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Old 09-27-10, 03:50 PM
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Race Entrance Fees?

The back story: I was out riding the other day w/ some extended family that's been riding for years. My cousin is a Cat 3, and my Uncle has been racing since he was 20 or so he mainly rides Masters races now. But after riding with them they convinced me to go out for my first race.

So now I'm interested in doing my first race as a Cat 5 in two weeks. Most likely I'll by buy the daily license. But before I start doing something I'm sure I'll get addicted to how much are typical entrance fees etc... I'd like to know if they are prohibitively expensive before I get my hopes up of racing as I don't have a lot of disposable income.
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Around here races are usually $25, less for a training (unofficial) crits.

And fwiw many teams will reimburse you for some portion of that, if not all of it.
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The race fees are probably the cheapest part of racing.
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Around here, it's usually $25-35 for the weekend races, sometimes as much as $50 for the biggest, most elaborate events. Less for the weekly training races.
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They're cheap-ish now, but they're trending upward.
I'm seeing more and more races at $35 and 40.

There's a 30-minute crit in Michigan that costs $50 if you register on race day, and people still line up at the registration table to pay that.
I think that's absurd. And if they continue to get away with it, then other races will follow suit.

I think junior and women races should be $10 max. If I were in charge of the world...
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As a CT person...

$11 for the Rentschler Field races in East Hartford Tues nights May - Aug
I highly recommend this series. I don't have anything to do with it except I race in it.

$18? for the Bethel Summer Series in Bethel Wed nights May - Aug

$20-35 for typical summer crits. As a 5, closer to $20-25. If/when you get your 4 upgrade, it may increase a bit, maybe $5 or so. I was paying $25-35 as a Cat 3, and I tried to pay the late fee to help the promoter. The most important races to me I pre-reg so I knew I wouldn't get shut out of the field.

Road races cost more, but since I don't do them, I don't know what they cost. Figure a good road race should cost $40-50 per rider, based on what it costs to hold a race. However, clubs seem to think that they need to lowball prices.

There's the Plainville Series Mar-April, Saturdays.

Of course, you could (ahem) start at the Bethel Spring Series (Sundays March-April, dates and fees tbd for 2011) since a BFer promotes it.

Finally, if you need a second bike, I have a 52 cm SystemSix in my basement, waiting for a buyer. I'm sure we could work out a price that would include entry into all the Bethel Spring Series races

cdr, aka promoter Bethel Spring Series
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I have always thought that $30 or so for a road race was an amazing bargain and that the same price for a crit was a bunch of guys subsidizing my desire to do road races on some other day.

I do a few crits during the year so I don't feel that guilty. I hate them, BTW. Road races are way cooler.
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Originally Posted by carpediemracing
As a CT person...

Of course, you could (ahem) start at the Bethel Spring Series (Sundays March-April, dates and fees tbd for 2011) since a BFer promotes it.

Finally, if you need a second bike, I have a 52 cm SystemSix in my basement, waiting for a buyer. I'm sure we could work out a price that would include entry into all the Bethel Spring Series races

cdr, aka promoter Bethel Spring Series
thanks for the info on the CT scene, and the SystemSix is exactly my size you must have ESP, problem is I have no way to fund that purchase at the moment

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Originally Posted by EventServices
They're cheap-ish now, but they're trending upward.
I'm seeing more and more races at $35 and 40.

There's a 30-minute crit in Michigan that costs $50 if you register on race day, and people still line up at the registration table to pay that.
I think that's absurd. And if they continue to get away with it, then other races will follow suit.

I think junior and women races should be $10 max. If I were in charge of the world...
Ours are usually just $10 less than everyone else. For Mt. Washington, the $350 fee is waived and we raise $100 and call it a day.
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Originally Posted by EventServices
They're cheap-ish now, but they're trending upward.
I'm seeing more and more races at $35 and 40.

There's a 30-minute crit in Michigan that costs $50 if you register on race day, and people still line up at the registration table to pay that.
I think that's absurd. And if they continue to get away with it, then other races will follow suit.

