New York, WNYcx races, includes Buffalo and Rochester:
WPCX (Western Pennsylvania CX series) WPCX | Facebook
NEOcx (North East Ohio CX series) Northeast Ohio Cyclocross Series (NEOCX) | Facebook
New York, WNYcx races, includes Buffalo and Rochester:
WPCX (Western Pennsylvania CX series) WPCX | Facebook
NEOcx (North East Ohio CX series) Northeast Ohio Cyclocross Series (NEOCX) | Facebook
Western New York: wnycx.com:
9/1 Buffalo Ski Club CX
9/8 Rochester CX at Genesee Valley Park.
9/9 Rochester CX at Genesee Valley Park.
9/16 Grand Island
9/23 Kirkland and Webster
9/30 Cross out Child Abuse Oswego
9/30 West Falls Park CX
9/30 Three Valley Trail Race – timing by Jon Rosen Systems
10/6 Uncle Sam
10/7 Uncle Sam & Parma
10/13 Sprague Brook
10/14 Sprague Brook
10/20 Salt City
10/21 Salt City & Spa CX
10/28 Park Ave Halloween CX & Wicked Creepy.
11/4 Cross in the Park, Cider Cross, Bethlehem Cup.
11/11 Cobbs HIll
11/17 Supercross Cup.
12/11 USA cycling nationals.
Northeast Ohio: NEOcx
9-8-18 – NEOCycle Edge of the World Cyclocross Spectacular – timing by Jon Rosen Systems
9-16-18 – Blue Sky at Sims Park
9-23-18 – Brooklyn Cross p/b Snakebite Racing
9-30-18 – Team Lake Effect at Hiram College
10-7-18 – Down by the River Cross p/b Bike Ohio
10-14-18 – The Bicycle Hub at ?!?!?!?!
10-21-18 – Joy Machines at ?!?!?!??!
10-28-18- Smokin’ Grass on the Farm p/b Soupcan Racing
11-4-18 – Willoughby Helltrack p/b Eddy’s
11-10-18 and 11-11-18 – Derby Downs p/b Summit Freewheelers — State Championships!
Western Pennsylvania: WPcx
Sep 8 – Riverview Park – Nathan LaValla
Sep 16 – Slippery Rock – Travis & Julie Saeler
Oct 14 – CX Appeal – Rick Holzworth
Nov 4 – Raccoon CX – Jeff Grimm
Nov 11- Franklin CX- Zack Wills
Nov 17&18 – Keystone CX – Ashley Reefer
Dec 1&2 – Jmac Double CX Alameda Park
Eastern Pennsylvania: PACX – B3 (beer, brews, bikes)
9/23 Victory CX 9/23
10/13 Roundtop Mountain Resort Brew CX
11/03 Swashbuckler CX
11/04 Stoudts CX
11/17 Troeganator CX
Eastern Pennsylvania: MACX
9/9 Whirlybird CX
9/15 Nittany Lion CX
9/16 Nittay Lion CX
Visit the USAcycling.org event page for the latest list of cyclocross races in New York.
|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|
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.
|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|
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
119 West Seneca St Manlius NY 13104
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
|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|
Announcing a new event for Saturday, November 22, 2014: The Park School CX 2014!
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!
Chip timing and photo results for the 2014 Bloomfield road race were provided by Jon Rosen Systems using RFID chips from J-Chip USA and J-Chip equipment owned by the Buffalo Bicycling Club. Results produced from CrossMgr software are posted on www.Results.WNYcx.com.
In addition to lap times, digital pictures were taken of every rider on every lap and have been posted in albums for each race category on the GVCC Genesee Valley Cycling Club FaceBook.com page. Results are also posted on BikeReg.com and USAcycling.com.
Many of the cyclocross races in WNY have adopted CrossMgr for scoring and results. CrossMgr relies on entering bib numbers every lap to calculate the average lap speed and predict the remaining number of laps.
This detailed lap data provides the basis for a complete picture of the race, showing every riders performance in every lap. This is a big departure from previous methods of scoring, where only the leaders on the last lap were recorded. With all this extra data available, racers can think about races differently:
Having lap data is like getting a chance to look at the cyclocomputer of your competitors and the race leader, giving you wider insight into the entire race. You can find results from some races on http://results.wnycx.com
Over the summer of 2013, Ed Sitarski (the creator of CrossMgr software for scoring cyclocross races) released SeriesMgr, a separate software program for scoring race series. SeriesMgr automates the job of combining results from multiple races. SeriesMgr can link to results produced with CrossMgr or an Excel file with race results. However, for the series results to be meaningful, the categories between separate races must be identical.
For an example of the SeriesMgr results, view this link for the 2013 races that were scored with CrossMgr:
For 2014, races scored with CrossMgr will be added to the series results and posted at each event.
The following are proposed and tentative dates for 2014 events. These events have not been permitted or confirmed and are subject to change. Promoters are encouraged to share their preferred date and venue at the first opportunity to lessen the chance that any two events will conflict. Where dates are specified, they are based on prior year events being held consistently on the same date. Events will be added to the calendar as they receive their 2014 USA cycling permit number.
Sunday, August 31: Knox Farm CX, Frank Mesi.
Friday and Saturday, September 5 & 6: Highlander Cycle Tour at Bristol.
Sunday, September 7: Parma CX, Scott Page/FMV.
