West Reading Criterium


The Radsport Festival continues on Saturday, August 4, with the West Reading Criterium. This exciting race will feature professional men and women, and amateur men, racing at speeds up to 40 miles per hour for multiple laps around a 0.8 mile course in West Reading. Races will start with open Qualifier Sessions. Open Course will follow allowing citizens to ride the professional circuit before the pros. Amateur men will race at 1:45pm for primes, which was one of the fastest races of the season for this group. New for this year, 5k running events will take place on the course! Individual men and women, as well as fun relay style events, will take place. The Reading Bike Hub will return this year, right after the kid’s race. This thrilling exhibition of talent will show off their skills in a revamped Wheelie Competition. The professional women and men will cap off the night, sending athletes around five high-speed corners and a roundabout for their chance to win a portion of the $10,000 prize purse for both pro women and men. The finish line will be just past 6th Street on Penn Ave, providing some of the course’s best spectating.

Qualifier Street Sprints – 400m time trial sprint. The Qualifying Sprints determine the pro/1/2 men, amateur 3/4 men and pro/1/2/3 women’s position on the starting grid for the evening criteriums. The Qualifying Sprints are not mandatory to race the criteriums, but will earn athletes a better starting position. Qualifying Sprints are open to citizens. No USAC license required.

Open Course – This is a chance for the citizens to ride the professional circuit before the pros and gives the criterium athletes a chance to test out the course before their final race. No USAC license required.

Starting Grid

2018 Starting Grid


The 0.8-mile climb is a fast but deceptive 5 corner criterium. Starting on Penn Ave and 6th street, the course heads through the main street restaurants and bars on an undulating straight away. Turn 1 is now a slightly uphill 90° right. The uphill continues through Turn 2 on Reading Ave back towards 7th Ave. Once the riders and runners get to 7th, it begins a descent into the roundabout on 5th for Turns 3 and 4. The transition to Tulpehocken Street is now more technical at a higher speed. A slight uphill into the final Turn 5 will slow riders a bit into a 60° turn but the finish line is now much closer to the final technical turn. Riders will have to jump early but not so early they run out of speed before the finish.

See the official route on Strava: https://www.strava.com/routes/13495971

West Reading Criterium

Athlete Registration

Please register on the registration page.

Early Number Pick-Up

East Ridge Outfitters is offering Early Number Pickup for all Reading Radsport cycling events. Located at 635 Penn Ave in West Reading, it is a convenient place to pick up your numbers ahead of time. We encourage you to pick up your number early to avoid race day lines.

Thursday, August 2nd from 4:30pm – 8:00pm
Friday, August 3rd from 4:30pm – 8:00pm

Race Day Number Pick-Up

Race day number pick-up will be open from 10:30am – 5:00pm located near the start/finish line.

West Reading Crit Prize List

Equal payout for Pro Women and Men's fields
Women Pro/1/2/3 and Men Pro/1/21st$3,000, Winner's Jersey
Category 3/4 Men1stWinners Jersey + $600 cash primes
All PlacesPrimes Available
Kid's and WheeliesSchwag + gift cards

Remember that while you do not have to race the Hill Climb to race the crit, there is a $500 bonus cash prize for the top women and men overall!

Saturday, August 4TH - West Reading Criterium Schedule

Riders report to staging 15min before your start.*
Podium ceremonies will immediately follow each event.*
12:00pmStreet Sprint Qualifiers
1:00pmOpen Course
1:45pmCategory 3/4 Men (45-50min)
2:45pm5k Run - Individual Men and Women
2:45pm5k Run - Relay Teams
3:50pmKid's Races and Wheelie Competition
5:00pmWomen's Pro/1/2/3 Race (50-60min)
6:30pmMen's Pro/1/2 Race (65-75min)

*Please note that all times are subject to change.

Athlete Parking

  • Please park in designated parking areas.
  • Present your parking pass to parking attendants and they will direct you to reserved athlete parking.
  • Do not use residential side streets that have road barriers on them. You may be towed.
  • Absolutely NO PARKING on Franklin St. You will be towed.
  • Athlete Parking Google Map

Host Housing for Athletes

Athletes seeking host housing, fill out our request form. If you would prefer a hotel, we have a list of available hotels in the area here.

Interested in hosting a rider? We have a form for that, too!

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