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2017 WNY cyclocross events

Visit the USAcycling.org event page for the latest list of cyclocross races in New York.

DATE EVENT LOCATION PROMOTER NOTE
August 27 Knox Farm East Aurora Chris Tirone Sunday
September 2 Buffalo Ski Club Colden Jamie Hallett Saturday
September 9 UCI C1 at Genesee Valley Park Rochester Scott Page/FMV  Saturday
September 10 UCI C2 at Genesee Valley Park Rochester Scott Page/FMV  Sunday
September 17 Grand Island Beaver Island State Park Scott Page/FMV Sunday
September 24 Webster Park Webster Scott Page/FMV  Sunday
October 1 West Falls Park CX West Falls John Roden Sunday
October 8 Parma CX Rochester Scott Page/FMV Sunday
October 15 The Park School CX Amherst Jonathan Rosen Sunday
October 22 HoliCross Ellicottville Greg Culver Sunday
October 29 Halloween Cross Rochester Andy August/Park Ave Bike Sunday
November 5 Cross in the Park Delaware Park, Buffalo Ethan Johnson/Campus WheelWorks Sunday
November 12 Cobbs Hill Rochester Scott Page/FMV Sunday

2016 WNY series

For 2016, BikeReg.com has generously offered to sponsor a cyclocross series for races that use BikeReg.com for registration.

Both the Knox Farm CX and the Park School CX have been using USA cycling for registration exclusively, so the results from those races will not be included in the series scoring on BikeReg.

2016 WNY cyclocross events

Date Event Location Promoter Note Series
August 28 Knox Farm East Aurora Chris Tirone Sunday
September 3 Buffalo Ski Club Colden Jamie Hallett Saturday BikeReg
September 10 UCI C1 at Genesee Valley Park Rochester Scott Page/FMV  Saturday BikeReg
September 11 UCI C2 at Genesee Valley Park Rochester Scott Page/FMV  Sunday BikeReg
September 18 Grand Island Beaver Island State Park Scott Page/FMV Sunday BikeReg
September 25 Webster Park Webster Scott Page/FMV  Sunday BikeReg
October 2 West Falls Park CX West Falls John Roden Sunday BikeReg
October 8 HoliCross Ellicottville Greg Culver Saturday BikeReg
October 9 Parma CX Rochester Scott Page/FMV Sunday BikeReg
October 23 The Park School CX Amherst Jonathan Rosen Sunday USAcycling
October 30 Halloween Cross Rochester Andy August/Park Ave Bike Sunday BikeReg
November 6 Cross in the Park Delaware Park, Buffalo Ethan Johnson/Campus WheelWorks Sunday BikeReg
November 12 Cross out Cancer Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg Dan Kowalik/EARC Saturday BikeReg
November 13 Cobbs Hill Rochester Scott Page/FMV Sunday BikeReg
November 19 Cross in a Maize Rochester Gregg Griffo/GVC Saturday BikeReg
November 20 Turkey Cross at the JCC/Markus Park Honeoye Falls Dave Ferrett Sunday BikeReg
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Neutral Race Support

Bike Loft East Neutral Race Support offers Professional level pre and during race support to all racers in attendance.  They also have a fleet of 5 neutral bikes in various sizes, 20-30 wheels in various configurations, along with a large stock of spare parts to keep racers in the race!

They can provide pressure washing depending on conditions and facility limitations.  They  have a crew of 5 mechanics that are versed in everything cross, including pit rules and layout.

If you are interested in working with Bike Loft East this coming cross season please contact Jeremy Clay via email or call 315-447-1017.

Jeremy Clay, USAC Licensed Race Mechanic

Bike Loft East Bike Loft East Neutral Race Support

315.692.4812

119 West Seneca St Manlius NY 13104

Cyclocross pit etiquette

Though cross season is winding down for most of us, a few die-hards are gearing up for late-season events and the nationals in Austin. This season there have been quite a few violations of the rules in the pits across races, including some by elite athletes.

Service pits in cross are unique to that discipline. You must stay on the course in a cross race to get to the pit, and if you pass a pit exit, you cannot go backwards into that pit for service, but must continue on the course to the next pit entrance. Most courses have a double pit with entrance/exit on each side, obviously you must exit on the same side you enter. Also, if you enter the pit you can’t just ride through, you must “do something” – stop and work on your bike, or change a wheel or entire bike.

A principle that applies to all disciplines of cycling is that you must make no progress unaccompanied by a bicycle. This rule is a common cause of pit violations – riders have dropped/thrown their bicycle immediately on entering the pit (once hitting the Sram neutral service mechanic!) and then run some distance to where their pit bike was located. That will get you disqualified. How close do you need to bring the bike you’re leaving to where your pit bike is waiting/being held? An International Commissaire told me that the entire exchange must take place within the space allotted to each team for its pit box at a UCI event – 4 meters or about 13 feet. That means at most a step or two between dropping one bike and grabbing another.

Other violations which may get you penalized is dropping or placing equipment in the pit lane (3 meters/10 feet closest to the course tape) and unauthorized feeding, either in the pit when it hasn’t been authorized by the chief referee prior to the race or anywhere else on the course even if feeding is allowed

Applicable rules:

  • 1N10. Competitors may make no progress unaccompanied by a bicycle.
  • 4A15. Feeding is generally not permitted unless specifically authorized by the Chief Referee. If authorized, there is normally no feeding in the first two and final two laps of the race, and a temperature of at least 68 degrees is recommended. All feeding takes place in the pit lane, unless the Chief Referee specifies otherwise.
  • 4C1. A rider may use the pit lane only to change a bicycle or wheel.
  • 4C2. Changing of equipment shall be done at the same point with no advance in the rider’s position.
  • 4C3. A rider passing the pit entrance and continuing beyond the pit exit (yellow flagged area) may not enter that pit, but must continue around the course to the next pit. A rider not passing the pit exit, may enter that pit after dismounting and walking backwards on the course to the pit entrance.
  • 4C4. The exchanging of wheels or bicycles between riders shall be forbidden.

