Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WNSP Starts on Wednesday August 29th at 6:30pm

"When are you starting Wednesday Night SuperPrestige"

"September...you know, when...er...cross season starts?"


I digress.


For those not in the know:  Wednesday Night Super Prestige is a fast cyclocross training ride that takes place at the Smith Playground in Allston, MA every Wednesday night at 6:30 pm from early September through December.   The event will be cancelled if it is raining at or after 3pm on the day of the event.

Check Twitter for updates.

The terrain is entirely flat and well tended grass athletic fields.  The course is taped off to include tight corners, chicanes, S turns, high speed "barriers" and power sections.

Early in the season, we share the park with other users, whom we route the course around.  RIDERS ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED TO YIELD TO OTHER PARK USERS!!  Later in the season (after daylight savings time ends) we have the park to ourselves, but have no overhead lighting.  The course is carefully designed to provide the safest riding possible, even without the overhead lighting.  Riders are strongly encouraged to supply their own lights.

The ride consists of  two or three 20 minute mass start efforts with a 10 minute rest in between sets.  There are lap cards.  Cat 3's generally post 4 minute laps.  The last lap ends on 200 meters of pavement.

$5 donation per night of riding.

The first event is August 29th at 6:30pm.  Registration will begin at 6:15.  NO RIDER WILL BE ALLOWED TO RIDE WITHOUT A SIGNED RELEASE AND AN APPROVED HELMET.

We look forward to seeing you out there.

Questions can be addressed to rmckittr at gmail dot com

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Beginner Road Racing Clinic at Wells Ave
Sunday June 24th at 7:15 am-9:30am
Presented by the Broadway Bicycle School/Igleheart Frames Racing Team

Are you interested in trying road racing?  Don’t know where to start?  The Broadway Bicycle School/Igleheart Frames Racing Team wants to help you learn the basics of road racing.  Riders will receive instruction in racing safety and technique and then have the opportunity to try out their new skills in a beginner-only race.  Woman and junior racers will have a separate race to compete in.   

Riders will receive:
1.       Water, coffee and Snacks
2.       30 minutes of oral instruction on the basics of group riding and road race safety. 
3.       30 minutes of group riding instruction with expert racers.
4.       The opportunity to race in a Beginner-only race
5.       Instruction DURING the beginner’s race at Wells Ave


Notes:
·         There is no cost for the clinic.
·         Entry to the beginner’s race at Wells costs $20 ($10 for one day license + $10 race fee)
·         Juniors’ race fees will be paid by Mike Keough (Bay Hill Capital).  Thanks Mike!
·         All riders must have a helmet, a working road bicycle with drop handlebars (no aero bars or clip ons) and a jersey with sleeves (per USAC regulation)
·         Minor must  bring a USA Cycling release form signed by a parent or guardian (http://www.usacycling.org/forms/rider_release.pdf

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday Night SuperPrestige 2011

I have been fielding emails all day, so here are the details for WNSP 2011.

We will start this training event next Wednesday night. It will run through Nationals in December. We created a Facebook invite, which we encourage you to respond to.

PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK. There is a course set up. We make no claims about its safety. If you feel unsafe in any way, you should stop riding immediately. The course is demanding: lots of sharp rocks, off camber turns and steep descents. Be prepared.

Items of Note:

  1. Location: Ringer Park, Allston, MA aka Blood Park. We will use this venue until daylight runs out (sometime in September) then we will move over to the Harvard location for the remainder of the season.
  2. Start time: 6:30 pm August 17th, 2011
  3. Format: 2 x 20 minute efforts.
  4. Waiver: I'll have them, you'll sign one. One will serve for the whole 2011 season.
  5. "Suggested"Donation: $5 to cover supplies and time spent on course set up.
Tell your friends, but only if they can Keep it Tight. Because of the demanding nature of the course and the presence of other park users, we strongly discourage beginners from riding this event. Juniors only invited with special permission from parents.

Erratic riding will not be tolerated. There is a strict 2 warning policy. Any rider creating ANY dangerous situations will be given one warning, then banned from WNSP. No exceptions.

I hope that you can join us for at least one WNSP this season. The courses are challenging and some heavy hitters show up to keep the pace high. Just like any cross race, all ability levels are represented; you'll have someone to race against no matter how fast or slow you are.

Train hard.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Annual Crash Post

When I was a young man, my mottos were "drive fast, take chances" and "live fast, die young" and "NO FUTURE." Those of you who know me well can attest that I am understating how recklessly I lived the early part of my life.

I have been thinking a lot about crashing recently. Maybe it is my recent 39th birthday that has me feeling my mortality.

In my mind, 2011 has become the year of the crash. There have been a inordinate number of crashes just in my immediate circle of friends (listed in no particular order and I am sure that I am leaving someone out in my haste).

Kyle Smith (Embrocation Cycling Journal): Skipped a gear at Wells Ave while sprinting and busted up his beautiful face, knocked out at least one tooth and broke his scapula. Currently back on the bike, expects to be racing soon. Reconstructive surgery appears to have restored da kylah to his previous splendor.

Chris Bailey (Pedro's...er...Svelte...er...Luxe Wheelworks): Jammed drivetrain while sprinting. Broken collarbone. Recovering.

Cary Fridrich (ECJ): Took an SUV to the face while riding on Beacon St in Somerville. Knocked 1/4 of his teeth out, broken jaw, various other injuries. Back on the bike, able to ride for a little over an hour at a time.

Mat Weatley (Cambridge Bicycle): Crashed at the Quabbin Road Race. Severe bruising and soreness. Bike broken. Not currently riding.

Dave Chui (RideStudioCafe): Crashed at Wompatuck last week. Road rash. Racing already.

Oscar Jiminez (RSC) : Crashed in training. Road Rash. Racing (well) with impressive bandages.

Donny Green (CB [as of this morning]): Hit a mailbox after flatting at Sterling. Not injured, all fired up to race more.

Emily Curly (Blue Steel Cyclery) (more acquaintance than friend, but I have a high level of respect for her, so she gets included): Crashed in the Rick Newhouse Criterium. Took a free lap and got back in the race to finish 5th and in the lead group (surely making Paul proud).

Adding gravity to the local crashes is the news that Wouter Weylandt crashed and died during a descent in today's stage of the Giro d'Italia. While I never heard of WW before this morning, my thoughts go out to his family and friends.

As with the post last year, I am not sure of my point. Crashing is an inherent risk in the sport. While there appears to be a crash in every race, this doesn't need to be the case.

A few years ago, someone told me that if you become scared of crashing, your racing career is essentially over. Fear and respect are two different things. Having a healthy level of respect and consideration for the wellbeing of your fellow racers does not diminish your own courage.

Enough preaching, let's race bikes now.

Be safe.