Ninth Street Derby: Spectator & Volunteer Opportunity

Message of interest from Rusty Miller, Duke Cycling Head Coach:

On Sunday February 26, bicycle racing will return to Durham.  The Ninth Street Derby is a full day of criterium bicycle racing for teams from the Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference and for the community at large.  There will be a full road closure of Ninth, Perry, Iredell, and Markham Streets to make a half-mile course that competitors will lap in as little as a minute.  The finish line will be near the Regulator bookshop.

Main events for the day will be 60-minute races for the top collegiate athletes at 1:00pm, and for professionals and elite amateurs at 4:30pm.  The remainder of the day will feature beginner and intermediate races for collegiate athletes in the morning and for the community beginning at 2:00pm.  Duke will seek to defend its regular season ACCC title against strong squads from NC State, UNC, ECU, Appalachian State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia, US Naval Academy, and others.

The spectacle of criterium racing is not unlike NASCAR as packs of cyclists jostle in close quarters for the best drafting positions in the field.  Excitement is guaranteed.  A pace car will lead the pack of riders around the city streets at speeds approaching 35 mph.  Spectators can walk around the course or sit tight at one of the dozen bars and restaurants along the course.

A full schedule and race flier is up at  If you would consider serving as a course marshal for a couple of hours, you can indicate that on a google form linked on the website.

We hope to see you out!

Rusty Miller
Head Coach, Duke Cycling


2 responses

  1. Shelly Leslie

    Looking forward to this year’s Ninth St Derby. I found the 4/21 date. Any idea when registration opens? Local rookie crit racer interested in a Women’s cat 4 division. thanks!

    January 8, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    • I’m not sure when registration will be up, but i heard people were registering last minute last year, so you shouldnt have a problem getting in. But check back on the website in a month or two just to be safe.
      Enjoy the weather this weekend,

      January 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

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