for all you phx az people, are the crits on wednesday nights any good? By good i mean is it well run, do people actually show, etc. Also are there any other big weeknight rides or weekly crits/TTs in the east valley? Sorry if this was excessively wordy, thanks for any help.
The wed night crits are A/B/C/D held in a huge open parking lot. D race starts at 5pm and the A will be done by 7pm. They set up four cones in a square, blow the corners and mark the start/finish line. $5 or $10 entry fee depending on which race. Number of riders vary, but last season many of the A and B fields had 25 riders or so. Last week I was told one of the fields had around 50 I think due in large part to the first few races on the AZ race schedule were cancelled. The C/D fields are usually much smaller (at least last year).
I think for guys trying to get tuned up or looking for a little experience they are a great, no pressure type race. Everyone is usually really relaxed and it seems like guys who would not usually try flyers in a bigger race use this one to "test" their legs. I'd recommend them as I enjoy the underground feel to it all.
Later in the year starting in May the Tortilla Flats series starts. 40 mile road race with plenty of climbing (I think close to 3800'). A/B/C type race and sanctioned. Hotter than hell but worth a try. Look for it on the azcycling calendar.
I did one of these last year and turn out was low but it was run really well for such a small race. There were primes for all races even the 7 man d race. Its pretty boring course since its just cones set up in a parking lot but I would race it regularly if I lived out there. Its great for new racers since its very relaxed as within mentioned.
yeah i had checked that out- it is good to hear that it is well run bc sometimes i have shown to rides and one or two people show up or it turns out it is just a summer deal or what not. how are juniors dealt with- do just jump in whatever we fit in (D for me)? or is there a separate group?
I dont know how that works. It was real casual so I assume you could race in the d or c race. I was a 5 at the time and raced in the d and c race and I think they would have let me ride in the ab race too if I had wanted too.