MIVA Crit Race Clinic
Well the weather held out for the first race of the season. We had an excellent turn out for our first race. We had 29 riders on course including two new youth riders. Once again Janna with the help of Nick Kupiak ran a beginners clinic before the race. Tied up as I was at registration I missed it this year.
After two neutral laps (should have been 28) to try and warm up in the brutally cold wind the pack was off. With Nick making an early attack to test the waters, he was quickly reeled in by the main pack before attacking again on lap 6 and making it stick this time. After securing his break away by lap ten he settled into a steady pace and started picking off the riders that were falling off the main pack.
As everyone who was out saw we are running chip timing for the crits this year and as well for the time trials. So everyone who purchased a seasons pass got to the keep their number/chip which they will use for the rest of the season. Everyone else who signed up day of had to return their timing chip, and will have to sign in and register for a new chip next time they come out to race. (Just one more reason to get a seasons pass). We are not pro-rating seasons passes. You buy one or you pay five dollars to race.
Now, while everything went fairly well for the first run there a couple things to keep in mind. Number one being, that even if you have a seasons pass you still need to come to the registration desk and check in/sign on to be added to the race. Two show up early enough if you're a day of rider to allow us time to enter you in and assign a chip. (the odds of having your name spelled correctly go up substantially the more time you give us)
VOLUNTEERS once again, dangerously close to not having a race tonight. If we don't have people to marshall the corners we don't have a race. It's that simple. We hate having to harass you, we hate having to spam you on facebook. We don't want to have you park your bike and give up your race to stand there in the freezing wind wearing just your jersey.
To make it easier for everyone to plan their racing we are asking that you pre-register to volunteer. This way everyone can see if whether or not we need help and plan accordingly. I remember how bummed Nick was the night he came to volunteer last year and we already had six other people on the corners and he didn't even have his bike with him.
So a huge thank you to Derek Steele, Gary Argyle and Tamara Zavarise for stepping up and helping out.
In addition to be super awesome they also currently have a one in three chance of winning a brand new wheelset that the club is buying as a draw prize for everyone who steps up and volunteers.
Now for the only reason you've read this far... Results and Lap times
Great race everyone, see you next week.