • Saturday, September 1
    • Start time: 6:15 AM
    • Fields (Laps): W (5.2), A (6.2), B (5.2), C (4.2), WD (4.2)
    • Notes: Engineers Gate Finish

Lucarelli & Castaldi CRCA Club Series Field Structures

  • W - Women Category 1-5
  • A - Men Category 1-3, Women Category 1-3
  • B - Men Category 4, Men Category 3 45+, Men Category 2 50+
  • C - Men Category 5, Men Category 4 45+, Men Category 3 50+ 
  • WD - Various Women's Development Series Open (non-Club) fields
  • M40+ - Men Category 1-4 40+, Women Category 1-4 35+

Please see the Women's Development Series and the New Racer Clinic pages for information on those events, which occur during Club Races, but are organized independent of the CRCA Club Series.

Lucarelli & Castaldi CRCA Club Series Formats

  • Scratch: standard finish line based scoring (default race format unless otherwise specified)
  • Points: points are awarded three deep each time passing the finish line after the first lap (5, 3, 1) and five deep on the final lap (9, 7, 5, 3, 1). Most points wins. Tie-breakers: most first place finishes, most second place finishes, most third place finishes and finally finishing position on the final lap. Points race format does not apply to C, M40+ and WDev fields which are always scratch format. 
  • Power points: same format as points race but points are also available on each lap after the first on the top of Harlem Hill three deep (5, 3, 1) in addition to the finish line scoring. 
 CRCA Racers in action at one of the final CRCA Club Series race of 2017. Photo from the  To Be Determined Journal race recap of that race .

CRCA Racers in action at one of the final CRCA Club Series race of 2017. Photo from the To Be Determined Journal race recap of that race.

Lucarelli & Castaldi CRCA Club Series Technical Guide

Special Thanks To

  • All of our donor members
  • Central Park Conservancy
  • NYC Parks Department
  • Lucarelli & Castaldi 

before you Race

Prior to racing in a CRCA Club Race, all participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a CRCA Racing, Season Pass, or Donor member. Associate members may NOT participate in the Club Series. Details on membership levels available at: Join CRCA
  • All new Category 4 and Category 5 members must attend a New Members Skills session prior to racing. For more information see: Coaching.
  • Have selected CRCA marshaling assignments and reviewed the CRCA Marshaling Policy.
  • Wear a CRCA Club or CRCA sub-team jersey (exceptions granted for necessary outerwear). 
  • Email a 2018 USAC Release to waivers@crca.net at least three days prior to racing.
  • Hold a valid USAC license and be listed on the Club Roster posted ahead of each Club Race. 

New to racing?  Check out USA Cycling's page for new racers.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Fields will sometimes be neutralized when one racing field overtakes another. Never pass your lead moto and follow your moto driver's instructions at all times. Any violations are subject to immediate disqualification and potential suspension from the club.

Our relationship with the Central Park Conservancy and the NYC Parks Department is contingent on all racers and marshals following Park regulations.  Always comply with these rules:

  • Ride on Central Park roads only - no riding on walking paths, dirt paths, pedestrian paths
  • Ride in the direction of traffic only
  • Stay out of the recreation lane at all times
  • Engage in positive, productive behavior with other park users at all times

Our races depend on member involvement, especially marshaling. If we don't meet the minimum marshal attendance set by CPC and NYC Parks, we cannot start the race. 

Violation of these rules will result in the imposition of penalties, including disqualification.

REGISTRATION AND START AREA

Registration takes place at the Loeb Boathouse Parking Lot at 72nd Street and East Drive.  Do not ride backwards (clockwise) on Park Drives and do not ride on walking paths before, during or after races. Violations are subject to automatic disqualification and suspension from the club. All races will start at the top of Cat's Paw, which is just North of Loeb Boathouse on East Drive. See interactive map below.

 Racers registering for the second to last CRCA Club Series race of the 2017 season. Photo from the  To Be Determined Journal recap of that race . 

Racers registering for the second to last CRCA Club Series race of the 2017 season. Photo from the To Be Determined Journal recap of that race

COURSE NOTES

Do not enter the recreational lane on the left side of the Park Drives for any reason. For safety reasons the rec lane is strictly off limits and violations will result in disqualification and possible suspension from the club. Racing and all riding is one way - counterclockwise - on the main loop.

We use a variety of finish line locations throughout the year. Finish line locations are listed on the CRCA Race schedule above and shown on the map below. Click on the icons in the interactive map for more detail on each location.

SCHEDULE

Marshals are required to be on site 1 hour prior to scheduled race start - all marshals must be at their assigned post 15 minutes prior to the start of the race. If marshals are late, races will be delayed and shortened. See CRCA Marshal Policy for additional detail.

Racer registration opens 1 hour prior to race start and closes 15 minutes prior to race start. While we do our best to process registration quickly, please allow sufficient time to register.  If you are late, you will not be allowed to race.

Results will be compiled in the Rambles Parking Lot following the conclusion of all racing. We strive to post results on the CRCA website within 24 hours of the race. 

Numbers

If you did not pick up your race number in advance, it may be picked up on race morning, but please allow sufficient time to both collect your number and register for the race (two separate lines).

If you have your race number, please pin it in advance.  All CRCA Club Series Races use one number on the right side of the jersey and one number on the center back of the jersey for our moto officials. Here's a guide on proper placement of race numbers. If your number is not pinned correctly, you could be omitted from results.

Waivers

All 2018 USAC Release forms must be submitted electronically to waivers@crca.net at least three days prior to racing.  We will not be collecting waivers in person. If you have a question on waivers please contact the Vice President of Racing.

Jerseys

All racers are required to wear either the CRCA Club Jersey (available for purchase via approved vendor) or an approved CRCA Subteam Jersey that features the CRCA logo as required by CRCA Sub-Team Rules. Note that in March, racers are allowed to wear non-branded jackets due to cold temperatures. 

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