Congratulations to our series champions, and thank you to everyone who raced in the series finale and the series! We here at CU Cycling are excited and proud every year to host this long-standing Boulder tradition, and you racers make the hard work worth the effort.
We'd like to send out a few special thanks to the people who really made this year's series what it was:
First, thank you to Michael Friedberg and the rest of the YellowBelly Chicken staff for providing weekly prizes to category winners; everyone had a chance this year to race for a free dinner or socks, making everyone feel like a pro in their field. If you haven't tried YellowBelly, swing on down to their shop at Folsom and Arapahoe for the best fried chicken you'll find in Boulder.
Next, thank you to Keenan Meitz and his team at EVOL Foods. Keenan was able to swing by a couple times this summer with his tent and about 200 EVOL burritos per race. This really elevated the evening and provided volunteers and racers, alike, with some fuel to keep going strong all evening. Keenan was also able to swing some prize packs for the dual slalom races, though they were unfortunately rained out. We appreciate all the effort and support that the team at EVOL Foods has provided throughout the summer.
Thank you to Skyler Beck, Mike Rossi, and the Valmont staff for letting us host the series at the bike park for the second year. The new format and trail variety that Valmont brings to the short track series truly makes this one of the premier events of its kind in the nation.
Thank you to the members of CU Cycling who admirably donated their time every week to the races, even if they didn't race. We had a lot more team road cyclists involved this year, and we on the mountain side appreciate all your help and enthusiasm that made this race run smoothly every week.
Thanks to Dave Towle, our outstanding commentator, for coming every week and bringing the series to another level with his race banter. Dave has commentated for almost every type of race around Colorado during his years in the cycling scene, including the US Pro Challenge, and he made everyone from the Men's A to the Kids 4-9 feel that they were racing for the rainbow jersey.
Thank you to Jenny Paddock and Dixon Hutchinson for running registration every single week of the series. These two dedicated Boulder police officers set up early every week and made sure that every entrant felt appreciated and ready for their upcoming races. Jenny and Dixon have truly become part of the CU Cycling family, so much that they spent the afternoon and evening of their 20th wedding anniversary running registration before going out to their much-deserved anniversary dinner.
Lastly, thank you to all of you racers who showed up week after week, rain or shine, to race your hearts out and lay it all on the line for glory. We at CU Cycling are proud to be part of such a strong cycling community. It is a pleasure and an honor to host this annual short track series.
Until next summer,
The Short Track Crew at CU Club Cycling