Leaves are falling, practices are happening near and far and the aroma of fresh Mastik fills our noses (if you can get your hands on it)! As we prepare for the kick-off to the season this Sunday at Lion Cross 2022 Cyclocross Race, we want to provide a couple of notes/reminders (many of which are already on our website/in our racer guidelines):
Race day schedule
We have made a few tweaks to the race day schedule, namely creating a juniors-only race, moving the 1/2/3 Single Speed to the end of the day along with Masters 50+ 1/2/3 and including Single Speed 4/5 with the 3/4 men.
Please check the schedule on our website to make sure you arrive at the right time for your race!
We were late to press for the fabric race numbers you’ve grown to love. Don’t fear…they are currently at the printer and should be available soon. In the meantime, you will be issued a temporary race number this Sunday at LAPT Lion Cross.
If you plan to participate in more races this season (you should), please hang onto those numbers until we are able to issue the fabric ones. Once you receive your fabric number, you will use that for the entire season, so hang onto that one, too!
This year’s neutral support in the pit will be provided by a combination of Trek Bicycle stores and Wheel & Sprocket locations (along with Total Cyclery Bicycle Repair at the first race). You can go to them with any of your race-day needs – tire inflation, brake & cable adjustments, pedal swaps, wheel changes, bike checks, etc.
Because of the high demand of bikes again this year, we will not be able to provide neutral bikes in the pit. Please be prepared to have your own or borrow one from a friend.
Race day announcing
Many of our Saturday races will bring back Paul Warloski on the mic to provide exciting play-by-play throughout the day.
Paul has been riding and racing bicycles for decades, throughout the Midwest and East, with a few podiums and successes. He’s a cycling and running coach, a personal trainer, and yoga instructor, and creates programs that combine endurance, strength, and yoga for his athletes though Simple Endurance Coaching.
As a retired middle school English teacher and a former reporter, his goal of announcing races is to tell the story of each race and as many racers as possible. If you have a story or fact you’d like to share during an event, find him at the races!
And when Paul is racing, make sure you give him some extra cheers!
First 5 call-ups for each race will be based on your standing in WICX series points. Priority will be for pre-registered top-10 in the series (calculated by crossresults.com), next will be all other pre-registered riders based on crossresults.com points and last will be race-day registrants ranked by crossresults.com points.
If you don’t know what any of this means, you really don’t need to worry about it! Just come on out and have some fun!
Series champ jersey
All categories will compete for the coveted WICX series- champion jersey. With 14 races in the series this year, we will count your best 10 of 13 races (excluding State Champs).
We will announce the series winners at the State Championship race. Categories 1, 2, and 3 will also compete for cash prizes as laid out in the racer guidelines.
If you don’t have an annual USA Cycling license, you will have to purchase a One Day Racing License online, either through BikeReg or USAC. This includes race-day purchases. There will be NO day-of paper license forms. Annual Licenses should be purchased or renewed online before race day.
An “experienced one-day” license is available to riders with a category other than 5, and is also purchased online, however, it is only through USAC. A $50 USAC Annual membership includes a cat 5 racing license (you will have to upgrade to the $100 membership in order to upgrade your category). Additionally, memberships are now good for 12 months from the date of purchase. Memberships allow riders access to results and rankings programs.
The experienced and novice licenses have been merged into one license. You can learn more about race licenses from USA Cycling.
For all weekend races, pre-reg closes at MIDNIGHT every WEDNESDAY!
Second/third race discount
If you want to add a second race to your day (either online or in-person), it’ll only cost you $10. (If you register online for your second race, note that you won’t see the discounted price until you get to the checkout screen.)
If your second race happens to be a category 1/2/3 race, it’ll be an extra $15.
Your third race is free. To get this discount, you should register for this one on the day.
New races every week
Stay tuned to our page each week for a preview of what’s to come for the upcoming weekend races! Let’s have some fun this season! Visit our website for more information or to contact us with any questions!
For more answers, please review the racer guidelines.