That’s a wrap kids.

That’s a wrap kids.
The rain almost held off for us but you managed to finish strong. Great job out there.

Thanks to our 2013 sponsors. Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, The Cyclepath, Cool Breeze Cyclery/Trek store of Charlotte, QueenCity Bicycles, Bicycle Sport, Blood Sweat and Gears, REI, DeFeet international and Carolina Bicycle Company. Our races were conducted by Charlotte Sports Cycling. Course marshal support was provided by the Tarheel Trailblazers.

I think we had a great series this year. I hope you all had fun and learned a few things about racing and yourselves. We sure did and we have a few challenges we are going work on. That’s really the goal for us all. To live, learn, grow, improve and have fun doing it.

Now the CYCL crew is going to regroup and talk about how we can improve the series for 2014. If you have input or suggestions to make the series better and more fun, we’d love to hear them.

Rain rain go away…

Folks, the plan is to race tomorrow rain or shine.
The forecast seems to be unanimous that we will get rain. How much it will be and when it arrives is up for debate. Last year race three was a wet race but the worst of it held off till the last race of the day. Be aware that we will try to keep to our race day schedule but we may delay or accelerate the schedule due to weather. Please be flexible.

So pack your suitcase of courage (and a towel) and let’s have fun despite the weather.

Keep digging! Almost there!

This Sunday is the finale race of the Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics 2013 CYCL race series. We will gather again at Fisher Farm Park to crown our 2013 series Champions. Awards will run 5 places deep in every category so be sure to check the series standings to see where you are. You might be a winner and not even know it.

So bring your cowbells, horns, noisemakers, your friends, your family and your “A Game” this Sunday and let’s make it a race to remember.

And they’re off!

We could not have asked for a more beautiful day for a bike race. Congratulations to all of our racers for a great day of racing. I’d like to take the opportunity to remind everyone that getting on the podium is great and all but the real success is getting off the couch, getting on the bike and putting yourself out there on race day. That takes real guts and determination. No matter where you land on that results sheet, you did great. For that, I’m very proud of each and every one of you.

Welcome Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics!

CYCL is super excited to announce our 2013 title sponsor, Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics!

Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is the Charlotte and Davidson specialist for Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Special Needs Patients for Pediatric Dentistry. We can’t think of a better title sponsor to join our growing team of sponsors working hard to grow healthy, happy and active kids in our region.

You can check then out online at cltpediatricdentistry.com, and on their Facebook page and don’t forget to give them a little CYCL love and let them know you appreciate their support of youth cycling.

2013 CYCL race dates announced

We are excited to announce that CYCL will return to Fisher Farm Park for a four race series this spring. Our race dates are as follows.

  • March 17th
  • April 7th
  • April 21st
  • May 5th

Please spread the word. We would love to see a lot more kids on the start line this spring.

Category Changes for 2013

We have a change up in our categories this year. Unfortunately due to very low participation. CYCL is dropping support for the 15-16 and 16-17 age categories. Moving forward we will be a 14 and under race series. We had really hoped to provide a venue for all school aged kids but the interest just does not seem to be there for those age groups.

The first question you might ask is would we consider adding them back. Yes, anything is possible, provided we get enough interested racers who will commit.

Now say you are in those age groups or are getting close to “aging out” of CYCL. There most definitely are racing opportunities all around you. Our partner Charlotte Sports Cycling runs many racing events in many disciplines that have juniors categories. Beyond that there are quite a few other organizations who also conduct races in our region.

Charlotte Sports Cycling
http://www.charlottesportscycling.com/

Charlotte Mountain Bike – CSC, mountain bike specific site
http://www.charlottemtnbike.com/

Show us what you’ve got!

How about a little contest before the contest?

You know what I like? Well, yes I do like biking but I like watching videos online. Music, cycling, sports, funny stuff, serious stuff, interesting stuff….there is a lot of cool stuff out there in Webland. If you remember, watching online videos kinda got me into this whole biking thing in the first place. So we got to thinking that maybe we should do a video contest. After all, just about every phone can shoot video with pretty good results and those little video cameras are everywhere these days.

Are you in? Cool.

Starting right now, go make a short video. The theme is youth mountain biking and we want you to show us your passion for riding and racing. We want more kids on bikes (and on the start line) so help us tell the world just how awesome biking is. You can tell your story any way you want, be serious, be silly, make up your own song, shows us you mad biking skills or what you are doing to get ready for race day. Most of all, be you because you are pretty awesome as you are.

The particulars

When we say short, we mean short. In video less really is more. Three minutes is a loooong video. Two and a half is a good goal but we will let you be the judge.
I’m going to say it anyway, but keep it clean. Mud is cool, we love mud. Use all the mud you want but keep it clean. Clear as mud? Cool.
When you are satisfied with your video, send it to us. Give us a link to it on our Facebook page, email us…. whatever. If you don’t know how to get it to us, contact us and between the two of us we’ll figure it out.
DEADLINE FOR ALL VIDEO ENTRIES IS MIDNIGHT MARCH 2nd.
We will link to all submitted videos on our Facebook page on March 3rd and voting will begin.
Voting will be counted by Facebook likes.
Voting will close on March 16th
So share that sucker far and wide. Call all your family and friends and get them to like it and share it too. Tell the world!
The video with the most likes at midnight will be declared the winner.

And the winner gets what?

The winner will win one free registration to the CYCL 2013 race series and maybe some CYCL swag.

Legal stuff

You will grant CYCL unlimited use of the video to promote youth cycling. We aren’t going to sell your video, we just want to spread the word about youth cycling and get more kids on bikes. Hey, if you become an internet sensation we can say we knew you before you hit the big time.

 

CYCL is riding to fight cancer

We believe in transformative power of the bicycle. We know that simply getting on a bike and spending time pedaling makes everything better. You know us from our work to encourage kids to ride through mountain bike racing. That’s our little corner of the world and we want to make it a happy, healthy and bright place.

Unfortunately there are still dark places. Places and people touched by cancer. So CYCL wants to do what we can to brighten those places by doing what we know how to do and love to do…..riding bikes.

This summer, CYCL will participate in 24 Hours of Booty, a 24-hour cycling event that raises money for national and local cancer initiatives. 24 Hours of Booty is the official 24-hour cycling event of LIVESTRONG, the national beneficiary. LIVESTRONG believes that in the battle with cancer, unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, LIVESTRONG provides the practical information and tools people living with cancer need to live strong.

Local recipients include the Blumenthal Cancer Center at Carolinas Medical Center, The Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas, and the Keep Pounding Fund, which honors the late Carolina Panthers player and coach Sam Mills and former player Mark Fields.

We hope you will consider making a donation to our fight against cancer and even better, join our team and we can fight cancer together.

The CYCL 24 hours of Booty team page

 

Junior Cyclist Magazine

We wanted to tell you about a really cool new online magazine by, about and for junior cyclists. This month is their first ever issue and we are really looking forward to seeing them grow.

Junior Cyclist Magazine is also looking for submissions. All season we saw you grow, struggle and succeed and let me tell you, you guys have some awesome stories to tell. How about submitting your story and telling the world about your love of cycling? We want to hear more about you.

Check ’em out.
http://magazine.juniorcyclist.com/