Race #1 is in the bag …
… and we learned a few things.
- Cyclocross is becoming more and more popular in Utah. Despite the nasty weather today, we had our biggest ever field, with about 280 riders.
- We need to allow a little more time between races to allow for better warm-ups.
- We need to be nicer Rules Nazis, and not mean ones; which of course takes all the fun out of being a Rules Nazi. So now I have to come up with a joke before I yell at riders not to warm up on the course during earlier races.
- People need to stop standing in front of the Trooper on the finish line. It makes it extremely difficult for us to see riders far enough back to get numbers, especially when they are coming through in a pack. Yes, we have a camera this year, but we’re still trying to figure out how best to use it for ‘cross … this means that in the short term, we are still using the old method as the official method.
So, by following through on #2, hopefully there will be less reason for #3 …
With that said, there will be a schedule change in start times beginning at next week’s race at the Wasatch Country Fairgrounds in Heber.
The new start times are as follows:
1:30 PM (60 Minutes)
- Men A (Pro, Semi-pro, Expert, Cat 1, Cat 2,)
- Masters Men A 35+ (Fast Old Guys [as opposed to Fat Old Guys, like Flahute]. You know who you are, and so do we. You have been racing your bike for years!)
12:30 PM (45 Minutes)
- Women A
- Masters Men B 35+
- Single Speed (do we need to explain?)
11:45 AM (20 minutes) – ONLY $8.00!!!
- Women C (First Season Cross Racers)
- Junior Men 10-14 *
- Junior Women 10-14 *
- Junior 9 & under
* We found that Junior riders aged 15-18 would rather try and beat up on Mom and Dad!!!
10:45 AM (45 Minutes)
- Men B
- Master Men 45+ Open
9:30 AM (40 Minutes)
- Men C (First Timers, Entry Level Racers, Cat 5, Beginner)
- Master 55+ Open
- Women B (Beginner, Cat 4, Cat 5)
I’m sure there will be a few more takeaways, of which we will keep you apprised as the week goes on.
Finally, major props to Marit Fischer for deciding to race in the B and/or C mens flites. As I’m sure many of you are aware, Marit is training for the Ford Ironman Arizona, taking place on November 23rd, in Tempe.
Because of her training schedule, racing in the A flite, as she did for much of last season, is not going to work for her; so she was going to downgrade to the women’s B flite. After some thought, Marit decided that racing in the men’s races would give her the intensity (and fun “break” from training) she needs, but without being unfair to other women racing B’s.
I did not see Marit without a smile on her face today, she was having so much fun in the rain.
And so, Marit, as far as I’m concerned as the chief official, if the 9:30 race works better for you timing wise, especially at some of the more distant races (like Ogden and Heber), then it’s fine by me if you race with the men’s C flite, instead of with the men’s B flite as you did today. We all want to see you do well at Ironman, and would hate to lose you for the season because the start times are too difficult for you to work around.
We’re off to a great start … see you next week.