WTNC - how not to race crits

Last night we saw a sporting debacle of the first order. But enough about the Canucks.

(photo by Keith Ng)

You've all met Galen, right? He's not the guy who got most hurt in last night's crashy festivities, and his bike wasn't the most wrecked, either.

Right now, field sizes at the WTNC are big. Over 50 in the 1/2, 3, and 4 fields. We are looking at ways to reduce them, but on the other hand, we wouldn't start the race if we didn't think such a field was safely doable on that course. And the worst crash last night didn't happen on one of the technical corners, it happened on the widest, least technical corner on the course. So it's not really the course, and it's not really the field size.

The problem may be you. Let's do some learning.

The WTNC is not an actual World Championship

Please ride it accordingly, and with respect for your fellow riders. With precious few exceptions, you all have to go to work in the morning, and most of you need intact bones to do so.

SS Stage Race: revised Saturday start times!

So, we did some figuring, and we're announcing a last-minute change to the start times for the crit and TT events on Saturday. This will make your life a bit more pleasant, and your day a bit shorter, but do pay attention so you're not in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The crit start times are all 30 minutes later. So the Youth race starts at 9:30, C/Novice at 10:00, B at 11:00, and A at 12:00.

The TT times are all 1 hour earlier! So the first TT start is 3:00 pm.

Other details are the same, the website is now updated, and sign-on opens one hour before the first start at each event.

The Sunday road race is unchanged. We didn't want to touch it, because quite frankly, Snake scares us.

(And for the person who asked, the C crit is 40 minutes long, not 35 minutes. We regret the contradictory info).

Junior Category this Saturday AND SUNDAY

We've been a little too low-key about publicizing this, but there WILL be junior categories on Saturday at the Wix Brown Spring Series race. UPDATE: junior race on Sunday too! You know, for kids!

We will set fields based on the number of entries we have, but if we get enough entries, we will split out U19, U17, U15, and U13 fields. Distances TBA, but they will be age-appropriate.

Racing starts on the novice schedule: after the C race ends, approximately 12:30. Usual Junior pricing: $20.

Junior gearing (7.93m rollout, nominal 52x14) will not be enforced, but is strongly encouraged. If you are riding a bike with non-junior gears, we encourage you to block them out with a limit screw or just refrain from shifting into them.

If you have any questions, contact evinfo@escapevelocity.bc.ca, and we'll see you there.

The EV Winners Jersey: Winners Only

For 2013, we've decided to make winning one of our races just a little more sweet. How do we do that? With a winner's jersey.

In select Spring Series and Sportif races this year, and for the Junior Stage Race and as the WTNC overall prize, we will be awarding a new and soon-to-be-coveted Orange Jersey to the juiciest rider. By which we mean the race winner. This isn't some judge's prize, or silly combativity award for Most Useless Breakaway. IT'S FOR WINNERS! SECOND GETS NOTHING! Well, except the prizes for second place, which are sometimes pretty good.

Without further ado, the Orange Jersey design:

If you get one, it's because you earned it. Wear it with pride.