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UTCX #1 debrief …

First race of the season is in the bag, and here are my takeaways.

I like USAC Officials a whole lot better when they are not wearing the khakis and blue and in “must enforce everything in the rulebook to the letter” mode … cyclocross in Utah is about having a good time, which is why we don’t get permitted by the USCF.

Another takeaway? Start letting the next race have a look at the course as soon as the the leaders cross the finish line. We had at least two women miss the start of their race on Saturday due to the compressed time between races. Now … one thing to keep in mind is that we started all races on time, and it is the racer’s responsibility to be at the start line when their race begins, but the least we can do is give riders more of an opportunity to see the course before their event.

Finally … we had one bad experience on Saturday … during the women’s race, a junior woman who was also entered in the women’s C race was screamed at by an A racer to get off the course. The junior did get off the course, in full waterworks.

I’ve heard a couple different rumors as who the offending A rider was, but without any evidence, there’s not much that can be done about it. But please rest assured that this type of behavior is absolutely unacceptable at the Utah Cyclocross Series, and if it happens again and I hear about it, I will do my best to have Matt disqualify the offender from the remainder of the series, with no refund … and I don’t care who it is, friend or not. Riders should be encouraging the women in the lower categories, especially the youngsters, rather than screaming at them to get off the course.

Your thoughts?

9 Replies to “UTCX #1 debrief …

  1. Oh no! That is sad that someone would yell at a kid. Like you said, they should be encouraged. People need to relax and just have fun. Geez, pick on someone your own size.

  2. oilcanracer: you find the creep and i will lean on him….maybe even find him some cement sidi’s.

    Her … lean on her … it was one of the women racers who yelled at the junior woman, which is what makes it especially egregious.

  3. I agree, yelling, at anyone, in any race is poor form and un called for, but, and this is key, without actually witnessing said exchange, we can not truly know what happened.

    At the Jackson Hole Icup Race, on my second lap, in tight single track, I came up on a little girl racing, I warned her early that I was coming, encouraged her and said to her ‘I’ll get by you, don’t worry’ As I passed her (I was riding through brush to do so) she burst into tears and fell over. So I imagine post race, when recounting said occurrence with her Parents, I was mean. Which I was anything but. Gotta keep that in mind.

    Banning someone for a whole series will start the sport on a slippery slope. Just tell everyone to be nice and move on.

  4. It’s a bike race, shit happens in the heat of battle. Maybe the little girl swerved in front just as the A rider was going through a corner, the rider thought she was going to kill the little one, who knows?

    Unfortunate, but not a hanging offense.

    1. Because women are generally not known for being as hyper-aggressive assholes as men, especially when there are kids involved, and because we gave women their own race, as was requested by many women, just so they wouldn’t have to deal with hyper-aggressive assholes screaming at them to get off the course.

      But, ultimately, I’d be just as pissed off if it was a man yelling at a kid.

  5. I could go further with this, Steven. But I won’t.

    I thought we were given our own race time because we deserved it, not because we wanted to be saved.

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