2019 Giro del Cielo
Saturday & Sunday, July 6 and 7, 2019
USAC Permit# PENDING
Maxxis Garden State Cup events for Women 123, Men 123 and Men 45+
Women’s Cat 4 Cup and the Men’s Cat 3 Cup events
Skylands Cycling is pleased to welcome you to the 15th annual Giro del Cielo Stage Race. This race started as a Stage race to develop women’s cycling and has grown over the years to include a number of men’s fields. This year we have made a number of changes to provide a better race and experience for all.
- The TT for GC riders will be Eddy Merckx style. No aero equipment, see TT rules in race manual (Download)
- TT-only riders may use full aero but will compete for separate prize list
- Different TT course- Out and back TT course from the same start
- TT and Crit are on Saturday, RR is on Sunday
- There will be a food allowance provided for all riders
- Equal Women and Men prize money
- W3 will race with W123 but will be scored separately
- Over $1000 in prizes for each category except W3
- Team GC prize for each category except W3
- To be considered for the Team GC prize, there must be a minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of 6 riders per team in each stage
- Prizes 5 deep for each stage except W3. Prize for top W3 in each stage
- Prizes 5 deep for GC except W3. Prize for top W3 in GC
- Pre-Registration ONLY, registration closes at 11:59 pm July 4th
- Discounts for early entry
- $100 before June 1st
- $110 before June 15th
- $120 before 11:59pm July 4th
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help make your experience at our event more enjoyable. If we can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or by email. We sincerely hope you enjoy your weekend in Sussex County.
For more details download Giro del Cielo Race Manual.PDF
Please do not litter at any of the venues. Avoid throwing bar wrappers, water bottles or other debris on the ground. Please be considerate of our hosts, the venue owners, and help protect the environment.
First aid supplies will be present at the three venues and Emergency medical personnel will be on call. Newton Memorial Hospital is located on High St/Rt. 94 in Newton, New Jersey, approximately 6 miles from the criterium and road race venues.
Results for each stage will be posted as soon as possible and no later than one hour from the completion of each event. Each rider is responsible for checking her result in a timely manner to make sure it is accurate. All protests for individual events must be made to the chief judge within 15 minutes of posting, after which the results will become final and will not be changed. Overall individual results will be posted within one hour of the completion of the final stage on July 7, 2019. Any protests of overall results or scoring must be made to the race director or chief judge within 15 minutes of posting, after which the results will become final and will not be changed.
- Final results for the Road Race will be posted at or near the start/finish line at the Road Race
- Final results for the Time Trial and GC standings will be posted at or near the start/finish line at the Criterium at the Fairgrounds
- Final results for the Criterium and final overall standings will be posted at or near the start/finish line at The Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta, New Jersey
- Final results will also be available at USA Cycling and at www.SkylandsCycling.com.
Prizes for each individual stage will be awarded immediately following the protest period. Overall prizes will be awarded immediately following the final stage awards. Riders placing in any stage or general classification are asked to report to the results area in person for the award ceremony and photos following each event.
The top 5 finishers of each stage for each category, except Cat 3 women, will receive cash prizes. General Classification will be awarded in each classification based on total points earned. The top 5 overall finishers in each category will receive cash and/or merchandise. There will be no Team GC for Category 3 women.
|Place||W123||W3||W4/5||M123||M3||M45+||M4/5||TT only Men||TT only Women|
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION POINTS DISTRIBUTION
Points will be assigned to the first 15 GC finishers in each stage towards the General Classification:
If a GC rider places 7th but is the 5th stage racer, 5th place points will be awarded to that rider.
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION TEAM COMPETITION
Each team must have a minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of 6 riders per team to be eligible for the Team GC. The points scored from the top 3 riders from each team, in each stage, will be totaled for the Team competition. Ties will be broken by totaling the number of 1st place finishes, then 2nd place finishes, then 3rd place finishes, etc., until a clear winner is established. There is no Team GC for Cat 3 Women.
In the event that two or more riders are listed in the official results with the same time (or place), both riders will be given the point value of the highest place, and no rider will be given the point value of the lower place(s). For example, if two riders tie for third in a race, each of the riders will be given the points for third place, and no rider will be given points for fourth place.
While the stage race is in progress, all riders with the same total points will be given the same place in the standings. At the end of the stage race, if two (or more) riders are tied for any place, ties are broken by totaling the number of 1st place finishes, then 2nd place finishes, then 3rd place finishes, etc., until a clear winner is established.
