CRCA Roka Grant's Tomb Criterium p/b Rapha
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The CRCA Grant's Tomb Criterium is one of the biggest bike 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.
2019 CRCA Grant's Tomb Criterium Sponsors
We are pleased to announce our sponsors for the 2019 Grant's Tomb Criterium:
Roka: Performance eyewear, apparel and equipment for a variety of athletic pursuits. In addition to being our named sponsor for 2018, Roka will offer a 50% discount on all Roka sunglasses for participants who register via BikeReg prior to March 4.
Rapha: More than just a clothing company – in addition to an online emporium of performance roadwear, accessories and publications, the brand includes physical retail locations, luxury travel, and a cycling club with global membership.
2019 Grant's Tomb Criterium Information
The 2018 edition of the race will serve as the New York State Criterium Championship. Important links for the 2018 edition of the race are included below:
Race Date: March 9, 2019
Registration Link: Bikereg
Technical Guide: Grant's Tomb Criterium Technical Guide
Race Fields and Schedules
The CRCA Grant's Tomb Criterium includes 12 separate fields. The vast majority of riders can race twice (discounts on multi-field entries) and many categories can race three times. We encourage riders to consider participating in multiple fields.
As part of CRCA's focus on improving our events the Club is shifting some cash prize pools into other rider benefits including free coffee for all racers.
Elite Men: $750 cash (6 deep) + $250 cash primes
Elite Women: $750 cash (6 deep) + $250 cash primes
Other Fields: merchandise to be announced, if any
An Introduction to The Grant's Tomb Criterium
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.
CRCA Grant's Tomb Criterium Champions
2018: Masha Schneider
2017: Danielle Morshead
2016: Amy Cutler
2018: Scott Savory
2017: Glenn Ferreira
2016: Scott Savory
CRCA Grant's Tomb Criterium Technical Guide
IMPORTANT RACE NOTES
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. If the grass around the finish line area is wet, please stay off the grass at all times.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Registration and other locations
The 2019 edition features a revised finish line location and site map from previous years. Please see the finish line area site map below. Please note that team tents are only allowed along the barricades on the West side of Riverside Drive Southbound and must be off the sidewalk. Results will be posted on the finish line trailer - make sure to use the designated course crossing while crossing the finish line. Staging remains at the intersection of West 122nd Street and Riverside Drive Northbound (top of the hill, by SRAM neutral support).
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 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 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.
Due to riders participating in multiple races the podium time vary based on the field. Planned podium times are as follows:
9:45 - Men 5 podium
10:30 - Women 4/5 podium
10:45 - Women 3/4/5 podium
11:20 - Men 4/5 podium
12:00 - Men 4 podium
1:30 - Masters podium
1:30 - Juniors podium
3:25 - Men 3/4 podium
4:00 - Men 2/3 podium
5:00 - Elite women podium
5:45 - Elite men podium (as soon as the 15 minute protest period finishes post race)