Saturday’s Soggy Slugfest
We’d planned on heading down to Coalinga for the Cantua Creek crackfest of cyclery … but, all this Tour of Cali excitement has gotten the better of me ~ and so, it’s off to the San Jose Critter Classic tomorrow instead.
Honestly, I just can’t miss seeing the ProWomen’s race. All the local glory will be out dressed to the 9’s and I’m iching to open up the lens to try and capture some hot images of them lighting it up through corners and launching fireworks down the backstretches of SanJose. The problem is, of course, that the men’s race is immediately after the femmes – meaning another day of zero warm-up for a crit … which will suck butt for my old bones.
Luckily, Sabine has agreed to go on an early morning dirt ride with me … so, at least i’ll have a couple hours of spinning loose the creaks and groans to try and get lubricated up enough for a decent hour of power chasing down Giant Strawberries.
But right after that, we hop in Sputnik and shoot orbit straight to Davis for the Junior’s Crit the next day.
More Reasons to race San Jose
There were a number of factors that tilted us heading over to race San Jose this weekend … and no small part was a sense of obligation to support a good cause. While I wish the organizers were able to give discounted entry fees to young elite riders in financial need ~ I fully support what looks to be a drug-testing regimen at the event, the various charities supported through the race, and the movement of the event towards a more professional level of promotion.
The race’s technical guide states:
Prize money for the San Jose Cycling Classic Criterium built by WEBCOR
will be paid after 30 days, following the confirmation of the official
results. Any rider later testing positive for doping at this race will be
required to return all monies won in full, including all primes and
And, costly though it is … I’m very much in favor of races getting more involved in testing athletes. That’s one reason to support the event. But as important …
As has been discussed many times in our region ~ NorCal has become an exceptional source of grassroots cycling promotion. The folks around here have done some pretty damn inspirational and effective work in growing participation, advocating for rider safety, expanding the demographics of athletes involved, and more. But what we’ve had a harder time with is … getting professional level racing to be sustainable in our area.
What we have in NorCal is a deep infrastructure of people who are committed to grassroots race promotion. And they do it well. But, promoting sustainable professional level racing … demands a substantially different set of strengths and organizational capacities.
It takes more than companies like WEBCOR leading the way by investing advertising dollars into events … we need more businesses entering into the marketing and promotion of cycling events as viable, dynamic, and growable sources of income. AEG, Blue Wolf, Project Sport, etc … these companies need to be able to generate income for themselves AND the communities that they partner with to host professional cycling events.
And so, that’s why we’re going to head over to San Jose tomorrow … spending some cash on an entry fee, spending a few more taxable bucks on good food in San Jose … and maybe even scoping out a couple hotspots to return some weekend for a night of fun and mayhem.
And we’re DEFINITELY thanking any WEBCOR personnel we can find for all the support and guidance they have given the sport these past years.
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