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Friday, November 22, 2013

Detroit Invitational Cyclocross - Rules and participant information.

Congratulations, if you are recieving this email you are registered for the Detroit Invitational Cyclocross!  Saturday November 30th , 2013
Race Location: Dorias Park corner of Mound and Outer drive
(Park on the south side of the park on Outer Drive)  Google Map Link: http://goo.gl/maps/81ec7
Note: Dorias is not the nicest neighborhood, please take special care to keep your car locked and secured to avoid theft.

Race times:10AM : Racing Greyhounds Team Point Series CX
11:15AM : Detroit Invitational Cyclocross (the race you will be competing in)  (I know I said 11, but I'm buying myself 15 minutes for registration)
Post race after party and Prize presentation at Kuhnhenn's Brewery (5919 Chicago Road  Warren, MI 48092 (586) 979-8361) Map link: http://goo.gl/maps/09Tpo

Registration:Prior to the race, riders will be expected to check in at the Blue KHS Tent at the top of the hill & pick up their number plate and Timing chip.  The chip may be on a plastic card that will need to be tie-rapped to the seat or handlebars... or it may be a sticker that will be placed on your helmet.  If the chip is too close to metal, it may not register.  Prior to the race, please ride through the timing tent to test your chip. 

-This year we will have a Ladies division.    They start will start 30 seconds before the boys.  This is purely for aesthetic reasons.  
We will accept "Day of" registration, but will serve preregistered riders first.  Preregistration ends about 6pm on Friday.  

As the promoter I retain the right to reject entry for any bicycle that I deem too much of a piece of shit to race in my race.  All recumbants are automatically disqualified on that principle.  

Mtn bikes are allowed provided they do not have bar ends positioned in such a way that they may impale other riders.  There will also be a special rule that will be implemented this year to limit the mechanical advantage of Mtn bikes on run-ups.

Cheating - Is Strongly discouraged!  By cheating I mean cutting the course or riding in a manner that limits, obstructs or endangers your fellow racers or the fans.  That's pretty much it.  First offenses will result in a stop & Go penalty, further violations will result in disqualification... unless you are so behind that it really doesnt matter.  
Tandems count as one bike, but have two riders.  They will recieve one card per lap, but have to do two shots if they take the Tequila Shot shortcut. (just in case it comes up)

The race:The race Will be approximatly 45 minutes, we will take the time of the first lap and approximate the number of laps to the finish of the race.  The laps remaining will be displayed on a clip board near the Start/Finish Line. the Start of the last lap, the race promotors will yell "One to Go" so listen for it!  Prizes will be awarded to the first three racers to cross the line after the last lap (The race promoter retains the right to cut the race short for impending emergencies such as overly inclemet weather or law enforcement intervention.
Race officials will request alert racers to the start ten minutes before the race.
The Course:The Course Will be marked with Flags & caution tape.    It should be fairly intuitive but if you have questions, please ask before the race.  FYI the course will run Counter clockwise. The caution tape will be be on shorter stakes than you are are accustom... this is one of the cost concessions we had to make in order to keep the entry fees low.  We dont think it is that big of a deal.  Remember barriers are meant to be crossed and tape not to be crossed.

There are a few unique features within the course that are listed below:
Prologue - Racers will line up at the starting line, follow the race promoters instructions and complete half a lap.  First competitor to cross the Start/Finish line will win a preem (prize) The starting line will be the on the concrete pad at the top of the Soapbox derby hill.
The Tequila Shot Shortcut - If a racer so chooses, they may opt to take the "Tequila shot short-cut".  This option replaces about a hundred yards and a set of barriers in exchange for a shot of tequila.  The entrance to the TSS is to the left hand side of the start finish line.  You must come to a complete stop, clip out at least one foot, do your shot, then proceed after you are instructed.  If you so wish, you may take the shortcut every lap.  (we don't encourage it)  Please dont inquire as to the quality of the tequila.  If the supply of Tequila runs out, the promoter reserves the right to replace it with an equally vile and intoxicating substance.
-Minors are forbidden by law from taking advantage of the tequila shot shortcut and shouldn't even be in the race.  if you are a minor, you will need to identify yourself by wearing an identifying article of clothing of my choice.  

Draw Poker:
In addition to the traditional "Race" there will be a draw poker game.  Starting with the completion of the first lap, riders will have an opportunity to grab a standard playing card from one of our three lovely "Dealers" standing at the start/Finish line.  One card per bike/ per lap.  At the end of the race the racer with the best five card Poker hand will win.  Faster riders may collect more than five cards (one for each lap finished) giving them an advantage of more cards to select their hand, but only the top five cards will count (except in the case of tiebreakers)  Winner gets a free growler of their choice from Kuhnhenn's Brewery.
-Because of the number of racers we will have to use multiple decks, so improbable hands such as "five Aces" is possible and will be scored accordingly.
-The Tequila shot shortcut will not prevent you from collecting a card for each lap.
-If you drop or lose your cards while on the course and someone picks them up "finders keepers - losers weepers" rules apply.  A card is fair game anywhere outside of the concrete Start/Finish platform.
-Spectators may pick up dropped cards provided they hold them up for a handout that is available to all riders.
Dollar / Beer / Bacon grabs:
Are awesome and encouraged!  
Registration Fee:  There is none, this race is free (as in beer)... The race is a sponsored by the Racing Greyhounds & Cycle to fitness in Livonia as a special thank you to everyone that we race against.  We also get a ton of help from "The Mower Gang"  the awesome group of guys that mow parks in Detroit because the city can't aford to to do it themselves.  As a result, they keep the rat population down and give the kids a place to play.  We'll have a donation Jar for the Mowergang,  We figured that it would be good to throw a few bucks their way for gas money.  Without them, this event wouldnt happen.
If you would like to help set up, There will be a trail day Saturday November 22nd at the park at 9am.  Day of the race, I will be at the park around 8am to set up the track.  bring a hammer & Staple Gun and I'll put you to work. 

If it's more your style to throw a six pack to the people that put this race together, we are down with that.
...Plus any rules that I can think of between now and then!
If you have questions, email me at cxczar@gmail.com
See you saturday

1 comment:

  1. Here's the best I was able to do....sadly, I don't think she'll be coming to participate, let alone trade kisses for tickets... :(
    Matt C @topless68
    Hi @emilybatty , only a few more days before the Detroit Invitational Cyclocross race. We could use some schoolin' in how to ride a bike - 28 Nov

    Emily Batty @emilybatty
    @topless68 riding in snow lately seems to be good mud practice. Be like the euros..let the bike go where it wants underneath u & giver!