The 2016 Capital Region Road Race is on Saturday, July 9, and is available for registration. We’re thrilled to announce that this year, there will be equal payouts for the mens and womens Elite races, as well as a separate field for Womens Cat 4.
See the course map, and we’ll see you in Ravena!
We’re excited to announce a new kit design for 2016. We started from scratch on this one, going for something that feels simple and classic, but with a little playfulness in the details – view it in full size to see all the details. While it’s a fresh start, it’s also an evolution from the past kits – the chain rings are alive and well, and we’ve expanded on the color palette. The kit is available for pre-order on the Verge store – you have to create an account to get started – and we’re working on a collection of accessories that will match the core jersey and shorts design.
We’ll continue to post new items as they become available – and email CBRC secretary Jon Albano with any ordering questions.
Image courtesy of Jennifer Harvey and Don Massonne
Registration is now open for the 2016 Trooper David Brinkerhoff Memorial Race Series.
Registration is now open for the 2016 Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder, to be held on May 15. Last year CBRC, a co-sponsoring club (with HRRT) was very well represented, both in participants and volunteers, with many doing both.
As one participant said to me last year at the finish, this is going to be a “must do” cycling event every year! As a challenging endurance ride (but not a race) almost entirely over dirt roads and off-road trails, it’s very well suited to cyclocross, mountain, and fat bikes.
Registration is only $40 if you register early, and you get at least that much value in schwag, great aid station food, and beer). Participation is limited to 400, and we expect it to fill, so please register early!
Details for this year’s Capital Region Road Race on Saturday, July 11th, 2015, can be found here.
Course is a rolling 20-mile loop, with several steep climbs (plus a 3-mile neutral start). Elevation gain is 1,500 feet per loop, maximum grade 16% (39×25 gearing recommended). Course is located 10 miles South of Albany, in Ravena, NY at the High School on Route 9W (1-mile north of Ravena). http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1751659
CBRC together with HRRT announce the Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder, a non-competitive grand fondo style ride consisting of 100K of beautiful back country roads in Columbia County, NY on May 17, 2015.
The ride, named after the Chatham Brewery’s ale born and brewed in Columbia County in beautiful upstate New York offers a challenging course with rewards at the finish. A selection of gourmet food truck vendors will be at the finish area to allow riders to relax and replenish after a long ride. All riders 21 years or older completing the ride will receive a coupon for one free pint of Chatham Brewery’s Farmer’s Daughter Ale.
The start/finish is at the Columbia County Fair Grounds. Google: 182 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. Start Time: 9:00 AM, Sunday May 17, 2015. Free Parking. The course will be approximately 65 miles in length with over 6,000 feet of climbing. Approximately 45 miles of the ride will be on maintained gravel roads. Several “sections” will be on unmaintained dirt paths or double track trail. A cyclocross bike, gravel grinder bike, or adventure bike is optimal for the course, and a hard-tail mountain bike would also work well. Two fully supported Aid stations, portable toilets, and sweep vehicles will be provided. Be sure to carry some food and water, though, as well as the usual spare tubes, tools, and pump. Be prepared for a challenging but fun ride!
Please register early! There is limit of 300 riders. Also, your early registration helps us gauge how many participants we can expect, which in turn helps us ensure a great experience for you.
The individual registration fee is $40.00 before April 30, $50.00 before May 15, and $60.00 on the day of the event. Riders under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign a USAC rider release form available on site.
You can register online at https://www.bikereg.com/farmersdaughtergravelgrinder and for more details and updates, see http://www.farmersdaughtergravelgrinder.com/
This year, the Trooper Brinkerhoff Memorial Race Series will be held on March 28, April 4, and April 11. Pre-registration for the A, B & C Fields is $32, Field D is still $25. Juniors race for free (Pre-register for $10, get a refund if you start the race).
As always, if you volunteer to marshal one of the races, you can race another week for free. Or you can bring a marshal and race for free that day. Those interested in marshaling should contact Christina Nash.
Arrangements for our annual meeting and club banquet on Monday, December 8, 2014, are now final.
Gather at the Albany Pump Station after 6 PM, and we’ll eat around 7 PM. Jambalaya, flank steak and salmon are on the buffet menu, but there are a la carte menu options for those who require a gluten-free diet, for vegetarians, or other special needs.
As always, we welcome all members in good standing as well as anyone else interested enough to attend, member or not. The banquet is free to members, even for special ordering, and $20 for anyone who isn’t a member. Or–spend $20 to join for 2015, and we’ll waive the banquet charge. What a deal! (You must be a 2014 member in order to stand for office, or vote for the CBRC board, however.) The more the merrier.
TIME: Gather anytime, but before 6:45 PM; dinner at 7 PM.
PLACE: Albany Pump Station, 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY, on the mezzanine level.
AGENDA: Will include an overview of the past year, CBRC financial statement, plans for the 2015 racing season, new business, and election of CBRC officers for 2015.
*PLEASE RSVP TO ME BY TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2ND BY E-MAIL @ firstname.lastname@example.org (*I need to give the chef a head count by then.)
I look forward to seeing everyone there. You are the club, so make sure your presence is known! Elect the new CBRC president!
Thanks to everyone.