Friday, March 17, 2017

Practice Crit Survey

As we look to make improvements and increase participation in the practice crits, please help out and take a few minutes to respond to the Practice Crit survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBJPV9G

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The 2017 Practice Season is Almost Here!

It will not be long before the first practice crit of 2017 is here (although it may not look like it with all that white stuff out there!).

The Practice Crit flyer will be ready soon, so look for it posted here and around town!

Some relatively significant changes are in store for this coming season:

- The Brazen Dropouts will be taking over the reigns from the Trek Midwest Team (be sure to thank Trek Midwest Team members for their hard work the past three years).

- We will keep a leaderboard for both the A and B races, updating and posting it each week, with the podium finishers at the end of the season winning some awesome prizes!

- We are also hoping to link up with Strava so that we can keep track of fastest laps, fastest average lap time, etc. and post weekly and season-long results.

- We will hopefully include some clinics for those looking to further their crit racing skills.

- We plan to make available an on-line sign-up for corner guard volunteering.


A few reminders:

- The crits will again be held on Wednesday evenings, with the B race starting about 6:30 pm, and the A race starting about 7:10 pm.

- The first crit of the season will be held on May 2.

- The practice crits can be used to upgrade from Cat 5 to Cat 4.

- Review past posts for more detail about the location, races, etc.

- The blog will be updated more regularly once the season gets a bit closer (and that white stuff is a distant memory).


Finally, the Practice Crit Committee is considering raising the entry fee from $5 to $10 (it has been $5 for almost 20 years!). The are several reasons for the potential increase:

- the cost of the porta-potties (which we have to have) is about $1500

- City of Madison street permit is about $300

- USA Cycling race permit (that includes the insurance we need to hold the race at the UW Research Park) is about $175

USA Cycling surcharges ($2.50 per rider per race day)

- there are also miscellaneous supplies that need to be purchased each year (e.g., radio batteries, safety pins for the numbers)

The local areas teams - Trek Midwest, Brazen Dropouts, GDVC, MadCity Velo, Neff Cycling, and 801 W Madison - are all doing their share to provide some financial assistance, however, as you can see from the list, there are quite a few expenses that we need to cover, and the $5 entry fee, along with the lower number of racers we have had the past few years, makes it difficult to cover everything. Nothing is definite yet, this is just a "heads up" for now.




Thursday, July 14, 2016

Calling an End to the 2016 Practice Crits

Given the poor turn out for last night's practice crit (21 riders total - both A and B race), and the fact that we started late so that we could get the minimum number of corner guards (looked like we might have to cancel), we have decided to call it a season.

Please look for a end-of-season survey to be posted here shortly so we can get feedback for next year.

Thanks to all who came out, and particularly to those of you who were regular volunteers.

See you in 2017.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Important Practice Crit Update

The organizing committee for the practice crit has decided that we are taking a 3 week hiatus because many of the core people responsible for setting up and organizing the practice crits will be gone over the next three weeks.

There will NOT be practice crits on the following dates: June 22, June 29, or July 6.

We will finish the season with 3 final practice crits which will lead up to and help get racers ready for the LAPT omnium and the State Championship weekend.

The final practice crits will be: July 13, July 20, and July 27.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Great 2 Weeks of Racing!

Weather has been perfect the past two weeks and with the nice weather, out came the racers - we had about 50 racers 2 weeks ago and about 40 racers last night!

We will be racing next week (but not June 22).

As a reminder, in the event of sketchy weather, I will post by about 4:30 pm whether the practice crits are on or off for the night.

A couple shots from last night.


Lining up for the A race.



Second lap and the A race already strung out.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Crit Cancelled for Tonight

Given the forecast and the likelihood for rain, we are canceling the crits for tonight. (It better not end up being warm and sunny tonight!)

See everyone next week.

Crit Weather Update

I will post about 4:30 pm whether the crit tonight is a go or not as the forecast looks iffy at the moment.