New Carpe Diem Racing Site Online

January 3rd, 2015 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News No Responses
New Carpe Diem Racing Site Online

Going forward, with the Bethel Spring Series name a bit outdated, Carpe Diem Racing events and information will be available on carpediemracing.org. This will include information on the New Britain Spring races noted here.

As things develop further we’ll create separate pages or sites as necessary, all linked from the parent CDR site. You’ll find information on our events within those pages.

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Here’s to a great 2015 season!

New Britain Venue Secured For Two Weeks in 2015

November 17th, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News 2 Responses
New Britain Venue Secured For Two Weeks in 2015

A short announcement – we’ve secured, on a trial basis, the Walnut Hill Park venue for two weeks in 2015, March 29th and April 12th (skipping Easter April 5th). I requested the latest dates because the City would like to be the “finale” if there are other venues in the Spring Series.

If the event goes smoothly and the local residents have a good experience with the racers and their conduct, the City will consider allowing an expanded schedule in the future. The goal would be to have a 4-6 week series but that may not happen for a few years. We’ll have more on what the City would like in terms of rider and promoter conduct/behavior.

Obviously this site will be obsolete as the Bethel Spring Series will no longer exist. As soon as we have a new site up and running we’ll start making announcements there.

Thanks very much to the folks that helped make this change happen, and for all the support that the Series received from the racers.

Aaron gives a thumbs up!

Aaron gives a thumbs up!

2014 – End of an Era, Call for Help

October 1st, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News 39 Responses
2014 – End of an Era, Call for Help

I know that there have been rumors of the Bethel Spring Series demise and I’m writing to confirm that, yes, it’s true.

There will not be a Bethel Spring Series in 2015.

However, that does not mean there won’t be a Spring Series somewhere in Connecticut. It just means that it won’t be at Bethel. Ultimately the park is getting too busy to host a race series. A one day event is potentially possible but not a series of races over several weeks.

Venue

This means finding a new venue. I may be able to hold two races at one venue (meaning two weeks). However my goal would be to have a total of six races.

I need help finding and securing a venue for two to four weeks.

Comments

If you, your teammates, your friends, your family, if anyone you know has had a good experience at the Bethel Spring Series, please let me know. You can comment here (if you want to keep it private just say at the beginning of the comment “please don’t post this”). All comments get approved through me. You can always directly contact me as well using akira then underscore then sato then the Yahoo mail suffix.

I’m asking for this for a couple reasons. The main one is to try and convince a generic venue commission/board/etc that the Series is a good thing and that they should let us race there.

The second reason is to try and secure a sponsor. With the races losing money sort of consistently I’ve had to rely on cash sponsorship to reduce the deficit, and I need to find new sponsors since the current one doesn’t have need to sponsor a race in central Connecticut. I’ll be releasing numbers (for the first time) at some point this fall to illustrate the need for sponsorship.

Race at Bethel

I do want to hold a race at Bethel but I don’t know how to make that work. I’ll have to figure it out but it may be that it has to fall on a major holiday, like July 4th or Labor Day. Hopefully the retail stores will be closed and this will allow us to use the course. With the Markus Bohler Memorial, the history of the race, I don’t want to leave it behind. However to make a race happen will be very hard and I realize that the turnout will be smaller than normal for a national holiday.

The Town of Bethel Has Supported The Race, Always

Finally I want to point out that the Town of Bethel has been extremely supportive throughout this decision process. They encouraged me to finish out the 2014 Series before making any kind of decisions. They said that the race helps define a part of Bethel – the Spring Series has been a trademark race for over 20 years, and it’s one of the biggest Spring Series in New England. They’ve been supportive of the races from the beginning and they’ve never been difficult, and in fact I think they’ve been very forgiving.

At this point this is what I need from all of you that enjoyed the Bethel Spring Series over the years:

1. Comments/notes about what you found enjoyable about the Series. This is for venue application processes and sponsorship search stuff.

2. Thoughts on alternate venues. Ideal locations are in Connecticut, close to highways (5-10 minutes max), have a closable loop with just one entrance/exit, decent pavement, parking, and a less challenging/technical course. It should be plowed in the winter by someone (town if a road, by land owners if private like a mall access road). I need them to be between Bethel and Hartford. I can’t afford to go further away from home (I live slightly north of Hartford).

