When: Races start Thursday, March 10 (and continue every Thursday after that through summer)
Where: Gexa Energy Pavilion @ Fair Park
Time: “C” Race 5:30 p.m., “B” Race 6:05 p.m. and “A” Race 6:55 p.m.
So it’s that magic time of year again — crit time. More specifically, time for the King Racing Group Fair Park Thursday Night Criterium Races. The Thursday Niters.
I haven’t pinned a number on since Cross Nats so I am curious as to how far off my fitness is going to be. (No matter how much Zwifting I've done, I'm not going to be ready for the fast and furious that comes with these races.) More importantly, I am looking forward to see some faces that I haven’t seen in months. The Fair Park crits have slowly turned into much more than racing, they have turned into a weekly event to say hello and catch up with fellow cyclists. While I don’t think there are many casual observers on hand that are just there to watch a bike race – most spectators have friends or perhaps family members in the race, it is great to see the number of people on hand to watch.
Now to the racing. The Fair Park races can be every bit as intense as any of the big weekend races. Not more technical than say a Matrix Challenge or Bike the Bricks, but for the guys and gals with families and jobs that don’t allow for them to play “bike racer” on the weekend, this is it. For some individuals in the Dallas area, Thursday nights are a chance to show off form and fitness and go up against the local big guns. For guys like me, it is trying to hold on for dear life and have a beer and a few laughs afterwards. Again, the hashtag applies: #willraceforbeer
If you have never done a crit before and have wanted to give it a go this is a perfect course to do just that. Quite simple actually, 4 turns and 4 straights with a few slight elevation changes. If anything, it is usually the wind that will wreak havoc on a field. Go to the USAC website, get that one-day license and give it a try.
Here is to wishing Ginny, her crew, and everyone who pins on a number another awesome and safe season of Fair Park crits. See you there!