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  • Reply to: 2014 - Cyclo X - Valmont   32 min 33 sec ago

    Not technical enough.

    I'd like to see a Euro style course that forces racers to think. Steep drops, off-camber into tight corners, steep rideable (or not) hills, running...

  • Reply to: Local Triathlete has serious incident with car north of Boulder   2 hours 10 min ago

    Say what you want about the Daily Camera, there isn't anyone coming close to replacing them. Twitter, Facebook, doubt it. Big media is dying but nothing is filling the void.

  • Reply to: Boulder Valley Velodrome asking for help from Erie   3 hours 59 min ago

    Hope they get it going quickly! Winter is Coming!

  • Reply to: Boulder Valley Velodrome asking for help from Erie   4 hours 32 min ago

    At some point these guys have to get up and running. We have all seen these 2 guys and a truck struggle. How many weeks/years are they behind?

    If anyone wants this venue to open, wants to track ride, wants another business to open then write a letter or make a call.

  • Reply to: Local Triathlete has serious incident with car north of Boulder   6 hours 34 min ago

    You are not over-reacting. There is and always has been a great deal of apathy by the cycling community when it comes to issues such as this.

  • Reply to: Local Triathlete has serious incident with car north of Boulder   18 hours 18 min ago

    The Camera is a joke nowadays. It used to be an institution that made their money on subscriptions and overpriced classifieds. For better or worse Craigslist and national news sites have reduced the Camera to a backstreet operation with stories authored largely by CU interns and barely proofed. They intentionally post stories like this in a manner that will be inflammatory to drive up traffic in the comments section and increase ad impressions.

  • Reply to: 2014 - Cowboy Cross   19 hours 13 min ago

    I just wish someone could explain how other areas of the country can routinely hold 'cross races with fields in excess of 100 riders, not pull anyone, and still score the event, yet we can't do that here. Anyone?

  • Reply to: 2014 - Cowboy Cross   20 hours 10 min ago

    Yes, 93 riders in the C's on a very short course with limited passing in places.

    In fairness, Head Ref announced during prerace instructions that many riders would end up getting pulled--he estimated about a third of the field. Like it or not, that was pretty accurate, so disappointment is totally understandable, but it shouldn't have been a surprise.

  • Reply to: 2014 - Cowboy Cross   20 hours 51 min ago

    an overview:

    Neither chips or OCR cameras, will ever be 100%.

    So manual will always be needed, and manual is not easy to do for large fields - racers coming thru in a group means some numbers may not be manually recorded that lap. if that's when a problem began then it may be difficult to figure out.

    Pulling:
    (1) crits / cx
    (2) track points race

    (1) crits / cx:
    (a) "80% rule"
    Intent: prevent problems / lappers on TV with the winner as they finish
    Actually: works

    (b) "Pulling by judgement" (Which is kinda the 80% rule without a stopwatch)
    Intent: let slower racers race longer
    Actually: can allow unwanted situations to happen.

    (c) "Pull when gap to field > a few seconds (and - usually - excluding a couple laps to get back on)"
    See also: "No blood, no free lap"
    Intent: helps to prevent spectators crossing the course from getting hit by OTB racers
    Actually: works pretty good

    (d) "Colorado":
    Intent: let racers go at their own pace, score them equal laps, #laps down, etc. Only pull racers waay off the pace, and those a little ahead of leader when leader is finishing.
    Actually: not easy to do! but it usually goes well in Colorado

    (2) Track points races:

    re: pulling:

    While there is guidance on pulling (2 or more laps down), it is complicated by situations involving the winner may not be the leader (and thus also not having to complete the full distance to win), and situations related to "no mans land", when free laps can be taken and the exception to free laps as it relates to scoring, the number of racers in the race, all influence the decision to pull. It is also possible that a racer can enter the pit just outside of 1300m to go, have no possibility of re-entering, and be scored in the results. When their intent was to avoid going 2 laps down, get pulled and not placed.