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J needs Cross 101 from the organizer's perspective(7 posts)

J needs Cross 101 from the organizer's perspectiveJS Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2003 12:16 PM
i've read all that UCI crap. now give me the real-world "cross 101: running a race series". need to know down to placement and length of barriers, A/B/C=categories, prizes on the cheap, where to get racer #s and what kind to order, what you'd do if you could change your local series, and whatever else i don't know i should be asking about.

i'm gonna have a run at putting on a 4-race series late in the year. uscf permits are already applied for and the venue has been secured. this will be a low-$ production and grass-roots effort, intentionally without sponsors. no cash prizes and probably no podium girls.

re: Cross 101richpierce
Oct 9, 2003 3:51 PM
I put on a lot of MTB races and will put on 4 cross races this season- one in NOvember and 3 in January.

There are good sources at the New England Cyclocross Series website.

Ok, for grassroots stuff:
The Course: make it 3K.
Give racers at least one uninterrupted, 45 second to minute-long stretch of pavement if you can for the start. Take them off that at less than 90 degrees onto grass and let them sort out for 30 seconds before the first single or double barrier. Make barriers hoppable or not but specify. If they will be hoppable, they need to be able to stand up to a 225 pound behemoth slamming into them. UCI says 16", I know, and 4 meters between double barriers. if you want to give racers the bunny hopping option, make them 14" tall and 25 feet between. The other sites have good stuff on course layout.

A's in my series will be men 1s and 2s, fast 3's, and cat 1 women. Top expert men, fastest masters.

B's will be pack cat 3's and masters, fast cat 4 men, cat 2 women, pack expert MTBers, fastest sport MTBers. Hot-shot juniors can race here if they want.

C's will be pack cat 4 and all cat 5 men, pack sport and beginner MTBers, other women and juniors.

Prizes on the cheap: get creative. Standard medals are very cheap and store easily. Get them engraved and it's all good. After that, go to getting products they can use or fun stuff. I ain't giving up my plans here.

Numbers: rainbow racing dot com. or go to the local folks who put on the last road race and see if they have some left over numbers. Don't forget the safety pins. Email me and I will send you a few hundred cool leftover road race numbers and pins cheap. They won't be associated with another local shop near you so that's cool. or call rainbow racing and see if they have over-runs or non-custom numbers cheap. Basic numbers are inexpensive. Get the road race kind. They are called "Olympian" or "HIP" numbers

If I could change the local series I would simplify it to A, B, and C (my January races will be that way) and I'd make sure MTBers felt invited and welcomed. I'd go out of my way to help them see it's easy to make their MTB legal and effective for cross. That's where the growth will come from, in my estimation.

word up.
re: Cross 101thebadger
Oct 10, 2003 6:28 AM
Hey! Thats me chasing you.
re: chasing merichpierce
Oct 10, 2003 8:17 AM
You look a little tired there, Jim. I must have been having a good day or doing 2 races was getting to you. I couldn't believe that you raced 2 races most days last season. I tried it once and got dropped by the 4/5 field HARD in my second race!
awesome, thanks...JS Haiku Shop
Oct 10, 2003 7:30 AM
hey, you're in STL, right? i'm only 4 hours SE.

great info, thanks. lots to use here.

any sources for medals? or just go to the local trophy co?
Oct 10, 2003 8:14 AM
yep, STL.

for medals go to but your local trophy shop may be able to help you out just as well. We have custom medals made for our MTB series but that requires hundreds made to be affordable. medals are cool but better yet be original and come up with something unexpected. teddy bears or somethin.
I wanna pac man sweatband for DFL(nm)SpecialTater
Oct 10, 2003 2:43 PM