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National Criterium Jersey Unveiled

June 30, 2005 – The Canadian Cycling Association is pleased to announce that the winner of the criterium event at the National Road Championships in Kamloops, BC, on July 9 will be awarded a jersey to go along with the title. The criterium is an event that showcases cycling before thousands of spectators in major urban centres, and it is the CCA’s opinion that recognizing a criterium champion in this way will help promote our sport in the eyes of the general public.

However, the UCI does not recognize the criterium as a discipline distinct from the road race, so it is likely that the criterium champion will from time to time compete in the same events as the road champion. To avoid confusion, the CCA will therefore award the criterium champion a jersey of a design distinct from that of the national road champion. The criterium champion jersey is pictured below. To avoid conflict with UCI rules, the criterium champion will only have the right to wear this jersey in criteriums in Canada (as defined by the CCA below) that are sanctioned at the national level or below. That means the champion will not have the right to wear the jersey in any other type of cycling event, in UCI-sanctioned events or in events held outside Canada.

CCA definition of a criterium:
– Closed circuit between 800 and 3,000 metres;
– Classification decided either by order of finish or by points accumulated in intermediate sprints;
– Free lap for mechanical mishap or crash.

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