We’ve moved the start time back for the Sport, Master, Vet, Grand Vet and Elite/Expert categories 1 hour to 2pm so to allow us more time for the Under 12’s race (starts at 12:30pm (2011 – 12pm)) and prize presentations. Also it allows some practice time for the afternoon races which we have to provide. We had a big problem with adults riding the course whilst the Under 12’s were racing last year which is a big no no. The morning race start time has remained the same.
Your suggestions for start times are interesting but cause some difficulty as the Under 12’s must race on their own and the course has to be altered (in an ideal world we’d have a separate course) and marshals redistributed, this all takes time and man power. We push the rules at the minute allowing the Youth and Juveniles to race with the Open category.
The morning races will be finishing approx 11:45 that gives us 45mins to change the course and redistribute the marshals including feeding and watering them. Under 12’s finish at 1pm giving us 1 hour to again alter the course, move marshals (lunch break), prize presentations and allow practice. Afternoon races finish at approx 3:45pm prize presentation ASAP after finish.
Should you continue to race the Open race (1 hr approx) then your daughter can enjoy the coaching session followed by the race. In reality the podium presentations for the morning races will be straight after the Under 12’s race (1pm a similar time to last year).
We’re going to run with this format for the first event and evaluate after.
Thank you for your comments I really do appreciate them.
Cycling Development Officer
2012 Legacy and Strategic Sport
Essex County Council | mobile: 07879 117437 | email: [email protected]
From: Robinson, Ian P
Sent: 01 February 2012 16:54
To: Matt Ewings
Subject: MSG timings
Hope you had a good off season?
Why on earth is there such a late start on the 2hr race? That practically takes the whole Sunday out of contention?
I know when I was doing the hour races I could be home by late lunch, but now doing the 2hr I cant do anything in the morning and I wont be able to do anything in the afternoon?
Surely it would be better to have the 2 hr race first ting 9 or 10 (probably 10 to allow for practice etc) then the 1hr races (and kids) at 12:30 or 1 then the people who get podiums etc can all be dealt with in a reasonable time? I don’t see why dragging the event out over the whole day is going to achieve? I was going to bring my daughter to force her into racing this year but I cant have her sitting around all this time???
Anyway I’m sure I said to you before, if you need a hand setting up the courses or general stuff just drop me a email or see me online
I thought it was a down and crashed a couple of times trying it (rocks deliberately placed where your wheel will be!) but Ive sinced learned its an up! I do love riding over there though...
and then at the weekend race simulation on the turbo for 90 minutes....
so every sunday I have my own race against 5 me's!