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2011 Augusta Training Series

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:07 pm
by B.L.
The 2011 Augusta Training Series is just 3 weeks away!
http://www.skylandscycling.com/fairgrounds11/

We are introducing a new option for all racers regarding racing fees.
Skylands members who race as Skylands Cycling can purchase a *SEASON PASS
(all 16 races) for $200*. Non-members (or Skylands members racing for
another team) can buy a SEASON PASS for $250. The DEADLINE for this offer is
the end of March. Please keep in mind that if a race is canceled due to
weather related issues (safety come first) there are no refunds. If you are
unable to finish the season due to personal issues (health etc) there are no
refunds. *NO REFUNDS. *If you are interested in a PASS sign up on bikereg
http://www.bikereg.com/events/register. ... ntid=12725, email me at
blake@skylandscycling.com or sign up on race day.

Please remember to check the website by 3pm if the weather is in question. I
will be canceling the race if I fear for the safety of the racers. (Or call
me at 973-214-1436)

*Volunteering* has always been a difficult aspect of the series. We have
been lucky enough to have a core group of volunteers and for that I am very
thankful. Last year we implemented a *club volunteering program* but this
year we are opening it up to *any club*. If you volunteer to marshal or
bring a volunteer to marshal (friend or family member) for the night, you
will earn a complimentary registration fee for your NEXT race. If you
volunteer for half the night (ie. master race) then you earn a 1/2 credit.
So after volunteering for 2 Master races you earn a comp. registration fee
for your NEXT race. This is based on a first come, first serve basis. Jon
Boub (jon@skylandscycling.com) will once again be managing this program and
he must be contacted BEFORE race day for scheduling. Children and pets are
not additional help and volunteers can not be responsible for the safety of
our racers while watching others.

The Point Series was another topic I wanted to dive into as there was some
contention last year regarding how we calculated the points. The Board
discussed the option of following the NJBA rule of thumb and decided that it
could create a big a gap on some weeks so we are going to keep it as is.
What does this mean: If 5 people finish the race, then the first place
winner will receive 5pts and the last place racers will receive one. On the
other side of things if there are 30 finishers, first place will receive
20pts and the last 10 will not receive any points. This series is meant to
be fun and competitive for training so lets keep it that way.

If you place in the top 3 of the B race (as a cat4) you will once again
qualify to move up to the A race if you wish. But if you win 3 B races you
will be REQUIRED to move to the A race at the *discretion of the promoter*.
If you win 3 races that only had 6 people racing than obviously you will
required to move up. This will remove any possibility of "sandbagging" and
offer more of a challenge to all.

Once again the A race will receive fabulous monetary compensation for
winning (1st-3rd and some times deeper based on attendance) while the B
racers will receive merchandise during the season thanks to our Series
Sponsor *DAVE STERN TIRES*. The winners of the Points Series for the A race
will receive trophies and the B's will receive cash and trophies. Possibly
some cookies as well. =)

This year we will be *strongly enforcing* the "no mixing of the fields
rule". If you are found racing in the wrong field after one field (A field
or B field) passes the other you will be DISQUALIFIED. This is for
everyone's safety. One field will have 2 digit bib numbers and the other
field will have 3 digits bib numbers. There is no reason for confusion. Once
again we will ask that the racers be responsible for informing the group
about to be passed that they are approaching. The passing field will stay to
the left and the other field will push over to the right. NO MIXING!! Again
this is for everyone's safety.

We will have a 200M mark on the side of the road. If you would like to
request addition meter marking, please let us know. We will *attempt* to
honor your request.

All racers must park in the PARKING LOT. There will be no parking on the
field. Volunteers are the ONLY cars allowed to park near registration for
obvious reasons.

Helmets are to be worn at ALL times when on a bike!! Please don't mosey down
to registration on your bike without a helmet because you will have to go
home instead. =( You can however eat a cookie on your way home.

There are many families who come to watch the races so please watch your
language. I know it gets heated sometimes, but be creative with your words
instead. I will DQ you for this as I feel very strongly about setting an
example for our young ones.

And last but not least, the Fairgrounds have some of the nicest restrooms
around...USE THEM! Yes, you are in cheese county surrounded by nature but it
is not there for you to "use". Bruce will DQ you if he catches you.

Other wise it is a blast. LOL See you all soon!