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:
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
With road season winding down our thoughts are turning toward 2019 race season and a big transition year for the CRCA Board
On a wet and messy day of racing in Central Park Ted goes with an early move in his bid for the CRCA Club Championship
A behind the scenes and in the race look at the 2018 CRCA Mengoni Grand Prix
CityMD Women’s Racing recaps a long, hard and fast day on the bike at the CRCA Club Series
One of those great days racing, riding, and watching bikes in NYC.