With the 2014 Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Summer Series just about to get underway, here are a few final tips and notes to help you.
Chips With Everything! – Five Top Tips For A Smooth Start to the Season
1/ Don’t forget to write your chip number next to your signature on the singing-on sheet
2/ Wear your chip on you ankle – it won’t work anywhere else
3/ Hand you chip in at the end of the race
4/ Born before 1 January 2000 – you’re in the Over-14 race.
5/ Born on or after 1 January 2000 – you’re in the Under-14 race.
Here’s a bit more ….
Chip-timing – All riders in both races will benefit from chip timing. An electronic chip will be given to you at sign-on and must be worn around the ankle (worn anywhere else it will not work). You must hand the chip in at the end of the event – missing chips will be charged for at subsequent events. Drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you accidentally take one home and we’ll let you know where to return it by mail.
Sign-on – if you have already ridden an event in the current series, simply find yourself on the pre-filled signing on sheets (riders will be listed alphabetically), pay your entry fee and collect your timing chip. You must then sign your name and, just as importantly, fill in your chip number on the signing on sheet. It is your responsibility to ensure your details are correct and that your chip number is correctly filled in against your name.
Age Categories – We’ll automatically put you in the correct age category when we process the results. However, there is one key age criteria that all riders should be aware of – if you were born before 1 January 2000, you must ride the over-14 race at 7.30pm. If you were born on or after 1 January 2000, you must ride the under-14 race at 7.00pm.
Under 8 born in 2006 or later
Under 10 born in 2004 or 2005
Under 12 born in 2002 or 2003
Under 14 born in 2000 or 2001
Under 16 born in 1998 or 1999
Junior born in 1996 or 1997
Senior born in 1974 to 1991 inclusive
– Under 23 born in 1992, 1993, 1994 or 1995
Veteran-40 born in 1964 to 1973 inclusive
Veteran-50 born in 1954 to 1963 inclusive
Veteran-60 born in 1944 to 1953 inclusive
Veteran-70 born in 1934 to 1943 inclusive
Prizes – there are no prizes at individual rounds of the series. There is a series prize presentation immediately after the final round of the series, in which all category winners etc will receive their prizes.
Results & Series Standings – we’ll publish results as soon as possible after events (usually the following day) and will let you know this has happened on our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well. Series standings will be published from round 2 onward, usually 3-4 days after an event.
Race Etiquette – The summer series has a reputation for being more laid back than our winter series. Because we can only run two races in the available daylight, we have to bring together some big fields of riders who have wildly differing abilities and ambitions. Whilst our course designers do everything they can to make their courses fast and free flowing, there will inevitably be a few bottle-necks and pinch points. Please pass other riders with care and please allow faster riders to pass you with equal consideration. There’s no excuse for bad behaviour or impoliteness. If you are skilled and fit enough to lap someone, you should be equally skilled enough to pass them without fuss – and that skill includes polite, clear communication to the rider you are passing.
Finally – Have a great series – we’re all looking forward to racing with you this summer!