came from an email to my team today:
2009 Nevada and Nor Cal Early Bird mentors and racers,
We?re taking a lot of what has worked well in the past twenty years and improving a few things for the 5-week 2009 Early Bird Criterium Training Racing Series.
To the point, we not only have our ten plus year tested ?new racer mentoring clinic? but we have added an ?advanced skills clinic?; a junior race; a new women?s Cat 3 / Men?s Cat. 3 / 4 category; and moved the Cat 1/2/3 event to a new time slot. All of these changes are being made so that all racers and mentors can treat January for what it truly should be: a chance to work on the fundamentals of cycling, get comfy in a pack of cyclists and learn a few things in a non-competitive race structure.
We?re also bringing back the popular ?indoor clinic? (Get Ready to Race in 2009) which will be held on Saturday, January 3rd in an office complex just on the other side of the freeway from the Fremont course. This one hour clinic plus 30 minute Q&A will help new racers better understand what they can expect with the 5-week series, and what they can look forward to in their cycling career. The Get Ready to Race in 2009 clinic will be posted soon on www.NCNCA.org
For all of this to happen we need qualified mentors. Over the years we have been blessed with many fine volunteers. Their reward for their time spent with new racers has been free entry into the 1/2/3 race. We would like to provide that benefit to the mentors again this year. Please contact XXXXX if you are a Cat 1, 2 or 3 racer, are confident in your abilities to teach and have the time to help us with this program.
Early Bird Event Schedule:
8:30 Women Category 3, and Men Category 3 and 4 (50 minutes)
8:50 Women Category 3, and Men Category 3 and 4 post-race talk
9:30 Advanced strategies and tactics Clinic *
* Perfect for experienced racers, as well as those that want to learn more.
10:30 Men and Women Category 1, 2, 3 and Pros (75 min.)
Noon Early Bird Criterium Mentoring Clinic *
* Perfect for brand new racers, as well as those that want to work on fundamentals.
1:00 Women Category 4 (40 min.)
1:40 Women Category 4 post-race talk
1:45 Men U35 Category 5 (40 min.)
2:25 Men U35 Category 5 post-race talk
2:30 Men 35+ Category 5 (40 min.)
3:10 Men 35+ Category 5 post-race talk
3:15 Junior (16 and under) girls and boys (30 min.)
3:45 Junior (16 and under) girls and boys post-race talk