I got this email today (and probably all club owners did as well). In short it states how they have received no pre-registration entries for the woman's open field at Prospect Criterium for this weekend, August 8th. The notice is that this promoter has included the woman's field over the Men's Cat 4 field that would have very likely filled up while so for 0 woman have signed up, meaning this might cost them lots of lost revenue.
Is selecting the woman's open field over the men's cat 4 field a good thing or not?
Also, is it fair to judge a turn out by the number of pre-registered riders? I can't remember the last time I pre-registered for a race
As of today, the womens open field at the Prospect Criterium has no women signed up. Since we are the Masters State Championship race, I have to run every Masters Category with a 15 minute warm up period before each race. These categories alone take up the allowed time for a race day. I have petitioned the ACA, and am paying extra fees to be allowed extra hours of racing. With the these hours of extra racing the following categories have been chosen: Men Pro,1,2; Senior Men Cat 3; Women Open field.
The womens field was choosen at the cost of a 90 rider Senior Mens Cat 4 field, which most likely would have filled to capacity. As an ambasador of womens cycling I have done this so please show your support and sign up for the race.
We look forward to a fun day of racing and hope to see you there.