Wells Ave Training Criterium

Presented By

New England devo p/b Cadence Wealth Management
USA Cycling Permit: 2019-1612

Running on select Sundays, from March through September


The Wells Ave. Training Race has a tradition dating back to 1981, helping new racers get started in the sport and helping experienced racers hone their fitness for the upcoming race season. Held as a CRITERIUM on a FLAT, SMOOTH 0.8 mile circuit with a long, wide finishing straight, Wells offers a safe and fast sprint finish. We hold approximately 12 races a year. Racing starts at 8am, with the 123 race going off at 9am. We will be holding specific women’s and junior races as demand dictates and will promote through our social media channels.

We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you check Twitter @NewEnglandDevo every Sunday morning to get the latest updates on the race. A decision is made by 6:30 AM on the morning of the race. We will cancel for inclement weather.


Getting To Wells Ave:

Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/SjyALgzm53T2

Take Exit 19B from Rt 128. Take Highland Ave heading west. Turn left at the first set of lights onto Hunting Road. Turn left at the blinking light onto Kendrick St. This turns into Nahanton Street as you enter Newton. At the traffic lights, make a right onto Wells Ave. You should see a sign for the races here.

Race fees & Registration:

Registration is at https://www.bikereg.com/wellsAve

$20 online, $25 day of registration •Juniors – $5.00

•1-day USA Cycling licenses (for B, C races ONLY) can be purchased at the registration desk for $10.00

Held Under USA Cycling Event Permit 2019-1612. All fees include $4 insurance charge

Racing Details:

8:00    B      50 mins   One-day/Cat 4/5    50

9:00    A      60 mins   Cat 1/2/3               100


(7:15    D** 30 mins   Juniors/Women 50)

New Registration Process:

One very important bit of information regarding Wells Ave. is that we will be changing the registration process at Wells Ave this year. You can now register online. We will still offer day of registration, but we encourage you to use the online registration as this saves time on the day and helps us build momentum behind this series.  



Registration is at https://www.bikereg.com/events/?ns=wells%20ave

Minimum prizes for A and B or A/B race is $40 for three places ($25/10/5). Cycling rules apply, including use of approved helmets, jerseys with shoulders and NO Aerobars are allowed.

* Race schedule applies to most weekends, except when conflicts exist. In the event of a conflict, an altered schedule will be decided on the day of the race. The race director reserves the right to combine fields or cancel races for any reason.

** ON DESIGNATED WEEKENDS ONLY, beginner Women & Juniors will race in separate races with ALL Races to follow. More details can be found below.

Note: B race is Cat 4/5 and A race is Cat 1,2,3. No 1-day licensed riders will be allowed to race in the A or B races. NO EXCEPTIONS. The Chief Official has the right to refuse any rider entry into any race category based on field size, weather conditions, or any other reason that he/she feels will compromise rider safety.

Poor sportsmanship, foul language, unsafe riding or violence WILL NOT be tolerated at Wells at all. The Chief Official has the right to remove a rider from a race or Wells Ave. that he/she feels demonstrates any of these conditions. Any rider that is removed from Wells Ave. will be reported to the USA Cycling Regional Director.

Late Arrivals:
Regardless of the week,  Any rider entering a race late, whether it be 1 lap or 10 laps, MAY BE allowed to race, at the discretion of the Chief Official, but WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR ANY PRIZES.

Automobile Traffic:
The volume of traffic coming to Wells Ave. on Sunday mornings has increased over the past few years. Businesses are familiar with our event since it has been there longer than any of the tenants! As with any bicycle race, especially a training event, your safety is paramount. We have a staff of marshals to keep traffic flowing in the proper direction. You are still required to pay attention, be courteous, and keep your eyes peeled for cars on the course. If one should appear in front of the field the field is neutralized until the car exits the course. DO NOT PASS THE CARS, we do not care if there is a break up the road. If there is a car on the straight during a prime or finishing sprint, the sprint will be neutralized and the prize will be delayed two laps.

C-races/Development Sundays:
We are a huge supporter of junior and women’s racing. As we get settled into running Wells Ave, we will then gear specific weekends towards these races. On these weekends, women and juniors will race in their own race. Occasionally, these races will include basic clinics prior to the C-race. Topics include equipment, training, skills, tactics, and more skills! Dates and times will be announced.