The race is Pre-registration only at BikeReg
There is a field limit of 100 riders in W123, M123, M3 and M45+, 75 riders for W4/5 and M4/5 for the stage race.
All riders must have a current, valid USA CYCLING license in their possession at the time of registration. A completed release will be ready for signing at registration. Registration includes USAC & NJBA fees
Early entry Discounts:
- $100 before June 1th
- $110 before June 15th
- $120 before July 4th
|Women 1/2/3 (GS Cup)||
Registration closes at 11:59 pm
|Women 4/5 (Cat 4 Cup)||$1000+ Cash|
|Men Cat 1/2/3 (GS Cup)||$1500+ Cash|
|Men Cat 3 (Cat 3 Cup)||$1000+ Cash|
|Masters* 45+ (GS Cup)||$1000+ Cash|
|Men Cat 4/5||$1000+ Cash|
Individual Stage Venues & Rules
Saturday, July 6, 2019
GC riders will be Eddy Merckx style TT only- riders will compete without Aero Bars or extensions. Disc wheels, spoke covers, and other forms of solid construction “Aero Wheels” such as Trispoke and Spinergy are not permitted. Bicycles shall conform to USAC rules for Mass Start Bicycles. Skinsuits are allowed.
TT-Only riders may ride full aero bikes.
The time trial route is the original Old Mine Rd TT course and will be a 11.7-mile out and back course starting from the Walpack Inn along Old Mine Rd and returning on Walpack Flatbrook Rd to the Walpack Inn. https://goo.gl/maps/LYdRE8n22fr
The road will be open to cars during the race, so riders should ride on the right side of the road at all times. Registration will be at the Walpack Inn.
The first rider will start at 8:00 AM. Riders will start at thirty (30) second intervals. Start times will be emailed the day before, and made available at registration on Saturday, July 9. Riders will start in the following order M3, M4/5, W123, W4, M123, M45+, TT only riders. It is each rider’s responsibility to know their start time and to be at the start area on time. Results will be calculated based on the assigned start time, even if the rider is late.
Riders may warm up on Route 615, East of the Walpack Inn.
2019 New Giro TT Course – Out and Back – 11.7 Miles – 841 Ft. Elevation Gain / Loss
TT Turn around location
Ride Link – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29351776
Saturday, July 6, 2019
The criterium will take place on a 1.4 mile loop at The Sussex County Fairgrounds, Plains Rd, Augusta, New Jersey. https://goo.gl/maps/eQtM7h2eep32
Race distances and approximate start times are:
|Category||Duration||Approx. Start Time|
|Men 3||45 min.||12:00 PM|
|Men 4/5||35 min.||12:50 PM|
|Women 123||45 min.||1:30 PM|
|Women 4||35 min.||2:20 PM|
|Men 123||60 min.||3:00 PM|
|Men 45+||45 min.||4:05 PM|
It is each rider’s responsibility to be aware of the start time of her race and be at the starting line on time.
Officials will track the time for the first few laps and then will use the lap cards to indicate the number of laps remaining.
The officials may direct out-of-contention riders to withdraw from the race and leave the course, in the interest of safety. Any rider so directed must do so immediately, in a sportsmanlike manner. Such riders will be placed in the finish order and will be scored for GC points.
There will be a wheel pit near the start/finish. Any rider experiencing a flat tire or other mechanical problem as defined by the USA CYCLING rules will be allowed one free lap, until there are 4 or less laps remaining.
Sunday, July 7, 2019
The road race will take place on a 5.8-mile road course through Sussex County, NJ.
The Staging/Parking area is at the High Point Regional High School. MAP
Circuit on Ride with GPS # 27432806
Roads are not closed to traffic. Yellow line rule is in effect! Any rider violating the yellow line rule is subject to disqualification.
Race distances and approximate start times are:
|Category||Laps||Distance (~miles)||Start Time|
|Men 3||9||53||8:00 AM|
|Men 4/5||7||41||8:05 AM|
|Women 123||7||41||10:30 AM|
|Women 4||5||29||10:35 AM|
|Men 123||10||58||12:50 PM|
|Men 45+||8||47||12:55 PM|
There will be lead and follow vehicles for each event. Riders may place wheels in the follow vehicle. Any rider experiencing a flat tire or other mechanical problem will have to catch the field. There is no free lap.
