Just like that, the 2011 racing season began in earnest. Snotcycle [congrats to Pierre on his hard-earned, expert men victory] and Snotcycle Redux are both out of the way. NightRyder came and went [well done to John and Russ on strong second places in their respetive classes]. The Wolfpack Road Race [Andrew in second for the 4/5’s; special congrats to Haymarket’s Jared Niters for a solid solo win in the Pro/1/2] and MABRA BAR kickoff of Sleepy Hole Smackdown have passed. If you wanted to race every weekend from now until the next cold season, you probably could.

If RJ asks: it’s time to party.

This weekend, Bike Doctor’s Black Hills Circuit Race is going to light up the region. Everything that usually gets decent attendance is full and waitlisted, and then some. If you want a show, be there watch the Cat 4 ladies race: it filled up! In fact, race promoter Robb Hampton secured special permission from our wonderful USA Cycling officials to add more spots! Congrats, ladies, this is a first for MABRA. Sadly, Sunday’s Vint Hill criterium was lost due venue problems; however, the Richmond International Raceway Criterium stands ready to fill it’s place. Head down to the state’s capital for some oval racing fun instead.

And then? Jefferson Cup. Yes, those are nerves. All categories are stocked with talent and rearing for the reins to come off. Should history be any indiactor, it’s going to be cold, wet, really hard, and incredibly rewarding. Come with lawn chairs, cowbells, megaphones, and foam fingers. If you race bicycles in Virginia, Charlottesville is going to be the place to be on 03/27/2011.

Following the tarmac tour de force, things get dirty at the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek on April 2nd. The race is full, but volunteer soigneurs are welcome attendees. Applications taken within. The second weekend in April marks an annual tradition: Plum Grove Cyclery’s Bakers Dozen mountain bike race. Registration is full, but it’s always a party. Come. Bring beer. Hang out. Heckle. And, if you’re racing, suffer. Remember, there’s no smiling in racing.

The RGS Title Chantilly Criterium (4/16/2011) opened doors for registration this morning. The Cat 5 field filled within hours. All other classes are open and promise to be good racing. Being so close to home, expect the big guns to come out and play.

So there’s your racing. You waited all winter fot it, now put your legs out there.


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