Events: WinterMeeting2011

Winter Planning 2011


Slides from the meeting are here:


Major items:




Summer Camps


Caitlin's notes are here: PDF.

Joe's notes are as follows:

ECCC February Meeting 
February 20, 2011 
Yale University 

[ Agenda ]
- Overview of ongoing general initiatives. 
- Road season status, rules changes and updates. 
- MTB scheduling, rules changes, development ideas, women's MTB. 
- CX general discussion, calls for new organizers. 
- Track season general discussion and pre-planning. 

[ Road ]

Columbia received small grant from NY LA for Intro coaches

Addition to notes about downgrading:
- Only applicable to new/hiatus racers
- Similarly, Cat 4s who need to move to D should talk to Joe

[ MTB ]

Revisiting lift tickets
- Promoters did well these down in 2010, following earlier discussion
- Typical non-collegiate DH: Practice day + race about $80 w/ lift
  + Maybe over $100 w/ DS
- Promoters should try to keep lift tickets under $30--35
  + Double-ticket weekends to be strongly avoided

Correction to slides: Endurance winner will take XC, STXC callups

Controlling costs with venues
- Running other races at MTB events is viable, talk to Joe & Sully
- Don't need timing, reg, etc. from mountains
- Do need safety plans, EMTs, etc. from mountains

Gravity/DH overshadows endurance in many people's mind
- Need to reduce rad/hardcore image
- Stress endurance image to get those athletes in

Intro races!
- Beginner women and men could use easier, more accessible courses
  + On top of the clinics we're already doing
- Could be hard at some venues, but most should be able to accomodate
  having an alternate course to run Intro race on
- Run Women's A/B, current B race slot moved to Women's Intro
  + B racers do less laps in XC, same in STXC
- Add Men's Intro

Interested in promoting
- UMass (Adam Gagne, Mt Snow or Plattekill
- Lehigh (Thomas Surgnet, Lehigh
  + Can do Sep 3/4, Sep 17/18, Oct 8/9, Oct 15/16, prefers Sep 17/18
- RPI (Pat Dunn, Plattekill
  + Prefer Oct 8/9 to coordinate with Plattekill race, could do any
  + George Olmer @ Plattekill leading outreach
- UVM: Prefers Easterns
- NU: Highland?
  + Slim should be returning to Highland, building XC trails

[ CX ]

Bill Palm stepping down as coordinator
- Foolish notions of graduating and so on

Steven Hopengarten willing to step in to lead scheduling, would like
assistance, particularly with results
- Planning on largely similar mix of large UCI and smaller events as
  per 2010 schedule (trying to avoid some of the extremely small)
- Hoping to cover farther west into PA and NY

Notes on collegiate promoted races:
- Army: Needs better categories setup, wider courses, more attendance
- Cornell: Great organization, better courses first year, good competition

Need big UCI fields to have adequate competition for top riders
- CycleSmart, NBX should *definitely* stay on schedule

Effects of Nats moving to Jan 4--8?
- Smaller races may spread out in schedule a bit; UCI set
- Shouldn't start collegiate before November---MTB conflict, burnout

Many fewer complaints this year about people not being able to reg
- Effect of more smaller races

Licenses not a huge deal in terms of barriers to racing
- Most people have full licenses anyway
- Put the word out more about it, get people thinking ahead of time
- "Expanding" a collegiate license into a full license would be useful

Need more guidance for new racers
- Specific newbie areas on website, per-season tips
  + CX: Register early for races!

Should do more to create collegiate scene, connect people at races
- Collegiate/ECCC warmup tent for CX to pull people together
- Social events @ CX races---host dinners during weekends, outside race
- Run off course clinics and warm up laps, inviting all teams
  + Rutgers willing to lead on this

New nats allocations per number of A racers per discipline
- ECCC CX has a lot of people with B licenses doing nats...

[ Track ]

Nationals in Indianapolis, hosted by Marian
- Sept 15--17

Charlie Hanlon <> (Kutztown) and Liz Marcello
<> (Columbia) interested in coordinating

Outreach at tracks to students racing but not collegiately?

[ Camps ]

Need more over the summer to hook roadies into other disciplines
+ Particularly women

Dartmouth interested in hosting MTB camp
- Host housing at Dartmouth or condo at Kingdom Trails
- Discount rate renting bikes?

Rutgers interested in expanding August CX camp

Coordinate with existing beginner's clinics for track days?

Summer summit at Purgatory RR?
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