30 July 2014 SCHEDULE: Fidelity Investments Gran Prix of Beverly
GP Beverly Kids Activities
• Kids races on Common 5:00pm, registration 3:30-4:30p
• Kids Parade: 5:50pm ride the adult race course with top pro riders!
Fidelity Investments Gran Prix of Beverly
Start/Finish line on Cabot Street
• Amateur Men (Cat 4) 4:20pm
• Masters Men 40+ (Cat 123) 5:10pm
• Women (Cat P123) 6:00pm
• Elite Men (Cat p123) State Championship Race 6:50pm
Ride Your Bike to the Gran Prix of Beverly
Experience the Excitement of Pro/Am Cycling in Downtown Beverly
Receive Free, Safe Valet Bike Parking While You Enjoy the Races at 1st Baptist Church, 221 Cabot Street
What is the Gran Prix of Beverly?
The Gran Prix of Beverly is a criterium, or crit, a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 5 km), often run on closed-off city centre streets. Race length can be determined by a total time or a number of laps, in which case the number of remaining laps is calculated as the race progresses. Generally the event's duration (commonly one hour) is shorter than that of a traditional road race — which can last many hours, sometimes over the course of several days or even weeks, as in a Grand Tour. However, the average speed and intensity are appreciably higher. The winner is the first rider to cross the finish line.
Events often have prizes (called primes, pronounced "preems", 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 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.