CRCA Grant's Tomb Criterium
The CRCA Grant's Tomb Criterium is one of the biggest races in the tri-state area. Held in early March in upper Manhattan the event was originally a mainstay of the collegiate racing calendar before CRCA stepped in to save the event several years ago. While the early season temperatures can be uncomfortable the CRCA Grant's Tomb Criterium is without a doubt one of the most exciting races in New York City.
2018 Grant's Tomb Criterium Information
The tentative date for the 2018 Grant's Tomb Criterium is March 10. The 2018 edition of the race will serve as the New York State Criterium Championship.
More information on the event will follow.
- Race Date: March 10, 2018
- Registration Link: To Be Announced
- Technical Guide: Grant's Tomb Criterium Technical Guide
An Introduction to The Grant's Tomb Criterium
Excerpted from the To Be Determined Journal:
The CRCA Grant's Tomb Criterium is both the first big race of the road season and one of just two races left in New York City that takes place on city streets. As such the race plays a special role for the local cycling community, as highlighted by the biggest turnout for any race in the region - nearly 700 racers for the most recent edition.
This special role continues despite at times brutal early season weather - in recent years there was one edition that took place in what was almost certainly a hurricane and another frozen year that was perhaps the most frigid day many riders had ever experienced on the bike.
More recently the 2015 and 2016 editions of the race are a perfect study in contrasts, exemplifying the challenges of training and racing year-round in New York City. As we look forward to the 2017 edition of the Grant's Tomb Criterium in just a few weeks (register!) we also take a look back at the past two years of racing at the intersection of Grant's Tomb and Riverside Church.
Images from the 2017 CRCA Grant's Tomb Criterium
Grant's Tomb Criterium Champions
- 2017 - Danielle Morshead, ERRACE
- 2016 - Amy Cutler, Fearless Femme
- 2017 - Glenn Ferreira, Cycles 54
- 2016 - Scott Savory, CRCA/Lupus
2018 RACE TECHNICAL GUIDE
IMPORTANT RACE NOTES
- We emphasize that all race participants and spectators must be be respectful of visitors to Grant’s Tomb National Memorial, Riverside Church, Riverside Park, and Sakura Park throughout the day. Without the support of these organizations we cannot host the race. Do not interfere with the activities of users of these facilities and be respectful of, and cooperate fully with, any directions from law enforcement officers and race staff.
- Cyclists are NOT ALLOWED to use the restrooms or otherwise enter Riverside Church and Grant's Tomb National Memorial. Portable toilets will be available on site for all racers. Please utilize garbage bags and garbage cans, or take your garbage with you. Do not litter.
- No day-of registration for the race. All registration must be completed in advance on Bikereg. If you have questions about registration please contact email@example.com.
- Results will be published shortly following the conclusion of each race and riders will have a 15 minute protest period. After the protest period, results are final.
- Neutral support will be provided by SRAM. Officials will provide information on free laps prior to the start. Familiarize yourself with USAC rule 3D4 regarding free laps.
- Due to the course distance, it is possible that a break could lap the field. Please be aware of the lead moto if a break laps the field and familiarize yourself with corresponding USAC rules 3D3 and 3D4.
- Officials will give instructions regarding pulled riders during staging. Given the distance of the course, riders are likely to get pulled, so please listen and look out for instructions.
- Officials will time the opening laps of each field and provide a lap count based on those times. The lap counter is located at the finish line.
- While riding to/from the race obey all traffic laws. Follow all traffic lights and do not ride on sidewalks. Ticketing may occur for violations. Treat pedestrians with respect. When crossing the course please insure that the roadway is clear.
- Staging takes place at W122nd and Riverside Drive. Fields will begin staging at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled race start. Fields begin almost immediately following the conclusion of the prior race. Listen for announcements and do not miss your race. While waiting for registration/staging please stay off the sidewalk in front of the church.
- SRAM neutral support, if available, will be located on the West side of northbound Riverside Drive at West 122th Street.
- The course is available as a Strava Route.
For the complete schedule please visit the Bikereg.com event page. Important schedule notes:
- Due to time constraints racers for will be staged prior to the finish of the previous field. Be familiar with the course map for staging location, listen for announcements and know the race schedule.
- Sign-in/Number pick-up closes 10 minutes to field start. If you have not signed-in and picked up your number, your spot will be given to a waitlist rider. The waitlist will be cleared in order of registration. If you do not get cleared from the waitlist you will be refunded in cash (must be in attendance to receive refund).
- We are offering a combined Men's and Women's Criterium race clinic. The goal is to provide helpful skills and tips racing criteriums, including riding in a pack, drafting, cornering, attacking, and sprinting. The schedule is set up to allow all M5 and W4 racers attend the clinic then apply what they have learned during their race shortly afterwards.
- Juniors will race as a single field but will be scored separately by age group as follows: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18.