Categories (in order of start time)
Masters – age 55 + men
Masters – age 55 + women
Men – ages 40-55
Women – ages 40-55
Men – ages 25-39
Women – ages 25-39
Men – ages 18-25
Women – ages 18 – 25
All categories will race each stage before the next stage begins. There are four stages.
So practically not a lot will feel like it change as far as how we call out riders. What has changed, however, is that there will be winners from each category and people will end up getting to race more than just once or twice. We want to make sure everyone gets a chance to ride a lot at the race.
Also, this time we will be trying out some track style racing. I'm currently trying to get a hold of two matching fixed gears that we can use for the velodrome track so we can do some track sprints. We will hold these races separate from the main races and see how they go.
As far as prizes go, first place winners will get a small cash payout, items donated by Big Shark and A&M, and entrance to the next races on March 11 waived.
The money we generate from the race will benefit Compton Drew Middle School Dolphin Bicycle Club, which is an after school bicycling program for 7th & 8th grade students. Their group needs reflective cycling vests for the kids so we're going to get them some (or give them the money to get the vests).