Cycling NSW has announced the rest of its state open road calendar for the year, revealing new events in Sydney and the Illawarra, plus extra racing in the Singleton region.
After announcing a number of race dates in November, today’s announcement fills in the picture for a total of 20 senior and 6 junior weekends of road racing in 2021.
New to the calendar will be two “Super Crits” at Waratah Park, Sutherland. Southern Cross Cycle Club recently launched a five-round criterium series at club level, and Cycling NSW confirms that two of those rounds will have state open status, meaning more prize money, live timing and results, and greater prestige.
The first of these state open SXCC Super Crits will be held on 25 July and include a unique event to replace the 2020-21 Shimano Sydney Cup on Wheels, which was postponed due to COVID-19. This will be a short handicap race for the top placegetters in the graded criteriums earlier that day, giving a nod to the wheelraces that usually decide the Cup winner on the track.
“After last year’s departure from racing [due to the pandemic], this year we have taken the opportunity to shake up calendar with a new dimension, in moving a track event to Waratah Park,” said Graham Seers, CEO of Cycling NSW.
“In a sense, we’re using the challenges of the past to brighten up this year,” Seers said.
The final SXCC Super Crit will take place on 12 December as a state open.
Illawarra Cycle Club has secured three dates for criteriums in Wollongong around the iconic Flagstaff Hill course in June, August and November.
The Ken Dinnerville Memorial Handicap, also hosted by Illawarra CC, has been scheduled for 6 June.
Singleton Council will continue to welcome cyclists to the beautiful Hunter region, with a third event in addition to the NSW Masters Championships and Club Team Time Trial Championship weekend.
In April, Singleton will host the NSW Elite & U19 Criterium Championships in Broke, together with graded races for lower divisions. This marquee day of crit racing will take place the day after the Orica Kermesse, giving riders and supporters the chance to maximise their weekend by staying in Singleton.
“This is the first time I can remember hosting support events to the state criterium championships,” Seers said. “We’d love to have people racing in Broke after the Orica Kermesse, keeping in mind there will be equal prize money for men and women across the divisions, and cash for the state championships in addition to medals.”
Time triallists will have their opportunities in Taree at the new Manning Valley Chrono in May, as well as at the Hunter Valley Chrono and the state ITT championship later this year.
Under-19s will also take part in an ITT on the morning of the SXCC Super Crit in July.
“With the Road World Championships in 2022 [in Wollongong], we’ve added more individual time trials for those who want to specialise or improve in that discipline,” Seers said.
2021 will also be the first year that the Grafton to Inverell hosts a National Road Series (NRS) event for women as a standalone race.
Other events returning to the calendar include the Remembrance Cup in June, the Tamworth Cycling Festival in August (now including the NSW Hill Climb Championships), and the state road championships at Gunning in September.
For under-17s and below, the usual collection of Junior Tours will be capped off with the state championships in Port Macquarie in August.
Under-19s will also contest a season-long series for selection to a European development opportunity with TWC Maaslandster Zuid-Limburg or a Dutch women’s team. More details will be announced shortly, but it is expected that the NSW Under-19 Criterium Championships in Broke will be the opening event of the series.
Calendar is subject to change (depending on COVID-19 restrictions, weather and other factors)
5 Apr: Erik Mather Cup, Eastern Creek
11 Apr: John Woodman Memorial Handicap (Wagga Wagga to Albury)
17 Apr: Orica Kermesse, Kurri Kurri
18 Apr: NSW Elite & U19 Criterium Championships (plus graded support races), Broke
1–2 May: Goulburn Junior Tour
8 May: Grafton to Inverell
15–16 May: Cootamundra Handicap Weekend
22 May: NSW Pairs Time Trial Championships, Taree
23 May: Manning Valley Chrono, Taree
29–30 May: Port Macquarie Junior Tour
6 Jun: Ken Dinnerville Memorial Handicap, Gunning
19–20 Jun: Junior Tour of Sydney
19 Jun: Keegan Downes Memorial Handicap (Coonabarabran to Gunnedah)
20 Jun: Gunnedah to Tamworth
26 Jun: Remembrance Cup, Eastern Creek
27 Jun: Wollongong Criterium – Round 1
10 Jul: NSW Junior Country & Metro Road Championships, Sutherland
11 Jul: Southern Cross Junior Open, Sutherland
24 Jul: NSW Country & Metropolitan Road Championships, Penrith
25 Jul: SXCC Shimano Sydney Cup Super Crit, Sutherland
31 Jul–1 Aug: Orica Hunter Junior Tour
14–15 Aug: Tamworth Cycling Festival (feat. NSW Hill Climb Championships)
28–29 Aug: NSW Junior Road Championships (ITT, TTT, Road Race), Port Macquarie
29 Aug: Wollongong Criterium – Round 2
11 Sep: NSW Elite & U19 Individual Time Trial Championships, Gunning
12 Sep: NSW Elite & U19 Road Race Championships & Gunning Great Divide Road Races, Gunning
24–26 Sep: NSW Masters Road Championships, Singleton
4 Oct: Southern Hemisphere Cup, Eastern Creek
30 Oct: NSW Club Team Time Trial Championships, Singleton
31 Oct: Hunter Valley Chrono, Singleton
28 Nov: Wollongong Criterium – Round 3
12 Dec: SXCC Shimano Super Crit Final, Sutherland