2013 World Tuesday Night Championships
WTNC Now in Burnaby! New start times for the 1/2, 3, & 4 categories! New draconian littering/washroom rules! Returning for 2013 is our cheap and convenient Season Pass. Details are here. New twitter feed: follow @evcycling on Twitter for the latest updates.
TUESDAY NIGHTERS 2013
The World Tuesday Night Championships are now at the Glenlyon Business Park, in Burnaby.
If it is RAINING then the WTNC races are not on. If it's cloudy, sunny, windy, or somewhere in between, then WTNC are held. Sign-on starts at 6:00 PM, first race at 6:30 PM. To speed up first-night registration, please download, print, and sign a WAIVER, and have it ready for our sign-on team. The sooner you get your number, the sooner you can start racing. Bring $20 for the first night ($12 for your series number, $8 for the race). And finally, no proof of Cycling BC license, no racing for you...
The WTNC Facts, Figures and Policies page has the race and fee schedule, race policies and contact info for the organizers. But we want to emphasize a new policy for the new course: zero tolerance and cruel penalties for littering and not using designated washrooms.
We are guests, and probationary guests, on the Glenlyon course. And the designated washrooms in Foreshore Park (map here) are about 1 km away from the start/finish, causing certain temptations. But you must not succumb, and we will make it easy for you, with strong incentives.
ZERO TOLERANCE ON NOT USING WASHROOMS: if we see you peeing in public anywhere within the vicinity of the race, you are banned from WTNC for the remainder of 2013. Your number will be stripped, you will not get a refund, and we will put your name and the reason you can't race on the results form. We will enforce this policy on all racers and volunteers without exception, members of EV most definitely included. Are we serious about this? Don't be the person who first finds out how serious.
NO LITTERING: If you are caught leaving trash on the course, you will be disqualified for that night. Second offence, banned for 2013. Don't toss your gel wrapper on the ground, don't leave your water bottles behind, pick up dropped safety pins.
With the traditional UBC "short course" disrupted by construction, we are now at the Glenlyon Business Park in Burnaby.
This is a flat industrial-park crit, with wide roads, safe corners, and a ridiculously pretty setting. Yes, we know, industrial-park crits are a cliche, but this is about the nicest industrial-park crit you'll ever see.
The Tuesday Night Series has been a staple of the road racing scene in Vancouver since the early 1980s.
Started by a club riding out of Cicli Forsa in the West End, its first incarnation was a simple route out at the University of B.C., 2km up and down either side of 16th Avenue.
After a couple of seasons, the race was moved a few blocks closer to the campus and a given new configuration.
Escape Velocity has continued the tradition of running these races and turned it into a genuine race series, with points tallied through the season to determine an overall series winner. The UBC 1.6 km "short" course was continuously used for well over a decade, until construction in 2013 moved us to Burnaby.
Despite the fact that these races are designed to be simply training events, the level of competition has always been high. For many people, nothing is more important in their racing lives than doing well at the Tuesday Nighters. Its when their parents, friends and spouses come out to watch them race. Because of this fanatical need to succeed the event has long been known as the "World Tuesday Night Championships" (we couldn't use Tuesday Night World Championships due to UCI issues....).
On warm summer evenings, we can get close to 200 racers putting it all
on the line for the best part of an hour. The reasons for such a
healthy turnout are many:
- the course is close to where people live: most can ride there in half an hour from their homes or their workplaces
- it's cheap. It costs only $8 to race ($12 for a season-long number, $8 to race), and furthermore, you can purchase a season pass (see above), which allows entry to all the Tuesday Nighters at a further discount. And you don't have to fiddle with change.
- we have prizes galore from our sponsors who see this event as the heart of road racing in B.C.
- it's well organized - races start on time, the roads are properly marshalled, the course is beautiful
Racing happens every DRY Tuesday (rain = no race) during the months of May, June, July and August, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.
See you there.