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tileman

Member Since 24 Jan 2008
Offline Last Active Jun 27 2017 10:51 AM
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In Topic: Sad news

27 June 2017 - 10:50 AM

Very sad.  Peace to family and friends.

In Topic: Dirty South Roubaix 100k

31 January 2017 - 01:29 PM

Holy Cow Moe!  I knew you guys were working on this but I didn't realize the planning had gotten so far.  Good job and good luck.

For those of you who aren't familiar with some of our hills, this will be one to test you.  La Rue Pine Hills is awesome.  Take a breath at the top and look out over the river valley.  Silica hill is crazy, I don't even like walking up it.  I have never made it all the way up trying to ride it either!  Bring your low gears!

Not familiar with Gravel Races.  What kind of SAG support are you going to have?

In Topic: Video from C Race at Battlegrounds

07 November 2016 - 12:46 PM

Thanks for posting the video.  Nice to see what I missed.  Looks long but fun.

In Topic: Bubba CX and USA Cycling

10 October 2016 - 01:05 PM

Ramblings:

As Cleeland said, last year was the first year the Bubbas were not USAC.  I found this out when I came to register for Queeny.  My main concern was insurance.  As I understand, the insurance cost and fee structure at USAC was getting to be too high.  Each Bubba was considered a separate event and not a series so fees were far higher.

Evidently the insurance was taken care of but was communicated through Facebook.  I do not do Facebook so I didn't find out about it for some time.  I returned for Creve Coeur.

Wild Track only charges $25 and they are USAC.  What we don't know is how many of their people are volunteers vs paid employees.  I am assuming, and we know what that means, that Big Shark pays many of its staff for set up and running the race.  That translates to a much higher cost to put on a race and may account for the higher price.  Sometimes but not always the more rural the race, it seems the less expensive it is, guessing the parks don't charge as much.  Some offer discounts for prereg.  Some offer lower reg fees for cat 4/5.

I did 10 cx races last year.  Of those 10, 2 were Bubbas.  Of the 8 USAC races I did, 2 were not reported to USAC or to Crossresults.  So I did 4 races, 40%, that results didn't count for call ups.

Of the 10, I think 3 used USAC for call ups and then I think they used Crossresults.com.  Not totally sure about the crossresults part.

Of the 10, the closest race was Queeny at 2:20  from my house.  Farthest was Montrose Harbour in Chicago at 61/2 hrs.

From that and especially if you know my results, I do it for fun.  $5 more for the race isn't going to bother me too much when I have to travel so much already.  Though, gas prices soaring to $4/gal might.

Now coulda woulda shoulda....I'm not that good, but if Bubba had been all USAC, I might have had a 2-3 position better start and that might have gotten me a row closer.  Would my results have been better?  Maybe.  I sure wouldn't have been waiting in line as long at the flyover in Lville.  Hmmm, now that I think about it, an escalator would have been faster and an interesting addition.  I wonder if JPow can stair hop up and escalator?

I do know others that would have benefited from more USAC points at the bigger races.  For them, it might have made a 3 row difference, that is at least 18 people!

Now if all promoters would use Crossresults.com....

I am grateful for the job that Big Shark does.  I think the races are fun and inviting.  They do a great job of making it easy to get started in racing.  St Vincent's was fun.  Hope to be at Sylvan Springs next Sunday.