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Friday, June 29, 2007

forgive me, father, for I have sinned

earlier this spring, the race director of one of the classic bicycle races in northern california eliminated the opportunity for CAT4 women to race at that event. women and men alike shared their displeasure with this decision in private emails and public forums. but alas, the CAT4 women weren't given the chance to experience this particular race this season.

this same club promotes a second race each year, a standard industrial park crit held in August. this race has been part of the bay area women's cycling series for many years, and there has traditionally been a combined W3/4 race (picked separately, of course). registration for this race just opened tonight, and I'm thrilled to see that for the first time in my memory (2002), Timpani Criterium is offering a separate CAT4 women's race.

the summer seems to have a dearth of W4 races. with the exception of the Fremont Crit this weekend, all the other crits currently posted are open women's fields (CATs 1 through 4) or combined W3/4. I've been pretty vocal in my opinion that combined fields aren't the best opportunity for many CAT4 women. so thank you to LGBRC for offering the CAT4 women a race of their own! perhaps this is their atonement for past sins.

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At 6/29/2007 9:38 AM, Blogger chatterbox said...

I agree - thanks to LGBRC for offering the W4. That is great!

However, a few promoters seem to have gotten on the W4 bandwagon near the last minute. Another example is the Stockton race last weekend. In the case of both of these races, if I had known, I would have included them both in my calendar. But, at the late hour it is changed, I already had plans to be out of town during both events. In addition, most of us plan the flow of our season at the beginning, and while there is some flexibility, it would be nice to know what events could be entered earlier to be sure they are included in the training plan/schedule.

At 6/29/2007 10:59 AM, Blogger Chris said...

An interesting post on Syd's blog.

At 6/29/2007 2:53 PM, Blogger JonathanQ said...

That may explain why Timpani isn't having a mens 35+4/5 race this year. I was a bit baffled, and a bit disappointed, but now I know it was for a good cause.

At 7/08/2007 7:41 PM, Blogger Ippoc Amic said...

some guy plays the timpani drums ALL during the race...but that is sort of cool too

At 7/09/2007 2:47 PM, Blogger Velovera said...

welcome back!!!

At 7/09/2007 7:28 PM, Blogger veloandvino said...

Thank you for the good mojo.

One more.


At 7/16/2007 9:07 PM, Blogger lauren said...

hello, it's july!

time to post.

At 7/18/2007 10:32 AM, Blogger chatterbox said...

yeah, what Lauren said!


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