First 2014 Pre-Reg closes at 9 PM Feb 27 Thursday

February 27th, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News No Responses
First 2014 Pre-Reg closes at 9 PM Feb 27 Thursday

Pre-registration for the 2014 Ronde de Bethel closes tonight at 9 PM. If you want to pay electronically (credit card, paypal, etc), you’ll need to register online.

We will be accepting Series registrations this weekend only at the race. Same price as online.

Thanks and see you out there!


(Note: We know that many races close pre-reg two days before the event. We need to close it three days prior in order to properly prepare the pre-reg stuff for Sunday. For various reasons Saturdays are usually spent doing other stuff for the race, like Sweep Day this weekend, so pre-reg has to be set up on Friday. Thanks for your understanding.)

2014 Sweep Day Plan

February 26th, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News No Responses
2014 Sweep Day Plan

The Sweep Day Plan depends on temperatures, the amount of snow, the amount of sand, and the number of helpers.

The main goals are as follows:

1. Clear finishing hill, both lanes. Create a continuous smooth road edge (if significant amounts of snow etc) or clear to curb.

2. Clear right side (race side) of the rest of the course, working backward from the bottom of the hill. The priority is to clear the faster and more significant parts of the course, and that means the hill (most important), the backstretch (second most important), the long curve at Trowbridge aka Turn Two, and finally the turn at the top of the hill (Turn One).

3. Push/blow sand to the left side of the course on all but the hill. It both discourages riders from going to the left and it’s also not part of the course.

4. Do NOT put sand on any lawn. On snow, okay, on lawn, not okay.



Sand sweeper/blowers: Team of at least 5. One or two with brooms going along the curb scrubbing any sand to loosen it up. One or two with backpack blowers following them, blowing clear the first 2 feet or more of the road clear (from the curb). Two ore more with wheeled leaf blowers following them, staggered in tandem, blowing sand from 2 feet from curb to over the yellow line.

Deep sand needs to be put into piles, loaded on a pick up, and dumped off site.

Snow removal: People with metal shovels to break up snow into “snowthrow-able” size, moving actual blocks of ice off the road by hand. Snow throwers to move snow well off the road. Currently I’m only counting on one snow thrower. I hope to have 8-10 people with snow shovels.

A few of us have done some preliminary work but I expect there to be a bunch of sand to move, a bunch of snow to chop/move (end of backstretch, on the finishing hill, and the inside of Turn One), and some miscellaneous clean up stuff. Below is a shot that sort of shows the results of chopping snow back to the curb and then using the snow thrower to move it off the road.

Backstretch February 23, 2014

2014 Weather Thoughts

February 26th, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News No Responses
2014 Weather Thoughts

With the races coming up and the weather forecast somewhat… dismal… I wanted to put something up on how the Series handles weather. The forecast has been changing daily and now it is saying snow on Sunday.



The plan is still to have Sweep Day on Saturday March 1, 10 AM.

As far as weather goes…


What cancels the race: Lightning, extremely strong wind, extreme cold, and snow/ice covering the road. If the road is damp (i.e. it could be snowing very lightly but the road is only damp, not icy) then the races go on. The goal is to have the races but to have them in safer conditions. If it’s too cold and moisture starts to freeze on the pavement then we call the races.

What does not cancel the race: rain, normal wind, and normal cold. We’ll delay if it’s too cold first thing but the forecast calls for some warming up (I don’t recall this ever happening – we either called it off or we had no delay). We’ll delay for fog (so it can lift – this happened once so far). We’ve raced in snow (few times), heavy rains, heavy wind. We’ve only called races due to snow or ice. Once I think we delayed races for lightning.

Where to check for race updates:

Twitter: @carpediemracing

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Facebook: here.

2014 Sweep Day, March 1, 10 AM

February 15th, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News One Response
2014 Sweep Day, March 1, 10 AM

The annual Bethel Spring Series Sweep Day will be on Saturday, March 1, starting at 10 AM.

