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.
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