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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gateway Cross Cup, St Louis, Oct 25/26

This is an international pro UCI event, with amateur categories being held earlier in the day.  If you've never seen top-level pros race in person...here is a great opportunity.  You can race, then get changed and put away your bike, and watch the big guns do their thing.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 Arkansas Super-Prestige p/b The Dillon Group Custom Homes

This post will be updated with the most current information on the 2014 season, as it becomes available.

1) Oct 11, Smoke n Suds #1 p/b De Pijp Cycling Federation (Fayetteville)

2) Oct 12, Smoke n Suds #2 p/b De Pijp Cycling Federation (Fayetteville)

3) Oct 19, Jones Center Cross Race p/b Dickson St Cycling Club (Springdale)

4) Nov 1, ASP Night Race p/b CARVE (Little Rock)

5) Nov 9, Yell County CX Classic p/b Carr's Chain Reaction (Dardanelle)

6) Nov 30, Turkey Burn p/b CARVE (Little Rock)

7) Dec 7, State Championships p/b De Pijp Cycling Federation (Rogers, NON-SERIES)

8) Dec 13, Asher Grand Prix p/b The Community Bicyclist (Little Rock, NON-SERIES)

9) Dec 14, CX@Western Hills p/b The Community Bicyclist (Little Rock, SERIES FINALE)

The cross monkeys have been working behind the scenes ensuring that the 2014 cyclocross season will be the BEST YEAR EVER.

The Dillon Group Custom Homes has once again stepped up as sponsor of the series. If you ever need any home or business construction or remodeling done, give them a call and tell them cyclocross sent you. They do excellent PRO work and you won't be sorry.

The racers have spoken and we have listened.  There are a few tweaks lined up for 2014:
  • SINGLESPEED.  The singlespeed race is open to all comers, lasts 40 minutes, and starts on the same wave as the masters, women 1/2/3/4, and men's cat 4.
  • SLEEP AN EXTRA HOUR.  Sunday events start at 11am.  Last year's state championships was weather-delayed an hour and nobody had any trouble getting home in time for dinner.
  • OPEN* RACE.  You must have an annual USAC license with CX cat 4 or higher to compete in the Open* race.
As you can see on the calendar above, the State Championship race is no longer a series race, which allows more flexibility in scheduling the various age groups, categories, etc. There is also a non-series race the day before the series finale, at the same location as the finale.

In the interest of streamlining points tabulation, we will require that points earners hold an annual USAC license. For detail click HERE. (You are welcome to race with a one-day license purchased on the day of the race. You just won't get series points for it.)

Here's the Sunday race-day lineup:
11:00am (40min) Singlespeed, Men cat 4, Women cat 1/2/3/4, Masters 40+
12:15pm (30min) Men cat 5, Women cat 4, Junior 10-18
1:00pm Kid's race
1:30pm (50min) Open*

Saturday races will typically start later in the day. Non-series events will have completely different line-ups of categories, age groups, start times, etc.  Race duration is approximate; race leaders are timed for the first lap or two, and then laps-to-go are displayed at the finish line.

2014 Arkansas Super-Prestige presented by The Dillon Group Custom Homes

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Free Info for the Beginner and Not-So-Beginner

Cycle-Smart Knowledge Center

They have a bunch of great articles covering all aspects of cyclocross training and racing.  Much food for thought in there.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Single speed clarification

A Single Speed is any type of bicycle possessing only one rear cog and only one front chainring and with no means of altering the gear ratio in any way during the race.
2014 USA Cycling Rulebook §1I1(i)
2014 Arkansas Super-Prestige presented by The Dillon Group Custom Homes

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tentative 2014 OK CX calendar

BRAOK Facebook Page

Here is the tentative schedule for CX in Oklahoma this season! OKGP is still working out its own details of what races will be a part of the series.
Oct 4th- Evoke CX (OKC)
Oct 11th/12th- OKCX (OKC)
Oct 18th/19th- Tulsa Tough CX (Tulsa)
Oct 25th/26th- Charleys Bike Lab (OKC)
Nov 1st/2nd- Stillwater CX
Nov 8th/9th- Open
Nov 22nd/23rd- TLC Prairie CX (Tulsa)
Dec 6/7th- Ruts and Guts (Tulsa)
Dec 13th/14th- Toms CX Mohawk Park (Tulsa)
Dec 20th/21st- OKCX (OKC)
January 7-11th CX Nationals in Austin

2014 Arkansas Super-Prestige presented by The Dillon Group Custom Homes

Saturday, August 9, 2014

There's a new Points Czar in town

The tabulation of Arkansas Super-Prestige point totals will be further automated this year by pulling results directly off the USAC website.  (Somebody once said, Surround yourself with smart people.)

This means:

(1) Points will be tracked based on your annual USAC license number.  New license holders will be allowed to carry forward one race result earned under a one-day license.

(2) Team point totals will be based on your affiliation as it appears on your license.  NO RINGERS!  If you already have a license and want to change your CX team affiliation, you will need to reissue your license ($20 fee).