Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Big Weekend - Districts and Pilarcitos Finals

Boy, do I wish I was fit to race...we've got a humdinger of a weekend of Nor-Cal racing on tap with the NCNCA District Championships in Livermore on Saturday, and the Pilarcitos Finals at Coyote Point on Sunday. No doubt plenty of folks will be doubling up this weekend, and riders traveling to next week's National Championships will be trying to get that last bit of edge they'll need in Kansas City. Our weather is looking stellar for the weekend, with some rain falling on Thurs/Fri and then some beautiful weekend weather that just might feature that rare combination of mud and sunshine. Come out and enjoy some great conditions and racing, and cheer on your favorite Nor-Cal heroes battling for the District medals and the Pilarcitos Series overall championships.

Be sure the check out the recent PR from Tom Simpson regarding Sunday's finals.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is time for the NCNCA to award medals and District Champion status to riders in 5 year age breakdowns. It is so lame to have the NCNCA only have the meger catagories represented. I look all around the other regions of cycling and they are smart enough to award District Champion status to riders in 5 year age groups. The Nor-Cal region has far more racers then say the So-Cal region, and should break the District Championship event in to more age groups. This would only be good for the riders, and if they do this in Track and Road, then it should be the same in Cyclo-cross.
I do more Road Racing then Cross Racing but it seems to me that Cross Districts may need adjustments in the catagories that are represented. They have a Cat. 4 Road District Champion, why not a B(Cat4) District Champion in Cross?

12/6/07, 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah! I race Cat. B and I pay my entry fee's all year long just like everyone else and there should for sure be a Cat. B District champioship race. Or a Cat. 4 District championship race, however you want to title it.

Get with the program ncnca and offer more District championship divisions or I might take this complaint to USA Cycling who is your govering body.



12/6/07, 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we should have a district championship race in every division

including beg divisions

there should also be a clydesdale division in cyclo-cross

12/7/07, 12:27 PM  
Blogger funkdaddy said...

I am probably going to get flamed for saying this, but I don't understand the relevance of a District B Championship (and so on...), especially given that said winner will invariably be labeled a sandbagger by the very people that complain about not having a separate medal category for B's...

At Nationals you do not see a National B champion - they have a B race, but it is not for any kind of national title, and I think this is rightly so for the same reason.

Age groups are another story. I really don't think on the local level we *need* to have 5-year increments given the numbers of racers in our fields. Also, when Districts are run as a part of another series, it would be more of a headache for promoters to separate categories that are not separated within their own series. Also, does 5 years really make that big of a difference? Case in point: our current M45+ champion (Henry Kramer) is easily a contender to win our 35+ category. Adding more age groups would only dilute the competition - but perhaps that is what you want.

12/7/07, 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Everyone's a winner baybeh said...

I think it should broken down into 2.5 year increments. This way, there are 2 people per catagory, and you determine one winner and one loser, like 40 times. This is so obvious, duh. sheesh.

12/8/07, 4:22 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Watch out... I just ran into this blog and want to throw in my two-cents from So Cal... maybe we are softees down here, but we just had a really cool two day championship weekend of racing... Saturday was districts and championship categories only and Sunday was the continuation of the SoCalCross Prestige Series. Saturday, we broke categories in the masters men in 5 year groups from 35 to 60+ and masters women 35-44, 45+. Then we had CX Cat 1/2, 3 and 4 titles in both men and women fields. Masters celebrated with some Irish kilt wearin' and beer drinkin', bell-ringing, you name it. Not bad for SoCal, I'd say.
I can tell you everyone was happy and Voler gets to sell a bunch of jerseys and the top three get to go home with their USA Cycling medals. We had a celebratory party that evening to award medals, have a couple beers, some pasta and chat it up with our cross family.
We then tried our best to rest up and headed out for more as our race series continued. We even had two days of some crazy Hart Park Hillclimb for $100 at the end of each race day for those brave and crazy enough to charge to the top of this super super steep and long run up. Made for some fun memories and lots of $$$ and prizes over two days. I thought the weekend was a great way to build comradery and good memories. Cross on!

12/10/07, 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dorthy Wong and olaf Vanderhoot should have a baby and it could be named

Dorf Wongderfoot



this is so obvious

12/10/07, 7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the more divisions for a cyclocross districts race makes good sense.

Who ever wrote age groups should be 2.5 years is someone who is negative.

I look at track events or the masters district road events and the age groups are seperated to dicide who the district champion is in their respective age group.

We for sure have enough riders to do this in the norcal region.

12/11/07, 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We certainly have oodles of riders - what we don;t have is lots of daylight and venues to accomodate even more distribution of age group categories. Perhaps we could split the districts into Elites and Masters at different dates and different courses? That's what we do on the road.

Tom S.
Pilarcitos Cyclesports

12/12/07, 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Tom

you are right we have enough riders for sure

12/12/07, 7:53 PM  

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