New this year:
• Men’s Cyclocross 40-99 age class has been split. The new classes are: 40-49 & 50-99.
• Woman’s Beginner 30-99 age class has been split. The new age classes are: 30-39 & 40-99.
• BFC Race tees will be ordered for Pre-Registered racers only. Pre-Registration ends May 14.
• Racers that fail to turn in their timing chip will be billed $110.00 (YellowJacket’s cost).
• The Tandem category is reinstated, but no prizes will be awarded if less than 5 entries.
• Categories & classes with less than 5 entries may be combined on race day, for the purpose of awarding prizes, at the discretion of the Competition Director.
• Any category with less than 5 entries that cannot be combined with another category (Tandem, Unicycle, etc.) will not receive prizes.
• Odd entries are welcome at the discretion of the Race Director. Send your request to: info @ blackflychallenge.com.
Category & Class changes for 2010 are as follows:
> Junior and Junior X categories have been consolidated into one category.
> The Mens Cyclocross category has been expanded from one to three age classes.
Also, remember that the Cyclocross category includes only cyclocross bikes.
….Hybrids and 29ers are still in the mtb category.
The 14th running of the Black Fly Challenge saw a record 300 entries, a rise in the number of female competitors and continued growth in cyclocross competition.
The Sport and Beginner mtb categories remain strong but some competitors moved from the Expert mtb category to the new Cyclocross category, thus lowering the level of competition in Expert. It has become apparent that the BFC may need to add a Cyclocross age class and combine Expert age classes.
While the BFC is no longer affiliated with NORBA, the old NORBA guidelines still make sense: Any age class with less than 5 competitors should be combined with another such age class.
Possible Expert & Cyclocross classes for the 2010 BFC may be as follows:
Mens Expert mtb: 19-39 and 40-99
Womens Expert mtb: 19-99
Mens Cyclocross: 19-39 and 40-99
Womens Cyclocross: 1-99
Note to competitors: The BFC race committee is exploring electronic timing and scoring systems to produce results faster and hopes to have something new in place for the 2010 BFC.