2014 - Weld County Road Race


Photo: courtesy of Shawn Curry.

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- Shot Williams
- Green Curry
- Bo Bickerstaff

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Happy to have road races. I

Happy to have road races. I thought the event was great, good number of port o lets available which is always necessary; consistent enforcement of the yellow line rule; good course; would be nice to add a lap for the categories to really break up the groups, do not have more than 80 in a pack unless you are going to give us the entire road!

See you next year!

Not sure if a wheel car would

Not sure if a wheel car would be feasible, or too dangerous. I would have appreciated an extra wheel, especially since I was stung by the flat fairy. With 3-4 packed pelotons on the 12 mile loop and center line rule in effect, it may not be feasible. Minus the DNF, I had a fun time.

Course

The course is not selective. In the spirit of full disclosure I rode the 45+ open race and was DQd on the first lap for twice TOUCHING the yellow line. At no time did I gain an advantage from the line touching nor was it done intentionally. I was dutifully informed that “it did not matter.” I was then “allowed” to sit at the back for rest of the way and pay penance for my reckless disregard for safety. DQ noted, I have been racing for 25+ years in the P12 and Masters categories and have never previously been DQd from a race, nor have I ever even been warned for TOUCHING a yellow line as opposed to actually crossing it. The attempt to make the course safer by having a Nazi Moto zooming up and down the parallel lane throwing people out for touching the yellow line for a nanosecond does not make the race safer. The Moto Nazi’s explanation for my relegation is that he had strict orders from the race promoter to have zero tolerance. If the Nazi is going to be employed at least hire someone who has some perspective on racing and is going to be consistent in application of the Nazi principals. He was not consistent, I have it on video.

You make races safer by making them fast and selective. The course really needs a couple of hard power hills to cause some separation or if not that some switch backs possibly. The way the course is now it is a negative racing dream. The 45+ field had a couple of teams riding at the front at 20 miles an hour, blocking. With this course five guys can sit at the front and completely block the road. Not illegal, probably even good tactics, just makes for really lame racing. You could sit in the field pedaling with one foot and not get dropped. That lack of separation is apparent in the mad scramble for the finish with too many guys scrambling for the line. Couple close calls and lots of over the line on the final lap - All on video. It is nice to have a Road Race but this one leaves a lot to be desired. I will probably race the P12 field next year at least I will be competing with quality racers that race full out. Granted at 50+ I may end up pack filler or even dropped but at least I will finish having gotten a workout. I may be a little bitter?

Whoa, I thought I was reading

Whoa, I thought I was reading a WWII history book for a second with all the Nazi references. This comment isn't really helpful in any way and is fairly insulting, but I will say a few things. One, the answer to your question is yes, you are clearly bitter. Two, as another commenter pointed out there were plenty of races with breakaways including the one you were in. Racers make the race. If you don't like the racers in your category you're fortunate enough to have two other choices of categories to race in. Three, the fact that there were only a few minor accidents among a full day of racing with nearly 700 racers says something about the safety of the race. Adding "power hills" or "switchbacks" to the course (by somehow changing the geography and adding roads in that region?) tailored to your exact preference wouldn't make the race safer. The "mad scramble" for the finish is a typical bunch sprint and there were no crashes in the finish of any race that I know of. If you don't like the race please stay home next year.

"Zero tolerance"

Had the opposite experience with the "zero tolerance" line rule in our race. On the last lap, one guy sprinted up the far left side of the road on the dirt, flagrantly advancing his position from the back to the front of the field. The motor seemed right on top of it, talked to the guy, but I was surprised to see in the results that the guy had not been disqualified. Just a warning for a reckless violation of clearly stated rules?

In regards to the race itself, it was harder than last year and the field disintegrated in the crosswinds on the final set of rollers, so a course where the riders really did make the race.

Then don't race it if you want hills, or put one on yourself

Complaining that a race isn't "selective" is a really dumb arguement. You probably wouldn't be saying that if you were a Cipollini-esque sprinter! There are all types of courses for everyone, monster hill climbs all the way to flat short crits.
Don't bitch that someone else is putting on a race for you to compete in. If you want a more selective race, why don't YOU promote one!? And see how much bitching you get to listen to!

This comment is so accurate

This comment is so accurate for the field I was in as well, so close to doing the Maverick Stage Race, now I know better. I mean no selection at all, perhaps that is a good thing for many, stay with the pack the entire race, get that "I made the selection" was there for the sprint is this the selling point, never again, oh, I was on the podium, who cares, race hard for 30 second spurts, rather get my arse kicked and have tired legs for the long drive home. Happy for their numbers, made a boatload of $.

Accurate? Not!

Accurate? Not really. Looking the results, selections were made in the categories where the most experienced riders are. The P12, 35+, 45+, 35+/3, and cat 3 races in the mens fields were all won by someone NOT in the bunch. In all cases someone created a selection. Granted in several of these cases it was one rider making it to the line ahead of the group but if they were able to make a selection on their own, why didn't anyone else join them. Were they waiting for the sprint? The riders make the race. Some made a winning move while many sat in.

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