Junior Talent ID Camp

Located in Canandaigua this July

 

What is included?

The camp will base from Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY and will feature:

• all room and board for the week

• skills development sessions

• Overview of bike fitting philosophy followed by an hour professional fitting session

• Field Tests for the athletes with results submitted to USA Cycling for selections for further development opportunities

• Supported group rides with certified coaches and support vehicle

• Sessions on race strategy and tacticstraining methods, equipment options

• Guest speaker Dr. Craig Mattern on nutrition

• Guest Presenter Harvey Newton (former U.S. National Weight Lifting Coach)

• Guest Presenter Leslee Trzcinski (former Professional racer and World Championship Silver medalist) talking about yoga and cycling

• Special guest speaker, Gordon Singleton (multiple National Champion, Olympian and World Champion) to discuss the path from local cyclist to world class athlete.

 

Sign up here: https://www.usacycling.org/myusac/index.php?pagename=registration&eventid=38&year=2013

Register early and save $$!

Number Pinning

Rule of the month –

 

1J7. Racing numbers.

 (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.

 

Many riders that I have discussed number placement or defacing are not aware that there is a rule about how and what you do with that number after it’s handed to you at registration. First, do NOT crumple it into a little ball – any aerodynamic advantage is highly debatable, and it makes the number very difficult to read both by eye and by photofinish equipment. Also DON’T fold or cut it smaller – there may be a sponsor name on the number, which the sponsor has paid for to be visible on every competitor, and that white space around the numerals makes it easier to read. Pin the number on EXACTLY where the promoter or officials have requested it, usually with signs at registration or in the race technical guide. The most common placement in the US is on the left or right side – this does not mean up on the shoulder blade or the middle of the back. Finally, don’t obscure the number with vests, jackets or waterpacks. And for (not necessarily just) the women, pin up or tie your long hair so it doesn’t fall across the number.

All of this will help to prevent you from being an “X” in the results and losing a paying place or upgrade points. And, from the penalty section of the rules below, there are possible penalties for not properly displaying your number even at small one day races.

 

Rule # RULE DESCRIPTION C, D, & E

1 DAY EVENTS

A & B

1 DAY EVENTS

STAGE RACES

(AND OTHER MULTI-DAY EVENTS)

8A1(j) Number invisible, badly positioned or covered at finish Warning, Relegation or $20 fine $30 fine 1st- warning and/or $30 fine

2nd – $50 fine

3rd – DSQ

2013 Q1 Minutes

Minutes from most recent meeting posted.

  • Appointment of Ryan Post to fill NYSBRA Secretary position
  • NYSBRA support for NY anti-doping program
  • 2013 CX NYS Champs Announced. Staten Island Nov 9
  • Finalizing MTB Calendar.

February 2013 Newsletter

February 2013 News from NYSBRA – your New York State Bicycle Racing Association.

  • 2012 Road Race Schedule available: The 2013 NYS Road Race Schedule has been finalized and posted on www.nysbra.com. As always it is available in PDF, but this year for the first time it is also available by….
  • Google Race Calendars! We’ve created three new Google Calendars for Road, CX and MTB.  You can view the calendars as the top item on the Road, CX, and MTB pull-down menus at www.nysbra.com or you can link the calendars to your personal calendar on your PC, tablet, or phone.  Just select the calendar(s) you want or pick and choose specific events!
  • Mountain Bike info added: We now have a calendar, web page and egroup set up for MTB.  Vary your training!
  • USAC New Club of the Year: East Aurora Racing Club (EARC), located near Buffalo, was selected “Best New Club for 2012” by USA Cycling.   A big congratulations out to them!
  • Like us on Facebook! We’ll repost all the main website entries on the NYSBRA Facebook page so you can keep up. Any requests for content would be appreciated.  Tell us what you think of the new Calendars!
  • Rule of the Month: There are some new wrinkles for category 5 this year – the biggest is the new cyclocross category 5, for which upgrading is MANDATORY after you have completed 10 races (upgrading to Cat 4 is optional in the other disciplines).  Also, completion of USA Cycling sanctioned rider education clinics can substitute for some of the required races or points for upgrades.  USA Cycling is also developing a program for mentoring of category 5s by category 3 and higher riders.  Finally, Cat 5 riders can now enter time trials for any category.  It all adds up to more pathways and incentives to improve as a cyclist and test yourself against stiffer competition. See www.nysbra.com for a full article by Gary Toth!

