Thursday, March 31, 2011

Flashback video

A shot of some action from the Ann Arbor STS back in 2008.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Week #1 Recap and Results

It was a cold morning, but the sun was out and so were a lot of racers for the sub-20 degrees temps that started the day. Results are posted along with the initial overall points for the series. Check out the C race, B race, and A race finish line videos.

The C race came down to a field sprint with Jody Cagle taking the win. The B race saw 5 riders go clear of the field by 20 seconds with Brad Legris taking the win. The A race saw 6 racers go clear about 15 minutes in and take a lap on the field with youngster Rudy Peterson getting the win. Houston Peterson and Martin Vecchio chased much of the race, not getting a lap but staying clear of the field for 7th and 8th.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New Racer Tips: Pinning on your Race Number

One of the basics every bike racer has to learn to do is pin on your race number. While it's not difficult, it helps to follow a few basic tips.

  1. Make sure it is on the correct side and right-side-up so the officials and finish camera can see it
  2. Use at least 6 pins to hold on big number—8 are better as no part of the number will catch the wind
  3. Well positioned number with the ideal 8 pins.
  4. Do not use the pre-cut holes in the corner of the numbers—ignore them as these will cause your number to flap in the wind a lot. Just pin right through the surface of the number.
For more details about how to pin your number, check out the Cycling Skills blog post on the topic.

New Racer Tips: More than You Want to Know

If you're brand new to bike racing there are a lot of details to learn. We'll do a quick series of posts this week to help new riders coming to the Ann Arbor Spring Training Series or to any other race.

The first installment for those with a bunch of extra time on their hands is the very thorough My First Bike Race webinar video hosted by USA Cycling last year. It covers nearly everything (and a lot more) that a new racer might need to know about getting started racing. It's about 1 hour 20 minutes, with the first 56 minutes being the presentation and the last bit being a question and answer.

Friday, March 11, 2011

2011 Race Here Soon—Flyer Available Now

The fast corner on the course is looking a bit snowy, but two weeks in Michigan gives us plenty of time for the weather to change. Probably enough time for it to change a dozen times.

Regardless of today's weather, the race flyer is now available, or check out the links at the top of the page for event details. See you March 27! Online registration should be available shortly, and race-day registration will be inside the Robertson-Morrison building adjacent to the start/finish line on the course.