Category Archives: Cyclo-Cross

Free bibs!

Bibs are a necessary expense for races. Choices include plain paper bibs, bibs with sponsors, or fancy fabric bibs. But for low cost, nothing beats free, and RoadID.com will provide free bibs with their logo on them.

While the RoadID bibs are a little on the small side, they are perfectly suitable for cross races; just have racers remove the tear-off strip so they don’t fold over and cover the numbers. Another advantage of the free RoadID.com bibs is that the sponsor logos make it easy to determine if a bib is upside down. With blank bibs, numbers like 68 can be pinned upside to produce a different number.

Having a sponsor name on the bib provides that extra information needed to keep bibs on the right way.

 

How much does a cyclocross race cost?

Cyclocross races require substantial planning, labor and money to be successful. As a fundraising or for-profit venture, they are not ideal events for making money. While a well run race with 100 racers may net up to $1000 in profit, a basket theme-tray or raffle can make $10,000 with less effort!

For estimating race sizes, BikeReg.com can be useful for finding the history for comparable events previously held on the same day or location.

For new promoters planning their first cyclocross event, here are some typical costs to consider:

  • Event day Insurance: $200
  • Caution tape: $225
  • USA cycling official: $100
  • Broken stakes: $100
  • Prizes and medals: $600
  • Bibs: $75 or free if using bibs supplied by RoadID.com
  • Supplies: $25 (pins, tape, printing forms, signs, etc.)
  • Timing services: $150
  • Food and drinks for volunteers: $75
  • Optional rental fee to land-owner/venue.
  • Optional: $150 for neutral race support from VeloNRS or bike shop support fee.
  • Optional stake rental or purchase.
  • Advertising expenses.

Assuming an expense of $2000 and 85 riders at $30 each, an event can net $500 or more.

Producing Perfect Results Quickly with CrossMgr.

Scoring and producing results quickly for a cyclocross race is one of the most visible and valuable results a promoter can provide racers. Racers expect results to be available within minutes of finishing. For events sanctioned by USAcycling.org, results must be posted for 15 minutes before awards can be presented. Since cyclocross races can consist of multiple categories with lapped riders, the use of scoring software such as CrossMgr is highly recommended.

Producing accurate race results quickly after a race finishes can be a challenge. Surprisingly, most of the issues that prevent a race from being scored promptly are caused by registration problems rather than race data entry problems. After registration problems, the quality of race results are determined by the level of attention and accuracy of the number caller. A distracted number caller will result in missed laps that require investigation and correction.

Consider the example of 30 riders in a 10 lap race. Assuming all riders finish, a total of 300 lap times would be generated. Apart from the finishing lap, any other individual missing lap times can easily be generated by splitting the long lap time. This type of entry error is automatically corrected by CrossMgr, so missing one or more riders during the race has no effect on the results.

Comparing the effect of a single missing lap for a rider to a rider with a bib issue that prevents the rider from being scored, and now the problem is severe. Missing riders affect the finish order, and a single missing rider in a 10-lap race now is equivalent to 10 missed lap times, far more significant than a few missing laps.

The solution to these common problems comes from checking the rider registration data before, during and after the race. These problems can be found and fixed as riders line up at the start line. Bring spare bibs, pins and a permanent marker while inspecting riders for these common problems:

  • missing bib number.
  • upside down bib number.
  • bib number outside race category sequence.
  • bib number on the wrong side, not visible to the number caller or camera.
  • rider with ambiguous bib number: 13, 31, 69 and 96 should be marked to indicate top or bottom.

Other problems may not become visible until the race starts or finishes. These problems typically exist in the Excel registration file.

  • CrossMgr 1.82 and later will detect duplicate and missing bib numbers in Excel and report them in the recommendations page.
  • Riders using a bib number outside the defined category in CrossMgr will not appear in the results until assigned a category.  Riders with recorded times that do not appear in the results will be listed on the recommendations page in CrossMgr.

When reviewing the race results, riders with a mechanical delay that exceeds the time length of one lap may be automatically assigned a missing lap by CrossMgr. Having an official in the pit and comparing the pit report after the race is necessary to avoid giving an extra lap to riders with a lengthy mechanical delay.

