CRCA Lou Maltese Memorial

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The Lou Maltese Memorial is one of three open races hosted every year in Central Park. Honoring long-time CRCA President Lou Maltese the event draws the fastest racers in the region to the famed six-mile Central Park Loop.  This year's edition is officially called the CRCA Hincapie Classic in Memory of Lou Maltese (Lou Maltese Memorial 2018.)

2018 CRCA Lou Maltese Memorial SPonsor

We are pleased to announce that Hincapie will be sponsoring this year's CRCA Hincapie Classic in Memory of Lou Maltese.  From cycling jerseys and clothing to custom kits and triathlon suits, inspire your ride with the latest bicycle gear and accessories from Hincapie Sportswear.

2018 CRCA Lou Maltese Memorial

Important links for the 2018 edition of the race are included below:

RAce Fields and Schedules

Coming soon.

AN INTRODUCTION TO The Lou Maltese Memorial

Excerpted from the To Be Determined Journal Lou Maltese Memorial Race Report

In the course of the CRCA season we get all manner of conditions. From the frigid temperature (and occasional snow) at the start of the season to humid August mornings at the end of the season. But in many years of racing in Central Park it's hard to remember a race as water logged as the 2017 edition of the Lou Maltese Memorial. 

As the forecast got increasingly worst in the final lead up to the race the team shot around anxious messages regarding the chance of a lightning-inspired cancellation on race morning. Thankfully by the time my 4AM alarm hit on Saturday morning the weather was much more tame than forecasted - a slight drizzle but no threat of lightning in sight. The early morning stroll to the park was almost delightful compared to our fears the prior evening.

Of course just as we rolled to the start line at 5:30AM the light rain transitioned to a heavy downpour that would keep itself up for the duration of the race - to the point that certain portions of the course were flooded with an inch or more of water.

CRCA Lou Maltese Memorial Champions

Men

  • 2017: Alex Sanborn
  • 2016: Gavriel Epstein

Women

  • 2017: Colleen Gulick
  • 2016: Colleen Gulick

CRCA Lou Maltese Memorial Technical Guide

IMPORTANT NOTES

Central Park: Please be respectful of Central Park and other Park users before, during and after the race. Do not litter - use labeled trash receptacles.

The safety of our racers and other Park users is paramount:

  • Do not ride on Park paths other than the main Park Drives loop.
  • Do not ride against the flow of traffic - this includes pre- and post-race! Counter-clockwise riding along the main loop only.
  • Do not ride in the recreation/jogger lane along the inside of the main Park Drives loop. THIS LANE IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.
  • Violation of any of the above will result in race disqualification. 

Rider Conduct: Unless specific exceptions are noted in this Technical Guide, this race is governed by the USA Cycling Rulebook.  The Chief Referee may impose/increase any fines or penalties according to the gravity of the offense. Monetary fines issued to riders or teams are to be paid directly to USA Cycling.

Helmets: Per USAC rule 1J1, riders are required to wear a securely fastened helmet at all times while riding a bicycle (does not apply to riding rollers/trainers during warm-up). This rule is in effect at all times for all competitors from the opening of registration through the final awarding of prizes.

Junior Rollout: Per USAC rule 1I4, ALL Juniors (regardless of category) must report to rollout immediately after finishing. Rollout will take place at the finish line area. Penalties for failing to report to rollout or failure to meet gearing requirements are at the discretion of the Chief Referee and Race Director.

Bathrooms: While we make every effort to request the Parks Department open restrooms prior to the start of racing, we cannot guarantee their availability in the morning. Please plan accordingly. Urinating and/or defecating on Parks property will not be tolerated and you will be subject to State and/or City laws including a fine, disqualification from the race, and a ban from participation in future CRCA events. Bathrooms are located just behind the Rambles Shed Parking Lot. See the interactive Central Park map below.

Results: Results will be posted at the Rambles Shed Parking Lot shortly after the finish of your race. After results have been posted, racers will have a 15 minute protest period. After the protest period, results will be final. Full results will be posted to USAC. It is the racer's responsibility to verify their result during the protest period.  Results will not be changed afterwards.

Race Numbers: Racers will be provided with TWO (2) numbers.  Numbers must be pinned on the RIGHT SIDE and LOWER BACK of the riders jersey over pockets.  Incorrect placement of numbers may lead to incorrect/missing results.

COURSE NOTES

The interactive Race Map below shows relevant points of interest for CRCA Central Park races. Zoom in and hover your pointer over each icon to see location details.

DO NOT ENTER THE REC LANE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. For safety reasons the rec/joggers lane is strictly off limits and infractions are subject to automatic disqualification, and for CRCA members, suspension from the Club.

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The race will start at the crosswalk on Cat’s Paw Hill pictured below. All riders must be lined up at least 10 minutes prior to race start for final instructions from race officials. Please be respectful of other riders on the line and do not ‘cut’ to the front of the field. The start order of each field will be as indicated on Bikereg.

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REGISTRATION

Due to construction, registration will be staged in the Loeb Boathouse Parking lot just south of Cat’s Paw. It is VITALLY important that riders do not ride backwards (clockwise) on Park Drives and do not ride on pedestrian paths before, during or after races. Infractions are subject to automatic disqualification and suspension from the club.

There is no day of registration for this race. All registration must be completed in advance via Bikereg. If you have questions about registration please contact bikereg@crca.net 

  • Check-in will open at ~4:40AM and will close 15 minutes prior to race start.
  • Any pre-reg'd riders who have not checked in by 15 minutes prior to race start may not be allowed to race.
  • Do not place your bike on the grass. Use the provided bike racks
  • Do not ride on pedestrian paths towards registration or the bathrooms. DISMOUNT YOUR BIKE AND WALK. Parks Department employees will be on site and monitoring for infractions. 
  • After checking in and getting your race numbers, racers should drop their bags in the Rambles Parking Lot, use restrooms as needed (just behind Rambles Parking Lot), and begin lining up at the start line. See the interactive Central Park Map above to see indicators for each location.

RACE Instructions

The Race will be neutral until Engineer’s Gate (East Drive at 90th Street). See the interactive Central Park Map above.

Fields will likely pass one another during the race. Fields being passed will be neutralized to the right of the Racing Lane. Passing fields will use the appropriate left side of the Racing Lane. Do not move into the Rec Lane.

  • Never pass your lead moto. Passing the lead moto will result in an immediate disqualification.
  • If you are dropped from your field please move to the side of the road when you are passed by other fields, but never enter the Rec Lane!

PODIUM AND PRIZE PAYOUTS

Please refer to Bikereg for prize and prime information.

Podiums and prize payout will take place in the Rambles Shed Parking Lot following the
conclusion of all racing. We encourage racers to watch other finishes. However, please stay clear of the Racing & Rec Lanes and DO NOT RIDE BACKWARDS ON THE COURSE!

Racers must be present for the podium ceremony to receive prizes. Racers not present will forfeit their prizes.

Depending on size of payout, certain riders should be prepared to provide their SSN for tax purposes before receiving their payout.

 The 2017 Lou Maltese Memorial was a particularly wet affair. (Photo from the To Be Determined Lou Maltese Memorial Race Report)

The 2017 Lou Maltese Memorial was a particularly wet affair. (Photo from the To Be Determined Lou Maltese Memorial Race Report)