Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Chico Airport Criterium Tonight.................

Tuesday, July 7th - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium - 6:00PM (As & Bs) & 7:00PM (Cs) - Registration normally opens at 5:45pm on Convair avenue at the Airport - with the event starting promptly at 6:00pm. For the time being, we'll be using our standard Tuesday Night course starting/finishing at Convair Avenue - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Chico-Airport-Tuesday-Night-Crit-Course . Category "A" riders will go for 50 Minutes PLUS 3 laps, while Category "B" riders will go for 45 Minutes PLUS 3 laps - Women's Category picked separately. Lots of Point Primes offered in this one!! Must sign in and wear a helmet in order to compete. RAIN OR WET PAVEMENT WILL CANCEL THIS EVENT. (Part of the 2009 Chico Airport Criterium Series!)

**** One Note About This Tuesday Night's Airport Criterium - July 7th - 7:00PM - will also have a Category "C" race going off at 7:00PM. The "C" race will be 30 minutes + 3 laps. If you are intimidated by the Criterium and/or the speeds out there, this is the Category to get a feel for what's going on without the crazy speeds. No other Category races will be on the course - just Category "C" - so you can get used to the course, etc. The event MAY be mentored as well, depending upon whether ANY Category "A" or highly-ranked Category "B" riders(basically, any top 10 riders in the Current Standings in the "B" Category) are available to mentor. A mentor basically sits in with your group during the race, giving you basic pointers and helpful advice to keep you safe, skilled and sound during the event - and for future events. Mentors must meet with me prior to the event - so, if you would like to volunteer to be a Criterium Mentor, see me at the race on Tuesday Night or e-mail me prior to the Event - lorrod7@comcast.net . Also - If anyone would like to donate Prime Prizes for any of the events, please bring them out to the Criterium or e-mail me.


1. David Albrecht 335 points
2. Jeff Galland 298 points
3. Mike Trowbridge 135 points
4. Greg Golet 125 points
5. Mike Smith 116 points
6. Roy Steves 113 points
7. Alex Blease 83 points
8. Mike Cordova 64 points
9. Tim Creswell 57 points
10. Mike Painter 50 points
11. Josh Bullock 49 points
12. Kevin Speacht 45 points
13. James Plummer 39 points
13. Paul Sajben 39 points
15. Scott Heather 37 points
16. Michael Jasinski 33 points
17. Margaret Jones 29 points (1st Place Woman in Category "A")
18. Anthony Ferretti 27 points
18. Jeff Ochs 27 points
20. Steve Vickery 25 points
21. Rob Bishop 24 points
22. Brad Foster 23 points
23. Pedro Brown 19 points
24. Ryan Olson 12 points
24. Geno Gruber 12 points
26. Tyler Honeyman 11 points
26. Michael Dufresne 11 points
28. Charlie Dawson 10 points
28. Kyle Hartelt 10 points
28. Aren Timmel 10 points
31. Janeen Thorpe 8 points
31. Ethan Black 8 points
31. Paul McIntyre 8 points
34. Evan Carroll 7 points
34. Ben Bryant 7 points
34. Dave Berman 7 points
37. Weston Crumm 6 points
38. Greg Melton 5 points
39. Kenny Price 4 points
39. Jason Ziegenhirt 4 points
39. Jesse Rushing 4 points
42. David Kyle 3 points
42. CJ Humphries 3 points
42. Randy Moon 3 points
42. Mike Castaldo 3 points
46. Dain Melton 2 points
47. Mike Thorpe 1 point
48. Lindsay Myers 1 point
49. Jim Clark 1 point
50. Morgan Bonar 1 point
51. Dan Reymann 1 point
52. Kurt Haskins 1 point
53. Tom Embree 1 point

1. Shawn Hughes 337 points
2. Tom Embree 270 points
3. Charlie Pelton 231 points
4. Matt Itamura 193 points
5. Scott Heather 117 points
6. Frank Marinello 66 points
7. Michael Dufresne 60 points
8. Mike Crumm 52 points
9. David Klein 43 points
10. Joe Schlesinger 42 points
11. Tom Murphy 41 points
12. Jim Mensching 36 points
13. Denny McKenney 30 points
14. Jon Keyzer 23 points
15. Skip Lees 20 points
16. Dan Spencer 18 points
17. Jim Clark 17 points
17. Colin Moakley 17 points
19. Matt Davis 16 points
19. Mike Rodriguez 16 points
19. David Weathers 16 points
22. Alex Albrecht 15 points
23. Dain Melton 14 points
24. Greg Watkins 13 points
25. Bill Travers 11 points
26. Samuel Bransky 10 points
26. Ray Bransky 10 points
26. Matt Carlson 10 points
29. Gary Manwill 9 points
29. Clay Johnson 9 points
29. Rob Glatthaar 9 points
32. BJ LaRossa 8 points
33. Jeff Nye 7 points
33. Christopher Cook 7 points
35. Adam Tischler 6 points
35. Kareem Speake 6 points
37. Gary Fowler 5 points
37. Sandy Speake 5 points
37. Jeff Ochs 5 points
40. John Wiesinger 4 points
40. David Dura 4 points
40. Brian Strukan 4 points
43. Rylan Gustafson 3 points
43. Lawrence Livermore 3 points
43. Joshua Pasos 3 points
43. Derek Moffitt 3 points
43. Darrin Reichel 3 points
43. James Gilchrist 3 points
43. Jeff Davis 3 points
50. Marcos Ramirez 2 points
50. Charlie Geshekter 2 points
50. Steve Kodad 2 points
50. Mark Hendry 2 points
54. Jamison Watts 1 point
55. Greg Hollis 1 point
56. Ben Mallory 1 point
57. Leif Peterson 1 point
58. Dallas Thorpe 1 point
59. Steve Watson 1 point
60. Rich Hogan 1 point
61. Skip Latham 1 point
62. James Hefner 1 point
63. Clay Johnson 1 point
64. Ken Petruzzelli 1 point
65. Shawn Fisher 1 point
66. John D'Ewart 1 point
67. Johnny Jones 1 point
68. Walt Schafer 1 point
69. Greg Melton 1 point
70. Paul Begbie 1 point

