The CRCA Board announces the following change to the Club’s 2018 race calendar:
The open race scheduled for June 30th will now be the Mengoni Grand Prix p/b Hincapie. This event will continue the legacy of the Mengoni Grand Prix that stretches back several decades and has featured some of the highest level racing Central Park has ever witnessed. We deeply appreciate Hincapie's continued support of this amazing legacy. Registration is available here.
The Lou Maltese Memorial p/b Hincapie, traditionally held as an open race and originally scheduled for June 30th, will be shifted back to July 22nd and most importantly will be integrated into the existing CRCA Club Series, thus becoming a CRCA members only event. The revamped race will become the Lou Maltese Club Championship p/b Hincapie, reviving a Club Championship title that has lapsed in recent years. The winner of the W and A fields at the Lou Maltese Club Championship will receive trophies at the year-end party and thanks to sponsorship support from Hincapie the Lou Maltese Club Championship p/b Hincapie will also feature post-race bagels and coffee for all CRCA members in attendance. Double points for Individual/Team competitions will continue to be awarded as originally scheduled at the Lou Maltese Club Series Championship.
We believe integrating the Lou Maltese race into the Club Series will improve the value of CRCA Membership at a time when the club aims to drive increased membership levels to support current marshaling and other volunteer requirements. The change will also better balance the Club’s open racing workload with an open race calendar that has more than doubled in scope in recent years with Grant’s Tomb, Orchard Beach, the Dave Jordan Central Park Classic and Fort Lee all added to the open race calendar calendar.
With the change 2018 CRCA Season Pass membership will include 13 Club Series race dates, equivalent to a cost of less than $8 per race for anyone that registered for CRCA membership at the early $100 discounted price point. As always registration for CRCA Open Races like the Mengoni Grand Prix must be completed in advance via Bikereg: registration starts at $35 with early registration discounts and increases to $50 for late registration. As part of the Club Series registration for the Lou Maltese Club Series Championship will be open to CRCA members only with standard registration policies for the Club Series: FREE for Donor and Season Pass members, $20 for Racing Members.
We encourage all local cyclists to join CRCA and take advantage of the FREE coaching program, low cost racing and participation in one of the oldest and most respected clubs in the country. With the season approaching the halfway point we have also reduced CRCA Season Pass Membership (good for all seven remaining Club races) to just $60. For just $60 you get access to 7 Club Series races and a plethora of free coaching sessions that run into the fall!
A special thank you goes to Hincapie for their continued support of both of these events. Without their support, including providing series leader jerseys for several of the CRCA competitions, these events would not be possible.