9th October 2013 - Dirt Crits Race 1

Dirt Crits Race 1- 9th October 2013

On Tuesday night the first event of the Dirt Crits Spring/Summer series was held at Riflebutts Reserve MTB Park in beautiful race conditions.

Kate ran the juniors event. Ten riders wheeled the start line and were chomping at the bit to get out and smash the coure! Included in this number were some newcomers to Dirt Crits. All enjoyed the event, including the treat afterwards.

Hopefully there will be many more new juniors over the next few weeks, after presentations will be held at school assemblies. Thanks to the following people for offering their time to do this- David Jagger, John Eisner, Jason Parker, Kate Empey, Carole McCluskey and also some children. Also, thanks to all the people that gave Jason photos to use in the presentation, and to Nick Howland for his video clip.

After the junior event, Kate asked them for some feedback and they gave her some great ideas, including having a points table to chart their own improvement over time.

A large field of twenty-seven riders lined up for the senior Irish handicap race, including some newcomers. It was a difficult task for the handicapper, as there had been such a big break since the last race.

Here are the results- 1st Justin Sergeant in a time of 32:55:12 over 3 laps, 2nd Anthony Plummer in a time of 32:38:96 over 4 laps, 3rd Mike Davis in a time of 35:03:77 over 4 laps.

It was quite evident post-race that some riders had put their bikes away over the Winter period and replaced them with their skis, while others had gotten in some 'secret squirrel' training.

Thanks to the following people for contributing to make the event such a success-
Kate- Junior event, Dave- registration, Fiona- time keeping and recording, and Cam- bunting the course.

Jason also mentioned that there are a number of positions that need to be filled to ensure that Dirt Crits can run smoothly. More information to follow.

Next week the plan will be to race on Course 2.