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Thursday, August 29, 2013

VOTW

Dangit it's not embedding very well so I'll just send you over to the site and all their advertising.  It's a nifty little vid.
Elite Women - West Hill Shop CX - Putney, VT

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Numbers

DO NOT FOLD OR CRUMPLE
This year, the ASP race numbers are standard-issue road-racing bib numbers.

You get one number for the whole season.  Tyvek is tough stuff and can last for ten races.  Should you fail to exercise proper care and lose your number or forget to bring it to a race, you can get another number for free at the next race.  But any series points earned with the old number are lost and forgotten, unless you pony up a $10 clerical fee to the series.

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Beginners Corner

All of these links are crossmonkey-approved.

What is cyclocross? (comic book)
Todd Wells tutorial

Bonus material:
Zdenek Stybar and Niels Albert battling for the 2009/10 Belgium Superprestige title in Vorselaar.


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Smoke n Suds weblog

Say duh-PIPE.
http://smokeandsuds.wordpress.com/
This weekend is not to be missed.  Srsly.  November 2 & 3.

Remember, the season opens on October 13 in Jonesboro.  Some cats are driving up north for a little pre-season racing in Hermann, MO on September 14 & 15.  Get on it, people!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Avoid the burp

If you are going to run tubeless tires this year, consider using a rubber rim strip and not just the yellow tape, even if your rims are tubeless-specific.

From http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/01/news/cyclocross/technical-faq-tire-sealants_102346:
In a recent column, you describe how Hutchinson tubeless CX tires “burp” at low pressure. The solution to this is to run a Stan’s No Tubes conversion rim strip. I’ve been running both the Bulldogs and the Piranhas on Ksyrium SL wheels with the Stan’s cyclocross rim strips. I can get them to seal on those rims without (those strips), but they burp badly.



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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Date change

OK so I told you to ink in the dates on your calendar, but some changes are unexpected (and worthwhile).

The race at Old Post (in Russellville) is being rescheduled to November 17th.  This will be a great event at a totally cool venue.

On November 8, 9, and 10, the 4th Annual Ruts n Guts takes place in Tulsa.  The cross monkeys want people to have the chance to attend both events, so that's why the Old Post event was changed.

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The Rules

You can read the complete set of 2013 Arkansas Super-Prestige cyclocross point series rules HERE but here's an overview:

Ten events.  Seven racing classes.  Mountain bikes welcome: Run what you brung.

The racing classes are:
Open*
Men cat 4
Men cat 5
Women cat 1/2/3
Women cat 4
Masters 40+
Junior 10-18

Cat means your USA Cycling cyclocross racing category. It's right there on your license, next to CX.

WHAT, NO LICENSE?  You can purchase a one-day license on the day of the race for $10 and race with Men cat 5 or Women cat 4.  A modest fee for the experience of a lifetime.

*Note: Cat 5 and one-day licensees are not guaranteed entry in the Open race.  At some events, the Open race may be restricted to cats 1 through 4.

Most events will be on Sunday and follow this schedule:
10:00am Women 123, Masters, Men 4 (45 min)
11:15am Men 5, Women 4, Junior 10-18 (35 min)
12:30pm Open* (55 min)

Saturday events will typically run later in the day.

USA Cycling rules (§4E):
[T]he number of laps to be ridden shall be determined on the basis of the time of the first rider to complete 2 full laps. From the 3rd lap on, the laps to go will be displayed at the finish line.

Lapped riders will not be pulled.  Per the rules, lapped riders finish on the same lap as the leader, and are placed according to the number of laps down and then on their order of finish.  If you get lapped, you might have one less lap to go than you thought.  When in doubt, check with the official at the finish line.

Points are earned based on placings.  10 points for first place, 9 for second, on down to 1 point for tenth place and lower.  The Open class is special and earns double that, except just 1 point for eleventh place and lower.

Season point totals are based on the best 8 out of 10 races for each racer.  In other words, two "drop" races.

Series awards will be presented immediately following the State Championship race on December 15.  Three deep for all racing classes except Open which goes five deep.  Engraved 2.75" medals for all classes and a cash purse totaling $1200 split among Open and Women 1/2/3.



Best Team gets custody of the Arkansas Cyclo-Cross Cup for a year, with the year and team name engraved on the back.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Calendar is Set

Ten races.  Several new venues.  Bareeeeeeeeeeeeeeeng it!!!!!

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Info Every Crosser Should Know

Cyclocross Magazine has a great FAQ for beginning (and not-so-beginning) cross racers.

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