Post-Tour Criteriums with BEAT

Piotr Havik

A beautiful Tour de France is finished, which means that it’s time for the post-Tour criteriums again. For me this is a great opportunity, like in previous years, to race together with the great riders of the Tour and to show the BEAT jersey in this peloton. So I will give everything to get in the early breakaway!

These are two special weeks on my race calendar; the routes are lined with a lot of cycling fans, and most riders are relaxed and ready to take time for the fans. The hard part of these weeks is the fact that most races start between 7 and 8 p.m., so the finish is usually around 10 p.m. This means that you are home by about midnight and often have to finish a serious training session the next day. Finding a balance between the races, training and recovery is very important to improve after this period.

As an individual pro rider, I have the opportunity to sign up for these races with the help of the Cycling Service organization. After applying, I need to wait for the organization to send me an official invitation. So far, there are three criteriums on my program: one in Aalst in Belgium (July 24), one in Wateringen (July 27) and one in Maarheeze (July 29). On Monday, July 31, I will start in Sint-Truiden. I am still waiting to see if I can start at Oostvoorne, Zevenbergen and Etten-Leur (see calendar).

My internship contract at Team Katusha Alpecin will start officially on August 1. My race program is not yet known but will be decided shortly after the Tour. As a trainee, according to UCI regulations, I can participate only in .HC and .1 races. This means that I will ride most races for Katusha in September and October. August will be a bit calmer because of the many WorldTour races (.UWT) on Katusha’s program. An update will follow as soon as my race program is known!
 

 

 

RACE CALENDAR JULY – AUGUST

24-7-2017

BEAT

Aalst / Belgium / Na Tour Criterium (IND)

27-7-2017

BEAT

Wateringen / Netherlands / Na Tour Criterium (IND)

29-7-2017

BEAT

Maarheeze / Netherlands / Na Tour Criterium (IND)

30-7-2017

BEAT

BEAT Day Amersfoort / Netherlands

31-7-2017

BEAT

Sint Truiden / Belgium / Pro Kermis

3-8-2017

BEAT

*Oostvoorne / Netherlands / Na Tour Criterium / IND

6-8-2017

BEAT

*Zevenbergen / Netherlands / Na Tour Criterium / IND

13-8-2017

BEAT

*Etten-Leur / Belgium / Na Tour Criterium / IND

15-8-2017

BEAT

Heusden Koers / Belgium Pro Kermis / IND

20-8-2017

Westland

Omloop van de Achterhoek / Netherlands / Team

20-8-2017

BEAT

Nuenen (Eindhoven) / Criterium (IND)

24-8-2017

BEAT

Erpe Mere / Belgium Pro Kermis / IND

25-8-2017

BEAT

Business Ride Ronde van Midden Nederland

26-08-17 untill 27-08-17

Westland

Ronde van Midden-Nederland / Netherlands, Utrecht / UCI 2.2  

30-8-2017

BEAT

Geraardsbergen / Belgium Pro Kermis / IND

 

 

*= unsure