Canberra Cycling Club
Getting Started with Crits - Coaching Session

Sun, 2 Jun 2024
Stromlo Forest Park - Criterium Track
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Winter Crits Coaching Session

Are you interested in getting started with criterium racing? This session is for you!

Riders from any club are welcome to register.

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This session is designed to help riders make the transition from bunch riding or road racing to closed-circuit criterium racing.

The first session is run on a volunteer basis by Canberra Cycling Club accredited coach, Dr Michael Hanslip.

Combined Event

CCC and VCC are teaming up to conduct a coaching session before the first winter crit. This session is the result of a collaborative effort between the two clubs and is supported by Alivio.

Key Info

  • What: Criterium Coaching Session
  • When: 0930-1100am Sunday 2 June
  • Who: Anyone who wants to get started with criterium racing, or brush up on thier skills
  • Where: Meet in the centre of the Stephen Hodges Criterium Circuit at Stromlo Forest Park
  • Licences: Must have AusCycling Lifestyle or better licence (see below)

Session Details

The session will cover the following:

  • Warming up
  • Staying upright
  • Racing line
  • Race etiquette (how not to upset anyone)
  • Race strategy (how to finish your first one!)

Is it for me?

This session is suitable for first (or second) time criterium racers and ideally people who have raced 'road races' a few times before but not tried criterium circuit racing yet. We expect that participants will have some bunch riding experience.

Additionally, this session is suitable for existing novice criterium racers who want to revisit their criterium skills ahead of the Winter Criterium Series.

New riders

If you haven’t ridden in a bunch before or raced on the open road then we suggest you sign up for a full novice course such as the Vikings Novice Program.


  • Drop-bar road bike (no Time Trial aero bars or flat bar bikes)
  • Australian standards approved helmet
  • A warning device such as a bell
  • Appropriate clothing, water bottle, puncture repair kit etc

We encourage all riders to wear their CCC, VCC, or CORC club kit.

About the Session

The session:

  • is run by volunteers from the clubs
  • is open to new and existing riders from all clubs
  • is a social, supportive, and inclusive
  • is focussed on building foundation criterium racing skills, and experience


To manage our COVID record-keeping and participation reporting we require all participants (juniors and riding parents/carers) to register via EntryBoss.

In line with AusCycling requirements, each session is limited to 15 participants.


An AusCycling Lifestyle (or better) licence is required to participate.

If you don't hold a licence but would like to attend you can take out a free trial licence on the AusCycling website.


The session will be cancelled and all riders refunded if:

  • it is raining on the morning of the coaching sessions.
  • we do not have a minimum of 8 participants once registrations close


  • Scratching - Scratching is a self-serve, automated refund via EntryBoss if withdrawing within scratching cut-off.
  • Event Cancellation - Riders will be provided with a full refund if the event is cancelled for any reason.
  • Refunds - Refunds will not be provided for no-shows or if you scratch after the cut off

Contact Information

Canberra Cycling Club


By registering for this event you agree to act in accordance with our COVID Safety Plan.

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