• Lucky 2013 – Early Bird Time

    by  • January 4, 2013 • Crit, norcal scene

    Ran across the Early Bird for 2013 in a few emails the last few days.  Make sure to check them out if you have fast January legs or are just getting into this racing thing.  

    • Jan. 5th 6-7:30pm 2013 Early Birds Indoor Clinic @ Palo Alto Bicycles
      • guest speaker: Jim Ochowicz
      • overview of the 5-week Early Birds, plus Q&A opportunities
    • Jan. 6th
      • week one starts with “get ready to race”
      • prerequisite skills include: fast, relaxed and comfortable on solo efforts; predictable and safe riding in groups; perspective in knowing that this is January and we’re all here to work on our skills; good attitude to learn
      • clinic #1 @ 9:30 (Men category 5 under 30 years old, women category 3 and 4)
      • junior clinic @ 11:30 (6 to 18 year olds)
      • clinic #2 @ 12:45 (Men category 5 over 30 years old)
    • Jan. 13th
      • week two: cornering
    • Jan. 20th
      • week three: sprinting
    • Jan. 27th
      • week four: formation and anticipation
      • meet the teams day
    • Feb. 3rd
      • week five: putting it all together

    Note – while the 5-week series still has “criterium training” in its title, this series hopes to reach all new and experienced racers. For instance, the Snelling road race will be shoulder to shoulder over many parts of the course. Attending these Early Bird clinics and races should help you get more comfortable in a big pack. Do not point guilt at a competitor if you do not have the racing skills of a professional. Most of us do not!

    Larry Nolan, Early Bird Director (AND SUPREME COMMANDER OF NORCAL CYCLING*)

    *Ed. Note: I added the Supreme Commander bit.

    Race Day Schedule

    • 8:30am category 4 training race
    • 9:30am mentored skills clinic #1 (cat 4, U30 men, including Juniors, and women 3 and 4’s)
    • 10:45am U30 men training race
    • 11:25am U30 men post training race debriefing
    • 11:30am Women 3/4 training race (fields split
    • 11:30am Juniors mentored skills clinic
    • 12:10pm Women 3/4/ post training race debriefing
    • 12:15pm Juniors training race (fields split)
    • 12:45pm Juniors post training race debriefing
    • 12:45pm mentored skills clinic #2 (M30+)
    • 2:00pm 30-44 year old men training race
    • 2:40pm 30-44 year old men post training race debriefing
    • 2:45pm 45+ year old men training race
    • 3:25pm 45+ year old men post training race debriefing
    • 3:30pm P/1/2/3 training race



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    Former NorCal resident now residing in Madison,Wisconsin. I race cross, but I'm named after a velodrome. Support your local bike shop, NorCal race promoters, and go learn to race on a track. Hellyer Velodrome - http://www.ridethetrack.com