Bike Night #1 Tonight! #fb

The first of four events in the Bike Night Series takes place tonight at the National Sports Center!

Park in Lot B (SW corner of the map) enter the Sports Hall building using the door closest to the lot. Map here. Registration opens at 10pm and closes at 10:50pm.

The registration fee is $20 for those with valid 2010 USA Cycling licenses, $25 for those without.

The field will be open for warming up at 11pm with events starting at about 11:15pm. You may consider bringing a trainer to warm up with. Also, bring a lawn chair or beach blanket to hang out between events.

We are planning multiple events for each evening. For those who ride at the velodrome the format of the evening should be very similar.

THIS IS NOT CYCLOCROSS. There will be no barriers, no dismounts.

Events may include 10-15 lap scratch, miss and out, points, etc.

Category 1 & 2 riders will be entered in the A category event.
Category 4 & 5 riders will be entered in the B category event.
Category 3 riders will be entered in the category event of their choice.

Riders will stay in their event category for the duration of the evening with the exception of the winner of a B event. This rider will have a “strike” added to their number. This rider will then be “upgraded” to the A event for the duration of the evening and will be allowed to enter future A events on future evening events.

The course will change each evening as well as over the course of the evening. Oval loops, 180 degree turns, chicanes, etc, will all be found on the course at various times throughout the event.

While it is a heated space it may be a bit cool inside the NSC for the events. Long sleeves or arm warmers and knee or leg warmers are recommended.

Regarding bicycles: Cyclocross rules apply: drop bars or flat bars with bar ends removed.

Testing has shown that tire widths between 30mm and 40mm seem to work best. Narrow road racing tires sink down into the turf and wide MTB tires have too much rolling resistance.

Road or cyclocross bikes are recommended.

Shoes with recessed cleats will be required (MTB style shoes) in order to protect the turf.

USAC approved helmets are required at all times while riding.

ONLY WATER IS ALLOWED ON THE FIELD! No other beverages and no food is allowed on the field. There is a room just off the field where other beverages and food is allowed.

We would also suggest eye protection of some kind. The small granules of rubber that live just under the synthetic ‘grass’ tend to fly up sometimes off of tires. Glasses would be good to have.

For those not able to make it tonight the events will be broadcast LIVE on the internet here. Check the link starting at 10:30pm to watch registration live!

We hope to see you all tonight at the NSC!

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