We’ve decided to end our Summer 2021 MNR series with a bang by holding our first criterium in almost four years. We attempted this last year, but the weather made it a no go, so fingers crossed we can get to the line this time around! Criteriums are a fan favourite event in Dunedin, so we’ve decided to bring it back for both our stalwart riders, and to introduce newer riders to the racing format.

The Details:

Sign in: 5.30pm to 6.00pm on Willis St (outside action engineering)

Beginners Criterium (Cat 4, 5, Juniors): 6.00pm – 15mins + 3 laps
Cat 3: 6.25pm – 20mins + 3 laps
Cat 2: 6.50pm – 20 mins + 3 laps
Cat 1: 7:15pm – 25 mins + 3 laps
Please note that these timings are estimations.

Cost for race:

– Members $10
– Non-members $15
– U17: Free in Juniors and and Category 5

Payment:

Payment of race fees can be made online in advance (preferred), or on the night in cash.

Online:
– Payee: Cycling Otago Inc
– Account: ANZ 01-0906-0005289-00
– Reference: Please include your name and ‘MNR’

Important Notes

– There is to be no parking on the Fryatt St Circuit
– Practice laps may only be done before the racing begins, between 5:30-6:00pm
– Sign-on is flexible for later grades, but we emplore everyone to stick around to enjoy all the races.

The criterium course can be found here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/75847/group_events/64872?new=true

You can enter now, and find full information at www.webscorer.com/cyclingotago

What is a Criterium?

A criterium is a race which consists of several laps around a short closed circuit. The course we use for our criteriums is the wharf circuit, also known as the Todd Memorial Circuit. The circuit is pan flat and 600 metres long, which makes for fast and frenetic racing, a vastly different style of racing from the Salisbury Circuit! Race length is judged on time, rather than distance. One the set time for racing has passed, the bell will ring for three laps to go, after which the grade victor shall be crowned!

What’s even better is that crits are just as good to watch as they are to race. Prise your friends and family away from The Chase, and bring them along for some even more superb entertainment.

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