Escape Velocity, the club behind such racing innovations as the never-popular Sportif Series and the gravel crit,
would like to announce that, in response to no riders' requests, this Saturday's Thunderbird Gong Show Road Race will use the new counter-anti-clockwise format (alternating between clockwise and counter-clockwise directions.)
Race Director Stuart Lynne said, "counter-anti-clockwise race is the wave of the future. This is only even possible in an era with live chip timing, and online race results. It allows us great flexibility to set the riders loose and figure out the winner later."
Race Other-Duties-as-Neededor Ryan Cousineau said, "this is a format whose time has come. Road racing is barely organized chaos at times, and anti-counter-clockwise is a step in removing the 'barely organized' part of the formula."
Volunteer Co-ordinator Wilson Tran has signed up additional volunteers to ensure that there will be enough marshals to guide lost or confused riders back onto the course in a timely manner.