3. Thoughts on sponsors, including if you want to be a sponsor.

4. Opinion on July 4th vs Labor Day for a race at Bethel. If one date seems to make sense more than another let me know. I really don’t want to compete with the retail traffic, if you will.

Ultimately I want to recreate a Spring Series, even if it takes a year or three. In the meantime I want to get something together for 2014, even if it’s a bit more limited in terms of weeks-of-racing.

Thanks,
Aki

2014 Podium Shots

April 15th, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News, Photos No Responses
2014 Podium Shots

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I just liked this shot. Cat 4 Podium.

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Cat 4 Podium.

1st: Michael Starpoli (Sherpa)

2nd: Kyle Herlihy (C3 Racing)

3rd: Andrew Meunier (Pawling Cycle & Sport) stand-in

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Cat 4 Team Podium.

Sherpa.

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Women’s Team Podium.

CRCA: Stan’s NoTubes p/b enduranceWERX.

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Women’s Podium.

1st: Amanda Braverman (CRCA: Stan’s NoTubes p/b enduranceWERX)

2nd: Cassandra Maximenko (CRCA: Stan’s NoTubes p/b enduranceWERX)

3rd: Emily Underwood (CRCA / Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles)

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Cat 3-4 Team Podium, photo bombed by a teammate.

CRCA/Sixcycle-RK&O

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Cat 3-4 Podium.

1st: Josh Rovner (CRCA/Sixcycle-RK&O)

2nd: Edenilson da Silva (Navone Studio)

3rd: Ryan Mcgarrity (CRCA/Sixcycle-RK&O) stand-in

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Masters 45+ Team Podium

Brauer / Mick Management

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Masters 45+ Podium.

1st: Gary Steinberg (Brauer / Mick Management)

2nd: Ian Farrar (Purium Health Products Cycling Team)

3rd: Bill Muzzio (Bethel Cycle Sport Club)

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P123 Podium with a ringer standing in for Zach in second place.

1st: Eneas Freyre (TTEndurance)

2nd: Zach Koop (CRCA/Blue Ribbon- Pennel Venture Partners)

3rd: John Harris (CCAP Pro-Am)

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P123 Team Podium

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April 13, 2014 Raffle – Thule Two Bike Roof Rack Kit!

April 10th, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News No Responses
April 13, 2014 Raffle – Thule Two Bike Roof Rack Kit!

I know I haven’t been forthcoming with the raffle prize this year but thanks to title sponsor Outdoor Sports Center and Thule we’ll be giving away a complete two bike mount roof rack system.

Since it’s a vehicle specific prize we’ll give you a certificate which can be exchanged at Outdoor Sports Center for the proper rack etc.

The drawing will be after the Cat 3-4 race, before the P123 race. You must be present to win.

We’ll hand out raffle tickets, one per racer per race. If you need to leave you can give your ticket to someone else, that’s fine. Holder of the winning ticket wins the prize.

We’ll find a neutral person to draw the winning ticket. Any other prizes we have will be given away as well, but right now we don’t have much. We don’t have anything actually.

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Picture is a sample. You’ll get feet, crossbars, and two bike mounts. Yay!

 

T-Shirts!

April 4th, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News No Responses
T-Shirts!

We’ll have t-shirts at the races for the last two weeks. Due to the cost we’ll need to charge $10 per t-shirt. That’s slightly above our cost but we don’t expect to make money, simply cover our costs. Since we hadn’t anticipated getting them we hadn’t adjusted the entry fees or anything.

If you can’t make the races but you want a t-shirt please let us know and we’ll figure out how to get one to you.

Sizes are S, M, L, XL. Sizing seems a bit large but after running a couple through the wash we’ll have a better idea of what they’ll be like, i.e. if they shrink or not.

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Front of t-shirt

2014 t-shirt, back

2014 t-shirt, back

2014 Outdoor Sports Center

March 22nd, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News No Responses
2014 Outdoor Sports Center
Outdoor Sports Center, Wilton, CT

Outdoor Sports Center, Wilton, CT

Outdoor Sports Center has fully embraced the Bethel Spring Series p/b Outdoor Sports Center, hence the “p/b Outdoor Sports Center” at the end of the name. They’ve been a constant and strong supporter of the Series for the last few years. If you race at Bethel you’ll be hard pressed to miss the tent they set up each week, the flyers, the bottles, and the gift cards they give away with incredible regularity during the races. They even send a staff person to man the tent and answer any questions you might have. One of the owners Scott is at the race virtually every week.

