Thursday, January 29, 2009

Race Sponsors and Prizes

Once again, Maplewood Bicycles and Computer Solutions have been kind enough to sponsor the races by providing the necessary hardware. Thank you very very much. Without their help the event would not be possible.

Also, we have had our first two prize offerings. Both Big Shark and A&M Bicycles will be providing prizes for these races.

A&M will be donating various cycling parts an accessories.

Big Shark will be giving Tour of Missouri Sprinters jerseys to the nights winners.

Thanks Mike and Karl for offering up prizes for the winners.

Like last time, a portion of the money generated from the racers will go to the nights winner. The split may not be 50/50 like it was last time, but we will make up for it with prizes. Also, it is a charity ride so the overall goal should be to help the kids and overall to have fun.


Wheels of Glory II Fliers Done

The fliers for the second event are being sent to the printers as I type. Keep an eye out for them around town.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wheels of Glory II

Get ready! The second set of races are coming up on February 11th at The Atomic Cowboy. We're adding categories and velodrome race tracks. I'll post more details later.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Team Revolution's Review

A friend pointed out to me that Team Revolution wrote a review on the races. You can check the review here.

Thanks for the heads up Patty and thanks Team Rev for the great review!


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Race Results

Thank you everyone for coming out to the races. The turned out to be a great success!

We ended up generating 140 dollars for Bicycle Redemption (which was pretty good considering it was our first event and it was 3 degrees outside). Will Cycle for Charity will be buying parts to give to Bicycle redemption. I think the total count for people last night was 50 to 60 (just estimating) with 32 riders.

I think the races turned out to be pretty awesome. I was worried at first about the idea of deviating from the original idea of roller races by using trainers, doing rides with varying elevation, doing more than just sprints, but after experiencing the event I think they turned out even better. It was really entertaining to be able to see the computerized riders moving on the screen and seeing the progression on the track at the top.

I think this was able to get the interest of people who were at the bar just hanging around. It was also great when one person started to pass the other and everyone in the bar started freaking out and cheering. Thanks a ton to Maplewood Bicycle for allowing us to use their computrainsers and Bicycle Works for donating the bikes.

There are a TON of pictures from the races. All of the ones that Sara Arnold took are on her flickr. She took somewhere around 300 pictures. Here's a couple of shots:

Chris and Jason were the two finalists:

On the last race the both rode 5 miles on an uphill course. Both of the riders rode for a little over 25 minutes straight!!!

Chris pulled off the win with Jason finishing about 5 mins after (these are all approximate times b/c I don't have the score sheet in front of me). It was an extremely impressive ride, especially considering both riders raced in all four rounds. Chris walked away with 60 dollars cash and Jason got a bag of various bike goods (lights, pumps, bar tape, etc) provided by A&M Bicycles.

All in all it was a good night.

The next race will be on Feb 11th. Now that we have one race under our belts we'll be able to correct any mistakes that were made in setup and modify how the races work. This was the first time that any of us had put on this type of event as far as the computrainers and courses go. We still need to figure out exactly what changes we're going to do, but I do know that we're planning on having different race classes, road bike and fixed gear races (we didn't have access to enough general fixed bikes for this last race), and bikes with matching frame sizes and gearing. That way we can even it out for everyone.

These are supposed to be fun races to generate money for charity, but we totally understand wanting to make sure everyone has a fair chance competetivly. Basically when all of the equipment is provided on a donating or borrowing basis like it was for this first race you have to go with what you're given. I think for the second race we'll have more access to more equipment.

Thanks again to everyone from coming out. Keep your eye on this blog and on the Will Cycle for Charity for information on the next race.


After note: I didn't realize that comment moderation was turned on for the blog so I just enabled allowed all of the pending comments. Sry.
Also, if you want to get on the mailing lists for the events we (Will Cycle for Charity) are putting on send me an email. We're putting on these races, some up coming movie nights, and various rides and races throughout the year. We'll be sending out emails, posting on blogs, and noting on our website for everything.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Race Night!!!

It's finally time!!! All of the t's have been dotted, i's have been crossed, mistake has been realized and crosses and dots have corrected, and we're ready to go!

From talking to various its sounding like we're going to have a pretty substantial turn out which is always good to hear. If we're able to pack the Cowboy to capacity I'm sure they won't mind.

I picked up the prizes from A&M yesterday. Karl was nice enough to give a bag full of stuff so we'll have enough to spread around. Prizes will go to placing riders in the bracketed races and the winner of the top speed race. Also, we decided to give a special prize to the first person who pukes while riding. Oh yes, there may be puke.

See you there!


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Spoke Cards Are In!

The spoke cards for the race are done. All racers that compete in the bracket races will get a spoke card. I know it doesn't really make a whole lot of since since we're not going anywhere, but everyone likes a spoke card!!

The race is almost here. Tonight will be the final testing for all of the software/hardware to make sure everything works, and then tomorrow its on!


Friday, January 2, 2009

Will Cycle for Charity

One of the things that has formed that these races has now become a part of is an group called Will Cycle for Charity.

The group consists of several cycling enthusiasts who want to come together to put on cycling related events to have fun and raise money for charity. Wheels of Glory will be the first event put on by this group. The following two races (yet to be named) on Feb and March 11th will also be organized by WCFC and The Atomic Cowboy. WCFC is also planning several other rides including a couple of cycling/movie nights, winery rides, and some more races.

We're still working on getting a website up and running for the group, but it should be up shortly. Once it is we'll be posting more information on who we are, what we do, and when we're doing it. I'll be putting up links to the site once its up.


The charity has been picked!

Half of the money generated by the ride will go to Bicycle Redemption.

Bicycle Redemption is a organization in north county that brings kids in from the surrounding neighborhoods and teaches them how to build and maintain their bikes. The kids fix up donated bikes that they get to keep once they're done.

We wanted the first race to be geared towards a cycling related cause, but it doesn't mean we only want to donate to cycling charities. If you have any ideas for charities that we can donate to for future events, please let us know.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Posters and Fliers

are done. We're going to start spreading them around this weekend so keep an eye out for them. At the moment our target areas other than the bike shops will be the loop and south grand. After those spots are covered we'll be moving onto other areas.