The Santa Catalina Omnium
(UA BioPark Blast Criterium and Oracle Road Race)
Arizona’s hardest road race!
Tucson, Arizona; Oracle, Arizona
January 28-29, 2017
(USAC Permit: 2017-307)
The UA Cycling Team and Sabino Cycles Team are excited to host the 3rd Annual Santa Catalina Omnium! The omnium features the UA Criterium and the 4th edition of the Oracle Road Race. We’re working hard to make this the best race of the calendar!
***THE CRIT IS BACK ON CAMPUS! Check out the tech guide on USA Cycling for more!
Tech guide, with course maps, start times, and elevation charts, can be found at USA Cycling.
Our event could not be possible without support from:
More sponsors will be added as we pick them up!
Looking for a place to stay? There are tons of options in Tucson for Friday night. We recommend the Aloft on Campbell and Speedway near campus.
Saturday night, there are a number of fine establishments in Oracle. Our preferred is El Rancho Robles, a unique converted ranch with beautifully restored casitas! Call today and tell them your coming in for the race!
Tucson has no shortage of restaurants for meals on Friday night or during the day Saturday. We recommend Beyond Bread. In Oracle, the Patio Cafe, Oracle Inn Steak House, or Ore House Hilltop Tavern are our favorites!
Things to do
Looking for some activities to do after the road race? The Arizona Zip Line Adventures opens up on January 1st! With the longest zip line in the state, AZ Zip Line Adventures is sure to please everyone with stunning views of the Sonoran desert! Come up a weekend early and scope out the road course and then hit up the zip line!
Is science more your thing? Look no further than UA’s Biosphere 2! Stretch the legs after a difficult race and enjoy learning how the Biosphere is advancing research about our world and moving us towards a sustainable future.
1.) Why an omnium?
We went with an omnium in 2015 in order to keep the crit and road race on the same weekend. The Arizona racing calendar is constructed with bidding on dates and new races (which the road race is) go later in the process. Combining the events together allowed us to keep everything on one weekend and not overtax our volunteers. Plus, it gives riders additional upgrade points for their omnium finishes!
2.) Do I have to race both days?
Nope! As a points omnium you can pick one or the other and that is just fine. However, you’ll only be eligible for omnium prizes if you do both!
3.) What happened to the road race?
We transitioned to the out and back in 2017 because of the insurmountable costs associated with using AZ-77. Because it is a state highway, we were required to use AZ DPS officers to control traffic – at 1.5x the rate of Pinal Co. Deputies. There were also additional traffic control signage required such as two message boards placed 3 days prior to the event, and ADOT requires a $5 million dollar insurance policy to use their roads. All of this added up to more than $4,500 to use just that road. In 2016 we lost $3,400 on the road race- luckily the criterium covered the costs and we barely broke even. We felt we had raised entry fees to the highest we could go and for 2017 we could not take the risk of losing money. We are not professional event promoters- we are college students with full course loads, jobs, and a love for cycling. We put on the event in hopes of providing a great race experience and to raise money for our team. While we are always on the search for more sponsors for the event, at the present time we do not have the ability to source out the $4,500 needed to use AZ-77. Should the situation change, we will explore bringing back the full loop. The out and back is still an incredibly difficult course!
4.) What about the prize list?
Since we have made the event an omnium, we have to offer omnium prizes. We’ve tried to balance the awards between the stages and the omnium. Again, this race is ran with minimal cash sponsorship meaning the prizes come directly from the entry fees.
5.) Can I help out?
Absolutely! Our events, especially the road race, need tons of volunteers. We can always use help with registration, podium ceremonies, driving follow cars, corner marshaling, set up and clean up. Drop us a line if you are interested!