2014 Big Shark's Vann Knight Tuesday Night World Championship Criterium Training Series 3/11/14 to 8/26/14

Tuesday Night Worlds results are HERE

Try out the sport of bicycle racing and take your fitness to a whole new level.

  • Racing begins March 11th through August 26th, 2014.
  • Criterium racing is a mass start bicycle racing format that is extremely popular in America, especially in the Midwest.
  • Criterium racing is terrific for improving speed, tactics, positioning, handling and fitness.
  •  Each race will last a specified duration plus three laps with the last and final lap signalled by the ringing of a bell.

Primes and Prizes for this years races are provided by Chef Gerard Craft and Pastaria!

Event Information:

  • Big Shark will be offering two clases in our store- Intro to Bicycle Racing- January 26th @ 6pm at our LOOP Location or on February 9th @ Noon at our West Location. We will cover information that will be very useful to anyone considering participating in racing for the first time.
  • Prior to the start of the "C" Race we will be hosing a On the Bike Criterium Skills Clinic from 5:30pm to 6:00pm on Tuesday March 11th and 18th. Regular registration cost will apply.
  • Big Shark will be hosting an Intro to Racing Clinic on Tuesday April 8th and 15th at Carondelet Park.  Targeted participants for the clinic are those with little or no race experience, who have a desire to improve skill, tactics and work on individual/team skills in a practice race.  Clinic Cost:  $10. Please share this invitation with your team members, or anyone else whom you think would benefit from this clinic. Simply show up and pay on site. Questions may be directed to mike@bigshark.com

    These Off the Bike clinics will begin at 7pm, with some off the bike instruction during the Tuesday Night Worlds, B races. During this time, participants will watch the B races for demonstration of race tactics.

  • The Skinny -For the 2014 race season local cyclists can try their hand at criterium racing.  The City of St. Louis has graciously allowed us to use historic Carondelet Park for a carondelicious season of criterium racing.  The "A "and" B" races will commence on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 6:00 and 7:00 pm respectively and continue every Tuesday Night through August 26th.  NEW FOR 2014 The "Introduction to Bicycle Racing" aka "C" races will also begin on March 11th and on March 18th with a "Criterium Skills Clinic" on the bike from 5:30pm to 6:00pm. Beginning on March 25th we will hold the "C" Race from 5:30pm to 6:00pm. Beginning on May 6th and running through August 19th the C" races will start at 7:40 pm.  Races are subject to modification or cancellation due to poor visibility, inclement weather, or conflicts which may impact course availability.
  • The Course -The course is an open .7 mile loop with one sharp turn and a bit of elevation gain.  Pavement quality is near perfect and corners are very safe.  The course is protected from the wind and has newer pavement on about 80% of the road. It is a premier venue to improve fitness and racing skill.
  • The Perfunctory Stipulation - In exchange for usage of the course, St. Louis City  has requested that local racers simply respect the Park and the residents of the adjacent neighborhood.
  • Parking-The parking lot and facilities will be available as close to 5:30 pm as possible.
  • Registration will take place on site and open at appoximately 5:15 pm each Tuesday.  Registration closes 30 seconds prior to the start of each race.
  • Important!  Please do not race without a current license (one day and annuals are available for purchase on site).  Riders must not race without paying, without reporting to registration, or without filling out and signing an entry release form.  Each rider must check in/register and sign an entry release form every Tuesday night.  Unregistered riders, unlicensed riders, or deadbeat riders who race without paying are not only uncool but may be subject to disciplinary action (see Buddy!).
  • No cash?  We take checks!  We can work out payment plans if necessary....no credit ...no problem.  Just be sure to check in, register, and sign a release form.  



Start Time



The Mighty "A" Race

USCF Cat 1/2/3, Women 1/2/3


45 + 3 laps

Top 6

The Fearsome "B" Race

 Cat 4 Men, Women 1/2/3, Men 30+ Cat 1-3


30 + 3 laps

Top 6

Intro to Racing "C" Race

Category 5, One Day, Juniors Cat 5, Women 4


25 +3 laps

Top 6

  • Fine Print-
  • The "A" race will have one $10.00 prime.
    The "B" race will have one $10.00 prime, and one $10.00 women's prime.
    The "C" race Men will get nothing and like it.
    The "C Women's" race will have a $10.00 prime.
  • Categories may be combined for the C race depending on field size and discretion of the Chief Referee.
  • All riders must have current USCF licences, one day licences will be available.
  • Every racer will have an initial race fee of $20.00.  Thereafter entry will be $12.00.
    If you want to do two races on the same day the first race will be $12.00, the second race will be $3.00. ($15.00 total). Fee includes a $3 rider insurance surcharge.
  • Directions:  Take 44 East to I-55 South. Exit at the Loughborough Exit.  Take the 1st right turn into Carondelet Park. Carondelet Park is also at the Southern termination of Grand Blvd at its intersection with Holly Hills.
  • For additional information call: #314/862-1188 or email mike@bigshark.com

Please note: Hazardous riding, unsportsmanlike conduct, and unsafe equipment will not be tolerated. Ride smart, safe, and with respect. The City of St. Louis is offering this park to the competitive cyclists with the stipulation that conduct and behavior enhance the image of the City.

Thanks to R & R Sanitation for supplying our "facilities".

Held under USAC Permit