Monday, August 13, 2012

2012 Registration is Live!!! A word about the 2012 Race Entry Fees...

The entry fees for the 2012 race are very much in line with our neighboring state series races in Nebraska and Minnesota. Almost exactly in line. Both of those state series have an online pre-registration option which is discounted compared to day of race registration. One pays $5 more for Nebraska and $6 more in Minnesota for day of race registration compared to online. Considering both of those series have sponsors to help with the tremendous costs, we're doing as best we can here in Iowa without sponsorship. To echo what I said last year about the online registration, it allows us to enter all of the data into the timing software, assign number plates, and get things organized for such a large group of racers. Day of registration will be available, but the $5 charge will be used (and the t-shirt will not be free). We had 123 pre-registered in 2011 and 32 day of race registrations. I posted the complete accounting analysis below of last year's event. Last year had a carry over balance of $1,100 from the 2010 race. I have $0 carry over balance going into this year's event. And yet, we are providing more this year at the event. That being said, here is the link to the online registration at RaceRegister.net.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

2012 Race Plans...

Plans are underway for the 2012 version of this race. Bruce, Jed and Rob want to keep it fun, exciting and also keep it a nice year-end wrap to the XC mountain biking season. I rode it in both directions yesterday and outside of a bit of ground growth trimming needed in connector sections, things still look pretty good. I keep removing dead fall, and trimming back bush growth every time I ride. Due to everything being so dry, the track is super fast. The drought has all of the grass in a dormant state, so no mowing has been needed and the bike tires are mashing things down where it needs to be mashed. If you haven't been out this year for a ride - get out there and test it out (I suggest clockwise). Gravel? I've heard concerns about the gravel that has been added, but to be honest, it really only is in a few spots and should not effect the race at all. In fact in two areas, it has actually helped and speeds things up. The steep climb on the southwest side of the lake can be made in granny gear or middle gear while staying seated on the bike. At least I'm able to consistently make that climb. Riding down it is hazardous, so that is out for a race suggestion. An alternative loop around that climb in the grass to the southwest and connecting up with an existing deer path is an option. I would be curious to hear from the Beginners on the possibility of making the lap shorter for the beginners, easier (less climbs) which would allow the beginners to do two laps instead of one of the entire thing. There are 2 sections that I could easily remove for the beginners (it would involve signs telling racer traffic where to turn at two separate points). One would be to remove the entire Mickey Mouse ear loops. The other would involve the Beginners going straight to the finish line are at the parking lot area and not turning up the hill to do the entire hilly east side section. This would take out all of the nasty climbing, shorten the course which would allow for 2 fun laps and a more beginner friendly track. If you have comments about that - post 'em up as I contemplate final decisions. Thanks. BB