Archive for November, 2010

Cyclocross, CX and Some Cross Racing

As the “normal” cyclocross season winds down, plans are popping up for some extra-curricular  CX events over the next couple of months and next year.

First up is a New Year’s Eve race put on by the Queen City Wheels Lionhearts Junior Racing Team as a fundraiser to help cover some of the travel expenses for sending a handful of team members to the CX National Championships in Bend, OR.  The proposed name for this event is “The Pies and Recycled Caution Tape” race.  The exact location and schedule of races has not yet been announced yet, but there could be some fun and different categories to choose from.

Next up is the Winter Crossing Weekend being planned for the weekend of January 29th & 30th on the Newport Flood Wall.  This event is being put together by the Reser/Fusion Racing Team and Team Hungry Racing with support from BigDaveSports.  You can categories to be fairly simple and the day to possibly start with a Polar Bear Ride on the course.

The last thing in the works, which may be the biggest, is the talks of putting on a Midwest Regional CX Championship which will have a strong emphasis on the juniors.  There is a strong push for this from BigDaveSports and the QCW Lionhearts out of Cincinnati as well as the Red Zone Cycling Team and 2WheelSports out of Louisville.  With the strength of juniors programs in our area and continued growth in these programs, this will be very important in the experience and planning for the National CX Championship which will be in Madison, WI next year.  Since Nationals will be moving to the first weekend of January next year, it only makes since to put the Regional Championship on the vacated weekend in December that used to host Nationals.

BigDaveSports Gives Back

As the races and events are being organized for 2011, BigDaveSports is working in several programs that will give back to the community and help build the future of the sport.

First, in the Kentuckiana Spring Race Series, with the help of various sponsors, entry fees for Category 4 (beginner) Women will only be $5 with no late fees.  This is in an attempt to get more women out to try bike racing.  In addition, through the same sponsors, the top 3 Category 1/2/3 Women will have the same prize payouts as the top 3 Category 1/2/3 Men.  Though the fields are not equal in size, this offers equal rewards to the women who put in the hard work to reach the podium in their race.

For the kids, we have two programs in the works.  First, at the Devou Park Summer Race Series, we are arranging to have a food vendor at all of the races, selling freshly grilled foods and then donating a portion of their sales to the Lionhearts Junior Racing Team.  These kids are the future of the sport and have a great opportunity with the Lionhearts.  We need to make sure they have the support the need to keep their program going.

The other program in the works will be part of the Midwest Regional Masters Championship Event.  This event will be a unique 3 races in 3 states on 2 days to award 4 championships to riders from 12 different states across the Midwest.  BigDaveSports will be donating $1 from each race entry to help needy children obtain school supplies.  Sponsors will also have an opportunity to help with this program by agreeing to do either a “Match”, “Match with Cap” or “Flat Donation”.  Riders will also have the option to make a donation of their own when they register for the event.  With an expected 700+ registered riders for the weekend, this program could easily bring in a couple thousand dollars just in time for the start of the 2011-2012 school year.

2011 Tentative Race Schedule

With 2011 just around the corner, the BigDaveSports race schedule is coming together.  The Ohio Spring Race Series (OSRS) is back and bigger with the return of a couple of favorites from year’s past as well as the addition of a legendary course out of Northern Kentucky.

To compliment the mostly Sunday races of the OSRS, we will be adding a series of Saturday races in Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana consisting of 5 races and called the Kentuckiana Spring Race Series (KiSRS).  This series was meant to be mostly flat, but when riding in Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana, nothing’s flat, so expect some challenging courses with a climb or two on each course.  This series will also offer $5 entry fees for beginner women and equal prize payout for the higher category women.

With the success of last year’s Ohio Masters Road Race State Championship, we are bringing it back, but earlier in the summer and at a more central location as we move to the Zanesfield, OH course.  We will also be doubling up with the juniors to create the 2011 Ohio Junior & Master State Road Race Championship.

Since we’re in to summer now, we have to talk about the Devou Park Summer Race Series in beautiful Covington, KY.  This series was so successful, popular and exciting that we’d be silly to not bring it back.  We’ll be working on bringing more entertainment value to the series, so be sure to mark your Wednesday evenings off now!

The highlight of the summer will be a new championship event with the Midwest Regional Masters Championship Event.  This event will stage race giving you 3 races in 3 states in 2 days, not to mention the opportunity at 4 different championships.  Saturday will give you a time trial in northern Kentucky and a road race in southwestern Ohio.  Sunday will cap off the weekend with a criterium in southeastern Indiana.  Not only will Regional Champions be crowned at each stage, but a Regional Stage Race Champion as well.

Lately, there has been some very serious discussion on putting on a Midwest Regional CX Championship in the area in December with an emphasis on the juniors.  This is still very early in the planning, but may be a collaboration between groups in Cincinnati AND Louisville.

Here is the current schedule being planned:

  • Sunday, March 20: OSRS #1 – Deer Creek
  • Saturday, March 26: KiSRS #1 – Mentor-Maysville
  • Sunday, March 27: OSRS #2 – Schabobele
  • Saturday, April 2: KiSRS #2 – Bear Branch, IN
  • Sunday, April 3: OSRS #3 – Hueston Woods p/b Team Hungry
  • Sunday, April 10: OSRS #4 – Vandervorts Corner p/b Michelob Ultra Racing Team
  • Saturday, April 16: KiSRS #3 – Big Bone
  • Sunday, April 17: OSRS #5 – Spring Valley p/b 7 Hills Racing
  • Saturday, April 23: OSRS #6 – Mitchell Memorial p/b Queen City Wheels
  • Saturday, April 30: KiSRS #4 – Falmouth
  • Sunday, May 1: OSRS #7 – Lynchburg
  • Saturday, May 7: KiSRS #5 Series Finale – St. Peters, IN/Blue Creek Rd
  • Sunday, May 8: OSRS # 8 – St Peters (don’t call us St Leon), IN
  • Sunday, May 15: OSRS #9 – Germantown
  • Sunday, May 22: OSRS #10 Series Finale – Georgetown, OH
  • Saturday, June 18: Ohio Junior & Master State Road Race Championship, Zanesfield, OH
  • Wednesday, July 13: Devou Park Summer Race Series #1
  • Wednesday, July 20: Devou Park Summer Race Series #2
  • Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24: Midwest Regional Masters Championship Event
  • Wednesday, July 27: Devou Park Summer Race Series #3
  • Wednesday, August 3: Devou Park Summer Race Series #4
  • Wednesday, August 10: Devou Park Summer Race Series #5
  • Mid-December: Midwest Regional CX Championship

More details will be posted as they come along.