Sunday September 14: Buffalo Ski Club, Jamie Hallett.
Sunday, September 21:
Saturday, September 27: NEOcycle Cleveland, Edgewater Park CX.
Sunday, September 28: NEOcycle Cleveland, Wade Oval Criterium.
Sunday September 28: Cowbell CX VIII at Burgoyne Park, St. Catharines, Nathan Chown.
September 28th: Webster Park, Scott Page/FMV.
October 5th, Sprague Brook Park CX, John Roden.
October 11 and 12: Ellison Park UCI CX, Scott Page/FMV.
Sunday October 12: Ellicottville Fall Festival MTB race, Mack Lawrence.
October 18: Ossian Giant Gravel Grinder Race at Swain/Erich Dobson and Dave Silloway/The Bike Zone.
Sunday, October 26: Halloween Cross at Camp Arrowhead, Andy August/Park Ave Bike
Sunday, November 2: Cross in the (Delaware) Park, Ethan Johnson/Campus WheelWorks
Saturday, November 8: Long Acre Farms Corn Maze Cross, Gregg Griffo.
Sunday November 9: Hamburg Fairgrounds, Tom Weichmann/EARC+TBS.
Saturday, November 15th: Kissing Bridge North, ski swap weekend; no event.
November 16: Cobbs HIll, Scott Page/FMV.
Sunday November 23: Turkey Cross at the Victor Apple Farm, Dave Ferrett.
Sunday, November 30: Open
Compiling the race results from 2013 into a series highlighted the issue of categories. Many promoters created similar but not identical categories.
Consistent categories are a requirement for scoring a series. The following categories are proposed for 2014 races. Each of the following categories would be scored separately and started 30 seconds apart.
Race 1, 45 minutes:
Race 2, 45 minutes:
Race 3, 60 minutes:
For the first race, both Masters 40 and 50 would be started together, all Women started 30 seconds later, and U16 with single speed started last. For the Masters 40+ and Masters 50+, these would be open to all categories rather than limited to category 3/4 racers.
For the second race, category 4 and 5 would be split into two separate scoring groups, allowing category 5 and one-day racers a podium opportunity. These groups would be started 30 seconds apart ensuring they line-up separately. Category 5 men would include both licensed and one-day riders.
For the last race, the Category 1-2-3 combination would yield a larger field than Category 1-2 alone, while the category 4 racers would start 30 seconds later.
Apart from the Ellison Park/UCI event with 300+ riders and Delaware Park with 200 riders, all other WNY CX races attract 85-115 riders. The proposed categories above would be suitable for all WNY CX races except the Ellison Park/UCI race. Conversely, the WNY CX races would not benefit from adopting the category structure used at Ellison Park/UCI.
Between 2012 and 2013 there was a 30% increase in attendance at all WNY cyclocross races. These larger fields prompted promoters to switch from 2 events to 3 events per day, moving the Cat 4/5/Citizens group into a second 45 minute race. However, most promoters did not score the Cat4 and Cat5 separately.
For 2013, most promoters followed this format:
Race 1: Masters Men 40+, Masters Men 50+, U16, Women 1-2-3, Women 4, Single Speed. No one-day licenses.
Race 2: Category 4, Category 5 and one-day/citizen scored together.
Race 3: Category 1-2-3-4 in various combinations: Cat 1/2 and 3/4 or Cat 1/2/3 and Cat 4.
While the three category format was an improvement, there were some inconsistencies between promoters, mostly in the 3rd Cat 1/2/3 race. These inconsistencies became obstacles to providing a series result for the WNY races. Also, some racers found it appealing to enter two or three races, raising the possibility of an Enduro award for the fastest overall 2-race and 3-race participant.
Proposed 2014 schedule:
10am, 45 minute race: MM40 and MM50, 30 second gap, W123 and W4, 30 second gap, U16 and SS.
10:45am; leader finishes
11am; last rider finishes, scoring starts: review DNF and check for missed laps.
11:05am scoring finished, results printed and posted. 15 minute protest starts
11:20: protest period ends, podium awards start
11:30: kids race starts
12pm kids race ends
12pm, 45 minute race: open Cat4, Cat5 (includes citizens and one day licenses) with 30 second separation.
12:45pm leader finishes
1pm last rider finishes, scoring starts: review DNF and check for missed laps.
1:05 scoring finished, results printed and posted, 15 minute protest period starts.
1:20pm protest ends, podium awards start
1:30pm, 60 minute race: open Cat 123, open Cat4 with 30-second separation.
2:30pm leader finishes
2:45pm last rider finishes, scoring starts: review DNF and check for missed laps.
3pm protest ends, podium awards start.
Pre-registration for events can become cause for anxiety, with promoters and racers watching the attendance numbers slowly climb. Typically, only half of the racers are registered with one day to go before an event, with the other half registering on the last day.
Adding call-ups to the first 16 riders in each category is an effective way to jump-start registration for an event. Riders are motivated to sign up early when call-ups are assigned in registration order.
Sites like BikeReg.com make implementing this feature easy, since riders can be sorted in order of registration before bib numbers are assigned. At the race start, an announcement is made inviting the first 16 riders to advance to the front.
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.
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:
Assuming an expense of $2000 and 85 riders at $30 each, an event can net $500 or more.
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:
Other problems may not become visible until the race starts or finishes. These problems typically exist in the Excel registration file.
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.
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.