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2010 Haystack Time Trial Report

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2010 Haystack Team Time Trial Results

2010 Haystack Individual Time Trial Results

Here are the pictures I took today at the Haystack Time Trial. These pictures are of the team time trial portion of the race. It started to rain around 1:00 and the team time trial started at 1:30. The conditions were tough but the turn out looked great!

NEW MTB Short Track Series

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There is a new MTB short track series that has just been announced. It runs every Tuesday in July (7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27) at the Lookout Mtn. Youth Services Center in Golden. The series is very reasonable with each race costing $10 or the whole series for $30.

5:00 - Jr. M & W 10 - 14 15 min.
5:25 - Women B 20 min.
5:55 - Men C 20 min.
6:25 - Men B & Women A 25 min.
7:00 - Men A 25 min.

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ACA Womens Bicycle Racing Mentoring Interview

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We recently ran the ACA press release about the women's mentoring program. We thought we should ask one of the mentors a few questions about the program.

[303Cycling] Tell us about the mentoring program.
[Renee Eastman] The Women’s Mentoring Program is an initiative by the American Cycling Association to aid in the development of women cyclists during that transition from rider to racer. Entering those first few races is both intimidating and nerve wracking for almost anyone who decides to start racing. For this reason, the ACA has decided to designate several races each year as mentoring races, in order to ease this transition for women new to racing in several Category 4 criterium events.

In each mentoring race one or two experienced Category 1 and 2 women riders are available prior to the race, during the race, and after the race to answer questions, guide in tactics and skills, and provide an encouraging environment for riders to learn the new skills of racing. During these races the experienced racers ride along with the Category 4 racers as “mentors” and guide the women, during the races, on skills, such as, pack riding, taking turns at speed, and drafting. These mentors are also available after the race to answer questions and provide positive feedback for the new racers.

[303Cycling] What is the goal of the program?
[Renee Eastman] Our goal with this program is to provide an open, encouraging, learning environment for women who are interested in trying racing for the first time and for those who want to progress in their racing and learn more skills.

[303Cycling] How do you sign up and what is the fee?
[Renee Eastman] There are currently 3 ACA criterium races designated as mentoring races.

Athletes that want to participate in the mentoring program need only to register for the Cat 4 Women’s race as they would normally. There is a race registration fee, but there is no extra fee for the mentoring program. This is a free program offered by the ACA.

ACA Womens Mentoring Program

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If you are interested in racing here is a great program that the ACA offers beginner women racers. More information to come...

Mentoring Races
The Women’s Mentoring Program is an initiative by the American Cycling Association to aid development women riders in that transition from rider to racer. Entering those first few races can be intimidating and nerve wracking for most anyone when they start racing. For this reason, the ACA has decided to designate several races each year to ease that transition for women new to racing in several Category 4 criterium events.

In each mentoring race one or two experienced Category 1 and 2 women riders are available prior to the race, during the race, and after the race to answer questions, guide in tactics and skills, and provide an encouraging environment for new riders to learn the skills of racing. During these races the experienced mentors ride along with the Category 4 racers as “mentors” and guide the riders during the races on skills, such as, pack riding, taking turns at speed, and drafting. These mentors are also available after the race to answer questions and provide positive feedback for the new racers.

Mountain Bike Racing in the Vail Valley

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The Vail Recreation District celebrated 26 years of mountain bike racing in Vail in 2009 with over 1,521 riders competing for $5,200 in cash and $30,000 in prizes. The 2010 series will return May 26 and offer mountain bikers of all ages and experience levels fun and exciting racing in the Vail Valley. New for 2010, the VRD has added a seventh race to the series, along with a women's single speed category and a Never Ever category for men and women with no previous racing experience.

  • May 26: Hammer in the Hay, 4 Eagle Ranch near Wolcott
  • June 9: Eagle Ranch Classic, Eagle Ranch business district in Eagle
  • June 16: Berry Creek Bash, U.S. Forest Service Road in Edwards
  • July 7: Davos Dash, Holiday Inn in West Vail
  • July 22: Vail Grind/Mike Janelle Memorial Race, Lionshead area on Vail Mountain
  • Aug. 5: New Race. Details to be announced
  • Aug. 25: Beaver Creek Blast, Centennial chairlift at the base of Beaver Creek

Individual adult race costs are $25 for pre-registration or $35 on race-day. Racers also can register for the entire race series for $150 by May 24. Teams of up to 20 riders can compete for the overall series title as well. Youth series (ages 8 -14) costs are $60 for the entire series or $10 for individual races ahead of time and $15 on race-day.

Boulder Roubaix Chief Judge Communique

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From the ACA

Mon, 2010-04-12
Boulder Roubaix—Chief Judge statement regarding results

Thank you in advance for your patience while results issues are sorted out. There were over 700 registered riders for this BAR/BAT event, and no camera was provided by the promoter as required by BAR/BAT policy. Two experienced judges cannot compensate for the lack of photofinish capability for sprint finishes, nor for the numerous instances of numbers that were on the wrong side, upside down, flapping, covered by hair, folded, placed on legs or on top of camelbaks, or crumpled, nor for the lack of shade on the scaffolding on a beautiful Colorado day.

Normally, the 3-part ACA NCR forms provided to the promoter for registration are used to also post results. The 3-part form allows 1 part to be posted, 1 part to be given to the promoter for their records, and 1 part to be retained by the Chief Judge to fax to the ACA for efficient entry into the results program.

While race-day registrations were recorded on NCR forms, the nearly 450 pre-registered riders were not. Thus, results were posted on my personal NCR forms that simply listed place and rider number, such that unified results could be posted in a timely manner and so that I could retain a copy of what was posted on-site. An additional 5.5 hours post-race were devoted to compiling results into a format that would facilitate data entry, producing 55 pages of results information faxed in 5 separate transmissions, the last at approximately 10:15 PM Sunday.

2010 Boulder Roubaix Report

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Photo Credit: Sportifimages

Looking for 2012 Boulder Roubaix coverage

This year's edition of the Boulder Roubaix went off without a hitch. Big fields turned out to try their luck at the new course. I saw quite a few flat tires and some wrecks on the winding dirt roads north of Nelson Road. I think the 2010 course is harder than the original Boulder Roubaix course. Definitely more technical.
Men's field update
Men's field was lead for most of the race by a break of 3 which later turned out to the the podium. It was clear while viewing the race on hills on 55th that the Flying V guy and Tom Danielson were stronger than the Porsche rider as they dropped him twice on the climbs. In the final sprint the Porsche rider went first then Tom and he thought he could hold them off but in the then the man from down under took the win.


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