Media Release August 24th, 2018
For Release 0600 August 24th AEST
Cycling Australia, in partnership with naming rights sponsor Shimano, is proud to announce the 2018 Shimano National Crit Series (NCS)
The 2018 Shimano NCS will be a four part Summer series with elite men’s and women’s races in Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria. Riders will be able to accumulate points during the series that will culminate in crowning overall winners at the final event, the SKCC Shimano Supercit in South Melbourne.
Kipp Kaufmann, Cycling Australia General Manager - Sport: "The growing popularity of summer crit racing has inspired us to align a number of new and existing events to offer a National Series of exciting and up-close crit racing thanks to the support of Shimano Australia."
“We’ve seen events like the Shimano Super Crit, and the Launceston Cycling Festival attract the big names from the World Tour such as honorary Aussie Koen de Kort, Simon Gerrans, Valentina Scandolara and Marianne Vos, so we’re keen to attract these top level riders again, whilst putting on show the local talent from national and up-and-coming talent.”
Toby Shingleton, Shimano Australia Brand Manager: “Our commitment to elite and grassroots racing drives our decision to push for the progression of what was very successful series in 2017 into a National series in 2018.The NCS represents a great opportunity to witness up close one of the most exciting disciplines of racing. With women and men racing for equal prize money and the title of Shimano National Criterium Series winner, we believe that the 2018 series will bring to the start line even more of the country’s best crit riders”
Dates and locations for the 2018 Shimano National Crit Series:
1. November 11 Launceston, Launceston Cycling Festival
2. November 16-17 Sydney, Criterium White Bay
3. November 18 Wollongong, Shimano Wollongong Criterium
4. December 16 South Melbourne, SKCC Shimano Supercrit
Crit Racing 101A criterium, or the more commonly known name “crit”, is a bike race made up of multiple laps around a short course (Up to about 3km). Races can be based on time (60 minutes plus three laps a common format) or total number of laps.
Flatter courses tend to suit teams with strong sprinters, but breaks can often form and getaway from the main bunch. Strong time trial riders can ride away and be out of sight and a course with a small climb can offer opportunities for strong climbers to get away and take the win.
Crit Racing is the most spectator friendly form of road racing with the riders riding past often and spectators can get up close to see, hear and feel the action. In Australia, crit races dominate the summer racing scene with many clubs offering crit racing to their members and other Cycling Australia members.
For more information on Cycling Australia membership see: http://membership.cycling.org.au/
To stay up to date on the latest information on the Shimano National Crit Series visit https://shimano-sprint.com/