Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Accounting Records for The Mullet...

I wanted to be up front with the accounting of what is involved in organizing and paying for an event such as The Mullet Fall Classic. I want to thank CITA for the excellent help and teaming up with me on the food/party side of the equation. Without them, things would not have been as good as they were.

I made the decision to take on last year's growth pains by adding some elements to the race in hopes of improving the experience for everyone. That meant additional expenses (online registration, chip timing, toilet rental) which would require using left over cash from the 2010 race coupled with the race entry fee income for 2011 to host the event. My goal was not to make money (last year or this), so giving back the 2010 proceeds to enhance this year's event seemed appropriate to do.

In spite of knowing the costs involved, I strove to keep entry fee prices down for everyone, rather than raising the cost to cover the chip timing and online registration transaction fees (about $9 per racer). The carry over cash balance from the 2010 race allowed me to do this for the 2011 race. By providing the pre-registration discount entry fee for everyone who registered online, I was happy that 123 racers were able to take advantage of using Raceregister.net and keep their entry fees as low as possible.

Here are the numbers.


Cash Balance and Income

Carry Over Cash Balance from 2010 Race Entry Fees: $1,100
Online Registration Fees for 123 racers from RaceRegister.net: $2736
Day of Race Registration Fees for 32 Day of Race Entry Fees: $1,174
Sponsor Cash: $700

Total Income & Cash Balance: $5710

Expenses

T-Shirts: $850
Online Transaction Fees: $308.80
Insurance: $500
Toilet Rental: $127.20
Prize Money: $1800
Motel for Timers: $122.08
Bike Number Plates and Marking Chalk: $372.09
Marking Supplies from Wal-Mart: $53.29
Resource Revival Award Medals: $329.73
Nebraska Cycling Association Fee for Timing: $708
Nancy Stirek Chip Timing Services: $266.90
Water: $48.
Office Supplies (paper, ink, printing): $17.39
Gas Expense for trail work and set up days: $78

Total Expenses: $5581.48

Income & Cash Balance: $5710
Less Expenses: - $5581.48

Ending Balance: $128.52 (goes to CITA along with a cash contribution of my own)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

155 Record Turnout at The Mullet Fall Classic!

Congratulations to all on an excellent race, great food, fun and a whopping year end to IMBCS mountain bike racing party. All proceeds are going to CITA. A huge thanks to CITA for the spread, trail work, volunteer help and general being there.

Thanks to the fraternity boys from Simpson's chapter of Lamda Chi for keeping the road traffic stopped while we crossed the roads. Thanks to Matt McCutchan, Tom Anderson (and his family!!), Jed Gammell, Rob Versteegh and Oakley, Sterling Heise and Rasmussen Bike Shop, Troy Pearson, Al Boone, Ron Cooney, Pete Parvi, Scott Sumpter, Tara Starr, Alexa Brown, Josh Shipman and the Lake Ahquabi staff, Courtney Hilton and family for the on site chili cooking, Nancy Stirek, Craig Harding, Justin Hankins, and all of those who helped put things together food, trail and volunteer wise for the 2011 Mullet. I apologize if I have forgotten shout outs to individual names, but a big thanks to everyone who pitched in on any level from trail work, to food, to organizing, to donations, suggestions, etc... .

I saw a lot of smiles and a lot of healthy attitudes out there this year. Chip timing worked great. Portable toilets worked. Weather was fantastic. Fellowship was abundant. Prize money was won. T-shirts were snarfed up. Schwag was gobbled up. And food was over the top mixed with the Beer Garden.

Still a few growing pains to iron out, but I felt this year was a step in the right direction to tackling the growth. More water needed. A better check-in line system to avoid bottle necks (more volunteers and more than one person handing out the chips perhaps?). But I'm already brainstorming for the future.

Over and out.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Link to Mullet Race Results...

The link to see all results for The Mullet Fall Classic is here. You can view overall, by division, etc... .

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pre-Ride of course Garmin information.

Thanks to Rick Blackford who used his Garmin on Sunday for a couple of pre-ride laps of the course (riding his singlespeed no less).

Here's the link.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thank You to CITA and all the Trail Work Volunteers!!!

We had 18 folks lend a helping hand yesterday in the beautiful fall weather out at Lake Ahquabi. Sunny conditions with temperatures in the 70's made it perfect for pre-riding the course, marking it, doing some rock and dirt fill, unclogging 2 culverts, some chainsaw dead fall removal work, blowing and raking leaves, removing walnuts on the trail, and of course - to tip and sip a few beers while visiting.

Thank you to all who came out to pitch in
as it really helped me in getting the course ready. And even more important, continued to show the DNR our commitment to the trails such as Banner Pits and now Lake Ahquabi. That's very important for the present - due to the State Park budget cuts - as well as the future for our continued use of Lake Ahquabi.

The weather also brought out quite a few riders to come and ride the route as well. I am going to go out this morning before work and do a lap, mark a few more corners in the Mickey Mouse Ear loops on the north side and see just what it is we accomplished yesterday as a collective group.

