2017 Highlandia Criterium

To learn more about the bike race click on the following links:

What is a criterium?

Who can race?

Register on zone4.ca

Race Route & Road Closures


Road closures will be in effect from 12:30pm-9:30pm on Saturday, June 17. If you live on the race route, please have your vehicles off the road by 11 am to avoid towing. 

You can still get to your house if you live on or within the course! Residential access will be allowed on 11 Ave at 67 St and 64 St. 

The eastbound lanes of 112 Ave will be closed and all other roads on the race route will be closed. Expect delays. 

There will be no street parking along the race route. Vehicles parked on the race route will be towed.

If you have any questions please contact shaun@cycle-smart.com or 780-729-9268


Start Time     Category                                Race Duration

1:00 pm         Sign-on opens

2:00 pm         Cat 5                                      30m + 3 laps

2:45 pm         Cat 4                                    40m + 3 laps

3:45 pm         Women 4/5                        40m + 3 laps

4:30 pm         Kidical Mass                         1 lap or 2 laps

5:00 pm         U17                                        20m + 3laps

5:35 pm         Cat 3                          60m + 3 laps

6:45 pm        Women 1/2/3         

7:45 pm         Cat 1/2                                   70m + 3 laps

Racer parking

Parking will be available at Eastglen High School and the Highlands Community League parking lots. There will be some street parking, but we are already taking away many of the resident’s street parking, so please be courteous to our neighbours! 


What is a criterium? 

A criterium, or crit, is a bike race consisting of several laps around a closed circuit, the length of each lap or circuit ranges between 1 km to 2 km. This criterium is made up of six different categories that will race at separate times. The length of each race is based on time. For example, Category 4 men will race for 40 minutes plus 3 laps. The higher the Category, the better the cyclists and the longer the race. Events often have prizes (called primes pronounced /priːmz/ and are usually cash) for winning specific intermediate laps (for instance, every 10th 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 the 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.

Who Can Race? 

Who Can Race? All participants of this race must hold a racing license, which is provided by the Alberta Bicycle Association if you live in Alberta. Many participants will also members of a cycling club. There are many clubs in Edmonton and around Alberta. Racers will range in age from 12-70, but will compete in ability categories with people of all ages (except for U17).