Monday, June 27, 2011

Justin's sponsoring June 29 race!

Get ready for some almond butter:
This Wednesday, Justin's is sponsoring the short track race, providing prizes all night.
Thank's Justin's!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Low turnout in week 4

The longest day of the year was a hot one, so maybe the temperatures scared off a few racers. Perhaps it was the Wednesday practice crit near IBM that took a few racers away. Perhaps its vacation time. We still had 104 racers show up, about 40 less than last week.

On the plus side, word of the Short Track Series is definitely spreading around. Of the 104 racers, we had 43 new faces! We also love the photographers and videographers that keep coming out to the races. Check out last night's Women's A race. I also believe I saw at least one helmet cam at the race. Hopefully we'll see that video soon too.

As for Wednesday's results, check them out here. The overall standings are updated too. We always appreciate feedback, so be sure to let us know if we made any mistakes in the results.

Also, what did you think of the long course? Fun? Challenging? Too long? How about the short lap to start the race? We figured that would help space out the riders enough before the technical stuff began. We did have a little mixup with the large Men's B field, who ended up doing 2 short laps before starting the full course, but it seemed to work out anyway.

There has been some darker news lately in the cycling community:

"Rich Miles was in an extemely severe bicycle accident on Friday [June 17] on peak to peak. Many broken bones, lung punctured. Operation today [June 22]. Vehicle that caused it left scene. Sue Ann Miles wants to get postings on all bicycle club websites. There were witnesses on bikes. In panic at time Sue Ann did not get names. Please help her. Please email her for details. Her e-mail is"

If you have any info about the incident on Peak-to-Peak highway last week, or a blog or website of your own, please help out Sue Ann and Rich.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

3 races down, 8 to go

It was a scorcher on Wednesday, with the sun beating down an intense 85 degrees, and still 145 of you showed up for some sweet and entirely injury-free racing. We had a special guest in town too, a big thanks goes out to the East Coast's Bruce Dickman for announcing all evening!

We had a little difficulty sorting some of the results, particularly the Men's B's, so check out Wendesday's results here, and let us know if something's a little off. We've corrected a couple of issues from last week in the standings.

It looks like in Margel Abel's absence, Erin Huck extended her lead in the Women's A's overall, though Nicole Duke ran away with Wednesday's race, a good 12 seconds over Cait Vestal in 2nd. The standings in all of the other categories are really tight, as Brady Kappius and Mike West continue alternating wins. 8 races to go, and anything can happen. We'll see you at the research park next week!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Race #2 in the books!

After a great turnout last week, another 149 racers . This included a bunch of new faces like Joe Goodacre, who was crushing it in the kids race. The question will be can he catch Oliver Hart and Cade Mead, who are currently sitting 1-2 in the overall, just as they were at the end of the 2010 series.
The big kids course featured a tricky hairpin and a bit of a cliff on the back side. Our medic on hand saw a couple of crashes, scraped elbows and knees. The clouds rolling through in the evening just intensified the racing, it seeemd everyone was going all out.

Erin Huck took the win in the Women's A race over CU Cycling's Women's Coach Margell Abel. History seems to repeat itself, as they are now 1-2 in the overall, just as they ended last season.

5 of the Men's A racers were flying through the course! By the end, Brady Kappius just edged out last week's winner Mike West. Mike still has the edge on Brady in the overall though. Last year's winner, Bryan Alders is close behind in 3rd.

Check out the full results here, with the total standings in their usual place.

Thanks to Jeff Higham for the videos from last week's races. And thanks again, Dave Wright for capturing this week's race in photos.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

And the Series is under way!

The rainy season has passed, and the trails are dry. So CU's Summer Short Track Series has finally begun! And what a way to begin, with a whopping 154 racers, including 20 wicked fast kids!

As always, Chuck from Full Cycle was out grilling hot dogs and brats, competing with the Boulder Junior Cycles tent with their hot dogs and biker-friendly (healthy) cookies. Dave Wright was on hand photographing the Women's A and Men's A fields. Check out some sweet photos here. Thanks Dave!

Results are posted.
We still have a few bugs to work out, so let us know if there are any corrections.
Additionally we had advertised hosting girls Juniors with the Women's B's, and boys Juniors with the Men's C's, but ended up racing all juniors together with Women's B's - the way we have normally done it in the past. We apologize to the juniors who missed the women's B start and raced in the C's instead.

We also started the single speed racers 30 seconds after the Men's B race. On that long course, several of the single speeders caught up and jumped right in with the B's, with a few passing more than half of the B field. Let us know either in comments or emails how you felt it went, and which style you'd prefer. How should we mix the juniors? Should single speeders just start with the B's, 30 seconds ahead, or 30 seconds behind?

Thanks for your input, and a big thanks for racing! We'll see you next Wednesday!