Five New Things in the 2019 Greenfield Crit
Hello and WELCOME to the 2019 Greenfield Crit. We’re pretty #hyped about the summer of racing ahead, and hope you are too! In case you didn’t know, registration is OPEN. The first 50 people to register for the race get a nice little discount on registration, so head on over to BikeReg to save enough money to buy at least one hipster-priced pour over coffee.
We want to first thank everyone who has participated in the previous editions of the Greenfield Crit, and especially those who took the time to complete the post-race surveys. Every year since 2016, we pour over the responses of the post-race survey and have a team chat about how we can improve the race based on your feedback. In this post, we’re highlighting five changes we’re making in 2019:
2. Second, you may have noticed our race is now in July! We moved around Crit Week this year to try to avoid making our racers choose between great, local racing and some of the best racing elsewhere in the country. We didn’t want to make people choose between Dairlylands and NE Crit Week, so we up and moved. We hope you can join us on Sunday, July 14th!
3. By popular demand, the Men’s Masters 40+ race will be extended to 50 minutes this year. Adjust your training accordingly.
4. Our junior’s race is becoming more… junior. After reviewing survey responses and talking with parents and team directors, we decided to trade the 14-18 race of years passed with a 9-14 race to give some of our youngest racing friends their own time in the spotlight.
5. We’re trying to make beginner-level racing more beginner-friendly for both men and women. After doing some schedule Tetris, we were able to squeeze in a men’s category 5 field for what has historically been a combined men’s category 4/5 field. We’re hoping this makes for a lot less lapping on course, and a much better racing experience for some of our newcomers to the sport. Similarly, we have tried to make the beginner women’s field a bit more beginner friendly. Though it was a tough decision, we decided to change the Women’s 3/4/5 race to a 4/5 race, aiming to provide a better experience for our newest racers, and especially those who are coming straight from the intro racer clinic into what may be their first ever race. All category 3 women will of course still be welcomed into the Women’s 1/2/3 race. At the end of the day, the experience for our sports newest racers is going to be what keeps them in the sport or sends them away. We’d like to make sure we’re contributing to growing the sport by providing positive experiences for all categories, but especially our most novice ones.
This may sound like a lot of change, but we’re feeling confident it’s all for the better. Everything else you have always loved about the Greenfield Crit will return in 2019, including the free intro clinic and intro race, super-soft and locally-designed race tees, and hot takes by Ryan Kelly on the mic. It promises to be another stellar day of bike racing in New England. All aboard the #hypetrain!