Crit Under The Castle is a closed road cycle racing extravaganza around Stirling Town Centre. Taking place on Sunday 10th August 2014, this event incorporates the Scottish Men and Womens Criterium Championships and Youth Road Race Championships.
Criterium road racing is an exciting format of cycle racing, held over a short course, usually in a city centre, affording a great spectacle and in a format designed to make the races short, fast and great to watch. This European style of racing is almost more popular than football in Belgium and Holland. Cycling in the UK is going through a boom period at present, with cycle racing attracting full fields of competitors and enormous crowds of spectators.
For the first time since the Pru Tour in 1998 (won by Chris Boardman), the Elite riders will finish on the Stirling Castle Esplanade.
Scottish Cycling legend, The Flying Scotsman,Graeme Obree will be the guest of honour and prize-giver.
In addition to a variety of 'serious' races on the day, Crit Under the Castle will be hosting a race for retro and old clunkers.
"It never gets easier, you just go faster."
- Greg Lemond -
Crit under the Castle is proud to have equal prize money for the Men's Elite and Womens race.
We are still pinning down our prize fund, but stay tuned for further updates!
"Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades"
- Eddy Merckx -
Below you will find various maps and info points about the big day. Some of the maps are a bit 'dry' but these are to show the various road closures on the course.
The circuit is 1.18 miles in length with the start / finish line just outside the Albert Halls, (Race HQ), heading out Albert Road, turning left and skirting Victoria Park, along Clarendon Place, before turning left and picking up pace down Kings Park Road. The route then takes a left into Port Street before entering a technical section, with riders requiring skill and nerve to negotiate the narrowing roads before turning left again and enduring the King Street cobbled climb then a seriously fast run down Corn Exchange Road towards the start / finish line. The Elite race has a real sting in its tail, with the riders climbing King Street on the last lap, but just to ensure their legs are done, they keep climbing up Spittal Street, enduring the steep cobbled climb all the way up, past the historic Portcullis and finishing on the historic Stirling Castle Esplanade.
The Race HQ will be in the wonderful surroundings of the Albert Halls in Stirling. This fantastic building is situated in the city centre within easy access of the start line and the entire circuit.
"As long as I breathe, I attack."
- Bernard Hinault -