2016 The Vann Knight Tuesday Night World Championship Criterium Training Series 3/15/15 to 8/30/16


Try Out the Sport of Bicycle Racing!

March 15th through August 30th, 2016

When: Racing begins March 15th through August 30th, 2016

What: Criterium racing is a mass start bicycle racing format that is extremely popular in America, especially in the Midwest. Very popular in Carondelet Park..

Why: Criterium racing is terrific for improving speed, tactics, positioning, handling and fitness.

How it Works: Each race will last a specified duration plus three laps with the last and final lap signalled by the ringing of a bell.

Race Information:

Each evening there will be three races: A, B and C.

  • The "A Race" will be for USA Cycling Category 1, 2 and 3 licensed racers.
  • The "B Race" will be for USA Cycling Category 4 licensed men, Category 1/2/3 licensed women and Masters 30+ Category 1/2/3 men.
  • The "C" Race will be for USA Cycling Category 5 men, Category 4 Women and 1 Day License Holders.
  • The New "Juniors" Race will be for Men Category 5 and Women Category 4 Under 18.

Big Shark will offer two classroom setting training classes in store and two racing clinics at Carondelet Park (off of the bike.) We will cover information that will be very useful to anyone considering racing. Pre-register or just show up!

The Course -The course is an open .7 mile loop with one, downhill fast turn and a bit of elevation gain.  Pavement quality is near perfect and corners are very safe. 

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. Please do not park blocking the one-way access loop on the west side of the course.

Registration will take place on site and open at approximately 5:00 pm each Tuesday.  Registration closes 30 seconds prior to the start of each race. Numbers issued are for the entire series. Fees are as follows:

  • First race of the season: $20
  • All other race nights: $15
  • 2nd Race on the same night: $3
  • Fees include a $4.35 per rider insurance surcharge/BAR fee.

Important!  ALL participants must have a current year license (one day and annuals are available for purchase on site).  Riders must report to registration each evening to be included on the start list.

Primes and Prizes for this year's races are provided by Chef Gerard Craft and Pastaria!



Start Time




USAC Category 5 Boys, Category 4 Women, U18


25 Minutes

Top 6

 "A" Race

USAC Cat 1/2/3, Women 1/2/3


45 + 3 laps

Top 6

"B" Race

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


30 + 3 laps

Top 6

"C" Race

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


25 +3 laps

Top 6

Fine Print:

  • The "A,"B" and "C" races will each have one 'open' prime.
    The "B" and "C" races and will eavh have one women's prime.
  • The "C" Race will start at 5:30pm March 15th through May 3rd. After May 1st it will be held at 7:40pm.
  • The Juniors races at 5:30pm will begin on May 10th.

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 Weiss,

Please note: Hazardous riding, unsportsmanlike conduct, and unsafe equipment will not be tolerated. Ride smart, safe, and with respect.

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

Held under USAC Permit

Course Map