Proposed 2015 events

Date Event Location Promoter Note Series
August 30 Knox Farm East Aurora Frank Mesi Sunday WNY
September 5 Ellison Park, UCI C1 Rochester Scott Page/FMV  new date UCI
September 6 Ellison Park, UCI C2 Rochester Scott Page/FMV  new date UCI
September 13 Buffalo Ski Club Colden Jamie Hallett  Sunday WNY
September 20 Beaver Island State Park Grand Island Scott Page/FMV new for 2015 WNY
September 27 Webster Park Webster Scott Page/FMV  Sunday WNY
October 4 West Falls Park Colden John Roden  Sunday WNY
October 11 Parma CX Rochester Scott Page/FMV Sunday WNY
October 18 The Park School CX Amherst Jonathan Rosen/BBC Sunday WNY
October 25 Halloween Cross Rochester Andy August/Park Ave Bike not sanctioned WNY
October 31 NYS CX Championship LaSalle Park, Buffalo Tom Weichmann/EARC Saturday
November 1 Cross in the Park Delaware Park, Buffalo Ethan Johnson/Campus WheelWorks Sunday WNY
November 7 Cross out Cancer Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg Dan Kowalik/EARC Saturday WNY
November 14 Cross in a Maize Rochester Gregg Griffo/GVC Saturday WNY and CNY
November 15 Cobbs Hill Rochester Scott Page/FMV Sunday WNY
November 22 Turkey Cross at the JCC/Markus Park Honeoye Falls Dave Ferrett/ not sanctioned WNY and CNY

The Park School CX 2014

Announcing a new event for Saturday, November 22, 2014: The Park School CX 2014!

Online registration will be available only through the USA Cycling site.

The race flier with start times is also on the USA Cycling web-site.

The use of USA Cycling instead of BikeReg allows unlicensed riders to buy a one-day license online before the event. Online pre-registration will end at 6pm Friday November 21st.

Pre-registered racers will not need to sign waivers on race day; instead, simply show photo identification and pickup your bib. Riders will be assigned a single bib for all races

This event is being held on the grounds of The Park School of Buffalo, which features three playing fields on two levels, connected by stairs and a closed roadway. There are also forested paths, stairs and a sand pit.  Adding to the speed, racers will do a half-lap around the circular driveway before dismounting for the stairs to reach the upper playing field.

The Park School is located at 4625 Harlem Road in Amherst, New York with convenient access from the I-90 and I-290, making it a quick trip from Rochester or Erie. Race sign-in and bib pickup will be held inside the Rich Family Activity Center, which includes separate locker rooms and showers available to all racers.

Neutral race pit support will be provided by Ryan Malinchak from VeloNRS. Ryan brings spare wheels and all the tools necessary to help racers get their bikes fixed and back in the race.

We hope to see many racers from Erie, Rochester and the Niagara Region of Canada attending this event.

The event will feature CrossMgr computerized race timing, providing spectators with real-time status of all racers and instant results after each race. Every finisher will get a finish line photo. Pictures will be uploaded to Facebook albums for each race. Racers can also use a single bib for all events; no need to change or re-pin bibs. Timing services provided by Jon Rosen Systems. Results will be posted to: www.Results.WNYcx.com/2014

Parking at The Park School is available in two different lots. The Harlem Road entrance provides parking for up to 80 cars. However, since the race course uses the road section, cars will not be able to access the second lot from Harlem Road. Instead, we encourage people to drive down Chateau Terrace from Main Street to access the other parking lot.

Visit the Google Maps link to see the actual planned race course with notes.

A number of changes have been made to the typical race day format to make this event more appealing to racers:

* The first 144 registered racers will receive an engraved commemorative pint glass courtesy of Abino Glass Works.

* Call-ups to the front row in each race will be made for the top 10 racers in each category ranked by USA cycling points. You must pre-register online and have a USA cycling license to be eligible for a call-up.

* Category 5 racers can choose from a 30-minute or 45-minute event, or do both!

* Due to USAC rule 1H5, the 10am, 11am and 12pm races with Category 5 in them are limited to a combined field size of 75 riders.

* The 12pm Cat 4/5 race will be scored separately with awards going to the top 3 in each category rather than combined.

* Mens Category 4 racers have the opportunity to race up to three times in one day: 45-minute Masters, 45-minute SS or Cat4, and 60-minute Cat4.

* New Masters 30-39 category in addition to Masters 40-49 and Masters 50+. All Masters categories will be open to all categories including women, allowing Cat5 racers to enter the Masters age group. Women will not be scored separately.

* Mens Cat 1-2-3 provides a larger field opportunity with additional points if the field is 11 or more racers.

* Equal payout for both mens and womens 1-2-3 categories.

* Special recognition and a prize will be given to the rider with the fastest lap in each race.

* Any Cat4 or Cat5 racers signing up for three races will receive special recognition. The fastest overall Cat4 and Cat 5 racer completing three races will receive a merchandise prize.

* Everyone is invited to attend the annual Buffalo Bicycling Club banquet at 6pm in the Lafayette Hotel! The $20 buffet and cash bar with local beer on tap is a great way to celebrate your race effort.

* Racers that bring their bib to the BBC banquet will get a free drink!