2009 Colorado State Cyclocross Championships

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Peter Weber wins Men's Open!!!

In hindsight I wish I would have interviewed him... so much to tell there! I remember getting my first CX bike from Peter like 12 yrs ago and then something like 2-3 years later he retired... and now today was his return to success! Brandon Dwight lost by Peter by about 2 inches... My money is back on Brandon in PDX.

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Excellent Point II It

Excellent Point II
It should be on a proven course/venue. How many people would have like to raced states at the Boulder Velodrome Cross Course or Alpha Cross #1 course? Not whining about those races, I enjoyed them just not worthy venues for the State Championships. Was today's venue and course layout worthy? With or without a bit snow?

What makes a state course

Weather makes it epic or crappy, depending on your perspective. IMO there are many more factors that make a course a state course for example

- amble parking, did they have it yes (better than many keep in mind)
- centrally located? Having it in Breck or Gunnison, or castle rock would not be a good choice
- good facilities, (bathrooms, water, etc)
- Can the group running the show support it? I think ICCC is a qualified group

There are probably a few more items that are more important than the course when selecting a candidate for states

How about ease of

How about ease of registration as a factor? This was the easiest (best) registration of the year and I believe the cheapest - $23 online.

It was a day for the pure crosser on Saturday. Some courses this year catered to roadies or mtn bikers, but this one you needed a full quiver of skills - handling skills, a strong motor, high tolerance for suffering and brain power. Of course it wasn't perfect, but was there a perfect race this year, or any year, no.

ICCC should also be recognized for thinking out of the box for allowing different/new categories to participate and compete. Over the course of three events they offered races for clydes, beginners and kiddie cross.

Dont complain

You had your chance to speak up and offer advice/wisdom/input back before the choice of promoter and venue was made. Hopefully you will be as vocal and outspoken at future ACA meetings where policy is being decided. If ACA is going to grow and prosper, we need people like you, people who have solid ideas to speak up and be heard. This blog is hardly the best place to get heard. Go to the meetings. Speak up. Be opinionated.

ICCC is not some run of the mill promoter. Time and again they have put on great events and constructed great courses. The conditions under which they set up the course at states (50mph wind driven snow, 20 degree air temp, etc) and the fact that they made a memorable and challenging course are even more feathers in their cap. While I personally hated the spiral of death, it was creative and as I mentioned, very memorable. Who wants some pancake flat course with no interesting features? Certainly not anyone who wants to be challenged.

And I think a changing venue is a good idea. No home course advantage for anyone. You arrive, you recon, your race. That's the way it should be.

Challenging course, enjoyed it

While pre riding today's course, my teammate Joe Saperstein and I both agreed that it was a 'bike driver's' course. Good to see a course that doesn't allow the person who can simply pedal the hardest to win. A -real- run up, barriers placed in sections that are not flat-out/straight sections where you roll the dice between speed and safety, the circle of death was quirky but an added challenge nonetheless, the pit was in a great spot with plenty of space on a false flat, and there was a marching band. I love drum lines.

I do feel bad for the people that touched down today and suffered injury (best wishes and heal quickly) however, I also believe it's a rider's responsibility to make an assessment of the course before the race, decide what he/she can and cannot ride and at what speed they can negotiate obstacles. If it's too icy/off camber/(insert difficult section here) then you've got your feet.

Someone mentioned the 2009 CX season and driving back from the venue my teammates and I were discussing how great it's been. Thanks to ICCC for a great event today and for all the promoters for putting together a great CX season in Colorado. BTW - my vote for top course design in 2009 goes to RRV series race 2. Just awesome. Can't wait til CX 2010

who REALLY cares?

My subject title is not meant to be sarcastic. My question is this:

Why do we collectively care so much and have such incredibly strong opinions on the course just because it's STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS?

I realize the knee-jerk reaction is "DUH, IT'S STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS!"

-or-

"Dude I didn't buy 2 carbon cross bikes and 3 sets of $2000 zipp wheels to get 15th in my Cat 4 race!!"

But unless you're one of the FEW people who are actually battling for a win, why would you care?

This is going to sound even more insensitive to the amateur fields. . .but I would further add that unless you're an elite rider battling for an elite championship (and a pay check) why would you complain about a race course?

I say this and I am a Cat 4 rider. A cat 4 rider who trains very hard and spends a bunch of money on my favorite hobby, cycling (just like many other amateurs out there). Would I like a course that suits my strengths? Yes. But unless I think a course is silly dangerous (like with BMX jumps and an alligator pit) I really don't think it's my place to complain.

Now if a pro wants to approach the ACA about certain aspects of a course that do not fit our current race course criteria, that could potentially alter the outcome of the race, I have no problem with that.

Despite that fact that us amateurs train really hard and like to improve, I think we should remember that we're racing for fun. Promoters and ACA referees really shouldn't care if amateur riders think there were too many dismounts or the barriers were too tall.

Because this is the State

Because this is the State Championships and people train hard for it. They also Pay out of their OWN pocket for entry fees and equipment.

For some, 15th place in the 4s is a big deal. Pros should be out on the National curcuit. For them, local races are just fun training...

Yes, if the course looks to dangerous, DON'T race on it.

pros should be where

"Pros should be out on the National curcuit. For them, local races are just fun training..."

Ridiculous.

The pros that have the race results and the caliber sponsorship to race a National Schedule including travel, mechanics, unlimited gear replacement etc. are definitely traveling. This is a select group of talent. Maybe you have heard of some of the big names, Jeremy Powers, Ryan Trebon, Tim Johnson to name a few.

However, most local pros all over the U.S. do not hold the caliber sponsorship to travel far or often, maybe 1 or 2 big travel races. Most of the pros do this because they love it, not because pro cross racing is a good way to make a living.

While I agree that 15th in the 4's is a big deal for some (I would have been totally pumped to get 15th in the 4's on Saturday), I maintain that unless I see something truly dangerous and blatantly inappropriate on the course, I really shouldn't be bothering ACA officials about how it was really hard for me to get off my bike 4 times or how I didn't like the spiral of death, or how the hill climb was too slippery, or how the off-camber stuff was too hard and bumpy. They have other crap to deal with.

Instead of complaining about courses, I plan on identifying my weaknesses and training to improve them.

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