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Wells Ave Press Release
Monday, February 24, 2003

Wells Avenue to Start in Mid-March

The long-running criterium series at Wells Avenue returns for 2003. Mark your
calendars, races will begin on Sunday, MARCH 16, 2003. If anyone is interested
in course clean-up March 15th, OR volunteering (we need registration people &
marshals) at any of the early races, particularly the opening event, please
contact [email protected] (508.457.5012). Some details to note include:


Weather

To try and keep the latest info available, the weather channel is checked every
Sunday morning and the BRC hotline (781 646 8955) is updated by 7:00 a.m. with
the latest info. As you would expect, the most difficult aspect is trying to
predict the weather or relying on forecasts. It’s easy to do at 10:30 for an
11:00 race, but not so easy at 7:00 a.m. for an entire day of racing.

If there is any hint of rain, the safest thing to do is check the hotline. The
weather decisions usually follow as:

· Sunny – We’re racing

· Overcast – We’re racing

· Mist with chance of light rain – We’re racing, but check
the Hotline to be sure

· Light rain with chance of heavy rain – Really depends on
the detailed forecast (times, radars, etc.)

· Heavy rain or thunderstorms – Cancelled



Combining Fields
In the event of reduced rider turnout, the race director and officials MAY decide to combine races based projected entrants WITHIN 10 minutes PRIOR to the
start of the B race. In general, the decision is made as follows: If we have a
full page or close to a full page of B racers and are already getting A racers
signing in, it’s likely that we will run separate A and B races. If we don’t
have a full page of B racers and/or just a few A racers, then it’s likely we
will combine. In an effort to eliminate any confusion regarding combined fields
during the height of the race season, the race director will post an up dated
race schedule WITHIN ONE WEEK prior to that race. Please check the website
periodically for special race announcements and formats. Note, the usual
Category rules apply: C race is Cat5, B race is Cat4, A race is Cat 3 and
higher. Any combined A/B race will be Cat4 and higher.


TheSlick Willy Bike Lube Company Points Series – NEW for 2003!
We are excited to bring a season long points series at Wells Ave. The leader on points season at the end of the season will win cash and the first Slick Willy
Bike Lube Points Series Championship Jersey. More details can be found at
http://www.slickwillylube.com/clyde1/SW_PointsSeries.htm.


Wells Ave. Monthly Schedule – NEW for 2003!
In an effort to avoid confusion about combined fields during the heaviest period
of racing, particularly on weekends with conflicting major regional events, we
will be posting tentative race schedules with field listings for each month
starting in May. However, in the months of May, June, July and August, expect
combined A & B fields into either INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH Crits (40 miles) or points
races – for all your sprinters!


Grassroots Development Sundays
In conjunction with People Cycle of Cape Cod, Wells Ave. will gear specific
weekends towards women and juniors, who will receive their own race. These
races will counts towards a separate series TBD. In addition, free racing clinics will be held prior to the races; topics will include, equipment,
training, skills, tactics, and more skills! These dates will be announced in
the near future.



Wells Ave. Inline Challenge – NEW for 2003!

Roads are important to more than just cyclists, and we want to recognize other
athletes concerned about this issue. Therefore, Wells Ave., in conjunction with
the Inline Club of Boston, will host a series of Inline skating races during the
busy months of the cycling season. Through this endeavor we hope to bring
another part of the community out and perhaps make some new friends along the
way. Full details will be released in April.



High Season Points Races – NEW for 2003!

As the season gets rolling attendance inevitably falters. In an effort to
promote greater interest and rider development we plan to try an occasional
points race format from time to time. As in track racing, points are scored on each sprint lap with the overall victory going to the rider with the highest
points total. Check back for updates.







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