According to the GPS and computer information, the 1st lap will be 6.8 miles, and all subsequent laps are 6.7 miles. It is riding very fast thanks to the dry ground and grooming that has been done. Rick Blackford turned in a 30 minute lap on his SS. Lap counts listed over on the right column are correct and will afford the XC race to meet the IMBCS suggested finishing times for the winners.

Thanks to everyone for the excellent help!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Free T-Shirt if you register by noon this Friday!!!

Just a reminder that all who register online by noon this Friday (CST), September 30th will receive a free Mullet t-shirt!

Don't miss this deal...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Online Registration is up and running!!!

You can now begin registering online for The Mullet Fall Classic/IMBCS #10 at Raceregister.net. Direct link to the event is here.

Due to the use of electronic chip timing this year, we are using online
registration at Raceregister.net for The Mullet Fall Classic.

Everyone who registers online receives an entry fee discount over what one will have to pay on the day of race. It's free and easy to create an account at Raceregister.net and all those who have raced in any Nebraska Psycowpath race are already set to go for registration.

The 10 IMBCS winners from 2010 will also need to register online, however I have unique coupon codes for each of you which you will be receiving shortly from me so that your entry fee to register at Raceregister.net is waived.

Those 10 are:

> Ben Dalbey
> Deana Kerschen
> John Newell
> Neal Groteluschen
> Jim Logan
> Karmen Woelber
> Kyle Sedore
> Cam Kirkpatrick
> Jason Alread
> Julie Kirkpatrick

Bruce Brown

Friday, September 16, 2011

Categories for The Mullet Fall Classic...

Marathon Open (as many # of laps as possible in the 11:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. time frame)

Men
Women
Add: Tandem Bike Category
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Elite/Pro/Expert - Cat 1 (4 laps)

Men Open
Men Masters 35+
Women Open (3 laps)
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Comp & Singlespeed - Cat 2 (3 laps)

Singlespeed Open
Comp Open
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Sport - Cat 2 (2 laps)

Men Open
Men 35+
Men 45+
Women Open
Juniors Boys 18 & Under
Junior Girls 18 & Under
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Beginners - Cat 3 (1 lap)

Men Open
Women Open
Junior Open (18 & Under)
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This is based on the IMBCS 2011 Rules. Let me know if there are any mistakes in the category divisions. Remember that the Comp is a new category for Cat 2 male racers this year by adding an additional lap.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Race plans for October 9th...

Good news - the route will be less brutal this year!! 2 major climbs are removed, and the lap distance as well as the # of laps for the IMBCS XC race categories are all a bit shorter this year. Marathon Junkies have the option to race in the Marathon Open for cash prizes and get the full monty.

I have done some grooming on the trails and the DNR has done some mowing, but the connector sections at Lake Ahquabi need to be addressed. We'll hit those with the CITA trail work day on Sunday, September 18th from 1-5 pm. Come on out with some work clothes, your bike and some beverages to help groom it and get the route in tip top shape.

Some updates...

*Based on feedback and the difficulty we had in timing so many racers last year, there will be electronic chip timing this year. I have arranged for the electronic chip timing system from Nebraska Cycling that is used in the Nebraska Psycowpath mountain bike races to handle the increased number of racers at The Mullet. The chip is attached to your bike's fork and is removed at the end of the race. Online registration will be a part of that new process at Raceregister.net Why? It takes so much time to enter the racer's data into the software and assign a number plate and chip that we can't do it all on the morning of the race. Entry fees will be discounted for all those that register online and we urge you to do that. That's a no-brainer if you are coming to do the race anyway. Sign up online for the discount and save some cash!! Online registration will be up and running on September 20th and close the evening before the race at 9 pm on October 8th.

*Based on the Beach Shelter restrooms being closed for the season on race day, we will have 2 porta potties available for everyone's needs. So I'm going with the best. Karla from PiPi's will be providing the facilities this year. Look at her stuff...

PiPi's Toilets

*The route will change a bit from last year as I have removed 2 of the long and steep climbs as well as a bit of distance so that things are not as brutal. In addition, winning finish times will be close to the IMBCS XC suggested finishing times for each category.

*Plans are to have a post race party with a CITA fund raiser which may include a cookout, music, beverages, home made goodies, etc... . Add the post race party to your travel plans. ;-]

*In addition to the Expert (CAT 1), Comp/Singlespeed (CAT 2), Sport (CAT 2), Beginner (CAT 3) classes, there will be an open Marathon Class again this year. The Marathon riders will be turning as many full laps as one can cram into the time allotment and the winners for the Marathon will be racing for cash prizes.

*A prize will be awarded to the racer sporting the best real grown hair Mullet (no wigs and hair growing on the back of your neck doesn't count).

All information is over on the right side of the page and may be updated or changed as plans continue to form for this event.

Monday, March 28, 2011

2011 IMBCS Race #10 at Lake Ahquabi...

This year, the Mullet Classic will be held at Lake Ahquabi on Sunday, October 9th. The format will be similar, with the caveat that lap count numbers have yet to be determined with the addition of the Comp Class. And the marathon junkies can look for a beefed up Marathon Class with cash prizes.

Timing issues have been worked out and will be new, efficient and immediate this year.

Between now and October, some trail work will be done and things quickened up over the new connector sections to remove a little bit of brutality out of the loop.