I think junior and women races should be $10 max. If I were in charge of the world...
Wow - are they charging that much just for fun & profit, or does the race cost a lot to put on for some reason?
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Originally Posted by mattm
Wow - are they charging that much just for fun & profit, or does the race cost a lot to put on for some reason?
there's a race budget thread if you scroll down a bit.

back on topic - dennisa - when you find the race you want to do, read the official USAC flyer, closely.
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did you ask your cousin and uncle?
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No didn't think of it at the time. It's a complicated extended (step) family situation so it was just easier to refer to them as my cousin and uncle. I haven't actually seen even conversed w/ them in 12-15yrs. Sunday was the first day I actually have had any contact w/ them, but it looks like we will end up riding together more often.

So I'm grateful for all the replies.
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Originally Posted by dennisa
No didn't think of it at the time. It's a complicated extended (step) family situation so it was just easier to refer to them as my cousin and uncle. I haven't actually seen even conversed w/ them in 12-15yrs. Sunday was the first day I actually have had any contact w/ them, but it looks like we will end up riding together more often.

So I'm grateful for all the replies.
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thanks for the info on the CT scene, and the SystemSix is exactly my size you must have ESP, problem is I have no way to fund that purchase at the moment
Your signature says "2010 Cannondale CAAD9 5 52 cm Charcoal Gray"

I just kind of deduced that was your bike
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Originally Posted by EventServices
They're cheap-ish now, but they're trending upward.
I'm seeing more and more races at $35 and 40.

There's a 30-minute crit in Michigan that costs $50 if you register on race day, and people still line up at the registration table to pay that.
I think that's absurd. And if they continue to get away with it, then other races will follow suit.

I think junior and women races should be $10 max. If I were in charge of the world...
let me guess, Grand Rapids Cycling Classic?
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D'oh, forgot I put the size in there
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Originally Posted by dennisa
D'oh, forgot I put the size in there
You're in a really great area to be exposed to cycling. The roads near you are conducive to great riding. There are tons of hills around, and you can go for a long ride without hitting much traffic especially if you time it right.

Having ridden with them, CVC is a great team in the area and the summer series they put on is an incredible intro to racing. It's chill, they'll help you with your skills training, etc. They also have a lot of racing clinics, which I recommend you check out. It's a great intro to doing drills that will help you become a better bike handler and thus a safer racer.

The bethel spring series that cdr puts on, was my favorite racing venue/series. I really liked the course and it was run very well, which says a lot about cdr and how dedicated he is to it. Plainville is a fun little series as well, but bethel is a better first race.

Enjoy it. I miss riding in CT, though some of the roads outside boston are pretty good. The 20-30 min ride to get to them is frustrating hahaha.
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Yeah, $25-$35 seems typical for crits down here in MABRA land (DC metro). Road races might be a bit more.

Also, don't forget other costs. You'll eventually want a spare set of wheels (crits usually have a pit area and a "free lap" rule so you can swap a flat tire without penalty). Travel expenses - even if you stay mostly local, gasoline and lunches can add up if you aren't careful.
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our races for junior and women are free.

races are not cheap to put on, so i do not think we should be complaining

i love a good freebie though like a stenciled pint glass. or organic green mountain coffee.
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Originally Posted by pjcampbell
our races for junior and women are free.

races are not cheap to put on, so i do not think we should be complaining

i love a good freebie though like a stenciled pint glass. or organic green mountain coffee.
Sorry, but $50 for an hour crit sounds excessive.
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definitely it does unless its a big prize with a deep pay out.
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Personally, I think bike race fees are pretty cheap compared to running and triathlon fees. Especially if you consider primes and cash prizes, which you don't have in those events.
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Originally Posted by pjcampbell
definitely it does unless its a big prize with a deep pay out.
$50 is a lot for any crit, prizes or not.. unless it was a 2 hour crit.. =]
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