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Note to all racers re: Laguna Beach Grand Prix(10 posts)

Note to all racers re: Laguna Beach Grand PrixNo_sprint
Aug 12, 2002 10:10 AM
To all women riders and racers, and all who support them:

This is a new race in Orange County, allegedly to honor Nicole Reinhardt. That said, they do not offer even ONE women's race! I emailed them a few months ago about this, and they did not bother to respond. Email them and let them know the error of their ways.

And get this! The Race Director is a woman!

We have all been asked to spread the word and consider boycotting this race.
re: Note to all racers re: Laguna Beach Grand Prixrbb
Aug 12, 2002 10:18 AM
That sucks!!!
Do you have a link or anything for the race so people can write??

-Bob nmNo_sprint
Aug 12, 2002 10:24 AM
re: Note to all racers re: Laguna Beach Grand Prixpinarello
Aug 12, 2002 10:52 AM
Sometimes it is better to go after their sponsors who may be EEO. Equal Employment Opportunity. I think! Anyway get their sponsors who are listed on the application. And let us know. I was planning on working this race as a volunteer. I will wait the consensus. Thanks Catapult
List of sponsorsNo_sprint
Aug 12, 2002 11:00 AM
Laguna Beach Rotary Club
Vigor Sports
Teletech Video
Nicole Reinhart Foundation
Laguna Beach Cyclery

I will wait for my team's consensus opinion before sending in my registration. Many of my teammates have sent email questions to them, no response has been seen.
re: Note to all racers re: Laguna Beach Grand PrixTJeanloz
Aug 12, 2002 11:11 AM
Race promoters typically don't have any problem with women racing in the 'mens' field, where there isn't a seperate womens field. I don't see the issue here. Can't a promoter promote whatever he (or in this case she) wants? We had a stage race in New England that was only Cat 3 and 4/5 men.

If I were the promoter, I'd probably axe one of the men's master's races for an open womens event; but I'm not the promoter, and I recognize her right to run the event that she wants to run.
re: Note to all racers re: Laguna Beach Grand PrixNJRoad
Aug 12, 2002 11:41 AM
The point is that the race is being promoted as a memorial to a female racer. If you're marketing the event that way shouldn't you specifically invite some of your honoree's peers?
If you want to,TJeanloz
Aug 12, 2002 11:45 AM
It depends on what your goal is. If your goal is to honor Nicole's memory, than yes, you probably have a Pro women's race. If your goal is to raise as much money for the Nicole Reinhart Foundation as possible, you probably run a Cat4/5 men's race instead.
I was wrong...race is not a benefit for Nicole's Foundation (nm)NJRoad
Aug 12, 2002 11:49 AM
Basically this is the deal.....No_sprint
Aug 12, 2002 11:59 AM
If you don't see an issue fine. There is one. I posted this for informational purposes and upon request.

FYI, women's racing here in SoCal is huge, as is racing period. Cat 5 fields of 70+ are not uncommon. Pro/1/2 fields of 150 are not uncommon. Womens 3 fields of 50+ are not uncommon.

If you don't include a women's race you run the risk of being boycotted by all them in mass. You also run the risk of all their associated teams boycotting your race.

So, of course, if the promoter's purpose is monetary, I'd say you better have at least one women's race. If it's not monetary, well, I'd say you'd better include the women as well.

Lastly, and in any and every case, you'd better respond to those emails coming in. No response will almost certainly not help fill the fields.