Next weekend up here in Fort Collins is the CSU race weekend, complete with a road race on Saturday followed by the Oval Crit on Sunday. Granted I am horribly biased as a former member of the CSU Cycling team, but the Rams bust their ass to put on this race in the spring (and their mountain bike race in the fall), and it would be well deserved of them to have a great weekend that serves as both training for nationals later this year and as a fundraiser.
Unfortunately the Boulder Roubaix is being held that same weekend, and for reason unknown to me the race promoter took issue with the CSU race. Below is a message written by the current president of the CSU Cycling team to provide some insight in regards to what has been going on over the past few weeks.
So, the sh*t has really hit the fan now in regards to the CSU Rams Cycling Race Weekend and the Boulder-RBX conflict.
To set everything straight, we did not choose our dates. They were assigned to us by the RMCCC BEFORE, the merger of ACA and USAC was final. There was nothing BRAC or RMCCC could do to right the dates. We were super bummed to be on the same date at Boulder Roubaix as we knew our event didn’t have the history behind it, and would suffer less interest. We did not plan to try and compete with Boulder Roubaix for that reason.
We work really hard to put on an event that our conference can enjoy and use to prepare for Nationals. We don’t make much money on it. We barely get by year-in-year-out and riders have to pay out of pocket for most of the expense racing presents.
Even with these factors, the promoter of Boulder Roubaix called our race director, Zack Allison and proceeded to ream him out over the conflict.
These are a couple of his more “delightful” thoughts:
“Cancel your race and do a fucking bake sale”
“Collegiate racing is stupidly underfunded and we (collegiate racing) a drain on CO racing”
“CSU never gets any results nationally”
“You CSU guys should never show up at any of my events…ever. ”
The Boulder Roubaix course is fun, I rode it just last week. Its very challenging and hard on equipment, but so is any racing. DBC Events puts on great events, and we did not think our race would even be considered as a challenger (though part of me is honored that we are). It really sucks that someone thinks this way about Collegiate racing, and I hope that we can work to improve this outlook. If you’re still reading all this, you should really go ride your bike now.
Thanks for your support. We really appreciate it.
Like I wrote before I am horribly biased in regards to this situation, but this race promoter seems like a giant dick. Taking your frustrations out on a bunch of 18-23 year olds for something that is no fault of their own is a bullshit move if you ask me, and this guy deserves a kick square in the nuts. So if you were planning on traveling to the Front Range next weekend for some road racing, might I suggest you adjust your plans to include racing up here in Fort Collins.by