1. Margaret Jones 83 points
2. Lisa Martens 57 points
3. Caryn Jones 38 points
4. Janine Rood 36 points
5. Tracy Berman 33 points
6. Jenn Gruber 32 points
7. Michelle Nye 19 points
8. Janeen Thorpe 18 points
8. Michelle Rossman 18 points
8. Forough Molina 18 points
11. Christa Ritchey 14 points
12. Morgan Bonar 12 points
13. Ashley Erickson 8 points
13. Brenda Cranford 8 points
15. Lindsay Myers 6 points
16. Michelle Thorpe 3 points
17. Amy Dawson 2 points
17. Shirley Huffman 2 points
19. Lori Cox 1 point
20. Peggy Selkirk 1 point
21. Teresa Kludt 1 point
22. Kristen Schonauer 1 point


After the great turn-out at last year's Tuesday Night Chico Airport Criterium Series, we're going to be doing them again for 2009......but starting up a bit earlier this year. For those curious, the definition of "Criterium" is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criterium

This Series starts up next Tuesday, March 10th and will go through September 15th, 2009......just before our Chico Downtown Criterium on September 20th! Registration normally starts at 5:40pm - with the event starting at 6:00pm.

How does it work???

Okay, here are a few notes for this year's Airport "Crit" Series:

1. We will be using more than 1 course for the Crits this year......including throwing in some lefty-turn Crits to get a feel for those - and some Weekend Criteriums as well. For the time being, we'll be using our standard Tuesday Night righty-turn course starting/finishing at Convair Avenue - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Chico-Airport-Tuesday-Night-Crit-Course

2. ALL riders must sign in this year - There will be a small table on the sidewalk at the Start/Finish location on Convair Avenue - just sign in at the table and you are good to go! Sign-ins start at 5:40pm - the racing action starts at 6:00pm. We usually end the event by 7pm, at the latest - many times earlier than that - to get home before it gets too dark outside. RAIN AND WET PAVEMENT WILL ALWAYS CANCEL THE CRITERIUMS! In addition, last year we had some tremendous smoke from the Humboldt Fire in this area......which, in turn, would also cancel the Criteriums due to hazardous air quality.

3. The Category "B" races normally go for 45-50 minutes PLUS 3 laps.........while the Category "A" races go for 50-60 minutes PLUS 3 laps. There can be anywhere from 1 to 15+ Primes in the Airport Criteriums......just depends on the mood of the Dictator.....er......I mean, Director. ;)

4. Helmets are MANDATORY! So, please....please.....wear your helmet! Please!!

5. All are welcome - you don't have to do the Series - just come on out and give this Criterium training/riding a shot! It's amazing what kind of workout you can get in during a 45 to 60 minute practice event.

6. Points are used to calculate the Overall Standings in the Series. The point breakdown is as follows: 7-5-4-3-2-1, with an additional 1 point being given to each participant at each event. So, 7 points goes to the winner, 5 points goes to 2nd place, 4 points goes to 3rd place and so on.........in addition to 1 more point just for doing the event. The rider with the MOST points at the end of the Series wins the Overall Title - and the Chico Airport Series Championship Trophy, plus whatever goodies we can give you. Also, Prime points will be given out during each of the Crits - these are just lap prizes......but in this case, the prizes are points. We will also be having some product Primes out there this year!

7. Last year, we had just two categories during the races - Category A and Category B. However, the Series itself has even more Trophy Categories, including:

Category "A" Men
Women's Category
Women's Masters 40+ Category
Category "B" Men
Men's Masters 40+ Category
Men's Masters 50+ Category

These are the Categories which all qualify for a Series Championship Trophy. If nobody - or very few folks are in one category - we may eliminate it and add an additional category where the numbers allow it. As usual, sandbaggers are strongly discouraged ( A Sandbagger would be a Category "A" rider entering a Category "B" event).

8. Although donations to put on these events are always very appreciated and accepted, this Series is FREE - so come on out and take advantage of some, or all, of these Criteriums in 2009!

9. The Race Director reserves the right to DQ any rider for unsafe riding or unsportsmanlike conduct at ANY time. Also, PLEASE - NO colorful language will be used out there - especially with the little kids around watching the race(we have kids out there from ages 2 to 12 watching the racing action)!! ANY rider breaking these rules can be subject to Disqualification from - not only the race - but from the entire Series. So, please - just do what ya always do and just be cool!!!!

10. Finally, remember - these Criterium events are essentially for practice and exercise - we have fun out there and get a great little workout in, and we get to work on some quality cycling skills. But, overall, they're no big whoop....no World Championship/Olympic medals or million dollar contracts on the line. So, with that in mind, just treat 'em as such - a good training event to try some new things, gain some good fitness.....and maybe even get into a "real" sanctioned Criterium at some point in time. Or not. Just have fun with it!! We'll have trophies and hopefully some prizes for the Series winners - and definitely loads of fun....and pain and suffering. ;) But remember - it's all in good fun!

Hope to see you out there!!

Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Amateur Cycling Events
Chico, CA