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Monday, September 22, 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.

A bunch of fun links get posted to the Arkansas Super-Prestige Facebook page.

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 22, Cedar Glades CX (Hot Springs)

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

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

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

10) 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 1/2/3/4

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.

OK now for the small print:

All categories (except for kid's race) earn points as follows:
- 1st place gets 10 points, 2nd place 9 points, etc, on down to 1 point for 10th place and lower
- Open race gets double points (except 11th place and lower get just 1 point)
- An abandon earns 0 points
- Individual point totals are summed across the best 7 out of 8 races
- Team point totals are the sum of all individual point totals

Points are tracked based on USAC annual license number.  New license holders carry forward ONE result earned on a one-day license.  Team affiliation is based strictly on the USAC license (shown next to "CX").

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Cedar Glades is back

Cedar Glades is back on the series calendar!  I know that many of you heartily enjoyed last year's grueling event.  The race will take place November 22, which is the day before Atilla the Hun mountain bike race.

Make it a full weekend in beautiful Hot Springs!


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cyclocross age

Cyclocross is a unique sport in many ways, including the fact that the racing season (September through February) straddles calendar years.

At the Arkansas Super-Prestige, we've been a little loosey-goosey about racer age in the past.  But the USA Cycling rules are unequivocal:
A rider’s racing age in cyclo-cross is his age on December 31st of the year that the cyclo-cross season ends. (Glossary, USAC Rulebook

That means racer age for the 2014 Arkansas Super-Prestige is age as of December 31, 2015.

Hey, you might have just aged up!

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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.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

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)
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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

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