2014 Course Map and Rules (2015 also)

March 4th, 2014 by sprinterdellacasa Categories: Front Page, News 11 Responses

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

  1. Matt Stuart says:

    AKI- Pit for wheels?

  2. sprinterdellacasa says:

    Need to figure that out, probably next to the finish line area so it’s close to the officials. Lemme work on that.

  3. Eli Fuld says:

    Thanks so much for getting the details hammered out. Can’t wait to see you guys!

  4. Kyle says:

    Thanks for making the extra effort and dealing with the stress to keep the event going. Fingers crossed for a good spring. I am certain everyone appreciates it and will respect your rules and your efforts.

  5. bgs says:

    Getting up the hill, will we have both lanes open as before?

    • sprinterdellacasa says:

      Yes, both lanes. It’s the short bit of pavement after the finish where we need to narrow things down for everyone except the main group. I’ll have to make a map update.

  6. Ted says:

    Aki – parking still available in the same two lots (i.e. to the right of turn 1 and above turn 1 coming up the hill? Thanks.

    • sprinterdellacasa says:

      Yes, the big lot at Burndy as well as the sides on the street. The lot to the right (on the outside of Turn One) may or may not be available, I have to check on that). Also Second Lane, which should be blocked off with Detour signs (for general public – we expect racers and residents on that road).

  7. Lucia says:

    Will the bakery still be open and if so, are we permitted to walk over there and purchase hot drinks/food? (presumably without bikes)

    • sprinterdellacasa says:

      Bakery will be open and that’s why we need to keep the driveway, parking lot, and grass (field of view) totally clear between the driveway and Turn One. We are not their customers, and their customers have a very hard time navigating their way around sometimes inconsiderate, generally distracted, and otherwise inattentive racers and their friends.

      In the past the business has had very bad experiences with cyclists. Therefore I can’t condone any visits by anyone wearing anything related to cycling. Absolutely no cycling shoes – this results in direct costs to the race. No cycling clothing, no changing, don’t visit to use their bathroom (huge contention point and another regular direct cost to the race). No helmets. Absolutely, positively no bikes. I cannot stress that enough. No bikes on the pavement, laying on the grass on that property, etc. The only time racers should be between the driveway and Turn One is when they’re traveling from one place to another. We will even stage riders at Turn One so that they don’t have to ride to the finish line.

      I can’t emphasize this stuff enough. I know that there will be people who ignore this stuff about the property. We will eject them from the Series immediately. Hopefully it doesn’t happen too many times.