They’re local to many of us, located in Wilton, CT, on Danbury Road, just a few minutes off of the Merritt Parkway. They have been a fixture in Wilton, having been in business over 50 years. For many families they’re the required stop for all sorts of outdoor gear, like coats, gloves, and a whole slew of outdoor related gear – bikes, kayaks, skis, running things, stuff like that. They’re large enough that they stock a lot of things that a smaller place simply cannot stock, like luggage pods, kayaks, and other large items, and you can walk in with your family and get everyone outfitted all at once.

If you’re local please keep them in mind the next time you’re looking for any kind of outdoor gear. They’re a local family-owned and family-run small business. Most importantly they actively support the sport you love.

2014 GC Standings

March 22nd, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News No Responses
2014 GC Standings

GC standings are current as of March 24, 2014, i.e. after the Bethel CDR Gold Race. Team points are right but not sorted. Cleaner pdf than last week.

Overall results are here.

March 23, 2014 Notes/Info

March 22nd, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News No Responses
March 23, 2014 Notes/Info

I’ve gotten a bunch of notes pointing out that the start times are off a bit for March 23, 2014, the Bethel CDR Gold Race. The start times are correct. The races are all scheduled to start 30 minutes later than last week because we’re adding a CCAP High School League Junior race at 8:45. This will push all the races back 30 minutes.

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Juniors: Remember that your waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian (meaning the person that would, say, sign the papers when you go to the doctor’s office).

For Cat 5s it means you have a 30 minute break between the clinic and your first race.

For everyone else it means an extra 30 minutes to prepare before your race.

Race flyer is here (USA Cycling’s flyer is alway the official flyer). To get any race info go to the links to the right under “Race Info”, click on the event, and you’ll be on the USAC page for that event. There is a link to the race flyer for each USAC event.

2014 Course Map and Rules (2015 also)

March 4th, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News 11 Responses
2014 Course Map and Rules (2015 also)

Update March 22, 2014:

COURSE RULES

We’ve had to eject one rider from the Series. Not only did the rider go into the parking lot that was off limits but when the official went over to move him he was urinating on the property. When asked why he was doing that he replied, “Well I do it all the time and no one ever says anything.”

This is exactly the reason why the Sterling RR was denied a permit this year – the town would not issue a permit to them because of public urination and only because of public urination. Not only is it illegal but it is also a totally valid reason to shut down races. If it were up to me I’d suspend the rider for at least a year (to me getting rid of such riders is preferable so a 5 year penalty would be a good start), but it’s not up to me. Therefore that rider is banned from the Series.

Anyone violating the course map rules below will be ejected from the race and the Series. There will be no refunds, no credits, all GC points will be stripped.

No bikes, no bike shoes, no helmets, no wearing kits in the red-striped areas in the map below. No standing/watching/”Let me just take my jacket off” between the 4-way intersection and the finish line.

If you have any questions please ask at registration. We all want the race to go on and we’ll be happy to explain things completely and fully.

TRAFFIC

We must keep the 4 way intersection clear. There is a lot of traffic entering and leaving the course, and we must accommodate that traffic.

REMEMBER THAT WE ARE GUESTS HERE. WE DO NOT PAY RENT, WE DO NOT PAY PROPERTY TAX HERE. THE TENANTS  AND THEIR CUSTOMERS DO, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY. THEREFORE THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO REASONABLE ACCESS TO THE PROPERTY. WE ARE GUESTS.

Rider safety is paramount, hence the right of way for the racers, but the easiest and safest thing to do is to not have a bike race here. We are guests here. The easiest option is to get rid of us. Therefore, to earn our keep here, we must act like we’re guests. Stay out of the cars’ way. Stay out of the travel lanes. Stand still and be predictable when cars are driving near you.

There is more info below this update.

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This year we’re moving our operations outdoors for a number of reasons, the main one being “so we can have a race”. The outdoor set up, and the reasons behind it, means a new set up and new locations for stuff like registration and portapotties.

We were the closest we ever were to not having the races this year. In fact, at some point in January 2014, I accepted the fact that the Series may not happen this year. At that point I’d already committed a few thousand dollars in expenses related to the race – numbers, workman’s comp, a number of fees and miscellaneous expenses, totaling about $3000 or maybe $3500. Fortunately we were able to work things out and the race could go on.

