Friday, 21 October 2011

Mugdock CX

Given the popularity of the Mugdock race, it's likely that rider numbers could be similar to, if not more than, last weekend's race at Plean. Because of the nature of the Mugdock course, such rider numbers could have an impact on safety and enjoyment for riders.

So GMBC have come up with a Plan B which would mean splitting the W,V & J race. This would result in a delay to the start of the Senior race and also either the Women & Juniors or Vets race.

It's all dependent on rider numbers on the day so please bear with us until we see what happens on Sunday.

18 comments:

John The Bradford Curry Blogger said...

Cheers. Noted.

Anonymous said...

The biggest group is the male vets, so if that ain't split then there's still a prob. How about a separate "support" race for male vets who are not in contention for series points?
Ws & Js would start in the main event behind the "fast" vets (i.e. those who think they have a chance of a top 20 finish. These fewer/faster riders would hold up the fast women and juniors less.
Jim J

martysavalas said...

Hi Jim, we had a look at this when we split W/J/V out from seniors a couple of years back and there's no easy way to do it based on ability within the broad categories we have.

My personal view is that we need to ensure that all courses in the series can easily cope with 120+ riders per race

Cycletherapy said...

I wouldn't be happy about not knowing my actual start time until numbers are known, it effects when I have to get up to leave home (Aviemore) and my families plans about when I get home.
Courses need to be able to handle each category.

Ian C said...

Guys,
I can see the reason behind this but as a senior rider would prefer that the start times are kept as is or adjusted before the day. We will still need to arrive for the original race time so its a bit difficult when we come with family etc to tell them they have to hang about for another hour or more to wait to watch your race.
What about keeping the start times as is and putting the Juniors/Women in with/just behind the seniors if the vets is the largest category?

Anonymous said...

Cmon' guys lifes tooo short to be arguing on an internet forum about an hour of your time, the organizers are acknowledging the increase in numbers and advising you that things may have to change to keep the whole thing safe.

I bet that there would be more complaints on here if there was a massive crush in one race and or injuries etc..

Observe adapt and overcome..

If your hardy enough to race gettign out of your scratcher on time and having to wait an hour wont hurt..

franco said...

well done all great day at mud dock!

franco said...

was a good decision to split the race maybe an idea for the rest of the series>

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that split worked well.
It makes ladies and junior racing more prominent and means they don't frighten the slower vets by bearing down on them at speed in the first few minutes. It's hard enough trying to keep up with the guy in front without worrying about holding up a eager junior.
Jim J

Anonymous said...

Thought the split worked well & helped the Woman's race no end, (Vets race had more room as well). Happy to go with this for the rest of the series, but it would be good to have a weeks notice on any revised start times from published.

Anonymous said...

great day at mug dock all the riders done good,well done john mcomisky,for comming all the way from poland,also well done french dave,and grant,, denise we misted you today .

Anonymous said...

+1 for the split, it did work well. Thanks to all and the Gmbc for a great day out. Well organised and my kids loved the juniors race.
Kevin

Eddie Cussen said...

Many thanks to all organisers for a superb day out. I was racing as a senior and felt the day went superbly with the one hour delay being no problem at all.
I knew several people who were doing their first race and they all came away having enjoyed themselves after some hard, fun racing.
Thanks again,

Anonymous said...

+1 on the split.made womens race much better. Thanks to gmbc. great day out.

Anonymous said...

Great day for everyone, the spilt worked well today but if it was raining it wouldn't have been so good, for family's with a child in the under 12's race and then waiting around for an hour or two extra to wait for there father or mother to finish racing! We don't want to discourage such a great turn out of all ages!!

Anonymous said...

Compromise is the word,everybody can,t have there own way,an hour isn,t the end of the world

Anonymous said...

Great day from GMBC, ,extra hour no worries! just get a roll and sausage from the cafe like me! perhaps explains why i'm so slow but never mind. didn't seem like a long day to me (apart from the hour when I actually had to race lol!)

Grant Thomson, SBC

Anonymous said...

Great event. Splitting the women & the vets was a good idea & letting the juniors start first worked well. Let's hope other event organisers follow suit. The down side of this was that by the time competitors got the go ahead to practise on the course, there was not enough time to complete a lap making the starts very rushed. Also, the women didn't know they were finishing as this wasn't announced as many of us approached the finish line & the flag wasn't being held up leading to the confusion. Only minor issue on an otherwise very well organised event with a great course.