CRITERIUMS

A criterium, or crit, is a race consisting of several laps around a short, closed circuit. Criteriums are a staple of the local racing scene in Sydney and we have lots of them! Here's an overview of the main tracks.

HEFFRON

Our local track. This tough 2km bumpy concrete course hosts some of the best criterium racing on the Sydney calendar. The course winds its way around playing fields so watch out for the dogs and members of the public straying onto the track! Heffron is open to cross winds, which can change the dynamics of the race. There are a few corners where you can lose out if your cornering is poor. The rubber band effect on this course is pretty hard going, more so as it's a rough and slow surface. Racing here is hard work and bad placement in the bunch makes it harder.

2km

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SUTHERLAND

This is a dedicated crit circuit about 1.5km long and 3-4m wide. Most corners aren't very technical but they are fast approached. The volume of racers might spook a first timer, but it's a pretty safe circuit and usually the grades string out a fair bit. It’s a circuit that will make for a very hard race if you are towards the back due to the rubber band effect from surges and pace change from the downhill run to the false flat and back around.

1.5km

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LANSDOWNE

A dedicated 2km crit circuit with a 4m width at its narrowest point. It's rolling terrain through bush area with not much opportunity to rest as you're either sweeping down hills or working your way back up. It's a fun circuit – not too technical, but can be a tough one to race and has a fast finish.

2km

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HART

The HART track is a short course with a little pinch on every lap. Being car free and a looped course, riders are nearly always in sight and so it makes it a fun race for spectators and a great introduction for those new to racing. Spectators are able to sit in the middle of the course, which allows them to be there at the finish line and also at the little pinch, making for exciting viewing throughout the race.

1.5km

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1.1km

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ARMORY

A dedicated crit circuit approx 1.5km long and 3 to 4m wide. Most corners aren't very technical, but they are fast approached. Volume of racers might spook a first timer but it's a pretty safe circuit and usually the grades string out a fair bit. A circuit that will make for a very hard race if you are towards the back due to the rubber band effect from surges and pace change from the downhill run to the false flat and back around.

EASTERN CREEK

A long crit at 3.8km with a big wide track. This track is mostly used as a motor racing circuit and feels more like a road race than a crit. Some rolling terrain with a fast long wide-open finish area. There's a 500m 3% climb, which encourages attacks. The super smooth surface makes it a fast circuit. They also have a shorter 2.8km course, which is often used in wet weather as it cuts out a sharp downhill turn.

3.8km

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Thanks to Daniel Kennedy for the crit videos and photos. See more on his YouTube channel here or on PainFacePhotos here

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