Rule of the Month: Pinning Race Numbers…a refresher


What numbers can you see here? 111 is perfect, 125 is ok, but the other two racers risks not being able to place in the results!


Pinning numbers so the officials and high-speed cameras can keep track of you during a race is a skill just like those for riding your bike- a good cyclist knows how to do it right!


Here is the applicable rule:

1J7(b) Riders shall place their numbers as prescribed by the Race Director or officials and in such a way that they are visible when the rider is in a racing position. When shoulder numbers are provided for cyclo-cross, they are worn on the upper arm to be visible from the front. Hip numbers shall be attached securely at least at the four corners and no accessory or hair may obstruct a clear view of the number. If shoulder or frame numbers are provided, they too shall be placed as prescribed. Numbers may not be folded, trimmed, or otherwise defaced


Let’s start with what you should not do: namely, fold, trim, or scrunch up your number because you think it will lie flatter on your back.  The numbers have a big white background to make them easier for the officials and cameras to pick them out of all the sponsor logos on your jersey.  Folding or cutting the white background to just show the number makes it very difficult to keep track of you in a race.   Scrunching your numbers makes the number almost impossible to read in bright sunshine.  Of course if you have long hair it cannot cover the number!  Doing these things may cause you to miss your start or not placed in the results.


What you should do is pin the number on the side of the jersey that faces judges on the finish line (left or right side).  Officials and camera can’t read your number if you pin it in the middle of your back! A good guide is to line up the lower edge of the bib number with the front seam on your jersey’s side panel; this puts the number in the ideal position when you are leaning over while riding your bike past the finish line.  Use at least four pins per number and if you are pinning up a rider while they are wearing their jersey try not to stick the rider or yourself with the pins!


This short 2:33 video is a great guide: Pinning Race Numbers.

Star Track hosts NYS Championship and Junior Track Challenge

Picture by Miki Marcinkiewicz

Enjoy the brief recap sent to us courtesy of Peter Taylor!

In a beautiful weekend at Kissena Velodrome, Star Track hosted their first NYS Track Championships and Junior Track Challenge.

With the help of NYSBRA and other amazing sponsors, the junior riders were able to compete in hard fought races, and grueling time trials throughout the weekend which saw some incredibly close races and wonderful displays of sportsmanship followed by pizza for riders, families and officials.

Congratulations to our latest New York State Champions  especially the Tang, Eng, Edmonds and Chea families that saw multiple sibling victories.

Girls 8-10 – Akira Edmonds

Boys 8-10 – Enzo Edmonds

Girls 11/12 – Natalie Eng

Boys 11/12 – DJ Toback

Girls 13/14 – Emma Eng

Boys 13/14 – Genelyn Tang

Boys 15/16 – Geneway Tang

Girls 15/16 – Rory Chea

Boys 17/18 – Parker Chea

Next year we would hope to get more out of state riders joining the riders from New Jersey and Pennsylvania that made the trip.

Star Track would like to thank NYSBRA for their support in holding the event, the race officials Chris, Kelly and Rob as well as our amazing photo/video team of Miki Marcinkiewicz and Robert Lai.


NYS Senior Track Championship

Check out the brief recap by James Lyman of the Track Championship races that took place on 9/9 – 9/10 in Flushing, NY

Photo by Miki Marcinkiewicz

Kissena Velodrome was a busy place on September 9th and 10th and the weather cooperated this year providing perfect conditions for a weekend of racing.  There were over 100 registrations in which included two separate fields for Women’s (Cat 4 and Cat1234), two Masters (40+ and 55+), Cat 1234 and two senior men’s fields (Cat 4 and Cat 123).  The race schedule was packed with both Sprint and Endurance Omniums as well as Team Pursuits and Team Sprints.

This year also included Keirin races and we were fortunate enough to have an authentic Belgian Derney thanks to Sam Zara of USA Derny.  Notable was that this was one of the largest and most competitive Men’s Cat 123 fields that Kissena has seen in years.

The New York Velodrome Association would like to congratulate our 2017 Omnium State Champions: Women’s Cat 123 Endurance Omnium – Rebecca Book; Women’s Cat 123 Sprint Omnium – Christine D’Ercole; Women’s Cat 4 Endurance Omnium – Leah Goldberg; Men’s Cat 123 Endurance Omnium – Scott Savory; Men’s Cat 123 Sprint Omnium – Mark Wagner; Men’s Cat 4 Endurance Omnium Jonathan Trevett; Master’s 40+ Endurance Omnium – JP Partland; Master’s 55+ Endurance Omnium – Mike Wilpizeski; and Masters 40+ Sprint Omnium – Michael Mahesh

Don’t forget if you were the top NYS finisher in a Championship category to order your jersey! Contact the race promoter for the order link. For a full list of NYSBRA Champions, please visit the website.  For a full list of all track results visit the Kissena Velodrome website.

NYS TT Champions Crowned in Upper Jay, NY!

8/6/17 –  A beautiful summer day was on tap for an exciting Time Trial Championship in Upper Jay, NY, bringing out competitors from all corners of the state. Find out who topped the podium in each category!

If you were crowned a NYS Champion don’t forget to place the order for your Jersey! Please contact the Race Director of the race you won for more info on how to order.  List of current champions can be found online on the NYSBRA site, for any changes please contact