Local riders in Shepparton Cycling Club's Criterium Series will face a tough challenge, with competitors expected from Cobram, Echuca, Wangaratta, Seymour and Melbourne.By Matthew Galea
Shepparton Cycling Club’s latest Criterium Series gets underway on Sunday at Victoria Park Lake.
Sunday’s criterium is the first of a six-race series that will feature one race a month between October and March next year.
Club racing director Jon Mathieson said this year’s series would feature two twilight races, with the first on November 19 and the second on March 29, which would be the final criterium of the series.
‘‘We’re expecting riders from all the regional areas, such as Cobram, Echuca, Wangaratta and Seymour, as well as Melbourne,’’ Mathieson said.
‘‘We’re hoping to have 70 racers on Sunday and by our second race we’re aiming for 100 riders.’’
Men and women will compete in A, B and C-grades with junior races also being held for under-11s, 13s and 15s, as well as over-50s.
The under-11s and 13s will be the first to get away on Sunday at 8
Mathieson reminded riders that all race starting times were daylight saving times, with the clock moving forward one hour on Saturday night.
C-grade and over-50s will start at 9
The criterium will last for 45 minutes, plus one lap, with the first across the line the winner.
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‘‘We’re closing off half of Wyndham St, and we’ll be racing around the lake,’’ Mathieson said.
‘‘We go right around Aquamoves, and we’re also incorporating an intra-club challenge to try and encourage as many riders from other clubs as possible to get down and race.’’
The series winner will receive the Keith Esson Trophy, which was previously used as the prize for SCC’s road races.
Riders can register for the whole series and individual races online, with registration for the series starting at $40 for juniors and up to $120 for A-grade riders.
Online registration for individual races starts from $10 for juniors and $30 for A-grade.
Riders can also register for individual races on the day, at a cost of $15 for juniors and $40 for A-grade.
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