2013 - Colorado CX Championships

Check out this video clips below. Some great bike racing action from all different categories of racers. Looked like two epic days of cyclocross racing.

Results

- Day 1
- Day 2

Photo Credit: SportifImages

Photos

- SportifImages
- Racer Shots
- Terri Smith
- Shot Williams - Saturday
- Shot Williams - Sunday
- HMG Photos
- Bo Bickerstaff
- Green Curry
- Pedal Dancer

Video

State CX Championship 2013 highlights from John Deibert on Vimeo.

2013 Colorado State CX Championships - 45+ 4 from Dale Riley on Vimeo.

Course Description
An amazing Colorado course! Flowing, wide Course, allowing for plenty of passing and multiple lines. Stair run-up, barrier barrage, and punishing grass section. Paved climbs mixed in with technical off camber descents and power sections guaranteed to challenge every level of rider.

There will be a SM 5 race at the same time as the SM4 race. SM5 Will start behind the 4's and race at the same time. This will give beginners the experience of racing in a state championship race. No state designation for this event. Registration is same day with no day of penalty.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013

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SM Cat 5

There is no SM Cat 5 race for the State Championships. Cat 5 is a category usually reserved for road, but BRAC has adopted it to allow new racers to try cross in a non competitive environment. Since it is classed as non competitive, BRAC doesn't allow a state championship race. All races are competitive at any level in my humble opinion, as everyone is a competitor. We apologize for the mistake and will correct it.

Thank You,

John Haley
Co-promoter/Course designer

Hilarious, folks voting "down

Hilarious, folks voting "down" on the suggestion to cat up. I can understand that not everyone aspires to be a pro, but at least you should aspire to make it to cat 4.

The rules say that it's mandatory (key word) to upgrade from 5 to 4 after ten races. Placings don't matter. 10 races. Move up. How do we even have any 5s this late in the season?

Please don't say you want to finish out the season as a 5 so you can win the cross cup or state championship as a 5. Nothing could be more pathetic.

Best advice I ever got re:

Best advice I ever got re: racing was to upgrade out of the beginners as soon as possible. You can't learn how to race by racing with others who also don't know how to race.

There are quite a few 5s who have 9 races so far, and one or two with 10. I saw one racer w/16 cat 5 races in '13. These folks should be moving up, no question.

Any remaining 5s who don't meet the mandatory upgrade standard but who intend to actually be a cross racer for coming seasons should be petitioning to upgrade before States, IMO.

Not true. The CycloX series

Not true. The CycloX series by WOL gives the same prizes and points to the SM5 field as every other field. Not to mention they have some of the biggest, most competitive 5 fields around. Look at the lap splits from any of those races and it'll show the 5's field, while entry level, is a legit field to get people into the sport and progress. If BRAC or the State's promoter don't want their money I'm sure the "participants" are happy to give it to WOL for a great experience. After all, 35 open or cat 5 we're all in it for the experience, no one's making a living from cross, not event the top sm open guys in Colorado.

Most competitive field is the

Most competitive field is the 35+_3. By a lot. More later.

Thanks for trying to compare the 28 race Cross Cup series to a 8 race WOL/Boulder Mini series.

No one said the Cat 5s weren't legit, just that they are on the bottom the ability scale. They will not be the most competitive.

The Prizes are pretty small. I don't know what they are but for the top 3 it isn't much in ANY category except the M/W open that have a bit of money.

I did look at the lap times for Xilinx. I took the top 10 riders and got an average lap time. That means 10 riders = 40 laps in the 5s.

SM3 = 8 min laps for 6 Laps

35+_3 = 8.18 min laps for 6 Laps

SM4 = 8.35 min laps for 4 laps

35+_4 = 8.6 min laps for 5 laps

45+_4 = 8.8 min laps for 5 laps

SM5 = 8.64 min laps for 4 laps

The 35+_3 is the most competitive. At Xilinx the first 40 riders were within 3min50sec of each other. No other category comes close. A lot of fields do about 30 riders within 5 minutes.

That is 25% more riders in 25% less time and doing 50% more laps than the 5s.

Screw USAC and their archaic

Screw USAC and their archaic rules. As long as the $$$$$ keeps flowing to Colorado Springs they don't really care what happens at a local cx race. For those of you trolls who want to get rid of SS and Cat5 on here, those are two of the fastest growing fields.

Just step up.

I agree with opting to get out of the beginner category as soon as you can. It's for BEGINNERS. Trust me. As the season rolls on, you realize that if you've raced 5 or so times you are no longer a beginner. I petitioned for an upgrade before states last year and got it. And then promptly got my ass kicked by the Nicole Duke and company in the 1,2,3's category last year. By the way, Nicole was really nice about it. And though I was humiliated, I was still happy that I'd opted for that embarrassment rather than crushing a beginner's field. I will most likely be a Cat 3 for life, but it's a good place. Guys, I know the competition is fierce and you have a ton of competitors. But the fact remains that you know when you are a sand-bagger. You know it. There is no pride in that. So you get your ass kicked when you move up--so what? That's called making new friends in my book. In the end I was happy I stepped up. You will be too. There are few precious weeks left. Make. Them. Count.

SM5 Race

There will be a SM 5 race at the same time as the SM4 race. SM5 Will start behind the 4's and race at the same time. This will give beginners the experience of racing in a state championship race. No state designation for this event. Registration is same day with no day of penalty.

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