We were just made aware of the following potential rule change for 2011. I personally enjoy racing cyclocross in Colorado in September. I dont know if we need to start the weekend after Labor Day but I love racing cyclocross in warm weather or cold weather. The ACA did make changes this year with the Colorado Cross Cup and part of the rules were there would be no Cross Cup races in September. My feeling is if you dont want to race in September, dont and you can still be competitive in the Cross Cup series.
Item 9. Permit Fees – Cyclocross Permits
Add Racing Rule 5.4.10
Cyclocross events shall not be permitted before the first of October.
Submitted by: Lee Waldman - GMSV
- There is no consistency between our cyclocross calendar and the rest of the world.
- If we want to prepare our riders to be competitive on the national and world stage we need to adjust our calendar to help them.
- The weather in Colorado in September is much too hot to have safe racing. We had people being treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration at our race (GMSV) on Sept. 19.
- If we are looking towards a calendar in which Nationals are in January having races so early makes it difficult for people to peak for the big races later in the season.
- If the ACA board isn't willing the sanction Colorado Cup races in September that should be a clear message that the board would like to move the calendar farther into the fall.
- Starting later might give some promoters more time to adequately prepare courses.
- It would give riders who want to race the road and cross more time for a break and to prepare for both seasons. It might possibly alleviate some of the problems with promoters falling all over themselves to hold their races early in the season.
- In conversation with other riders and promoters I've gotten a lot of positive response for this idea.
- Members enjoy racing cross in September. Participation numbers reinforce this. The UCI cross calendar(s) start the second weekend in September.