Tom Sweeney, a Fort Collins Cat 3, and 5th grade teacher at Sarah Milner Elementary School in Loveland commuted to work via bike for 176 consecutive days. Sweeney who is also a mechanic at Lees wracked up more than 4200 miles during his rides between Fort Collins and Loveland. He had the wherewithal to take a photo during each of those rides. Here's the slideshow.
He also did this for the 2012/2013 school. http://youtu.be/qvn4Sa-0M1k
Two important race updates.
The Oval Omnium wont start until Sunday June 22nd and will likely only last for two weeks.
The Taft Hill Time Trials will be held on Thursdays June 12th and 19th only.
Wounded Rider Program Director, dropped off the first ever WRP kit to Jeff Noffsinger on Wednesday. Jeff sustained serious injuries during a high speed crash on Ford hill on Friday May 23rd. Jeff was released from MCR on Tuesday and is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae, broken rib, road rash and staples in his head.Gretchen Potts, YGR
Here's what's left of Jeff's helmet, 808s and Pinarello
Big thanks to Gretchen Potts and all the sponsors that make this program possible.
On Friday morning, May 23rd, Jeff Noffsinger a cat 3 with the Audi Cycling Team was involved in a high speed crash on the back side of Rist-Ford Hill. Jeff is currently recovering from serious injuries at MCR. He will be the first recipient of YGR's Wounded Rider Program. Stuart Thomas, Jeff's teammate, was just behind him at the time of the accident. The following is Stuart's account of what happened. We hope to have more information on Jeff's condition sometime today.
On Friday morning Jeff Noffsinger and I pushed off from my house around and headed up Rist Canyon. Jeff and I summited around and planned to head down into Stove Prairie and then take the Poudre back down to Fort Collins. We started the descend into Stove Prairie and about a quarter mile down Jeff's bike started to fish tail out of control. Jeff was about 50 yards in front of me and I saw the fishtail become uncontrollable at a high speed and Jeff went down hard into the ditch on the right hand side of the road. By the time I got to him he was hurt pretty bad and disoriented a bit. Jeff's helmet was crushed in and his head bleeding from what I think was impact with a rock. Additional injuries included road rash and his back was hurt extremely bad. I was in disbelief at Jeff's condition, his mangled bike, and the distance he flew from point of visible impact.
There's been a lot of questions about the new timing system being used that the New Belgium Short Track races this season. YGR rounded up as many of those questions as possible and fired them at the Ciclismo Youth Foundation crew. Here's what they had to say:
What prompted the purchase of the system? You did purchase it correct, it’s not rented or anything? We’ve tried numerous methods for registration/timing over the years and none of them have ever produced consistent results. When we began hosting races eight years ago registration was super simple and scoring didn’t matter much to the twenty or so racers.
Today we have 150 adult racers & 60 little kid racers at each event. Getting everyone through registration in a timely manner is sometimes difficult...and then hand scoring all those riders isn’t easy, nor consistent. CYF began to stress over this area of our races and it became more of an issue as we chatted with our race day volunteers. They were getting stressed.
In an effort to reduce the stress among all race day participants (volunteers, racers and spectators) we felt we needed to better systematize registration/timing. A few months ago we purchased our own timing system. We look at it as an investment in our race series, in our volunteers and in our racers.
How much did it cost? The system cost approximately $6,500. We also pay a per participant fee for online registration / race results.
Who makes it, where is it from? The meat of the system (mats, timing box, chips) is from IPICO Sports. While the software (on-line race registration, timing software, race results, etc.) is from Lapio, who is an all-in-one race management and timing software company.
What all does the system entail? All racer info captured in the online registration process is housed in our race management software. At the race, all paying riders receive a timing chip which they attach to their shoe. As they cross the timing mats(antennas), the system reads their chips and synchronizes their info (lap count, lap time, position, etc.) into the race management software. If adjustments/corrections need to be made on the fly, we can easily do that. Results stream live.
Why was this system better than a camera system? Simply because it’s easier. Although there’s race management to be done prior to the event, the race day experience (from our standpoint) is much less involved.
What are some of the cool features of the system? Streaming live results is pretty cool for a local Tuesday night race series.
How well is it working so far? So far it’s been great. Pushing on-line registration has been a huge time saver and reduced the stress of race day volunteers. Timing the races has produced results like we’ve never been able to produce in the past…..with a fraction of the work involved. However, we’ve had a few situations where chips weren’t being read by the reader correctly. It was likely due to the placement of the timing mats and/or the placement of the chip on the rider. We’re learning as we go.
Has the early registration requirement had a negative effect on race participation? Honestly, I was a bit worried about this, but thus far we haven’t had any negative effects on participation. It saves us so much time not having to deal with all the normal registration stuff (payment, waiver, capturing rider info) at the race. Long gone are the days of long registration lines and misspelled rider names. You’d be surprised how many complaints I heard over the years about misspelled names!
I’ve heard of a few people having to stop to pick up their chips when they fall off during races. Is there a way to secure them better. I’ve heard that as well. Not sure the absolute best way, so we’re very open to suggestions. For the majority, attaching the chips to their shoe via zip tie works well. Thus far we’ve fit the chips with one zip tie for riders to loop their shoe buckle through. Maybe two zip ties is better. We were thinking about ways to avoid having to use new zip ties at every race.
Are the riders responsible if a chip gets lost during a race? Yes, riders are responsible for the return of their chips. We purchased reusable chips so we can reprogram them each week. It was more cost effective to go that route. The cost to the rider for not returning or losing their timing chip is $30
Why is online preregistration so important? Again, online pre-registration has to do with reducing the stress of volunteers/racers come race day. Once registration is closed, all the chips have to be scanned and uploaded into the software to match the list or registered riders. Then packets (bibs/chips) have to be organized.
There are a lot of people who literally don’t know if they will be able to make it to the races, even an hour or two before the start, is there a chance online registration will start to remain open later on race day? Since there is work we have to do between the close of registration and when the person arrives at the registration table, online registration will not likely stay open up till the races begin. And in reality, online registration will likely always close hours before the races begin. I say that because in addition to needing to scan chips/organize bibs, volunteers arrive at the races at least two hours before they begin. Once I get to the race site, I don’t have time to continue registering riders. How about late registration fees for people want to register on site? Good question. Being a financial planner, I’m not one to turn away money, which is why we offered onsite registration the first week. However, moving forward, we are currently not going to offer onsite registration. We’ve made the online registration process so simple that anyone can do it.
Remember, CYF is a tax-exempt non-profit getting kids on bikes. We aren’t a race management company, nor do we claim to be pro race organizers. We are out there to provide a quality, fun, low key race experience, while raising money for the foundation. If there are ways we can better systematize our process, thus allowing us more time to help kids and/or an easier way to raise money, we’re all for it. The move to a timing system/online registration is a big move in that direction