Riders that abandon the race without passing the start/finish or notifying the timer may also end up with automatically created lap times by CrossMgr. Riders should be reminded at the line not to abandon the course until they have passed the start/finish, where they should announce DNF.

Registration problems can be prevented by using a printed start list by category and a pre-printed form for tracking additional racers that registered the day of the event.

Neutral Support Pit Services

CX promoters can enhance their race with neutral pit support provided by Ryan Malinchak and his company, VeloNRS. Racers benefit from having an expert technician available at the race to ensure they can compete and complete. In addition to a tent and tools, he brings a variety of spare wheels and trainers. All of these services are free to racers

Ryan is also a licensed USAC mechanic.

Contact Ryan at 585-721-0681 or VeloNRS@gmail.com.

2013 Ontario Cyclocross Races

There are a lot of cyclocross races scheduled in Ontario, Canada for fall 2013.

http://www.ontariocycling.org/2013-cyclo-cross-schedule-update/

USA riders must purchase a UCI license from USAcycling.org for $150 to participate.  Unfortunately, Canada no longer provides 1-day license purchases to riders without a UCI license. Unlike the USA, Canada does not have a national cycling organization. Instead, Canadian riders purchase a UCI license and then join a provincial racing organization. For Ontario, the provincial organization is Ontario Cycling (oca.org.)

2013 Short Track Series at the Victor Apple Farm

Short Track at The Apple Farm

Overall Series results are below the race 4 results.

Race 4

Kids

1 Patrick Vicary
2 Daniel Atkinson
3 Stephen Munier

Beginner
1 Helene Schmid
2 Michael Gorzynski
3 Andrew Schmid
4 Samantha Stumpf
5 Jennifer Cohen

Sport
1 Jason Quagliata
2 Don Fella
3 Rick Dalton
4 Gerald Dunn
5 Brent Bivona
6 Gregg Brett
7 Bruce Wolcott
8 Richard Camping
9 Augie Grugnale
10 Dale Twardockus
11 Phil Mevs
12 David Silloway
13 Brian Gee
14 Mark Kukla
15 Ben Atkinson
16 David Burnside
17 Ryan Malinchak

Expert Women
1 Katina Walker
2 Jess Snyder
3 Kelly Dietrick

Expert Men
1 Dan Staffo
2 Jeff Walker
3 Chris Mooney
4 Cory Johannessen
5 Craig Mattern
6 Rob Dietrick
7 Gregg Griffo
8 Chris Delancey
9 Cory Kuhns
10 Jesse Bulman
11 Trevor Harrison
12 Pete Pelychaty
13 Graham Marsh

Series Final Over All Standings

Kids
1 Patrick Vicary
2 Daniel Atkinson

Beginner
1 Helene Schmid
2 Jennifer Cohen

Sport
1 Jason Quagliata
2 Rick Dalton
3 Gerald Dunn
4 Brent Bivona
5 Don Fella
6 Dick Camping
7 Augie Grugnale
8 Dale Twardockus
9 Tamela Swan
10 Brandon Vulaj
11 Ben Atkinson
12 Dave Burnside
13 Ryan Malinchak

Expert Women
1 Katina Walker
2 Jess Snyder
3 Kelly Dietrick

Expert Men
1 Dan Staffo
2 Chris Mooney
3 Pete Pelychaty
4 Gregg Griffo
5 Rob Dietrick
6 Chris Delancey
7 Graham Marsh
8 Jesse Bulman

 

Free results posting

WNYcx.com is pleased to offer free results hosting for any race results from WNY events. Our hosting can provide an FTP server for use with CrossMgr software, allowing both real-time and post-race results to be uploaded and stored at www.Results.WNYcx.com. Once results are saved on the FTP site, they can be linked to www.FaceBook.com or any other web-site.

Contact us for an FTP account and instructions on how to link CrossMgr with www.Results.WNYcx.com to make your race results instantly visible on the Internet.

Results from these promoters are available on www.Results.WNYcx.com:

  • Victor Apple Farm, David Ferrett.
  • Park Ave Bike, Andy August.
  • WNY CX series results.
  • Endurance America, LLC, Mack Lawrence,