Rubber City Meltdown - Criterium race

CANCELLED FOR 2012 - bridge construction and new hotel construction on course

Rubber City Meltdown - Criterium race

CANCELLED FOR 2012 - bridge construction and new hotel construction on course

Criterium (kri'-tir-E-um), noun [Latin]:
A bicycle street race. Competitors must complete the most laps in a set period of time. Very fast. Very exciting.

Criterium racing in downtown Akron is back. This one mile course has a little bit of everything; ups, downs, turns, speed, hurt, pain, joy and everything inbetween. All on a closed circut around the new Northside Lofts next to Car Gear and Northside Bar and Grille.

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parking lot of Car Gear | 110 N Main St - Akron Ohio - 44308

Event parking on corner of Main St & Rt 59 (Perkins) in the Summit County Job and Family Services Building Parking Lot (N. Howard St will be closed) aka:(SE corner of Main St and Perkins, MLK and Rt59)

Registration opens at 8:00am for all events and closes 15min prior to each race.

explanation on the category mix The All-American Bridge is closed in both directions. Thus Howard street (part of crit race) is preferred route in that part of downtown for vehicle traffic. Howard street will be closed during crit races thus limiting vehicle flow. Combined with the CVSR schedule and train parking we decided to limit the event to 3 races this year and thus the odd category mix. Next year we'll add more cat's when the construction is completed.

Cat. 3-4-5 | 9:00 am
M 40+ Cat 2-5 | 10:45am
Cat. 1-2-3 | 12:00 pm

Fees & Categories
Entry Fee: $30.00 - registration closes 15 min. prior to each event start time or register online.

Category****| Distance | Start Time | Prizes
Cat. 3-4-5 | 45 min + 3 laps | 9:00 am | 5/$300.00**
M 40+ Cat 2-5 | 45 min +3 laps | 10:45am | 5/$300.00**
Cat. 1-2-3 | 60 min + 5 laps | 12:00 pm | 7/$500.00**

Current USA Cycling license MUST be presented at registration, no exceptions.

** Promoter reserves the right to combine prize lists and events if less than 20 racers register per event. Prize lists will increase with number of racers in each race
*** Citizens may race the Category 3,4,5 event with the purchase of a $10.00 one day license and a bicycle meeting USA Cycling rules.
**** Women may race any category. Juniors/Citizens may race the 3, 4, 5 event

Come watch the area's fastest cyclists. The course surrounds the Northside Lofts. There are several places where you can get close enough to feel the wind from the racers. Each lap is one mile long which takes the racers just over 4 minutes to complete. The event is free to attend and great for families. Come downtown Saturday to experience the excitement yourself.

The Criterium Course Clockwise: Furnace St - Ridge St - Howard St - E. North St - Furnace St

What is a Criterium Race | A Crit
Race length can be determined by a total time or a number of laps, in which case the number of remaining laps is calculated as the race progresses. Generally the event's duration (commonly one hour) is shorter than that of a traditional road race. However, the average speed and intensity are appreciably higher. The winner is the first rider to cross the finish line without having been "lapped."

Events often have prizes (called primes, pronounced "preems", and are usually cash) for winning specific intermediate laps (for instance, every 10th lap). A bell is usually rung to announce to the riders that whoever wins the next lap, wins the prime.
Success in road criteriums requires a mix of good technical skills - in particular, the ability to corner smoothly, while "holding your line" on the road, as well as rapidly and sharply - and riding safely with a large group on a short circuit and exceptional "sprint" ability to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate hard from corners.

Amazing things happen here in Akron - success, creativity, forward thinking. In keeping with this spirit, the organizers hope additional businesses will come out as race fans and help bring professional racing to Downtown Akron this summer.

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