Something new is coming to the ACA this year. A mountain bike series in the Front Range of Colorado. The series is being put on by Race Pace Promotions and it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. The series consist of six races beginning on April 3rd. We recently asked Erik Werner from Race Pace Promotions about the races.
[303Cycling] Do you know the format of each of the races (i.e. circuit vs. short track)? [Race Pace Promotions] All races will be twice the length (time-wise) of the short track events. So the Men's A race will be 60min vs. the 30min for short-track. Course lengths will be dependent on the venue; Bear Creek will certainly be one of the longer courses, and we’ve got additional track planned for the Louisville and NAAC venues as well.
[303Cycling] Do you consider this a “true series”? [Race Pace Promotions] We certainly want to make this a true series. Right now the main problem we're dealing with is that the series spans 3 months. That is a recipe for sandbagging. Sandbaggers suck. Everybody loves a good series, and most folks will happily upgrade when they get the chance, but there are always the select few that just love to stomp the lower cat and gag at the thought of having to work for it in the next class up. If the series were spread over a month it would be easier to deal with, but that 3 month block makes it interesting. However, we gave the series that 3 month spread for a reason – almost every FRMTB race is scheduled the weekend before an MSC or Winter Park event so racers can get out there on the cheap and test themselves before the bigger events. But back to the ‘series’ nature of it, yeah, we definitely want It to be a true series. Racers will get points and we’ll track it all on our site, and we plan on having series prizes at the end – but again, we’re still working out the details per category and how to deal with the sandbaggers.
DENVER, Colo. – Olympic and World Cup stars, Susan DeMattei and Dave Wiens are offering Colorado cyclists a memorable weekend when they host the inaugural Colorado CycleFest, Saturday May 1, and Sunday May 2, 2010, in support of the Colorado High School Cycling League.
In a joint statement, Susan DeMattei and Dave Wiens said, “CycleFest is the main fundraising drive of high school mountain biking for Colorado, so it’s really important that mountain bikers across the state come out and support this. More than just competition, high school mountain bike racing will introduce cycling to a whole segment of our youth that otherwise may never be exposed to it. Every boy and girl on your local high school mountain bike team gets to compete on race day; there is no sitting on the bench! The CycleFest is an unprecedented event, we are really looking forward to meeting everybody, and anyone who loves bicycles should definitely be there!”
With the temperatures rolling into the mid 50’s and dry weather conditions, cyclists from both Collegiate and non-Collegiate categories came up to Boulder to race their bicycles in the traditional criterium course at Research Park hosted by University of Colorado.
The course is what most racers feel a crit route should be; short, flat, quick turns, and most importantly, fast. Although, a course laden with pot holes, pavement cracks, deep gutters, and various other safety hazards is not an optimal condition when deep in the drops of your handlebars hitting 30+mph, and catching several feet of air anytime your carbon tubulars meet the groove in the pavement.
This weekend the ACA will be experimenting with chip timing at the two ACA events happening. The timing is done by times-7sport.com and the ACA is asking that you check out the Wheel fitting instructions before heading off to the races this weekend.
Please give us your feedback on what you thought about the chip timing system