Just taking stock of the upcoming UCA calendar.
The Capitol Reef Stage Race is on a Fri-Sat.
Now, I am happy that folks are promoting races, but most of us work Mon-Fri. I realize that many of us choose to attend church rather than bike gaming on Sundays, but I am pretty sure this promoter is shooting him/herself in the foot. Especially given that the race is a ways away from the bulk of UCA racers.
The same Saturday is the Sundance Hillclimb.
There is nothing that Sunday, and we have several open Saturdays in August! Anyway, maybe I will end up riding the Boise No Light (Twilight) Crit as it is the same Saturday and I could legitimize that easier than taking a day of vacay… I guess we’ll see.
Looking further down the list on August 2, we have the choice of the Tour duh Park City (non UCA) or the Mount Ogden Road Race. This really doesn’t add up either. PC is 170 miles with a ridiculous amount of climbing. MO is a more reasonable distance with an even more ridiculous amount of climbing. Why put two races that suit the same guys on the same day? So weird.
Also, the Porcupine Hill Climb and Farmington Crit are on the same day, but that is a doable double or at least very different events. Plus, I’ve seen no evidence that the Farmington Crit will happen.
The Chalk Creek Road Race is also the same day as the AB Memorial Crit, but with the AB Crit not being UCA and being a few hours away, that is pretty much acceptable. I know where I’ll be all the same!!
Anyway, I am stoked that people are putting on races, but I don’t know why they want to go head-to-head when there are free weekends. And I really, really, really don’t understand a Fri-Sat stage race that is a drive from anywhere.