NYSBRA is YOUR organization.
Have ideas about how to improve bike racing in New York State? Please submit your comments and ideas to the board. We are interested in hearing what you have to say. For details, ask your regional rep or email us at nysbra@gmail.com.

Visit WWW.NYSBRA.COM often or subscribe to our Twitter feed or Facebook to automatically get updates!

Race safe and have fun!

Your NYSBRA Officers and Board

Officers:
President: Jeffrey Poulin
Vice-President: Andrew Ross
Secretary: Vacant (Ryan Post acting) – contact Jeff for info
Treasurer: Rod Millott

Regional Reps:
Western region: Todd Scheske
Central region: Lloyd Campbell
Adirondack region: Dieter Drake
New York City region: Eric Ragot
Long Island region: Myles Romanow
Hudson Valley: Martin Bruhn

Cyclocross Rep: Dave Beals
Mountain Bike Reps: Armand Arekian and Gunter Spilhaus

All about Category 5

By Gary Toth, USA Cycling official, Stephentown, New York

In the United States, cycling is one of the few sports to have ability categories as well as classification of athletes by age and gender (most other UCI-member nations do not). As cycling grew, ability categories of 1, 2, and 3 were first introduced in the 1970’s to group athletes by ability and to reduce field sizes. As the number of licensed racers continued to grow, and each time that the lowest ability category grew to an unwieldy number and contained a wide range of abilities within it, USA cycling created a new lowest category, first category 4 for both men and women and, a few years ago, category 5 just for men.

If you are a beginning male racer, whether you purchase an annual racing license or a one-day license at the event you are entering, you are a category 5. The rules require that Cat 5s race in smaller fields than higher categories, at most 50 when racing by themselves or 75 when combined with any other ability, age or gender classification.  Also, you can only complete in races in which category 5s are eligible. For example, a master 35+ race is OK for all categories including Cat 5, a master 35+ race specifying cat 1-4 only is not open to Cat 5s.

USA cycling intends for category 5 to be a “try it” category for new racers to gain experience and transition out of.  As an incentive to move up to category 4 and above, 5s are not permitted to receive prizes of value (cash or merchandise) and may only be awarded trophies, medals or certificates.

So how do you get out of category 5? You can apply directly to USA Cycling through your online account, or directly to your local NYSBRA representative – either way, he/she will be the one reviewing your results to determine if you qualify to upgrade. And upgrading is specific to discipline – you upgrade separately for road, track and cyclocross, and may be different categories in each.

Upgrading procedures are explained in detail on the NYSBRA web site under “Road Racing” (http://www.nysbra.com/road/upgrades/) and are set out in section 1E of the USA Cycling rules, which can be downloaded in parts or the entire book at http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=4220.  Bascially, for road or cyclocross, you must complete 10 massed start races (time trails don’t count) of the minimum length – 15 miles for road races and 10 miles/20 minutes for criteriums. For track, you must complete four days of track racing or a velodrome class for new racers. Either way, the upgrade evaluator will be validating your results as recorded in the USA Cycling results and rankings database (http://www.usacycling.org/results/), so make sure the promoters of the races you compete in send their results to USA Cycling! Of course, training rides, even if under USAC permit, gran fondos, and unpermitted races do not qualify for upgrading.  Upgrades from 4 up to higher categories are more complicated, with formulas for accumulating upgrade points by placing in races.

There are some new wrinkles for category 5 this year – the biggest is the new cyclocross category 5, for which upgrading is MANDATORY after you have completed your 10 races (It’s optional in the other disciplines).  Also, completion of USA Cycling sanctioned rider education clinics can substitute for some of the required races. USA Cycling is also developing a program for mentoring of category 5s by category 3 and higher riders.  And now cat 5 riders can enter time trials for any category.  It all adds up to more pathways and incentives to improve as a cyclist and test yourself against stiffer competition.

Gary Toth

USAC Official