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    The quarter season

    In an effort to try to bring back some decent intelligent discussion to bike forums in general - serious poll/ question.

    It has become apparent around here that our local road season is from March through the first week of June or so. After that the pros invade the area and we have Tour of Americas Dairyland, Glencoe, Prairie State series, etc.

    The local level races stop essentially. Then cyclocross races have been starting in mid August. They go through December.

    Racers seem to have responded in kind. Train hard from Jan on. Race the crap out of everything through May. Get their asses handed to them in June. Call it burnout and start riding their cross bikes....then on to cross.

    Just seems like we have a "quarter season" of road anymore.

    Road licenses are down in volume. Attendance is steady at best at my events. Down at most others.

    Are you guys seeing the same things in other parts of the country? Thoughts? Discussion?

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    Not in the SouthEast. Races from Feburary to end of September. Cross after that, but I'm not into that. Think the season is even longer in FL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
    In an effort to try to bring back some decent intelligent discussion to bike forums in general - serious poll/ question.

    It has become apparent around here that our local road season is from March through the first week of June or so. After that the pros invade the area and we have Tour of Americas Dairyland, Glencoe, Prairie State series, etc.

    The local level races stop essentially. Then cyclocross races have been starting in mid August. They go through December.

    Racers seem to have responded in kind. Train hard from Jan on. Race the crap out of everything through May. Get their asses handed to them in June. Call it burnout and start riding their cross bikes....then on to cross.

    Just seems like we have a "quarter season" of road anymore.

    Road licenses are down in volume. Attendance is steady at best at my events. Down at most others.

    Are you guys seeing the same things in other parts of the country? Thoughts? Discussion?

    Somewhat true in Florida I'd say...this year was fairly heavy racing from the end of January (well if you count training crits, money races started first weekend of February). Then pretty solidly through the end of May. There was one race down here in June but I skipped it since I was up racing Northstar instead. We used to have a fall season as well however it's not looking like there will be much of one this year as there are only a few events on the calendar.
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    Road racing participation is declining in general. A popular stage race that used to sell out in <2 hours 3 years ago now doesn't even fill up.

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    I haven't been racing that long, but don't these things generally fluctuate in cycles?
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    I'm not seeing a quarter season, but a general thinning of the calendar. There are some new races which is a good sign. Field sizes, with a few exceptions, are down.

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    psimet2001 -- warmer states have always had this issue. Train hard Dec/Jan. Race Feb-early June. Then kaput. A fall season always tries, but is a tough sell as people hammer group-rides through summer and claim burnout.

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    I'm still new to cycling in general, but did get a flyer for cross races starting next week. Seems a bit early to me, but probably not early to the folks that love cross and aren't too into road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hack View Post
    I'm still new to cycling in general, but did get a flyer for cross races starting next week. Seems a bit early to me, but probably not early to the folks that love cross and aren't too into road.
    As a lover of cyclocross, July 'cross seems insane to me. It's the sort of thing they'd do in California, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grolby View Post
    As a lover of cyclocross, July 'cross seems insane to me. It's the sort of thing they'd do in California, though.
    Shoot, they might even be getting their first unofficial race off in June. I've always associated cross with mud, rain, cold, wet, etc. We won't have much of any of those for quite a while out here (should be 110F tomorrow).
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    Around here it goes year round, although there aren't many races from October to December. I believe last year during that time we had 1-2 races a month in the LA Megagopolis Region. I don't think they were taken as serious though and considered an upgrade series (although there were still p12 races as well).

    For Cross, the season around here is Sept - Feb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grolby View Post
    As a lover of cyclocross, July 'cross seems insane to me. It's the sort of thing they'd do in California, though.
    Surprised they don't do it in FL...although a lot of FL crossers have given cross a bad name in my book. They are very pretentious and claim they want real cross but many of them run for the hills if it's rainy or anything that makes the course harder than riding circles in a field.
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    I wish there were more races in the fall. We have races in March and this March every race I did, the starting temps were below freezing.

    I understand that the weeknight races have to end in August due to daylight constraints, but I feel like we can still have weekend races well into the fall, both in the suburbs and the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grolby View Post
    As a lover of cyclocross, July 'cross seems insane to me. It's the sort of thing they'd do in California, though.
    the hipsters needs something to do. they're getting board of critic mass and bike party and track racing

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    I too am in the Southeast. Races start the last weekend of February and run through September. Road bumps right up against cross. Some guys do the early road races then back off in preparation for cross. Others try to go all year round.

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    I haven't been racing that long, but the last month or so of our road season up here has been basically turned into wanna be roubaix season with mixed pavement/gravel races. That starts at the end of this month, and cross starts at the end of August. If the road season kept going, I would keep racing and because it ends so soon I've started racing track which runs through September luckily.

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