As a continued test of the interest in juniors categories in road races in Ohio, the Ohio Spring Race Series has added juniors to the last two races of the series, Germantown and Georgetown.  This was done at the Lynchburg race with moderate success, and these two races will use the same format.  Entry fee for the juniors will be $10 with no day of event late fee.  They will race with the women but will be scored separately.  Their results will be submitted to USA Cycling.

The Germantown Race p/b Queen City Wheels uses a short and technical 7.3-mile loop.  Riders will have to negotiate many 90 degree turns on narrow country roads.  The finish is at the top of a small, low grade climb.  The juniors will be racing for approximately 42 miles.  Registration is available through BikeReg.com.

The Series Finale will be the Georgetown, OH Race p/b BigDaveSports and Team BSM.  This is your more traditional country race course with 11 miles of slightly rolling straight-aways, a few twists and turns, and a moderate climb on the back side.  The finish is part of one of the long straights with mild rollers.  The juniors will be racing for approximately 35 miles at this race.  Registration for this race is also available at BikeReg.com.

When we added juniors to the Lynchburg Race, some of the feedback that we received was that the 38-mile race was too long for the younger juniors in the 10-14 age group, and that any distance over 30 miles is no longer a race, but more of survival for the less developed muscles of the young juniors.  Unfortunately, it is very difficult to add another group on the road for some of these races to allow the younger juniors to have a race with a more suitable distance.  Also, upon questioning the veteran race officials, it was pointed out that any groups that start together, must finish together, i.e. do the same distance, thus eliminating the possibility of having the juniors start with the women but finish earlier.

Again, adding these categories to these races is more of an experiment to see what the interest level is while creating very little additional work for the race promoters and officials.  We will look at the turnouts we get for the three races and discuss whether this is something we want to add to next year’s format, and then the extent of the juniors categories which may or may not include the younger 10-14 age group.

Please show your support for juniors racing by encouraging juniors to attend these races!