Thursday, June 30, 2016

Week 7 Results

Results are up! Our lucky streak continued, with bonus cooler weather last night. Thanks for all who attended! Thanks to your feedback, we've been able to pinpoint some scoring issues that have arisen due to the way we've been handling category changes, and also a mostly unnecessary button on the rider registration page. 

We know why so many riders have been getting 5 points even if they weren't there, however if you have another scoring issue, comment or email with as much detail as you can if you've been affected, and we will get the issue resolved. For example "I'm number XXX, I raced the C race for two weeks then upgraded to B, my scores from the C race are still showing up."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Week 7 Course Map

Below you will find the course map for this week's race. No out-laps this week, but still trying to keep it a bit twisty, and there's climbing again.

Call-ups are planned for the A races again this week, and unlike last week we will run on time and actually be able to do them.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Week 6 Results

Thank you to all who came out and raced last night, we once again got lucky with the weather. Let's hope it continues! Results can be found here, and the link in the sidebar will get you the results for the entire season.

Thanks for bearing with us as we played around with the idea of call-ups. Even though they didn't end up happening, the benefit on our side was that it helped highlight a couple issues with results that we can now correct, which will help with the accuracy of overall series standings.

We will hold off on trying again until the last race of the season, with the exception of the A races. As long as weather and counting issues don't put us behind, we will do call-ups for the A races next week.

We've had a few photographers come out each week, making fantastic photos. For the past 5 races Greg Cooper has been setting up camp, and last night we also had Jeremy Alcorn out there. Thanks for all the great photos guys!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Update #2

As we look into this further, there are a few scoring issues that we need to work out before we can attempt to do call-ups for all races, which comes in addition to concerns voiced about the system favoring consistent attendance. As such, tonight we will only be doing call-ups for A races. Once we sort out the scoring discrepancies, we will attempt to bring the system to all races at least once next week.

Call-ups will definitely happen for the last race of the series on August 3.

Update on Call-ups

I've been getting a lot of great, helpful, feedback regarding the callups experiment we will be implementing this week, and wanted to put some information up here for everyone to see.

First, I do want to stress that this is a trial. As has been pointed out, this may not be a great thing for the B and C races, where many riders have a hard time making it out to race every single week, but are still strong enough to be front-row, top ten riders. This week we will see what does and does not work, and tweak things from there.

Second, because of the way we have been using the system, points for riders who have been upgraded by changing the category of their existing profile keep the points they have earned, and those points are then reflected in the new category, leading to examples of two riders apparently scoring 100 points in the same race. We will do our best to sort this out and prevent it from happening the rest of the season for a more accurate points tally.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Week 6 Course Map

Below you will find this week's course map. Like last week, the first turn on the full course comes up pretty quickly so we will be doing an out-lap. For the kid's race, we will be sending you straight onto the abbreviated course.

As mentioned last week, we are going to be trying out call-ups before each race. We will most likely be calling the top ten riders to the front. There do appear to be a couple scoring anomalies here and there, which will be sorted out by race day. If we have any updates you can find them here, so watch this space.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Week 5 Results, Trying New Things

It was a scorcher on Wednesday, but the course was great so what more could you ask for? Results are up, and the link on the sidebar should now send you to a permanent series standings page.

We are finally beginning to hit our stride, so next week we are going to try doing call-ups. These will be based on total series points, and the top 10 riders (or however many will fit across the starting corral) will be called to the front at the start of the race. This will probably take about five minutes and we will probably be lining you all up before the previous race ends. Keep in mind this will just be a trial next week and if we begin to run significantly behind schedule we will stop doing them.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Week 5 Course

This week's course map is below, now also featuring some lines for the kid's course. The turnout last week was great--tell your friends and help bring even more people out to race!

There's no new info this week, but we do have a couple reminders: if you're racing multiple races, be sure to either run the correct numberplate for each race or simply attach both to your bike at the same time. We try to have fresh, interesting courses each week, and welcome any suggestions. If there's a course you really liked in the past, or you have an idea for one, let us know and we can try to run it.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Week 4 Results

Thank you all who turned out last night, I think it was our biggest night of racing yet! Last night's results and series standings can be found at the link.

A big thanks to Skratch labs for being there providing drink mix and energy chews and providing prizes along with Yellowbelly Chicken and Panache Cyclewear.

Our race winners last night were:

Men's A: Chris Baddick
Women's A: Evelyn Dong
Men's B: Keegan Sotebeer
Women's B: Alexa Warner
Men's C: Simon Pendleton
Singlespeed: Tom Hopper
Junior: Riley Cotton
Kids: Alex Noerdlinger

If you didn't pick up your prize, please see us at the finish line next week to claim it.

Once again, we had photographer Greg Cooper in attendance, who took some great photos of everybody sending it at the bottom of Rivet. You can see his photos here.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Week 4

Short Track #4 is almost upon us, which means it's time for a new course! See the last post for a link to results and series standings if you want to know how you've been doing each week.

We continue to learn new things about the electronic timing each week. In addition to power supply issues, we've continued to face problems with entrants not attaching the correct numberplate to their bikes. This was mostly a problem with the juniors, many of whom have been racing twice an evening. To resolve this issue, simply attach all race numbers for the night to your bike. The system will read both numbers, bot only the one for your current race will be recorded. This will make it easier for you and our timer, Matt.

Finally, we would like to address a safety concern that was brought to us last week: while racing, please remove headphones/earpieces. You should have no reason to have anything in your ear--you can go 20 minutes without music.

Course map:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Week 3 Results

Thanks to everybody who showed up this week and raced! We got lots of compliments on this week's course--it's gonna be a tough act to follow for next week but we'll do our best! If you have any favorite courses from the past, let us know and we can always run them again.

We've had photographer Greg Cooper at the last couple of races, and he has taken some great photos of the evening. Photos from week 2 can be found here, and the entire series can be found at this link. Thanks Greg!

Here is the current results link: Race 3 and Series Standings. This link will likely change soon, and will be updated ASAP once it does. If it's not working don't worry, it will start working again soon.

Numbers: We've had issues with racers running incorrect numbers for the current race, especially in the juniors where many participants race another higher category race later in the evening. To resolve this issue, attach both numbers to your bike at the same time. The system will pick up both numbers, but since each one has it's own unique code only the one for the race you are currently in will be recorded in the results.