303Cycling Recently caught up with Clint Bickmore, a member of the ACA Board and one of the promoters of this Saturdays Recess at the Res. We talked about racer warmup and the different options that will be available.
[303Cycling] This cyclocross season has seen many collisions between riders warming up and racers. I see that you are going to provide a different warmup scenario at Recess at the Res, can you explain what riders can expect?
[Clint] Recess at the Res will have 3 warmup opportunities. First, we will offer the ACA allowed course preview as pointed out in a recent 303Cycling article.
1. When the leader finishes his/her race, racers may preview by following the last rider on course until 5 minutes before the next scheduled race start.
2. After the final rider starts his/her race, racers may preview following that last rider for 1-2 laps
Out of respect for the racers and officials, riders will stay off the course for the remainder of the race.
[303Cycling] So what else are you offering to riders for warmup?
[Clint] There will be two other warmup opportunities. The best opportunity is a coached warmup on trainers. We have convinced Ann Trombley (Trailmaster Coaching & Physical Therapy) and Frank Overton (FasCat Coaching) to lead a coaching effort on a proper warmup. The focus will be the mental review of the course preview while doing a controlled warmup on a trainer. Some trainers will be available on a first come, first served basis. We also invite riders to bring their own trainers to the warmup area to participate in the warmup (make sure a nametag is on your personal trainer).
Blue = Warmup / Practice Course Red = Start of the Actual Course
[303Cycling] You mentioned that there are three different options for warmups. What is the 3rd warmup opportunity?
[Clint] Following the start of a given race, the start loop will be available as a warmup/practice loop to give riders an on-the-bike feel over a short course. This is a good way to dial in tire pressure, etc. This hole-shot section has a couple of wide corners and eventually shoots the riders onto the course just beyond the finish line. The ACA is trying to get promoters to have the start section enter the course beyond the finish line, because this allows the race day to stay on schedule without having to pull riders on their final lap. Recess at the Res is going to try to have the start section serve this dual role.