Races

NYU competes in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC), where the road racing season comprises the cool spring months of March and April. The ECCC race schedule has events all over the east coast, with races at Yale and Dartmouth, to Rutgers and Philadelphia, to even our back yard - the fabled Grant's Tomb criterium hosted by Columbia University.

ECCC Racers' Guide

Racing, Training, and Traveling by ECCC

Races

Each weekend we have 3-4 different races. In the beginning of the season we start with 3 races Time Trial, Road Race and a Criterium. Later in the season a Team Time Trial is added to the weekends.

Individual/Team Time Trial

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A time trial is a pure race against the clock, with racers going off one at a time to see who can record the fastest time over the designated course. Some weekends will have an individual time trial, while others will pit teams against one another as teammates work together to produce the fastest time.

On an individual time trial (ITT or TT) are not permitted to draft (ride in the slipstream) behind each other. Any help between riders is forbidden.

On a team time trial (TTT), unlike individual time trials where competitors are not permitted to 'draft' (ride in the slipstream) behind each other, riders in each team employ this as their main tactic, each member taking a turn at the front while team-mates 'sit in' behind. After their turn, the lead rider will swing over, allowing the next rider to take the lead, while the leader goes to the back of the team.

In the case of ECCC we are allowed to start with a team of up to 4 riders and the official time for the team will be the time of the second rider crossing the finish line.

Criterium

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A criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 1km), often run on closed-off city center streets.

Race length can be determined by a number of laps or total time, in which case the number of remaining laps is calculated as the race progresses. Races last 20-90 minutes, depending on the category.

The winner is the first rider to cross the finish line without having been "lapped."
Events often have prizes (called primes, pronounced "preems", in our case they are extra points) for winning specific intermediate laps (for instance, every 3rd lap). A bell is usually rung to announce to the riders that whoever wins the next lap, wins the prime.

Success in road criteriums requires a mix of good technical skills — in particular, the ability to corner smoothly while "holding your line" on the road, as well as rapidly and sharply — and riding safely with a large group on a short circuit and exceptional "sprint" ability to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate hard from corners.

Road race / Circuit

Our road races on the ECCC are normally held up on a scenic, long and hilly course. Race length is often determined by a small number of laps, but still making it our longest race over the weekend.

What to bring

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Here's a list of things to bring, not all are necessary but just putting it out there:

  • NYU ID
  • License or authorization to ride
  • Race entry receipt (unless emailed)
  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Eyewear
  • Base layer
  • Arm and leg warmers
  • Warm-up jacket
  • NYU jersey
  • NYU or all-black shorts
  • Tights and/or leg warmers
  • Bike shoes
  • Shoe covers
  • Full finger gloves/half finger gloves
  • Change of clothes (incl. jacket)
  • Flip flops and/or sneakers
  • Extra socks, for biking and normal wear
  • Rain gear (Be Prepared.™)
  • Extra tubes
  • Multitool
  • Trainer if you have one
  • iPod/entertainment
  • Water bottles filled with whatever you like
  • Gels, bars, whatever you fancy
  • Something less gross to eat if you get hungry after your race
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