RR Course Map:
- Start: High Point Regional High School (green pin) mile 0
- South-West on Pidgeon Hill Road 
- Right at Stop onto Beemer Church Road (nw) near mile marker 
- Right onto Haggerty Road (ne) near mile marker 
- Right onto Pidgeon Hill Road (big sweeper) after mile marker 
- Finish: High Point School – approx 5.8 miles/lap
FEEDING: There will be no feeding or water hand-ups from the side of the road allowed during any event.
HELMETS: All competitors must wear an approved and securely fastened helmet whenever mounted on a bicycle. USA Cycling rules provide for a $20 fine and disqualification for failing to wear a helmet.
MECHANICAL SUPPORT: There is no support for the time trial during the event. A wheel pit will be available for the Criterium and riders may supply wheels for the follow car in the Road Race.
RACE NUMBERS: Each rider will be assigned two numbers for use in all three stages. For all stages, the number must be placed vertically on the Right and Left sides, over the rib cage. It is the rider’s responsibility to correctly position her number. Numbers may not be crumpled or folded.
SIGN-IN: All riders must sign in before the start of the Criterium and Road Race.
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: Any rider using profane language, expressing anger or hostility toward another rider, official, coach or spectator, or otherwise engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct of any kind is subject to immediate disqualification without warning.
RULE ENFORCEMENT: The rules of this event have been established to promote and ensure a fair competition, a sportsmanlike environment, and a positive and rewarding experience for all competitors and their families. In the event that strict enforcement of any rule would be inconsistent with these goals, the chief referee may in his or her discretion enforce these rules in a manner consistent with the goals and objectives of this event.
CATEGORIES: The promoter reserves the right to combine categories
TEAMS: To be considered for the Team GC prize, there must be a minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of 6 riders per team in each stage. A team cannot have more than 6 riders in any stage.
All races will be scored according to a points system as per the Giro del Cielo Race Manual.PDF All stage race rules and regulations in the 2019 USAC Rulebook are applicable to the races in this event. See www.skylandscycling.com for more details. Cat 3 women will be scored separately and have a separate prize list in the Women 123 race. Pre-register at www.bikereg.com.
- Stage 1 (Old Mine Road Time Trial)
Time Trial / Event Registration – Number pick-up & SR Sign-in required)
Google Walpack Inn, National Park Service Road 615, Walpack Township, this is the registration area and start of the TT.
Google Start Map
- Stage 2 (Criterium)
Criterium / Event Registration – Number pick-up & SR Sign-in required)
from the TT to the Sussex County Fair Grounds
37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ
Follow Rt. 615(ne) to Rt. 206. (NPS 615 becomes SC 560)
Turn right and follow Rt. 206 south for 6.9 miles.
Turn left at traffic light on Plains Rd.
Entrance to the Sussex Fairgrounds Park is 0.8 miles on right. You will be directed to parking.
- Stage 3 (Road Race)
Stage Race & Event Sign-in / Number pick-up
(Start/Finish at the High Point Regional High School)
Google High Point Regional High School, 299 Pidgeon Hill Rd, Sussex, NJ 07461.
This is the registration area and start of the RR.
Google Start Map
- The Great Divide Campground – PL, P, www.campthegreatdivide.com
- Comfort Suites – 20 Miles, Mt. Olive-Budd Lake, NJ – phone: 973-448-7500
- Courtyard by Marriott – 20 Miles, PL, R, Mt. Arlington, NJ – phone: 973-770-2000
- Crystal Springs Resort – 15 Miles, Vernon, NJ – phone: 973-827-5996
- Days Inn – 20 Miles, PL, P, Netcong, NJ – phone: 973-347-5100
- Econo Lodge – 10 Miles, P, R, Newton, NJ – phone: 973-383-3922
- Hilton Garden Inn – 20 Miles, PL, Rockaway, NJ – phone: 973-328-0600
- Homewood Suites – 2 Commerce Center Dr, Dover, NJ 07801- phone: 973-989-8899
- Holiday Inn Express – 5 Miles, Newton, NJ – phone: 973-940-8888
- Holiday Inn Express – 20 Miles, Mt Arlington, NJ – phone: 973-770-7880
- Legends Resort – 15 Miles, PL, R, Vernon, NJ – phone: 973-827-6000
- Mountain Creek & Appalachian Hotel – 18 Miles, Vernon, NJ – phone: 888-767-0762
- Quality Inn – NJ 94, Vernon Township – Phone: 973-827-4666
- Wyndham Garden Hotel – 20 Miles, PL, R, Mt. Olive, NJ – phone: 973-448-1100
View Results Here: USA Cycling Results