Criterium White Bay

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I register on the day?

No, you cannot. You will need to register before the cut-off date.

Do I need to belong to a cycling club or team to register and/or race?

No, racing is open to anyone with a valid Cycling Australia racing license.

So, I need a racing license?

Yes, you will need to present a valid Cycling Australia racing license in order to be able to race. Licenses can be purchased online here. In addition you can purchase a day license (or 3 race license) here.

Will licenses be available to purchase on the day?

No. All licenses will need to be finalised ahead of the event. Get in contact with us if you have any difficulty organising your license and we will be in touch to assist you.

How do I know which grade to enter?

You should enter the grade (or division) that you normally race in (for your club, at other events, etc.). If you have never raced before, you should nominate a lower grade/division. Ultimately, all races will be reviewed by the Cycling NSW State Handicapper, who will ensure each field is as evenly-matched and as fair as possible.

Why is each grade capped?

In consultation with Cycling NSW, each grade and/or race is limited to 55 riders. This allows us to make sure we have enough room on the track for all riders to race safely (it is a tight circuit) and enjoy the event.

What happens if a grade sells out?

If a grade (or division) reaches the cap (maximum number of riders), then it will be marked as sold out - and no additional entries will be accepted. Therefore, we recommend you organise your entry/registration early - to avoid disappointment.

When do entries close?

Entries will close on or before the listed end date. However, if one or more grades sell out ahead of the closing date, then those grades may be unavailable to enter well before the closing date. Similarly, if the overall event is close to maximum capacity (or has a stronger than expected response), the closing date may be brought forward to accommodate the management of entries. Therefore, we recommend you enter early - to avoid disappointment.

Where can I collect my race number from?

Stay tuned for more information.

Can I pickup my race number at the event?

Yes, the event village will be open approximately 30 minutes ahead of the first race, and you will be able to pickup your race number there.

Will a starting list be published?

Yes, a starting list will be published ahead of the event. It is the responsibility of each participant to make sure they know which grade/division they will be racing in. Note - participants may be moved between grades/divisions by the Cycling NSW State Handicapper, and this will be reflected in the starting list.

Is there junior racing?

Yes, there is a junior racing program included in this event. Additionally, U19 riders are also welcome to race in the grade appropriate for them.

Can I transfer to another grade (or division)?

This is possible while registration remains open (i.e. before handicapping), and sufficient spots in your preferred grade or division still remain. However, once entries have closed, no further transfers are possible.

Can I transfer my entry to someone else?

This is possible while registration remains open (i.e. before handicapping). However, once entries have closed, no further transfers are possible.

Something has come up - can I get a refund on my entry?

Refunds will only be granted if requested at least 10 days out from the event, and may be subject to an administrative fee. Refunds will only be granted within 10 days of the event on substantiated medical grounds (in which case, a doctor’s certificate may be required).

Event Day

Will event day/rider briefing information be provided beforehand?

Yes, a rider briefing will be distributed to all participants ahead of the event.

Has the course changed?

No, the 2018 course is almost identical to the 2017 course. In consultation with Cycling NSW, the 2017 course has been retained, keeping the entire course within the Terminal area.

What condition is the course in?

White Bay is a heavily-used port and industrial area, so the surface can be quite rough. We highly recommend you get a couple of practice laps in before your race to get to know all the quirks.

How do I get to White Bay?

White Bay Cruise Terminal, whilst close to the Sydney CBD (just across the water from Barangaroo), is not always straightforward to access - so it is worth planning ahead. Transport details (and other important venue information) can be found here.

Where can I park my car?

We have access to the White Bay Cruise Terminal car park (which holds approximately 160 vehicles). Access details (and alternative parking options) can be found here.

Can I race with disc brakes?

Yes, you are able to race this event with disc brakes (see this article for more information).

When should I arrive at the event?

You should look to arrive at least 30 mins before your race is scheduled to start.

Will I get to have some practice laps on the course ahead of my race?

Yes. The course will be open approximately 15 minutes before the first race begins, and for a short amount of time in between each race, for you to get a feel for the course.

What kit can I wear?

Criterium White Bay was designed as a festival of cycling, and we want it to be as colourful as possible, as well as fun/welcoming for people that are new to the sport. As such, you are welcome to wear whatever you like - with a few exceptions. Firstly, you may not wear the kit of a team you do not currently ride for or belong to (for example, a pro team replica kit). Secondly, if you belong to a club (but not a team), we strongly encourage you to support your club and wear your club kit. The Chief Commissaire has the final say on all kits, and may reject a kit if it fails to comply with the above, or is deemed offensive or inappropriate for the event. Note: you must wear an Australian Standards-approved helmet whenever you are on the course.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes, you must wear an Australian Standards-approved helmet whenever you are on the course.

Can I bring a tent or marquee?

No. Given the confined space, we simply don’t have room for additional structures. The good news is there is plenty of undercover space for you to set up rollers, equipment, etc. and create a ‘home base’. Some exceptions may be granted for event sponsors and their sponsored teams - contact us for more information.

