Spring and Sportif Series updates; Novice Race news

A few quick updates. First, the Novice Race Series page has been updated, and reflects the 2014 race dates. All of the Saturday races in the Spring Series and ALL Sportif Series races will have a Novice event (I think we have Time Trials listed as a Novice events, and that's totally true, but I'm pretty sure the TT will be just a TT for the Novices, not a sprint-and-regroup TT).

If you have ever contemplated bike racing, the Novice Races are a gentle way to try it out and learn a lot. These are coached sessions followed by an escorted sprint-and-regroup race, so you get plenty of chances to practice what you learn.

We have also revised the Spring and Sportif schedules slightly. Here's the Spring Series schedule now:

Updates on both pages will be posted shortly.

Spring Series: sign up for your chip early, save $5

Ever seen the phrase "in order to serve you better"? Usually it means "KNEEL BEFORE ZOD." But in this case, we mean it the other way!

In order to serve you better, our Spring and Sportif races will be using chip timing in 2014. This does increase the amount of bookkeeping that we need to do to keep track of everybody and produce the results. And we really don't want to be doing that data entry at the race.

To this end there will be a $5 fee for the BIB and timing tag.

That fee will be waived if you use this handy Early Registration form to let us know your vital information before February 15.

Vital information for racing that is. This is really simple: just your last name, first name, team or club and what racing categories you are in.

If you are the race director for a team or club you can also use this spreadsheet for bulk entries and email that back to us.

Spring Series: time for your club to volunteer!

Got a club? Possibly a team, maybe just a gang? Want to help make bike racing possible, while also contributing to the development of young riders?

Of course you do! You're not some kind of hideous monster, after all.

You can now sign up for Spring Series race slots. You provide a team of 6-10 race-day volunteers, we provide the preparation, organization, traffic control, and support. No experience or special skills necessary (but they can't hurt). We also give each volunteer a free race entry, and there are other fun fringe benefits too.

You can also sign up for Sportif Series races or WTNC (different system for commitment, same great feeling of helping!)

You can volunteer by using this handy-dandy online form.

Questions? Give us a shout at stuart.lynne@gmail.com, or rcousine@gmail.com.

And thanks! When you do this, you make bike racing happen.

Race Calendar: Your Club Goes Here

This is an open invitation to the great cycling clubs and teams in Greater Vancouver to once again prove that many hands make a good race calendar. Escape Velocity has confirmed and published its 2014 schedule which includes the Spring Series, Sportif Series, World Tuesday Night Championships, BC Youth Championships, and Lioncross CX race. The total number of races EV will organize is close to 40 this year.

In order for the 2014 race calendar to be realized, EV requires partner clubs to help by volunteering for day-of race duties. We organize, permit, insure and market the races, but EV members and DEVO program parents cannot staff them all. A small team of 6-10 people from your club makes the difference between races running and races being cancelled. In 2014, being a partner will once again come with opportunities for your club and its sponsors.

Our 2014 Race Calendar. Yes, already. Really.

In a move of unprecedented good planning, Escape Velocity powered by Catalyst Kinetics is proud to present our calendar of events for 2014.

Here's the summary:

  • Spring Series - March
  • Sportif Series - April through August
  • World Tuesday Night Championships - May through August
  • BC Youth Championship Stage Race - late May
  • Cyclocross Race - late September

The Spring Series is going back to the classic format of nine days of hard racing in March, culminating in the DEVO Stage Race. The stage race will be be centred at Aldor Acres for 2014, featuring a longer 20km version of the River Road Time Trial and the long version of the Snake Road Race.

The Sportif Series will provide eight days of racing starting in April and finishing at the end of August. This series will feature longer races to take advantage of the warmer weather. These are a great way to build form for Superweek or to prepare for the Summer and Fall fondos.