2013 World Tuesday Night Championships
TUESDAY NIGHTERS 2013
The World Tuesday Night Championships return to UBC on Tuesday May 7th, 2013.
If it is RAINING then the WTNC 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.
The now-traditional "short course" will run again in 2013, starting at the parking lot, rolling down Main Mall, down the hill at 16th, up Stadium Road for the start-finish near the front of Thunderbird Stadium.
This race is not especially selective, but no-one will argue this course is easy. Its uphill/downhill nature means not many places to rest and a tough final sprint.
Escape Velocity and Cycling BC will continue to meet with UBC Land and Building Services, Campus & Community Planning to establish a permanent home for cycling at UBC, hopefully part of their vision for a thriving community.
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 current 1.6 km "short" course has been in use for several years, and in 2005 key parts were repaved, removing some Roubaix-grade potholes on the climb.
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 interesting
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.