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Monday, January 08, 2007

cyclocross stage race in 2007

I posted this idea in November and no feedback except Courtenay. Thoughts? I'm seriously thinking about this for next season and want to start planning soon.


So, I've wanted to promote a cyclocross race for a while. But with all the existing series, it seems the one-off, single-day races aren't very successful. But, I think I've found a little niche that would be unique and a lot of fun.

How about a cyclocross stage race? Yup, a timed stage race. I envision a short time trial or mass-start hill climb on Saturday morning followed by a dirt crit on Saturday afternoon. Ooh! A dirt crit. That would introduce a team element that we don't typically see much of in cross races. Sunday would be a full day of racing on a traditional cross course.

And we'll have to really think about categories, since we probably can't fit 3,000 different men's masters A,B,C,D, and E categories along with everything else in one day unless we combine some fields. Yeah, that's it, we can combine the men the way they combine the women, so we'll have men's A along with junior C all together. Nah! Those juniors would be too brutal on the As. How about a tandem race? Unicycle? I like the tandem idea.

Now how fun would that be? Would you come out to play? Thoughts? Suggestions?

Maybe we'll even throw in a big party on Saturday night! Parties are good. One big bike racing weekend of luv!


At 11/13/2006 12:54 PM, Blogger Courtenay said...

i love the idea! especially the party part.
count me in.
does a hill climb have to have barriers??

At 11/13/2006 1:11 PM, Blogger velogirl said...

No barriers on the crit or the hill-climb (or tt) -- just the cross race on Sunday.

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Courtenay. I was worried that no one had commented and just thought the idea was stupid.

At 1/09/2007 5:27 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Sounds like a cool idea and a lot of work.

FYI - people love wheelie popping contests too. Add one of those to the agenda. haha

At 1/09/2007 6:36 AM, Blogger lauren said...

i'd do it. i like the party part too.

but i wouldn't want to help organize it. sounds like a lot of work.

and deep down i'm just plain lazy.

wheelie popping sounds good as well as a beer tent that we race through.

actually, i'd work registration. i love doing that. checking out all the men - finding out their names and stuff.

At 1/09/2007 12:46 PM, Blogger Velo Bella said...

Its sounds like fun, but you would have to be very creative about how you set up each day's course. It takes a team of about 12 of us most of the day to set up a cross course for one race.

At 1/09/2007 1:43 PM, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

and, you have to think about running a race(s) while you're setting up for another. you'd need two venues, then?

we've found that it's pretty hard getting folks to do two cross races in a weekend ... so, you might consider making it an omnium so you'd still get a good turnout for the cross race itself if people are scared off by a dirt crit or (gasp) hill climb.

you'll definitely want to talk with the other promoters to try and not conflict with any other event. that would seriously knock off your attendance numbers.

sounds like fun. keep us posted.

At 1/09/2007 1:53 PM, Blogger chatterbox said...

Sounds potentially fun (and like tons of work). Maybe I'd be brave enough to attempt by the end of 2007. I like the idea of ominum - so one could enter one event or the whole thing.

Would there be lots of beer?

At 1/09/2007 2:49 PM, Blogger Nome Agusta said...

I am SOOO there. Build it and they will race.

Can't do 2 races on a weekend?

At 1/09/2007 5:44 PM, Blogger Chris said...

I like the way Lauren thinks. Genius.

At 1/09/2007 8:32 PM, Blogger Ippoc Amic said...

can I just come for the party??

At 1/10/2007 6:54 AM, Blogger gewilli said...

Sounds AWESOME... also kinda sounds like a great way to seed the start of the cross race eh?

Who ever has the most points from the saturday events gets front row starts...

At 1/10/2007 2:13 PM, Blogger Hunter Cycles said...

Sounds like fun, you can count us in.


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