The 2014 road race season is almost upon us and the Race Committee has decided to experiment with something new. For a number of years now we have talked about ‘getting our act together’ in B-grade to counter the rise of sponsored teams, and this year we’re going to give it a stab.
Road racing is a team sport. Tactics are planned, changed and abandoned depending on what happens on the road. Different courses play to different individual strengths and teamwork can capitalise on this. SPR has a strong contingent of members who now race regularly in Men’s B-grade. Therefore, it is proposed that riders racing in Men’s B-graded races in SPR colours should ride as a team. People may be asked to act as “domestiques” to bring back the break. Some may be asked to protect the designated sprinter. Others may be asked to try and solo away for the win. The aim, for everyone, is to get as much SPR green on the podium as we can.
What’s in it for me? Why should I bust my @#*&s so someone else can take the win? Hopefully, success for the team will be reward enough, but for the materialistic inclined we will ask that any winnings will go into a kitty for an end of season celebration for everyone who contributed! (Although being cyclists that will probably mean 2 beers each and in bed by 9:30pm!)
We will implement the B-grade Men’s team for the following races (at this stage handicaps will be excluded)
- Pemberton Classic – this weekend
- Tom Lowry Memorial – 3&4 May
- Peter Clark Classic – 11 May TBC
- Pickering Brook Road Race Series – 25 May, 22 June, 24 August
- LiveLighter Dardanup Tour – 6 September
- Pinjarra Classic – 21 September
- State Championships – TBA
For the lone wolves out there, of course you can still race, but if you turn up in SPR kit, we would expect you to race in the team.
Unless we get a lot of ‘constructive’ feedback on this we will proceed with the proposal. We are keen to know your thoughts, so please post comments below if you have a view, particularly if you are man who races B-grade (or is thinking about it).