Mengoni Grand Prix p/b Hincapie Race Instructions

The Mengoni Grand Prix p/b Hincapie is this weekend in Central Park. The all-volunteer CRCA Board looks forward to hosting the racers and spectators who will join us for one of the longest standing New York City races. Important: due to repaving activities on the West Side and the lack of road markings the finish line for the Mengoni Grand Prix has been relocated to Cat's Paw. The lap counts have also been updated accordingly on Bikereg

The Mengoni Grand Prix is named after long time cyclist and cycling supporter Fred Mengoni. For many years Fred supported not just the race that bears his name but a wide swath of elite and professional cyclists. He will always be one of the biggest names in New York City cycling. As Velonews wrote

His lasting impact is measured across generations. He backed the GS Mengoni team in the 1980s, which helped such riders as Steve Bauer, Leonard Nitz and Doug Shapiro, among others, start their racing careers. Mengoni was also an early backer of Greg LeMond, and the pair remained friends for life. The 1990s version of the team was key to starting the careers of George Hincapie and Mike McCarthy among others in the New York City racing scene.

Sadly this will be the first edition of the Mengoni Grand Prix held since Fred's passing earlier this year. We thank Fred for all of his contributions to the sport and continue to host this race, one of the longest standing in New York City, in his honor. 

Early Number Pickup

We are offering optional early number pickup on Friday evening at Finish Line Physical Therapy on 23rd Street from 5:30PM-7:00PM. If you are going to pick-up your race number on race morning please arrive at registration early as we will need to check in 300+ riders before registration closes at 5:15AM

Important Race Information

  • Registration: Link
  • Technical Guide: Link
  • Marshal check-in: 4:30AM 
  • Registration open: 4:40AM
  • Registration close: 5:15AM
  • Race start: 5:30AM
  • Race finish: Cats Paw


Please review the technical guide for important rules for all racers in Central Park. In particular: never ride on the walking paths in Central Park, never ride backwards on the Park Drives and never enter the recreation lane. Any violations of these rules will result in an immediate DQ and possible ban from racing in Central Park. 

After the first Club Series race three riders were reported by NYC Parks for riding backward on the Central Park loop and/or riding on walking paths and after the third Club Series race three marshals were reported riding backward on the Central Park loop. This conduct threatens the existence of our races and will be subject to an immediate DQ and possible suspension. 


NYC Parks strictly enforces our marshal requirements. Races cannot start until 15 minutes AFTER all marshals are at their assigned posts. If marshals arrive late, do not show or are not at their precise assigned post we may lose our race permits. Please refer to the Marshaling Instructions and Marshaling Policy for addition information.

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