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2023 Vann Knight Tuesday Night World Championship Criterium Training Series 3/14/23 to 8/29/23

When: Tuesdays March 14 - August 29, 2023

What: Criteriums are a mass start bicycle racing format that is extremely popular in the US, especially in Carondelet Park.

Why: Criterium racing is terrific for improving speed, tactics, positioning, handling, and fitness.

Where: Carondelet Park 3900 Holly Hills Blvd, 63136

How it Works: Each race lasts a specified duration plus 3 laps with the final lap signalled by the ringing of a bell.

Race Information:

Most evenings there are four races: A, B, C and Juniors U-18.

  • The "A Race" will be for USA Cycling Category 1, 2, and 3 licensed racers.
  • The "B Race" will be for USA Cycling Category 4 licensed Men, Category 1/2/3 licensed Women, and Masters 40+ Category 1/2/3 Men.
  • The "C" Race will be for USA Cycling Category 5 Men, Category 4/5 Women, and 1 Day License Holders.
  • The "Juniors" Race will be for Under 18 Boys Category 4/5, Under 18 Girls Category 4/5, and 1 day license holders. Racing Age for Juniors is defined as being under 18 prior to 12/31 of the current year.

Pre-Race Clinics: These will hopefully return for the 2023 season.

The Course: is a wide open .7 mile loop with a fast downhill turn + a bit of elevation gain.  Pavement quality is near perfect and corners are very safe.

The Perfunctory Stipulation: In exchange for usage of the course, the City of St Louis requests that we simply respect the Park and the residents of the adjacent neighborhood. 

Parking: The area will be available as close to 5:30 pm as possible. Please do not park blocking the one-way access loop on the west side of the course/park.

Race Results: Here

EARLY Number Pick up Saturday, March 11th

Register early for the first race, purchase a Season Pass and get your cloth bib number early on Saturday March 11th from 2pm until 5pm at Big Shark's Big Bend store.

Please have these items with you, completely filled out and ready to go:
1. USA Cycling Series Waiver.
2. USA Cycling Current License
3. Payment - Credit card Only- Online through Bike Reg (made payable to Big Shark Bicycle Company)

Registration:  Online Only - on site will be possible via www.bikereg.com and opens around 5:00 pm each Tuesday.  Registration closes 30 seconds prior to the start of each race. Numbers issued are for the entire series- so hang on to your bib number!

Race Fees are as follows:

  • Entry fee is $20.
  • Your 2nd race on the same night: $5
  • Fees include a $5 per rider insurance surcharge/BAR fee.
  • Replacement bib numbers: $5
  • Season Pass- before March 15th, purchase all 25 races for $375. This includes a 2nd race on the same night. Normally $500. Season Pass holders must check in each evening at the registration tent.
  • The Junior Race (Starting 5/2/23): Underwritten by Renaissance Financial w/volunteer requirement.

Continuingfor 2023! The Renaissance Financial Junior Race Series. Renaissance Financial, a St. Louis based business and personal financial planning company, is committed to growing Junior Cycling. All Junior Entry Fees for every Big Shark produced Road, Time Trial, Criterium, or Cyclocross Event are underwritten. The only requirement is that each Junior provide a minimum of one hour of volunteer work at one of our events. From helping set-up, assisting during the race, or helping at the end of the day. Email us to volunteer: mike@bigshark.com

Each age group/gender will be scored and assigned points throughout the season. Points earned at the Bommarito Audi Gateway Cup will be counted double. Winners of the 17-18 Age Groups for young men and women will be awarded a $250 Gift Card. We will post the rankings monthy in our online Race Results.

Important!  ALL participants must have a current year USA Cycling license (1-Day and Annuals are available on site).  Riders must report to registration each evening to be included on the start list. Please don't be THAT racer.


Primes and Prizes for this year's races are provided by Chef Gerard Craft and Pastaria!

Category

Eligibility

Start Time

Distance

Scoring

"Juniors"

 Cat 4/5 Boys, Cat 4/5 Girls, U18 Racing Age

5:30pm

25 Minutes

Top 6

 "A" Race

 Cat 1/2/3, Women 1/2/3

6:00pm

45 + 3 laps

Top 6

"B" Race

 Cat 4 Men, Women 1/2/3, Men 40+ Cat 1-3

7:00pm

30 + 3 laps

Top 6

"C" Race

 Cat 5, One Days, Juniors Cat 5, Women 4

5:30pm*/7:40pm

25 +3 laps

Top 6

Fine Print:

  • The "A,"B" and "C" races will each have one 'open' prime.
  • The "B" and "C" races will each have one women's prime.
  • The "C" race starts at 5:30pm March 14 -  April 24. Beginning on May 2nd this race will be at 7:40pm.
  • The Juniors races at 5:30pm begins on May 2nd.
  • For additional information contact Mike Weiss at 314-862-1188 or mike@bigshark.com

Race Results:

Please note: Hazardous riding, unsportsmanlike conduct, and unsafe equipment will not be tolerated. Ride smart, safe, and with respect. Weather updates and series information will be shared on Big Shark's Facebook Page and via our email list.


Thanks to R & R Sanitation for supplying our "facilities".


Held under USAC Permit

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