Test of Pedal
Swan Creek Park, Tacoma
April 3, 2016
Welcome to the inaugural race at Swan Creek and our season opener! This course is going offer a variety of terrain including flow trails with banked and burmy turns, followed by some winding single track and a couple of short punchy climbs. The course is riding fast, so some pacing will be needed over 5 miles. We are excited to race here as we are looking to grow ridership in Tacoma and help support the development of new trails at Swan Creek.
Race Day Schedule
RACE PLATE PICKUP WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SATURDAY FROM 2PM TO 5PM. On SUNDAY, PLEASE HAVE ONE COACH PER TEAM PICK UP PLATES AT REGISTRATION.
Coaches, we encourage you to collect your rider’s plates at the end of each race for safe keeping. Many plates are left on the bike and fly off when being transported on the vehicle. HOWEVER, not that riders need their plate for pre-riding.
- Riders must arrive to the start line staging area at the time posted on the race day schedule.
- Riders must position themselves in the designated start lanes without overlapping the wheels of the rider in front of them.
- No cutting is allowed into the side or front of the group. Head to the back of the line.
The top 10 riders in every category will be called up. An additional 5 riders will be called-up in field sizes greater than 30. The remainder of the field will be lined up on a first-come-first-serve basis. For 6th grade categories, riders will be lined up on a first-come-first-served basis. NOTE: if a rider misses his/her call-up, they must proceed to the back of the line.
Lodging & Services
No food or drink vendors will be on-site. Please bring your own lunch and snacks.
Provided by the THE BICYCLE FIXER. The Bicycle Fixer is a mobile bicycle repair shop based in King County serving the greater Seattle – Bellevue area offering you the convenience of having bike repairs done at your home, office and even out by the side of the road!
NOTE: The coaches meeting is held at the same time as the Course Marshal Briefing. This means that your team representative can not be a Course Marshal, Sweep or Rover volunteer for the 10:00 AM race.
- Do I need to register for the race? No. When you register for the Spring Program you are automatically pre-registered for all of the races. It is imperative that you know what your race category is. You can verify your category here. Note that there are deadlines for filing a petition for changing your race category.
- How do I get my race plate with my bib number? See Race Plate above.
- What day is the race? Race days are always on Sunday’s. Course setup is on Saturday and course pre-ride is on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm.
- How early should I arrive on race day? Team tents should be setup in the Village no later than 9:00 AM, but earlier is recommended. Often the course runs through the Village so setting up early is best. Student-athletes and parents, I would talk to your coach about when they would like you there.
- Can we put our team tent anywhere we like? No. All team tents must be located in the Village.
- What is the “Village”? The Village is where we build community! Located in the heart of the venue, the Village is where team tents are located, Registration, Volunteer Check-in, First Aid, Neutral Support and often time the Feed Zone or Hydration Station.
- What is the Feed Zone? The Feed Zone is an area designated for providing riders with hydration and nutrition during the races in a safe, controlled manner. Designated coaches, riders, and volunteers can enter the feed zone and hand-off food and bottles, sun glasses, jackets, etc. to riders as they pass by. Bring your own water bottle.
- Will there be food available at the race? Most races we will not have food vendors. If one will be available we will post on the race site. We will be providing snacks for our volunteers which will be available when you check in at the volunteer tent. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINK. We encourage parents to get involved with providing food for your team! Hang out, bbq, and meet your neighbors. If you do bbq, it is always a good idea to bring a fire extinguisher. Note: some venues may ban bbq’s. If this is the case, it will be clearly posted.
- What time do I need to be at the start line? See the Race Day Schedule listed above.
- Will there be rider call-ups? Yes. See Rider Staging above.
- How does the scoring work? There are two competitions. Individual by Race Category and Team Competition. For the Individual Competition, riders earn points based on their placing that day and race category. Awards are given on race day based on that race. Additionally, riders carry their points forward for the Individual Overall. This is calculated based on the three highest scores. Team Competition is based on earned points as well and the overall is calculated by the total number of points earned.
- What I want to change race categories, how does that work? If you would like to change categories, you must file a petition by the deadline. The petition is reviewed by the Rules and Appeals Committee. If your petition is approved for an “upgrade”, for instance if you go from Intermediate to JV or JV to Varsity, your earned points will be carried forward to your new category. Unfortunately downgrade points do not follow.