Stazio returned last weekend

The Frostbite TT might be the season opener but is usually the first big event for the majority of riders and spectators. This year the race will be managed by the CU Cycling team and the course is out by the Stazio ball fields. Having raced there many times this course is a tough opener for most given the amount of climbing on each lap but on the flip side "usually" this race is safe-ish for that very same reason.

More on the Stazio Criterium from the Daily Camera

Results

- 2012 Stazio Race Results

Photos


Leader in Men's A field. DU rider looked very strong!

Men's A field had an early break by 4 of the above riders and through most of the race the DU rider appeared to have a demanding control of the break. Near the end of the race the DU rider road the coat tails of the other 3 riders making them do the work and play their own games out. In the back CU have the field locked down.



Photo Credit:David Kuticpal

But this time, the criterium at Stazio supports the University of Colorado's cycling team.

“Each school in the conference has to put on one race -- it's mandatory,” said Kris Schoech, of CU's Club Sports. (Cycling is a club sport at CU.) But, he said: “It's expensive to put on a race.”

In the past, the team put on its race at the CU Research Park, Schoech said. “We used to have it around the Qwest building, but then Qwest got different management.” So the team sought out a permit from the city for a race on the loop that includes Stazio Drive and 63rd Street.

The move is costing the team. In total, the race at Stazio has burned through about $4,000 of the team's funds, Scheoch said, which means they're starting their fundraising to help the team go to regionals and nationals -- nationals alone will cost the team $7,500 to $10,000.

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36 Comments

Bad start....lack of recognition

Ok. The Cat 3/4 start was ridiculous. Officials still going through riders to check for chips when the whistle blows. People in back can't hear. I don't think there was a 1 minute or 30 seconds to go announcement. I had to dodge the chip checking officials. Dangerous!

Then they don't give recognition to those that paid by putting up all finishers results AND saying there was only 29 starters in the race? I sure hope they are not finished posting and still working on it.

CU Good Job, ACA Bad

Thank you CU for revising the Stazio Crit. That is a great classic course. Nice to ride from home and race for an hour.

ACA - It's time to drop this stupid chip timing system. Second year on and IT STILL DOESN'T WORK!!! There where two guys from the chip company there and still nobody can get it to work correctly. Give it up! You got swindled. We have a couple of good Lawyer Racers, hire them to break the contract and get our money back.
Bad Omen when one of the test mats caused 3 riders to wreck.

From BOD Minutes...
4. Timing System
? Laurent coming next month to help with initial use of timing system. Paul De Corneu will come to help (French speaker and software guy). Paul potentially the key person for Orion in the States.
? System to be used first at CU Stazio crit, three timing spots: at start/finish, top of hill, and at 200m to go.
? Three monitors are needed.
? About 10% of chips not working. Riders will have to get chips tested at races for possible reprogramming.

Get used to it

This is typical of the new ACA. I think the members have been swindeled in more ways than one. Still wondering why we need to pay an ExecDir and President when we are just a local association. They stopped listening to all but a few of the 'elite' members.

Before complaining about who

Before complaining about who the AC supposedly listens to, i hope youve sent reps to club meetings and votes, cuz what i see is a governing body that responds much faster and more sympathetically to the local community than USAC ever does. Getting invoved and getting heard is astonishingly easy in my experience. thats not to say they agree with everything everyone says but i've seen a lot more communication and responsiveness between local association and local teams with ACA than anywhere else i am aware.

great point about the crash.

great point about the crash. i was spectating and watched the whole thing go down. that was total negligence. I hope those riders get reimbursed for the damages to their bikes. no precautions were taken to tape the carpet down. the wind just picked the thing right up and got sucked into riders' wheels. that is totally unacceptable. they are REALLY luck that the carpet didn't take out more riders.

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