Recently 303Cycling caught up with Jon Tarkington, Exective Director of the ACA, and asked him a few questions about the upcoming cyclocross season and the changes to Best Cyclocross Racer (BCR) and Best Cyclocross Team (BCT). Colorado Cross Cup Rules
[303Cycling] Why the changes to BCR / BCT and the name change to Colorado Cross Cup?
[Jon Tarkington] The ACA board has been looking for ways to encourage quality race promotion for some time. The season-long point competitions are a great way to achieve this by having promoters apply for a designation and get approval from the ACA. However, it's difficult to get the point across that the designation is worth it when it's the same look and feel of previous years' programs. So this year they decided it was time to rebrand the cyclocross points competition as the Colorado Cross Cup, focus on quality event promotion and attempt to move the season into January. Also, while acronyms are great, they are confusing to those outside of the sport and somewhat difficult to market to potential sponsors.
[303Cycling] I saw that with the new Colorado Cross Cup that no races in September will be part of the series. How will call ups be handled for the races in September?
[Jon Tarkington] Promoters can use whatever method they wish for call-ups during the pre-season. I'm sure many will use the previous year's BCR standings, some may use order of registration or perhaps the previous day's or weekend's race results. I'm guessing some may just go old-school and put a line on the course and let everyone line up behind it at will.
[303Cycling] Do you know which races will be Cross Cup races?
[Jon Tarkington] That schedule will be posted after promoters are notified of their application status. It should be available later this week or early next week.
[303Cycling] I really like the idea of a few races in January. How many races are planned for January and will they be part of the Cross Cup?
[Jon Tarkington] The Board would like to see at least 2 Cross Cup races in January, perhaps up to four if promoters are willing to have events that month. One of the goals of the Cross Cup is to drive participation into January ahead of the 2011-12 cross season when Nationals will likely be in January, hopefully here in Boulder and Master Worlds in Louisville, Kentucky.
[303Cycling] I see in the ACA calendar that the cyclocross state championships is scheduled for two days. What's the thinking behind this?
[Jon Tarkington] The Promoter asked for both days in an effort to spread out the racing when the daylight is short. If all goes as planned there will be time to pre-ride the course between races without interfering with racers on the course. With many racers eligible to ride more than one event this could give riders a chance to race one championship race on Saturday and a different one on Sunday.