For more than a decade CRCA’s Lou Maltese Memorial Race has been one of the premier races in New York City.  The race memorializes Lou Maltese, one of the giants of New York City Cycling. Lou first joined CRCA in 1923, ultimately holding several National and World Records over incredible racing career that spanned decades.

But Lou Maltese was more than just a racer – alongside Al Toefield and Pete Senia, Lou Maltese created New York City racing as we know it. Lou established the CRCA Central Park Races and played a role in creating both the New York City Spring Series as well as the Harlem Crit.  He was also involved in incredible events that have been lost to the NYC cycling community, such as the Union Square Criterium.

Since 2006 the Lou Maltese Memorial has been headlined by the P/1/2/3 Team Invitational field – a unique format that rewards elite teams that are able to cooperate for overall success rather than individual glory.


The 2014 edition of this significant race will be held on Sunday, June 29th, and will be the biggest edition of the Lou Maltese Memorial in many years with a $5,850 prize pool and a completely sold out Invitational.

Racing starts at 5:45 am in Central Park, at East Drive & approximately 79th Street.

This event supported by a grant from the New York State Bicycle Racing Association (NYSBRA)  nysbra

Field information

  • Team Invitational Men’s Championship Field (1/2/3)
  • Women’s Championship Field (1/2/3/4)
  • Men’s Cat 3
  • Men’s Cat 4
  • Juniors field (no registration fee!)

9th Annual CRCA Lou Maltese Team Invitational

We have started distributing invitations for the 9th Annual CRCA Lou Maltese Team Invitational. Stay tuned to Facebook for announcements as team’s confirm their attendance at this year’s event. Teams – if you have not already done so you may confirm your attendance by emailing openracing[at]

2014 Lou Maltese Memorial Team Invitational Confirmed Entries

Prize Pool Information

See Bikereg for the most up to date prize pool information.

  • $3,050 Men’s Championship Field
    • $500 for individual placings ($250, $150, $100)
    • $1,500 for the Team Invitational Competition ($700, $500, $300)
    • $1,050 in Harlem Hill Primes ($75, $50, $25 each lap)
  • $1,500 Women’s Championship Field (1/2/3/4)
    • $1,000 for individual placings
    • $500 in Harlem Hill Primes
  • Men’s Category 3
    • $450 for individual placings
    • $350 in Harlem Hill Primes
  • Men’s Category 4
    • $200 for individual placings
    • $300 in Harlem Hill Primes

Registration Information

  • All registration conducted via Bikereg
  • For team invitational registration, contact openracing[at]
  • Absolutely no day of registration
  • Significant discounts for registering early – fees increase over time!


Year Men Women Team Invitational
2013 Andreas Graf (Rudy Project Racing Team) Anneliese Haines (CRCA/BH Comedy Central) Rudy Project Racing Team
2012 Augusto Sanchez (GS Mengoni) Kristin Lotito (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) GS Mengoni
2011 Rafael Meran (CRCA/Foundation) Run as W 3/4 CRCA/Foundation
2010 Amaury Perez (GS Mengoni) Run as W3/4 CRCA/Foundation
2009 Lisban Quintero (CRCA/Foundation) Run as W3/4 CRCA/Foundation
2008 Ryan Tie (CRCA/Bandit Racing) Run as W3/4 CRCA/Jonathan Adler Racing
2007 Jared Bunde (GS Mengoni) Run as W3/4 GS Mengoni
2006 Lisban Quintero (GS Mengoni) Run as W3/4 GS Mengoni

2003-2005: Run as a development focused event

2002 Wilson Vasquez (CRCA/Mengoni) Cheryl Gale (San Diego Cyclo Vets)
2001 Wilson Vasquez (CRCA/Mengoni) Ashley Kimmett (Saturn Cycling Team)
2000 Scott Mercer (GS Mengoni) Deirdre Murphy (CRCA/RLX)


The Lou Maltese Memorial takes place in Central Park and utilizes a Cat’s Paw start and finish.  Pictures from the 2011 edition of the race taken by 9W Magazine are below. For more pictures from the race (and other races in the New York City region) click here to visit the 9W Magazine website.



About Lou Maltese

A familiar refrain for generations of restless riders standing on the starting line, typically with the summer sun striking like a hammer on an anvil, was the cry of officials pleading for the Century Road Club Association’s Lou Maltese. “Where’s Lou Maltese? We can’t start this race without Lou Maltese!” (read more)

Lou Maltese