Race Credit: For those that show up I’ll credit three race entries for the first two hours of work, another race entry each hour necessary after that. I hope it’s not any more than two hours, personally, but it could get draggy if the conditions are bad.

When you show up please sign a volunteer release form. They’ll be in the Ford Expedition or the trailer behind it. Please put down your name, license number, the category and date of the race you want to enter, and I’ll handle the rest.

If you have it please bring:

  1. Shovels (flat bottom, typically, either plastic like snow shovels or the preferred metal ones, like garden shovels). I’ll have a few.
  2. Brooms (manual, like wide ones). I’ll have a few.
  3. Leaf blowers, wheeled or handheld/backpack. Fuel for same. I’ll have two wheeled and one very sad hand held one.
  4. If there are stacks of snow next to the road, then one or two snow blowers to clear the start/finish tent area.
  5. Wheelbarrow (I’ll have a small one).
  6. GLOVES! It’s not easy work and it would be terrible to have blisters for the first day of racing.
  7. Ear and eye protection.

Our goals, where we need to clear. We want to start at the finish line and work backwards:

  1. 10’x20′ area next to the road just downhill of the Markus Memorial. This is for the start/finish tent/platform for the officials and camera set up.
  2. Both sides of the road down the hill, especially the inside (mirror building side).
  3. Right side curb along backstretch (meaning the side the racers are on) out to a little past the yellow line.
  4. Right side curb along Turn Two (near Trowbridge)
  5. Right side curb along the first stretch.
  6. Right side curb and middle of road at the 4 way intersection (Turn One).
  7. Both sides of road between finish line and Turn One.

A major, major, major rule – NO SAND ON GRASS! We cannot put sand on grass so we need to pack it up and move it off the course.

We’ll have some food and drink 2 hours in. If we need more after that we’ll figure it out.

Photo by Steve Yau

Piling sand on the road in preparation for moving it. (Photo by Steve Yau)

If it’s a dry day then feel free to bring your bike and kit and do a few warm up laps after the course is swept. It’ll be a bit dusty but other than that it should be okay.

If it’s raining it’ll be a hard call but realistically we’ll need to do some work. However please keep an eye out here and if we don’t need to do a ton of work then the Sweep Day may be postponed or (hopefully) cancelled.

Please note that if it does snow AFTER Sweep Day then we’ll need to do some clean up work, typically on the Saturday before the following race. Please let me know if you’re available. Unfortunately I can’t be there until about 3:30 PM on Saturdays so we’ll have to work it out in terms of schedule and such.

Thanks and see you out there!

2014 Bethel Spring Series on BikeReg!

February 3rd, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News 3 Responses
2014 Bethel Spring Series on BikeReg!

The race is now live on BikeReg!

The USAC permits, save the first one, still need to be filed as we’re finalizing some details on the races. However the basic land use permits, etc, have all been issued. This means the race is a go.

The links to BikeReg sit on the right side of the site. There is a main link for all the Bethel Spring Series races, each of which are permitted individually and each of which have their own BikeReg page.



Screenshot of the main page for the Bethel Spring Series.


If you would like to register for the entire Series please go to the first week (March 2, 2014, Ronde de Bethel). You will have the option of registering for the entire Series, with discounts applied if you select two categories. Of course you must be eligible for both Series in terms of age, sex, and category.

If you have any questions please click on the “Contact Event” link on BikeReg on any of the individual Bethel Spring Series race pages or post a comment here (if it’s a private question please say so in the comment so I don’t publish it).

Almost Official! 2014 Bethel Spring Series Update

January 23rd, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News No Responses
Almost Official! 2014 Bethel Spring Series Update

We’re almost there! The main thing is that we’ve figured out work arounds so that the race doesn’t adversely affect other uses of the Francis J Clarke park. A few final details and that should be settled.

