Jul 12, 2011

Bloomington Crit Week

THE BEST RACE OF THE YEAR IS THIS SATURDAY (tear wells in the corner of my British eye).
The SCHOLARS INN BAKEHOUSE CYCLING FESTIVAL will be a great day of racing!
A real fun twist to the racing will be a big showdown in the cat3 races where the Team Scholars Inn Bakehouse will be battling with Team Upland Sustainable Cycling! It's so awesome that there are two cycle tea sponsors within a block in Bloomington and the winner on Kirkwood will have the hometown glory. Team Upland will surely be working for Micheal Schroeder and having a Purdue Grad winning the race (as are most other Team Upland riders) will be sick! Team SIB will have Kevin Depasse in the sprint and of course the Shanahammer! Should be an awesome race and a fitting prelude to the Pro/1/2 race where Team Panther will be battling with Texas Roadhouse and NUVO hopefully with a sprinkling of Kelly Benefits. No Team Bissell at Bloomington...Eric is sadly way tooo big time these days!!

Adding to the fun is that Upland Brewery hosting AN after-party but there will be other options for a beer...most notably...SCHOLARS INN!!

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's the latest on the Race Director position?

Todd said...

Don't forget Mr. Fowler of Zipp in the 1/2 race.

Anonymous said...

After Sunday's Racing for Riley domination in the P/1/2, I can't believe you forgot us Geraint!

Todd said...

Give the other bloggers on here shit about that. GP is reporting from across the ocean.

Geraint Parry said...

Don't worry Todd, I think that was delievered in jest! True I did forget them. Any team that can pull off the double team-mate celebration is not to be overlooked. Did I see a little 'Geraint Thomas' in the Chartier celebration?

adamrodkey said...

Shanny's a 2.

Geraint Parry said...

Evidence-
http://www.truesport.com/rzone/photos/2011/07/ect01f.html

vs

http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour-de-france/stage-6/photos/181116

not quite the same, although there are a total of 3 arms in the air! Apart from that all other circumstances are the same.....

Geraint Parry said...

Re: Shanny's a 2.

No-one tells me anything!

RJ said...

This after party sure sounds like fun! Why hasn't this happened before?!?!

Frederick said...

No respect from the smarmy brit!

A Summerhouse Inn said...

A Summerhouse Inn still has rooms available for this weekend! Ask for our special Cycling Festival rate of $79/night. Cool off in our outdoor pool after the race. Good luck this weekend.

Anonymous said...

with the # of hits bvn must get, if there were ads, there would be mad cash

Anonymous said...

wow scholars inn, as if late fees aren't lame enough, a tiered registration cost by date? embarrassing.

Todd said...

10:07pm -

"Tiered registration fees by date" have been the norm for years at most races. It helps the RD plan.

Anonymous said...

2010 Btown crit--$1450 and 75 min of racing.

2011 Btwon crit--$750 and 60 min of racing.

This is why races die! Get it together! Quit supplying kits for everyone and their mother and put some money into the event to keep it awesome.

Geraint Parry said...

To be honest last year was a bit of a fluke as I was fortunate enough to secure some generous individual, no-strings-attached sponsorships that helped the top end. It's SIBs first year of involvement with the race so lets see if it proves to be beneficial and then the relationship may grow. I'd guess there'll be an equal number of riders this year even with a lesser payout. Fortunately the race has a particular cache that stretches beyond the $ on offer. However the Kilroys primes do help a lot....

Anonymous said...

"the norm for years at most races"? not sure where you're racing. oh that's right, you don't.

exorbitant day-of late fees have become the norm as of late but that doesn't make them any less lame. a late fee AND a "you didn't register before two weeks before the race" fee is a bit much.

Todd said...

I went to truesport and just pulled the first few races coming up:

1) http://www.truesport.com/register/events/superweek/index.html


"Online registration will close 2 days prior to each event. On-site race-day registration will be available for each event (late fees apply)."

and

"Register online for the Superweek Pro Tour by July 6th to take advantage of the early registration fees. Beginning on July 7th, all entry fees will go up $7 each."

I know that's not a sample but very first event proves my point, tiered registration by date and late fee for day of.

Anonymous said...

fwiw: I have been at several races this year that had late fees listed for day of registration but then they don't actually charge them at the reg. table.

Anonymous said...

There is less money to pay out to the riders this year because they had to fly in an annoucer from Wales. That's right, you heard it here first, GP will be back and better than ever. College girls be warned!

Geraint Parry said...

Alas only one of those two final sentences is true....they have colleges everywhere.

Anonymous said...

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