The 2018 racing season is almost upon us. We hope you are hitting the books hard and having fun on the bike. Here are some things we would like you to know in order to prepare.
Our new conference directors this year are Logan Fox and Rory Jack, both of whom are University of Washington and NWCCC alumni. Thank you to these fine gents.
Since I joined the conference in 2014 and graduated in ’17, every year Miles Crumley said he would step down as conference director. Like Phil Gaimon, he might be the worst at retiring. Unfortunately, last year he followed through. He was and still is one of the primary reasons for several seasons of success, and he cannot be thanked enough. We love you Miles!
The new recommended omnium race fee for any given weekend is now $60 (as opposed to $50 in the past several years). This is due to significant shortcomings in the conference budget combined with increased expenses. Race fees are determined by the hosting school, so this is simply a recommended fee structure to make sure the host school and our beloved conference can make it through a race weekend without losing money.
Pacific Northwest Women’s Series
Amateur women are now able to race alongside collegiate women in their equivalent category:
• Pro, Cat. 1, 2, 3 = Collegiate A
• Cat. 3 or 4 = Collegiate B
• Cat. 4 or 5 = Collegiate C
Accordingly, Women A will no longer race with Men B. Bigger fields = more friends and more drafting. What’s not to like? Tell your friends, local shops, clubs, etc.
We now have pre-registration available on the NWCCC website, allowing you to pay online or request an invoice. Pre-registration makes Saturday mornings less stressful for both the teams and the officials, so please… do it! See “FAQ” for instructions then go to “Registration.” Your NWCCC overlords thank you: https://nwcollegiatecycling.us/registration/
Women of the NWCCC
Women of the NWCCC is a blog dedicated to promoting women’s cycling and championing our women/trans*/femme-identified riders. To learn more, contribute, or even be featured in an article, visit: https://womenofthenwccc.weebly.com/
Thank you for reading!
Things you can look forward to while you count down days on the calendar:
• Corner one at the OSU Criterium.
• The North Shore TTT. You know it’s the best one.
• Make a Snapchat video of yourself saying “ski-ub uh-dire stell.” Swipe right until you get to the reverse filter. Just do it. Trust us.
• Spectating the Whitman Road Race from the top of that one hill… yeah, that one.
• Climbing up Lewis & Clark Caverns at the MSU Road Race (lol jk).
Drink your coffee, grab your cowbells, and pile into your cars. We’ll see you at OSU!
-Jim Labayen, WWU ’17, NWCCC Board Member