Permitting is almost done as well, as is the BikeReg stuff. We’ve held up permitting to get one landowner’s info but otherwise it should be a go. BikeReg should be going live next week, that’s the goal.

BikeReg will be much nicer for this year. They’ve added an “omnium” feature so if you register for the Series you will automatically be added to the proper category for the other weeks. This means no wondering if you’re actually registered for the Series, etc. This feature went live after the Bethel Spring Series in 2013 so we couldn’t use it but now it’s there and it’s awesome! Well for us promoters anyway.

Also we’ve split out the Series registration options. This is new for the Bethel Spring Series but I think it’s been a feature of BikeReg that we simply didn’t use. Just select Series category you want to enter, whether it be a single one (like Cat 5s for example) or two of them (like Cat 4s and Cat 3-4s). Your price will get discounted in the cart to reflect the proper price. This is much less confusing than the prior set up.

(For those of you trying to punish yourself and want to enter three series or three events in one day please contact me directly.)

As usual there is the standard one day pre-reg option as well, with a discount for a second race if you add one.

Photo by Matt Inconiglios


Tentative 2014 Bethel Spring Series Dates, Ideas

October 22nd, 2013 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News 20 Responses
Tentative 2014 Bethel Spring Series Dates, Ideas

In the next couple weeks we will be requesting the Town’s permission to hold the races in 2014. Tentative dates are March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13. That is seven weeks in a row as Easter is April 20 in 2014. The basic race schedule, with the exception mentioned below, will probably remain the same.

The biggest change at this very early stage in planning will be the schedule – the last four weeks (March 23, 30, April 6, 13) will feature a High School / Junior race. It will be a separate category and limited to newer riders. Tentatively the plan is to have only Cat 4s and 5s; we may allow Cat 3s but at this point we haven’t decided. The idea is to have a race that will help introduce new high school age racers to bicycle racing. The High School race will take place in the morning, either just before or just after the Cat 5 race.

Since the schedule is undetermined at this point if you have a request please let me know via email or by putting a comment with your idea/s on this post (or any other post for that matter). If you wish to remain anonymous that’s fine. If you don’t want your comment published (all comments are moderated) then please let me know and I will not publish your comment.

Finally any criticism is welcome as well; I won’t hold it against you at all. I want the event to go well and I want to know all the areas where we can improve the Series.

Photo by David Wells“We want your ideas!”


2013 Podium Pictures

April 23rd, 2013 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News, Photos No Responses
2013 Podium Pictures



Cat 4 Podium

  1. Lorenzo Serra (Pawling Cycle & Sport)
  2. Stephen Kang (CRCA / Breakaway Couriers)
  3. Ken Reilly (Tarmac Cycling / Iron Bridge Consulting)




Cat 4 Team – Pawling Cycle & Sport


Women’s podium:

  1. Raquel Miller (Farm Team Elite Women’s Cycling Team)
  2. Amanda Braverman (Stage-1 / Fusion Think)
  3. Carol-Lynn Mills (CRCA / Houlihan Lokey)





Women’s Team: Stage 1 / Fusion Think









Masters 45+ Podium

  1. Gary Steinberg (Brauer / Mick Management)
  2. Glenn Babikian (Signature Cycles / Rockstar Games)
  3. Matthew Doran (Brauer / Mick Management)






Masters Team: Brauer / Mick Management



Cat 3-4 Podium

  1. Stefan Singer (CRCA / FGX Racing)
  2. Ian Whaley (Bethel Cycle Sport Club)
  3. Laurence Merling (CLR Racing)






Cat 3-4 Team: CRCA / FGX Racing




Pro-1-2-3 Podium

  1. Eneas Freyre (Target Training)
  2. Anthony Alessio (International Christian Cycling Club)
  3. Ross Baldwin (Watchung Wheelmen)





Pro-1-2-3 Team: Target Training



Congratulations to everyone for racing a great Series!




