2011 - ACA Colorado Cross Cup

ACA - COLORADO CROSS CUP

Last year was the first year for the Colorado Cross Cup (CCC). It replaced the Best Cyclocross Racer and Best Cyclocross Team competition. There was quite a bit of talk the end of last season about potential changes to the CCC for 2011. The changes have just been release and here are a few of the note worthy changes.

Changes for 2011

  • Call-up procedures for non-CCC races will be done by results on crossresults.com
  • Start times have slightly changed from last year.
  • New categories have been added. The big one is the Mens 35+/3s which will start right after the Mens 35 Open.

2011 Colorado Cross Cup Policy

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Cyclocross - Mens 35/3s

This will be interesting. I wonder how big these fields will be. The 35+ open field is a decent size field and I bet the 35+/3s will be just as big. On shorter courses this could be an issue for the real strong 35+ racers. I can already foresee whining coming from the 35+ open guys.

Maybe

If there is a business case for this category (ie. 35+/3 and 35+ continue to fill), then I'm all about it. Unfortunately, the ACA has watered down so many categories that many have trouble filling and I hope this isn't the case with cross as has been with road.

Spot on, single speed is the

Spot on, single speed is the dumbest cat ever. It is an equipment choice as you state. If you want to make that choice cool with me, but race in your regular cat, with all the guys who made equipment choices. What is next carbon wheels cat's versus guys on regular wheels? The ACA has really become the T Ball of bike racing (it is worse on the road), way too many cat, with not that people, everyone gets a medal and little jimmy's mom brought the orange slices and drink boxes.

Is this good enough reason

Is this good enough reason yet to ask the ACA to be a local association and play by the USAC rules yet or do we need to suffer more at the whim of those who want to keep power at the expense of the rider base? Anyone else notice the ACA piggy bank is up to nearly $400,000 in May of year current? Up from $265,000 in May of 2010. We are starting to talk a lot of green now. What is the ACA planning to do? I think we are going to have one hell of an end of the year party right?

Lets look at this closely with some assumptions the general high end racing population has, the ACA promotes grassroots racing, which is a noble idea in my mind but in practicality it has taken racing out of the hands of promoters that treat racing like a business, who offer community events and givin it to teams who want the easy industrial park crits because this is a hobby not a business to them, and generally decreased the overall community awareness of bike racing in CO.
The ACA claims to support of the future of cycling, youth, by giving away discounted entry fees for Jrs and has a small 3 days stage race for them. Yet cuts down JR race duration and events to make way for the 35+ 3s, 45 + open and other older demographics and keeps offering more categories to the point of being ridiculous and making everyone "happy" because as claimed above we all go home with a medal. ACA you want to empress me take that half mill you are sitting on, go into the schools and get kids as interested and involved with bike racing (road, mountain, cross, I really don't care) as they are with ball sports.
Not that the ACA has this in its power to control but being a part of the ACA hurts our riders with national and global ambitions. Maybe a small demographic but most racing communities do usually take pride in having some of the top racers in the country participate in their races. And yeah, its a bs move by USAC but as was said in a post yesterday, the ACA was outflank, it happens move on. I don't know but I thought it was pretty darn cool to line up with some pros on a Sunday afternoons and see where I come out.
Yeah there are people who are really dug in and hate the USAC for valid reasons but is that grudge helping our hurting your fellow riders? What is more important, sticking it to USAC or promoting the sport you love? Racing attendance is down this year and everyone is asking why. I think its because our base is older, they've got other things to do and are moving on with thier lives and I think that is why it is important to encourage more aggressivley JR riders and elites, they are the ones who will keep this going when the weekend warrior is too busy to do so.

Agreed, ACA needs to have a

Agreed, ACA needs to have a serious conversation about becoming a local USA Cycling association. I think the benefits for racers, promoters and the sport in Colorado out weight the supposed advantages. Let's put a poll out to all ACA members. Would you rather have one racing license and be tied in with the rest of the professional and amateur racing in the country? Or do we have to have races that are half USCF and half ACA in order to be recognized outside of co?

I vote not to USAC. They

I vote not to USAC. They Zero organization in Colorado. We would be serviced by the Texas rep.

I actually like having one spot for results that are acurate and complete.
Look at results for the big USAC crit this summer at N.B.P. 10 deep?
No results for Wednesday crits.

Yea, maybe time to lower the Annual Membership cost of an ACA license if they are running a surplus at $45. Bring down to $35 or $40.

Check out NEBRA, they

Check out NEBRA, they function as a local association for USAC and operate their own budget. Why couldn't ACA function in this manner? It could work, but of course personal baggage would have to be left behind.. NEBRA has schedule, results, and probably more information than race related information than ACA, all on their regional website.

http://www.ne-bra.org/

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