Race Report August
What a season! Not sure what
else to say. It’s been a National Event, a holiday
weekend or a weather issue that has bitten us eleven
of the fourteen weekends so far. Today’s race
would just fall into the same pattern. During the week
the track was subjected to torrential rainfall and,
when combined with the month’s totals, the National
weather service says we received 11.17 inches of rain
for the month of July. All of this had really taken
its toll on the track racing surface. On Saturday there
were 3 guys there for nearly 6 hours and another for
about 1.5 hours repairing the month’s damage in
preparation for Sundays Double Points Race. That equates
to nearly 20-man-hours. On Saturday the weather report
caused us to be optimistic that we could get the race
in before the predicted late afternoon rain. Sunday
morning the weather report changed and it was now evident
that we were in trouble. Radar showed that there would
be a shower in the morning then a window of opportunity
from 10:00 on. The question was how big that window
would be. It simply kept fluctuating on the radar echo.
We took a vote and decided at 9:30 to proceed with the
race in hopes of getting in at least two rounds of motos.
This decision was unanimous from everyone who was there
at 9:30 am.
Practice started on time at 11:00 am and by 1:00 pm
all but 5 of the 221 riders who were registered had
checked in. We were ready to go by 1:10 however, because
not all registered riders were on site yet and the race
was scheduled to start at 1:30, there was no way we
could start early. It simply would not have been fair
if any one of those five had missed their moto because
we started early. I hope that
explanation satisfies the very obnoxious woman who openly
complained that if our announcer would shut the %^#^%#
up we could start the %^*%$ race! It just amazes me
the abuse that volunteers, who devoted the entire weekend
trying to get the race in, can be subjected to. I am
often reminded of the late President Kennedy’s
thought process and how significant it would be when
applied to our sport. “Ask not what BMX can do
for you; ask what you can do for BMX”. Lastly,
I remind some of these folks of the sign on our Registration
window that states: We reserved the right to decline
admittance to anyone who is abusive to our staff of
volunteers”. This is a situation that will be
monitored closely as we go forward.
A full practice session was enjoyed by all and the session
was stopped at 1:10 pm.
For his efforts last week, 8 yr old Rookie Ed Lentz
was named our rider of the week. Ed is one win away
from moving up to the Novice class and had it within
his grasp last week. A small mistake in the rhythm section
cost him the main event but none the less, Ed has come
a long long way this season and is very deserving of
this award. The President of the Northwest Connecticut
Chamber of Commerce, JoAnn Ryan welcomed everyone to
Torrington and her 10 yr old Grandson, Danny O’Leary
was the honorary gate starter for the day. Danny dropped
the first test gate signifying the start of the race.
After the parade lap which featured all 9 State teams,
the volunteers were in place and the first moto was
locked and loaded. For the record the time was now 1:25
pm. This is when the heavier rain began. After looking
at local radar we decided to wait 15 minutes and reanalyze
the situation. At 1:40 the radar showed that a cell,
about half the width of the state was slowly moving
across our region. It looked like it would take from
1.5 to 2 hours to move through but that it would get
worse before it got better. The decision was then made
to cancel the race and reschedule it on August 16th.
Under the rules of the National Bicycle League, this
is simply a rain-out and the moto sheets are NOT frozen.
In Connecticut the only time a races entries are frozen
is a postponement of the State Championship race.
Registration is again open for the August 16th Double
Points Race. If you were registered for yesterdays race
and did not come to the window to get your money back,
please remember to check in on the 16th.
See you all then……weather permitting.
A fond farewell for the 2009
season to Homer "Bubba" Hodge and Ashlee Hodge
who are returning to their home in Maiden North Carolina.
It was great having them visit us this summer and we
hope to see them again next year.
Next week is our Bob Warnicke
Schlorship race. The entry fees are $10.00 for points
and a Medallion or $7.00 for points only. Foothills
BMX will dontate $5.00 for every rider here to the NBL's
Bob Warnicke Schlorship fund. This is a Foothills single
points race however, Quadruple points are earned towards
the NBL's LEAP programs and Regional programs.
All riders who enter paying $10 will receive one
a t the time of Registration and is the award
Of the day. No trophys awarded.