Sunday, September 27, 2009

UCI3 Technical Manual Coming Oct 1

Full technical manual for the 3 days of racing - course maps, directions, and all pertinent info - will be located here on October 1. Check back for the info!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Parbo-na-tor is back!

Let's all admit it, none of us are as that good, or as good as we'd like to be, especially when it comes to cyclocross. None of us have as much time as we'd like to spend on the basic skills of cyclocross, especially during these important early months of training and racing for this upcoming season.

The Cincinnati UCI3 Cyclocross Festival has the perfect solution to this challenge in the form of a skills clinic w/ special instruction by 3x Danish National 'Cross Champ Joachim Parbo and perennial American 'cross favorite Molly Cameron. Both of these instructors bring World Cup racing experience to Devou Park on Wednesday, October 7. This clinic is open to racers of all ability and experience levels, gender and ages, and will focus on not only the basic skills required to race cyclocorss, but strategically putting those skills together to be successful.

The clinic will be held in Devou Park, in Covington, KY, on portions of Friday's Cincinnati UCI3 Cyclo-Stampede race course. The clinic will run from 6:00pm till dark, and is limited to the first 35 participants to keep the instruction personalized. Please register at the Cincinnati UCI3 Festival's BikeReg page. http://www.bikereg. com/events/ register. asp?eventid= 8824

This clinic is held in parallel with a women's only clinic presented by Katie Compton at Harbin Park in Fairfiled, OH. Registration for this clinic can also be found on BikeReg at http://www.bikereg. com/events/ register. asp?eventid= 8824

For additional information on the Parbo/Cameron Clinic, please contact Nick Tinsler @ tinsler@hotmail. com. For more info on the Katie Compton Clinic, please contact Mitch Graham at mitch@biowheels. com.

And remember, you are just not that good to not attend one of these clinics...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Java Johnny's - Lionhearts Course Changes 2009

Anyone that has ever put on a 'cross race understands this - designing the course becomes an obesession. It's all you can think about. Course Perfectionism consumes you. Every place you ever go after that, the first thing that pops into your head is "that would be a fantastic course element". The landscape mounds in the parking lot at the mall; the foot bridge where your kids school picnic was; a friends front yard..... Your wife and kids develop a totally reflex eye roll when you go someplace new and are about to say something.

I thought Java Johnny's 2008 was dialed. After all, Katie told me after the race "this is probably the most fun course I ever do". And she races in what to an Ohoioan are the promised lands of 'cross; East coast, West coast; even Yurrup. If you ever met Katie in person you would know that she is absolutely, perfectly, graceful. She may say that to every promoter, but I'm going to believe her. Sunset is a small park. I like to call it intimate. I just didn't think I could fit it all in any better and still have a long (3.4km) course.

But after last year - my friendly UCI comissaire told me I really ought to have a paved start and a paved finish. I disagreed. I am an old guy and my bones mend slowly and I've raced enough to know I like a nice grass start even better. And he also told me that the elite riders from all around the U.S. and those national champions from Yurrup and such really can't be expected to dismount on the right side of their bikes, so I ought to not have a double left-handed pit. I disagreed again - I like to put some technical "elements" into the course to make it interesting, and a wrong- handed pit is a technical element in my 'cross obsessed mind. Besides, I'm left handed.

So I succumbed. 2009 Java Johnny's - Lionhearts has a paved uphill start, paved finish, and a double "right hand" pit. A lot of the same elements as in the past, just linked together a little differently.

I have also upgraded my switchbacks. These debuted in 2007 and Barry Wicks called them "HOKIE". Actually he said "sort of hokie" but I only heard the last word. So this year I think it will be the physically hardest element of the course. Instead of zig-zagging back and forth up the hill, I decided that each zag should just go all the way back to the bottom. Barry - you'll have to let me know - are they even more hokie (probably), or what.

THE REALLY BIG NEWS on the Java Johnny's course is that the kids course will be totally separate and free-standing this year. The little stars of tomorrow, who really aren't very good at sitting and watching anyway, can ride all day long if they want to. I always tried to give the youth event a good chunk of time on the schedule. This year is an upgrade. Their own course totally. It will be OK if the senior riders want to warm up there, but first read this disclaimer: Ryan, Barry - the kids start / finish banner was not designed for you guys. You may need to work on a little 'cross bike limbo.
Oh - one more change for 2009. We will try and remember to turn on the hot water heater for the showers this year.