To keep this race alive we need your help in following the course rules. Ironically the picture was taken at some point during the Series (you can see the white van and the small trailer parked next to each other).

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(Please excuse my poor grasp of graphic design programs. Original map here.)

 

Goals (new for 2014):

  • Keep road between Turn One and driveway totally clear.
  • Keep line of sight between Turn One and driveway/parking lot totally clear.
  • Absolutely no cyclists on the pavement at 7 Francis J Clarke.

Prior goals (they haven’t changed):

  • Stay off the lawn of 6 Francis J Clarke (the property at the bottom). Ditto the tractor on display next to the driveway.
  • Stay off the parking area of the same (where all the equipment/trucks/etc are stored).

Key Points:

  • The goal is to keep racers and spectators at/around Turn One or below the finish line (meaning to the left of the finish line). We cannot have people hanging out between Turn One and the driveways to 6 and 7 Francis J Clarke Circle (which is where the old finish line sits in the picture).
  • Red lined areas are off limits to cyclists. The property to the north is carefully marked to show that the grass to the left of the driveway is okay. The proper to the south is marked such that it’s okay to walk across the driveway but the lawn on that side is definitely off limits. Lawn rules apply as long as it’s exposed – if it’s covered in a couple feet of snow and the lawn won’t get damaged that’s a different story.
  • Two police officers requested to maintain control of the critical stretch of road between Turn One and the driveway.
  • Arrows show race direction.
  • Yellow finish line is the approximate location of the new one. The original one can be seen even from the satellite picture. The finish line will be to the downhill/left side of the Memorial, which is not in this picture.
  • Portapotties are in the lower right corner. They are the only bathrooms for racers.
  • Registration will be held at a trailer on Turn One.
  • Staging for the race start will occur on Turn One. This avoids having racers queue up near the start/finish area. We need to keep the road between Turn One and the driveway clear.
  • The Cat 5 Clinic will meet at Staging, on Turn One, before rolling onto the course.
  • Outdoor Sports Center will have a tent next to Registration. They may have one at the finish, but realistically it’ll be next to Registration. Without their support in the form of prizes and sponsorship the race in 2013 would have lost money. Please thank them for helping make this race possible yet again.

Now for the tough part.

If you want to race your bike then you need to follow the following rules. There is no BS, no fooling around. You violate the course rules below and you will be banned from the 2014 Series, your GC standings (if applicable) will be voided, and you will not be eligible for any future prizes (raffles, GC prizes, and whatever else awarded on the last day of the Series).

If a particular team has more than one violation then we reserve the right to eject the whole team.

1. Absolutely no cyclists on the pavement at 7 Francis J Clarke Circle. That means especially not in the driveway, not in the parking lot, nowhere in that lot. No cutting through, no one with a camera, no cyclists whatsoever. The area will be taped off but if you decide to put your bike on that parking lot you just forfeited the right to race your bike in the Bethel Spring Series. We paid something like $3000 last year in costs related to that property alone and we will not pay that again. In order to do that we cannot have cyclists enter that property.

2. Do not hang out on the grass between the driveway at 7 Francis J Clarke Circle and Turn One (the four way intersection). THIS APPLIES TO BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD. You can watch at Turn One or below the finish line but not between those two spots. I understand you will need to walk somewhere to get down to the finish line but we must have a clear line of sight from Turn One to the driveway. Therefore do not dawdle between the driveway and Turn One. Once past the driveway dawdle all you want.

3. If you need to use the bathroom you must use the Portapotties. Don’t go in public (immediate DQ from the Series, forfeiture of any GC points, etc) and don’t use any local bathrooms. The local bathrooms may not cost you money but they cost the race a lot of money, 4 times what the Portapotties costed in 2013. If you feel there should be more Portapotties let me know, we’ll get more.

(Not a rule but a suggestion): To keep the Portapotties clear if you need to change do it in your vehicle. Heck, you can borrow mine – it’ll be attached to the trailer – just ask, there’s plenty of room inside of it. Please do not use the portapotties as a dressing room.

The Three Cardinal Rules above simply cannot be broken. The rules are there because without them the race will realistically not be held at this location anymore.

 

*update – re-published to keep it at the top of the heap. Originally published Feb 20, 2014 @ 22:30

*update – re-published to keep it at the top of the heap. Originally re-published March 4, 2014 @ 12:29