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Course Tapetriangleforge
Nov 17, 2003 6:42 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions on my Neophyte Promoter Question below; first race of two I'm putting on this season is this Sunday (11/23) is coming together really well.

Two last minute questions (possibly the first of a few):

1) Caution Tape, Surveyors Tape, or ??? -- Surveyors flagging (the tape kind) is cheaper, comes in a wide variety of colors & patterns, but is thinner and probably more likely to stretch if it's very windy. They were using surveyors tape on the course I raced yesterday (Thanks to Charlottesville Racing Club for another fine course at Panorama Farms in the Virginia Series -- and rainy and chilly to boot!). It seemed to work just fine, with only a little sagging in some of the longer runs. I'd rather not use the surveyorors flags -- those little orange square flags on wire stakes -- as I managed to pick one up in the drivetrain last year and exploded a perfectly fine derailleur. Any other products out there that would work that I'm not aware of?

2) I need a source for course tape that's cheaper than the ludicrous price for Caution Tape at my local Home Depot. Anyone have a good source that could ship by the case, 2nd day?

know any cops? Flags: Work well, reusable IMHO. nmSpunout
Nov 17, 2003 7:05 AM
1000 ft for $8 plus shipping...TFerguson
Nov 17, 2003 7:15 AM

I don't know if that is good or not.

surveyors tapejhr
Nov 17, 2003 12:02 PM
They did indeed have surveyors tape at C'ville yesterday. However, we bought a bunch of surveyors tape (to save money) last year before the first Bryan Park Cross race (Richmond). The morning of the race nobody could get it to unwind for a run of more than about 5 feet, it would start to tear across one edge getting thinner and thinner until it broke. We had to make an emergency run to Home Depot for the more substantial caution tape. It was pretty cold the am of the race, so it might be ok in warm weather. Good luck whatever you decide to do.

Thanks for taking on the responsibility of putting on cross races.

Fyi, Team Cobblestone is putting on three races in/around Richmond, Va in January and February (Jan. 4th and Feb 1 at Poor Farm Park in Hanover/Ashland and Jan. 18th at Pole Green Park in the Mechanicsville area). Hope to see you there.

surveyors tapeskinl19
Nov 17, 2003 4:25 PM
We use a little of everything for our races, the wider tape has been donated so far from sponsors. Also a lot of surveying tape each year and flags, but with plastic stakes instead of the metal ones. Check out this link for pics from yesterday and other cross races.

The promoter's site is here if you have any questions on supply sources.
Source Foundtriangleforge
Nov 18, 2003 8:49 AM
Though it hasn't arrived yet, I can already recommend an outfit called Utility Safeguard on the web as a source for the caution tape.


$48 a case for an 8-roll case of the 3"x1000' "Barricade Ribbon" (which is what I discovered seems to be the proper name for "Caution Tape" or Crime Scene Tape). $6 a roll, when everyone else I could find online wanted between $8 and $15. Other industrial supply houses had a link to request a quote, which I didn't do.

They do direct drop shipping from the manufacturer of the stuff, so have the widest selection of styles & two colors, yellow & red (UCI race promoters take note -- here's where you'll find the two different colors you need for the left & right sides of the course, according to the regs).

I needed expedited shipping (regular shipping on my two case order as automatically applied online would have run $25 something, when it turns out actual UPS ground rate is $33 for these heavy boxes, so you're getting a break on shipping, too.). Turns out the guy I dealt with on the phone is the president (& probably sole proprietor) of Utility Safeguards, and he could not be nicer or more helpful, despite the piddling small size of my order.

They also sell Krylon road marking paint, industrial lubricants, batteries and other things -- usually in fairly large lots -- but if you're looking for these things or need to tape up a 'cross course, I heartily recommend Utility Safeguards!

Source FoundDoc Hollywood
Nov 18, 2003 10:22 AM
So the tape is $6.00 roll and then another $25 to ship or $3 and change per roll. So the total cost is $9+ change per roll.

Home Depot sells it for $8/roll (at least near me) and you can have it in your hand immediately.

I also tried to find it cheaper on-line when we set-up our cross course, but found that the shipping basically made it a wash.

1000' or 300' Rolls?triangleforge
Nov 18, 2003 10:32 AM
I've never seen the longer stuff at the local Home Depot or other hardware stores -- mine in Northern VA is charging $8+ for the 300 foot rolls, so for me that would be $8 times 3.3 or $26.40 per thousand feet, as opposed to about $9.
1000' or 300' Rolls?Doc Hollywood
Nov 18, 2003 11:41 AM
1000' foot rolls here. If you are only getting 300' rolls for $8, then I agree, the option with the on-line guy is the better way.

Have fun setting up and running the race. Cross is a blast.
Source FoundFrank Tuesday
Nov 18, 2003 4:15 PM
buy some extention cord reels and take it all up at the end of the race and reuse it next weekend and next year.