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:
Liz recaps an exciting - and at times frustrating - early morning of racing in Central Park as part of the 2019 CRCA Club Championships
The CRCA Open Race calendar comes to a conclusion with a day of fast - and longer than expected - day of racing at the Mengoni Grand Prix, reminding us that even when things don’t go to plan they can still be pretty great.
A great day of racing in Central Park, if only luck was on our side for it.
A look at what will likely be another record setting day in Central Park
Looking back at the 2019 Dave Jordan Central Park Classic with a simple question that can have different connotations
In our latest Race Director Diaries we take a look at the biggest race of the year in New York City’s Central Park
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