Friday, September 26, 2014
I've got a few more news items to sprinkle on you this week before our opening act. Okay, I'm giving you a good soaking, just like the permacourse got this week! Good thing I left the grass tall...
First, 2014 Series Passes are now available on BikeReg, in addition to pre-reg for Bellingham BMX on Oct. 4. With a Series Pass, you get all six races for the price of five (at pre-reg prices), plus the Prologue will be free. You can also pay for these at day-of registration with a check or cash, all the way up to the second race at Woolley Cross. You'll notice a few pricing changes. Sorry, ladies, no more discount. Gratefully, women's cyclocross is raising to the level of the men on the big scene. Equal prize money, large fields, full media coverage, and all the same crowds. We'd love to keep subsidizing you until the amateur field sizes are the same as the guys, but unfortunately we can't afford it. Judging by your facial expressions and the amount of laughing in our women's only field, you ladies are enjoying yourselves more than the guys. So I guess we can say you are getting more for your money already!
Now, about that Prologue. Here's how it's gonna work. At 10am tomorrow, we will have a 3 hour course-building session before the warm-ups begin at 1pm. That is an open invite to come contribute to your local cyclocross scene. Is it mandatory? No. Is this Series going to continue to thrive if a certain portion of the community doesn't step up and lend a hand at every race? No, it won't. We could use 15-20 bodies on deck to make this go quickly. And that will be the story at every race (though typically on Friday evening the night before). This is the theme of 2014 - the Year of the Collective. This is grassroots, organically-grown, community-powered 'cross in every sense of the word.
I am creating 20 vouchers for a free entry into a Cascade Cross race for every course build. 10 will go to the club that is sponsoring the event. 10 will be reserved for all-comers. Our series has always pretty much worked this way, but I am formalizing it to make sure the job gets done. No one will be out busting their butt in a rainstorm alone in the dark trying to make a fun time for everyone else but failing miserably at it. It's the stuff of nightmares. So arrive at 10 a.m. tomorrow and put 3 hours of work in on your local permacourse. 20 people will get into the Prologue free because there is not an official sponsoring team tomorrow. All proceeds are going to Bellingham BMX.
That bears repeating: ALL PROLOGUE PROCEEDS ARE GOING TO BELLINGHAM BMX. Event fees are the only real way that the lease gets paid at this property. This property exists for cycling only. When BMX racing can't operate (i.e. it's winter and/or raining), there is no revenue. 'Cross can fill a small gap in the season, but it won't keep the gates open indefinitely without some real community support. We won't be able to afford new features on this property without more support - that is generosity, sweat equity, and ingenuity. Even with donated or cheap labor, heavy equipment and materials are not free, unfortunately. $15 is the suggested donation tomorrow to keep this project alive. Give what you can. Do you have a business that wants to sponsor a new feature, such as a sandpit or staircase? Talk to me. We'll put your name all over it. Sponsor the BMX track. Do what you can. Ante up. Keep the venue alive.
One more thing: here's your inspirational tune for the opening of Cascade Cross season. See you tomorrow. I hope you put your knobbies on!