Winding Up The 2013 Series

April 17th, 2013 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News No Responses
Winding Up The 2013 Series

The final race of the 2013 Outdoor Sports Center Bethel Spring Series will take place this weekend. I want to go over some of the key points of the day so that people know what to expect.

1. Cat 5 Clinic – it will cover some more advanced topics (like actual race tactics), fluency topics (track stand, pick things up off the ground), and then for any newcomers or racers that want to review we’ll have a bump/paceline bit of work. If anyone wants to cover something in particular please let me know. You can post a comment here and ask that it not be made public, that’s fine.

2. Podium/Individual GC. For all races except Cat 5s there will be a podium presentation immediately after each race finishes. Since we have to calculate the GC the podium pictures may cause minor delays. There’s a buffer built into the schedule so we should be okay overall. However, for those in the overall hunt, please keep the podium presentation in mind.

3. For the last week there will be an extra place for points towards the overall GC. A win will be 10 points, instead of 7. There will be points awarded for 2nd through 7th as well, the normal 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 spread. If two racers are tied on points then the last points earned determine the order.

For example if there are two riders that scored 2 and 5 points in two race, they would both have 7 points total. However the racer that scored the 5 points in the second race would be in front of the racer that scored 2 points in the second race.

There are cash prizes for individual GC plus trophies.

4. Team GC – the top 3 riders overall from each team gets counted. This is not like the pros where the top 3 each stage get counted. For the Bethel Spring Series it’s the top 3 overall from each team.

If a rider switches teams or joins a team in the middle of the Series the points the rider earns while on the team count towards the team overall. This prevents teams from “buying” points by snatching up unattached riders who have racked up points (which has happened in the past).

There is only one trophy for each race – winner takes all. There is no other prize. Please have your team ready in team kits for a picture on the podium. Team bike and other sponsored items welcome at the podium as well.

5. The Raffle! We will hold a raffle after the Cat 3-4 race finishes so that means about 2 PM, perhaps just after that. The raffle will take place on the side area of the building, out of the main driveway path. Racers will have been getting a ticket for each race they entered in the last three weeks of the Series – the more you race the more chances you have. We will draw tickets, announcing the prize for the next ticket drawn.

IMPORTANT: You must be present to win!

The grand prize is a CAAD10 Frameset in your size. The runner up prize is a CycleOps Fluid Trainer. There will be other prizes as well but those are the two main ones.

I hope everyone has gotten in some good solid racing during the Series. See you Sunday!

CAAD10 Frame Raffle!

April 2nd, 2013 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News No Responses
CAAD10 Frame Raffle!

We are giving away another CAAD10 frameset!

This prize is brought to you by Cannondale and Outdoor Sports Center.

We’ll have one to show but the winner gets to specify the size. The last two winners happened to want the same size frame as the show frame so they just took that one so I hope we can continue that trend. And, no, I don’t know what size the show frame is this year.

In order to spice things up this year racers get one entry for each race they enter in the April races of the Bethel Spring Series. That means the Criterium de Bethel (April 7), Circuit Francis J Clarke (April 14), and the Zwiedzanie Bethel (April 21). If you do two races a week then you’ll get six entries.

The drawing will take place after the Cat 3-4 race on April 21, so about 2:15 PM.

Here’s the catch. We can’t be chasing people down so you have to be present to win. If you know you’re not going to be present you can give your ticket/s to someone else, that’s fine.

We will be giving away other prizes too, whatever we can gather. There are rumors of some pretty nifty prizes but I don’t want to steal the thunder of the CAAD10 frameset so I won’t mention them now.

So the key points:

One raffle ticket for each race entry in the April races of the Bethel Spring Series!

Drawing is after the Cat 3-4 race on April 21!

Winners must be present!

You can give your tickets to someone that will be present!

2012 CAAD10 FramesetThis is a picture of the 2012 frameset. We’ll have a new one for this year.