criteriums

How to become a better criterium racer

It’s summer here in Australia which means it’s criterium season. From local club crits, through to bigger races likes the Bay Crits and even the national criterium championships, many riders are testing themselves on these short-course races at this time of year. So what are some of the things you can do to improve your […]

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Purpose-Built Crit Course In Melbourne?

Here in Melbourne we’re very fortunate that we have some strong clubs who have secured weekly criterium circuits for us to enjoy over the summers. However, existing circuits are under pressure from local government, residents, traders, etc, and the weekly races that we take for granted are far from being secure. Clubs who have failed […]

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Noosa Grand Prix

Images courtesy of pelotonImages.com except where noted On Saturday evening was the annual Noosa Grand Prix. The massive 7500 competitor triathlon was the main drawcard for Noosa this weekend, but the criterium featuring some of the best Aussie PROs was definitely a highlight. A top field of riders always shows up to this event and […]

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What’s Best For The Jersey?

I raced the National Criterium Championships last night.  It was a nice change from the Bay Crits as there was lots of room to move through the relatively small field of about 50.  No ProTour or Pro Continental riders were competing except for Robbie McEwen and there was a noticable difference in the overall speed […]

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High Speed Cornering Tips

photo by Veeral Patel Crowie has some invaluable tips stored away from his lifelong experience as a pro cyclist.  Most pro’s don’t know how to break down these skills and techniques to teach them properly to cyclists like you and me.  This is why I love listening to Crowie so much.   Here’s some great […]

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Cornering Tips

Spring is now in full swing here in Australia and the first of the crits signify the start of it.  Crit season also means getting accustomed to some high paced, tight cornering again. Good cornering technique can save a LOT of energy and put you in the proper winning position in the final straight. Knowing […]

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The Final Corner

Aussie Ben Kirstin comes first at the US Crit Championships.  Photo courtesy of Velonews – Casey B. Gibson I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not a good sprinter.  It’s one skill that I’ve always wanted more than anything and haven’t been able to acquire.  This basic fact makes me watch and […]

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Bridging The Gap

It seems that lately I’ve been writing about everything else under the sun except for the cycling tips that I’ve mandated to myself.   What I find funny is that I’ll spend hours writing some posts and doing checks in research journals to make sure I have my facts straight, meanwhile the posts that get the […]

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Bay Crit Tips #5 – Racing Hot Dog Circuits

The beloved hot dog criterium.  Who loves these?  Only the spectators and the masochistic cyclist – that’s who.  Bloody hell…  The hot dog circuit is great for spectators because the racers are seen speeding down one lane of a boulevard and then back again.  Nearly the whole race is in view and there are usually […]

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Bay Crit Tip #2 – Tight Cornering in Crits

The Bay Crit series is set up for spectators – not for the racers.  Along with this comes lots of hot dog circuits and tight corners around round-abouts.  You need to slow down from 55km/hr to 15km/hr coming into these corners and then accelerate out of them again.  For the people at the front this […]

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