Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need a USA Cycling License to Race?
- Every racer must have a USA Cycling License to race. One day licenses for CAT 5 racers can be purchased the day of the race at registration. Licenses can also be purchased on the USA Cycling web site (www.usacycling.org).
- What is the date and time of the race?
- The date of the race is June 4th, 2017. The first race will start at 8:45AM.
- What is the course history?
- 1988: The Subaru National Criterium Championships were held on this same course.
The winner of the 1988 race, John Tomac, went on to a successful cycling career including winning the overall title of NORBA World Champion in 1988 and the USCF National Criterium Champion in 1988.
2007: New York State Empire State Games, Criterium Championship.
2012: The Inaugural Downtown White Plains Downtown Criterium .
2014: The New York State Criterium Championships
- Where is the Start / Finish line?
- It is at 160 Martine Ave. Check out the course page for a map. The start / finish line is shown by a green arrow on the map. This is where the biggest crowds will be, but you can watch the race anywhere along the course.
- Is there a cost for spectators?
- There is no cost for spectators. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to get there early to get a good spot near the star/finish line to see the sprints and where there will be an announcer explaining the races. The course is closed to all traffic and unlike point-to-point bike races, a criterium course is short (half a mile) and fast with racers passing by each lap, reaching speeds upwards of 40 miles per hour.
There are many restaurants within blocks of the race course.
- What is a Criterium?
- A Criterium, also known as a "crit", is a high speed, action -packed bike race held on a closed course typically less than a mile in legnth. Crits are mass-start races lasting from 45 to 90 minutes. Individuals and teams race around the course in a pack returning to the starting point every two to three minutes, making the race a terrific spectator sport. There are sprints within the race when racers sprint for primes (pronounced "preems"), which are prizes for winning the current lap. Colorful, non-stop action is the rule as riders negotiate tight turns at high speed jockeying for position for the final sprint to the finish.