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Offline sanders

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Typical Race Weekend
« on: January 18, 2011, 02:23:26 PM »
This will be a general description to new racers of what a collegiate race weekend involves.

A typical race weekend has 3 races, 2 on saturday, and 1 on sunday. The first race on saturday is usually a Road Race, ranging from 25-85 miles depending on your category. The second race is a team time trial (your team finishes with the third riders time, so best to finish in a group of three),  depending on how many racers your team has we can create one, two(or three) racing teams for the event. The third race is on sunday and it is a criterium (short loop for amount of time) ranging from 30min to 1hr in duration. I won't go into detail about what these events actually are here.

So, just a general idea of who we race against. We are in the North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference (NCCCC), We race against schools in MN, NE, IA, KS, ND, SD. So if some of these places seem far away...they are, but it is possible for us to race at these places, our farthest race is Kansas, which is about an 11hr drive. The closest race would be if we are able to host a race...0miles, but otherwise Minnesota's which is about 5 hrs.

So with this in mind

The cycling team ususally tries to leave as early as possible on friday, so we can get to our host's house by at least 11pm, or in the unlikely event 2am... obviously anything later than 11pm arrival  would be for a kansas race. We usually stay with home stays, whom are people affiliated with the cycling team hosting the race, and we ususally stary free of charge! So we arrive at the home stays house and maybe eat, or just go to bed.

Saturday morning, the first race is the road race and depending on category you will start maybe around 9am. So you race, you have fun. Then, eat some lunch, massage/stretch your legs. The next race is the team time trial around 4pm, not everybody has to participate in this if they do not want to, but we need at least three riders to make a team. If we have sufficent members racing, we might be able to make two teams that race the TTT (team time trial).

After the day of racing, we relax, streatch, maybe hang out with some of the peeps from other collegiate teams and oh yea carbo load!! then it's off to bed

Sunday is the final day of racing with a hard criterium, starting in the morning. We wake up get preped, eat some breakfast and get pumped to race again! We race, stretch once again, wait for awards, and then head back to the forks! Arrive back in GF whenever it happens depending on which race it is.

This may sound like a lot but race weekends are a lot of fun, and have brought a lot of great memories to people currently on the team and alumni whom have raced. These events are a great way for new racers to get their first race experience!

People who have raced feel free to add your input aswell.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2011, 02:24:14 PM by sanders »
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Offline Sal Atticum

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Re: Typical Race Weekend
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2011, 08:33:28 AM »
Thanks Sanders, this is great!

A little more about the overall structure can be found here:
It might still be confusing, since the author is trying to build off an understanding of how regular USAC racing works, but it does an okay job.  Ignore the concept that collegiate cycling isn't a "real" sport--I don't know why Velonews would even print that!  Some schools have varsity teams (shocker: you can have varsity teams that aren't NCAA).  All that matters it that you get to race bikes, there's a system in place to keep track of it all, and . . .  you get to race bikes.


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