Friday, October 19, 2007

Joy in Mudville

Howdy 'cross fans,

With three CX races on calendar for this weekend - Reno, Candlestick and Livermore - we're really hitting the meat of the season now. The legendary Surf City Halloween race is just a week away (and the third round of the NCNCA Cup) and the national US Grand Prix kicks off soon as well. By all accounts this has been a breakthrough season so far, with more races earlier in the calendar than ever before, and higher participation numbers as well. Great stuff.

If you've checked the weather rock outside, there's other good news to report: more rain in October than most of us can recall in the recent past. There might be actual mud for this weekend's races, or at a minimum some fine tacky conditions. Maybe too soon to break out the Mud Index, but we can dream, can't we?

Note for those racing at the Candlestick Point SuperPrestige - the promoter has announced new restrictions on pre-riding the course for warmups due to the huge turnout at the first round. Tom Simpson notes:

Prior to Round 2 for the 2007 BASP Series we wanted to review the new protocols that will affect on course warm-ups.

We have allowed free access for warm-ups on race courses during pastseasons (except for Golden Gate Park when we were part of Crank Bros.series). As long as competitors did not cross the finish line and gumup the works for our very efficient and hard working judges and scorers (they score EVERY rider on EVERY lap, you know) we had no issues with on course warm-ups. This style required recognition by riders warming up of racers and willingness to vacate the course when racers approached. Every riderwho pins on a number deserves the best chance to compete and when traffic jams occur with riders warming up, when WU (warm-up) riders refuse to clear the circuit for oncoming competitors - then the system is broken and we need to change it.

In order to provide the best racing experience for all entrants we will make the following changes to our warm-up protocols.

1) In order to allow every competitor their best racing chance, No warm-ups will be allowed on course during anyone's event. As always please bring stationary trainers to your Team Tent and use them to reach the start line with heart rates at the right level. You can get on-course as often as you want during official Warm-up periods following each event. We hope this change in previous regulations will be greeted with the recognition that your Warm-up is important - but not at the expense of any other competitor's racing opportunities.

2) On course warm-up periods will begin the moment the current event winner has cleared the finish line. We will provide a clearly marked "Warm-up Staging Area" beyond the finish line where competitors may enter the course as soon as the winner has cleared the arch - that signals the start of Warm-up period. On course Warm-ups will end with the start of the next event.

By the way - Candlestick got an inch of rain last friday - there will be no dust and there could be some nice, soft sections to roll through. After Sierra Point we now have Top-10 grid call-ups for all categories.

Tom Simpson, Pilarcitos Cyclesports


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha "there will be no dust" as I am still coughing hours later. Fun race though. BMX for grownups w/o the doubles. Back to coughing up dust...

10/21/07, 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


That is a old land fill where they heold that race,and the city has had reports of the ground holding some toxins and bacteria.

I was talking to one of my friends here in the City Public Works, and he said that the dirt and ground in that area holds some really bad stuff, like toxic stuff, and breathing it can be harmful.

But that is what you get when you race on a landfill, this is obvious.

10/21/07, 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haters go home

10/22/07, 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am still coughing stuff up from that race. It does seem to have some stuff in the air that makes me cough and feel it in the throat more then other venues.
I am niot a hater of the race itself, just a hater of racing in landfills. but at least i do not have to worry about Tom Simpson telling me not to ride and practice in this area, because it is a landfill and no one cares if I ride around in circles breathing toxic fumes there.

10/22/07, 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, my lungs feel this way after every cross race, whether it is held on a landfill or not! Isn't it nice that we can race in an urban area and keep the travel to a minimum (in most cases) which means less driving, time spent in the car, less wasted gas, and so on? This is what we call a brownfield use.

10/22/07, 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sure, but i am still sick from that toxic dirt, but it was nice having to not drive far

10/22/07, 9:38 PM  

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