What if it rains?

Under most scenarios, so long as there is no standing water on the course, and the chief commissaire is happy for the racing to proceed, then it will proceed as scheduled (even if it is raining). However, if there is heavy rain ahead of, or during the event, such that it makes the course unsafe for racing, then the racing will be suspended (until the conditions are safe for racing again), shortened, or cancelled. We’ll keep you notified on social channels as the date approaches.

Is there shade/shelter available (in case it rains or is scorching hot)?

Yes. There are multiple locations around the course that spectators and participants will be able to shelter away from rain/wind or excessive heat. If in doubt, please ask one of our team - who will direct you to the nearest shade/shelter.

Is there somewhere to lock my bike?

Yes. There will be a section of bike racking set up at the venue, where you can park your bike. We recommend to bring a lock, to ensure your bike is secure. Please do not lock your bike up around the course, or to a fence, near the entry to the venue, or within the event village on the eastern side of the course. Instead, use the parking provided, or your team/club area (if provided). If in doubt speak to one of our team.

Is there a service lane for riders/teams?

For 2018 there will be a dedicated service/pit lane for riders and/or teams. This will also be where riders can enter/exit the course. We recommend teams/support crew use this area to perform any wheel changes, etc.

Will there be neutral service?

More information will be released about this soon.

It looks like some grades are racing together - how do the prizes work for those races?

Each grade will have a separate podium and separate prizes, regardless of whether they race with another grade or not.

What do I need to bring?

Your bike, Australian Standards-approved helmet, racing license, ID, race number (if picked up beforehand), drink bottle(s) (there will be a tap provided for refilling), and spare tubes/parts as required. You are also welcome to bring spare wheel(s) to place in the service lane during your race. Anything else you are required to bring will be outlined in detail in the rider briefing (which will be distributed ahead of the event).

Will there be something to eat and drink?

Yes, there will be a food truck with refreshment options, including a tap to refill your bottles.

I need a little help - who should I speak to on event day?

You should speak to one of the Spokes People team, who will be able to put in touch with the right person. The Spokes People team will be in yellow t-shirts, for easy identification.


Can I come and watch?

Absolutely! If you are into in cycling, or just looking for something new and fast-paced to check out, we think you’ll really enjoy Criterium White Bay!

Is there a fee to spectate?

No, entry for spectators is free.

Is there a cap on spectators?

Yes, the venue has only limited space (after we drop a crit track in there), so there is a maximum capacity we need to work within - but it is much higher for 2018. All registered riders are guaranteed entry - while still leaving plenty of capacity for spectators.

Where is the best place to watch?

Anywhere! We strategically chose this venue for its amazing views - and the fact you can see large portions of the course from almost any location! You will be able to access most of the outside of the course, as well as most of the inside of the course, so you can find your favourite spot to cheer from/take photos.

Is there shade/shelter (in case it rains or is scorching hot)?

Yes. There are multiple locations around the course that spectators and participants will be able to shelter away from rain/wind or excessive heat. If in doubt, please ask one of our team - who will direct you to the nearest shade/shelter.

Can I take photos at the event?

Absolutely. You are welcome to take as many photos and/or videos as you want. All we ask is any photos you share on social platforms be tagged with @thespokespeople and/or #whitebaycrit. There are a few areas of the course that only accredited media are allowed to access (wearing Spokes People pink media vests). If you would like to apply for accreditation (free of charge), please contact us.

Can I use a drone to take videos and/or photos at the event?

Yes, provided you have the appropriate license(s) and/or permission(s) to do so. You can find out more here.

What else is happening?

The event village will be brimming with activity, with food, a bar, sponsor displays, club and team areas, plus much more.

Will there be a livestream of the event?

Yes. More information will be available shortly.

Can I volunteer at the event?

Yes please! We will need people to help before, during and after the event. If you would like to be involved, get in touch with us here.


Do I need to stick around for the podium in order to receive my prize?

No, you do not. However, we would love it if you could! You’ll get some great photos on the podium as well as an opportunity to celebrate your win with an adoring crowd.

What do I do with my timing chip?

Please return your timing chip to the registration area before you leave the venue.

Can I keep my race number?

Yes, you can keep your race number as a memento of the event. If you don't wish to keep your race number, you are welcome to return it to the registration area. We also encourage you to return your safety pins to the registration area - so they can be re-used at future events. Finally, please remember to return your timing chip.

Will I receive my prize(s) on the day?

You may receive non-cash prizes on the day of the event. However, you will not receive any cash prizes you win on the day (unlike other races, there will not be an envelope, etc.).

How do I claim my prize(s)?

We will be in touch with winners within 14 days of the event concluding. Winners will then be sent a release form to complete, sign and return. Upon receipt of the release form, prizes will be distributed (including any cash prizes and/or product prizes not already received). Cash prizes are usually distributed between 21-28 days after the event. Product prizes may take longer depending on supplier availability.


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