CU Cycling Short Track Series

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Party time!

Hey gang!

Thank you all so much for making this summer a huge success! It was of course our first year at Valmont, and it sounds like everyone loved the new venue. We've got some plans to make it even better next year, too.

The money raised this summer goes directly to the CU Cycling Team, supporting us throughout the long collegiate racing seasons (mountain, track, cyvlocross, road and BMX). So we're thrilled with this summer's success. It couldn't have gone so well without the help of so many dedicated volunteers, and of course all of you coming back to race every week. As a way to say thanks, we are throwing a party tonight at Rocky Mounts: 2055 26th Street in Boulder at 6pm. We'll have food from Half Fast and drinks from Oskar Blues. So come out one last Wednesday to celebrate with us!

A huge thanks to our generous race sponsors:
-Josh Whitney for hooking us up with EVOL, Goodbelly and PharmacaLife prizes,
-Full Cycle for wrenching and grilling hot dogs every week,
-Julie Hudetz with a bunch of Nite Ize schwag,
-JellyBelly and Gatorade for a ton of goodies throughout the Summer.

See you at Rocky Mounts tonight!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Last race of the series!

It will be the last adaptive race of the summer too! So remember the augmented schedule:
4:30 p.m. - Registration begins
5:00 p.m. - Kid's Race ages 9 and under (10 minutes)
5:15 p.m. - Women's B and Juniors age 10-14 (15 min)
5:35 p.m. - Men's C's (20 min)
6:00 p.m. - Men's B (25 min)
6:30 p.m. - Adaptive Bikes (20 min)
6:55 p.m. - Women's A and Single Speed (25 min)
7:25 p.m. - Men's A (30 min)

And bring your costumes! Points and prizes (at least jelly beans) for everyone in costume, and special prizes for the best in each category! I think we'll do a vote by crowd after each race, so stick around.

We also have some hefty prizes for the series winners, but you have to be here to claim them! Also be on the lookout for a potential short track celebration party next week. Details on that, and tomorrow's course, forthcoming.

See you tomorrow!

Friday, August 9, 2013

One race left!

It's official - in the realm of race hand-ups, jelly beans are easier to grab than cash. Maybe with all that climbing this week, everyone was more eager for the magical beans. One of the expert cash graps was Margell Abel, who held on tight to a 5-dollar bill - a nice accessory to go with her Women's A win. Bjorn Riley has locked up his lead in the overall with another win this week. Luke Kriedl extended his lead over Henry Rapinz in the kids race as they finished 1-2 in a sprint, but Henry can still take the overall with a good performance next week.

Check out some of Dejan's photos in the Corkscrew, and take a look at the results from the past two weeks: July 31, Aug 7, and the Overall Standings

We still have a bunch of tight competition in the standings for the last week. The top 3 in the Men's C's are within 35 points, though Scott Gurst has been on a role lately and will certainly do what he can to hold on to his lead. In the single speed category, Tom Hopper and Brad Berger are tied for the lead, and Justin Sheldon is close behind. Lydia Tanner and Ksenia Lepikhina are within 3 points of each other in the Women's A's battle for 2nd, and Karen Hogan is nipping at them too...

To make things more interesting in these tight races, we're awarding 5 points (and jelly beans) to everyone who shows up in costume next week, and 40 points to the best costume in each category. The question is - how should we vote on best costume? Pre-race voting by audience cheers? Maybe post-race to not cut into your warmup?

Design those costumes, and get pumped to celebrate another great short track season!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Course Change for 8/7

James Moro brought up a good point about sand mixing with suspension, so we're scrapping the sand pit. Instead we're running a hilly course tonight -- supposing the weather holds. Check here and Facebook for updates based on weather.

Also, last week's results should be coming shortly.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Already August!

Only two weeks left in the Short Track Series this summer. Our last race was another success, with more than 120 racers. A big thanks to Margell for helping score, allowing me to jump on my bike for a race.

I'm through part one of my travel, just unpacked. And now repacking for trip #2, catching a flight early tomorrow morning. I'll hopefully get back early enough Tuesday night to have results up before Wednesday's race. Thanks for your patience with that.

Since we didn't run this course on the 24th, we're thinking this week will be up the corkscrew and through the sand pit.

 See you Wednesday!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July 24 Cancelled!

Well, it was bound to happen some time. We had lucked out with weather so far, but tonight is looking grim. We've got some rain and lightning at the bike park now, and radar is showing more to come. So no racing tonight. The sand pit will have to wait for another week.

If you already pre-registered for tonight's race, we'll carry that over to next week for you.

Also note that next week has an augmented schedule. We'll be putting on another adaptive bike race, so the schedule will be adjusted like last time:
4:30 p.m. - Registration begins
5:00 p.m. - Kid's Race ages 9 and under (10 minutes)
5:15 p.m. - Women's B and Juniors age 10-14 (15 min)
5:35 p.m. - Men's C's (20 min)
6:00 p.m. - Men's B (25 min)
6:30 p.m. - Adaptive Bikes (20 min)
6:55 p.m. - Women's A and Single Speed (25 min)
7:25 p.m. - Men's A (30 min)

See you on the 31st!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Clunk, Clunk, Clunk, Clunk....

That was the sound that accompanied chain-slap as you all sped down the Belgian Steps last night. I must say, it was fun and impressive to watch. I think there was only one casualty from the steps, though at least one rider slid out on the surprise mud at the bottom. Yann Ropers has some pictures from last night.

Of course John Mansell was there -- as always with his cyclocross bike. He dismounted and sprinted down the stairs, and showed us all how to remount and speed off again. He'll be ready for the fall/winter cross season for sure.

Josh Whitney provided some entertainment throughout the evening - he brought a bunch of prizes for the night - t-shirts and burrito coupons from EVOL, delicious chocolate from Pharmaca Life, and drinks from Good Belly. The entertainment came in the hand-ups of chocolate bars and burrito coupons. They both proved very challenging to hang on to. The entire crowd cheered loudly when finally one racer successfully pocketed a burrito coupon.

The results are posted, and with some tight moves for the overall in a few categories - the top 3 in the Men's C's are all within 30 points of each other. The standings will be interesting in these last few weeks. Remember that we're dropping the 4 lowest scores for the entire 13-race series, so with 9 races down, the rest will go to improving older scores.

We apologize for the terrible delay at the start of the evening. But it was awesome that so many racers were patient and even happy to help us with the final course adjustments. Thanks a ton to all of you who helped out so much there. We'll do everything we can to make sure the shortage of course setup staff and park construction don't occur together again.

Don't forget about Valmont Trail Work, tonight (Thursday) at 5:30, and we'll see you next Wednesday.