Weekend Forecast: CRCA Club Series
We often wax poetically about the plethora of race opportunities afforded to New York City bike racers. During the summer it is often possible to race five days per week: in Central and Prospect Park on weekends, Tuesday at Floyd Bennett Field, Wednesday on the track at the Kissena Velodrome, Thursday at Rockleigh (or back to Brooklyn for another day a FBF). In our opinion the best part of racing bikes in New York City - the reason to put up with brutal winters and murderous drivers - is the sheer density of the New York City race calendar. And within that calendar there is a lot to love. But if we had to choose one race series that stands out above all others, it would be the CRCA Club Series that kicks off this coming weekend.
There are bigger NYC races (including the upcoming Grant’s Tomb Criterium) and there are probably better NYC races. But from the ease of electronic day of registration for members to the low cost of 12 races for $100 (at early registration prices) and recent enhancements with full professional results and upgrade points there is a lot to be excited about for CRCA racing. And that is all part of the reason why TBD has two members volunteering on the CRCA Board. If you’re not familiar with CRCA, or have ever thought about joining the club to race (or even just to take advantage of the free to members coaching program) we urge you to take another look before the race season kicks off. If you wind up wanting join you can do so here.
Some of our prior CRCA Journal entries are linked below:
An inside look at what it is like for your first race director experience to take place in an all day downpour
It nearly killed his camera but here is Scott’s gallery from the 2019 Zach Koop Memorial Criterium
Previewing a wet and wild day of racing at the Zach Koop Memorial Crit at Orchard Beach
We love racing bikes in Central Park. The only exception might be when its wet out and we leave the races covered in 🐎💩
After a slight weather delay, bike racing has return to Central Park: a look at the CRCA season opener.
New TBDer Scott writes about his first Grant’s Tomb experience
One of our favorite race series, hosted by one of our favorite cycling organizations, officially kicks off the season this weekend
The latest TBD Journal Guide is officially live: our step by step guide to getting to the start line for your first bike race
Two years later we circle back to our original ‘Demographics of Cycling’ piece and look at the latest data on the abbreviated lifecycle of a NYC bike racer.
With a new season of NYC bike racing looming on the horizon we’re happy to introduce our latest guide: a complete overview of the New York City bike racing scene
A (not so) brief Q&A with incoming CRCA President Lucia Deng about everything from her introduction to bike racing to her goals as President of one of the country’s oldest and largest cycling clubs
A brief moment of reflection on the 2018 road season as skinny tire racing winds down with the CRCA finale in Central Park