March 2009_rev - Central Roadracing Association
The New Rider School had a great turn out. We had 35 new racers sign up.
Mark Miller and company did a great job giving the new racers information
on safety of the track and how their first weekend will go. Remember
though it’s not too late to sign up for the New Rider School. If you are
interested in becoming a road racer please contact any Board member or
The CRA BOD’s have gone through the 2009 budget and set the pricing
for the season. The club costs have gone up over the past few years and
the BOD’s have done a good job reducing costs to offset the increases.
Unfortunately for 2009 we needed to increase some fees to offset the
costs. The 2009 Gate Fee will increase to $70 and Sprint Races will
increase to $50. Preregistration pricing will continue but will be increased
$5 per sprint. For an average racer running 4 sprints it will increase your
costs $30 for the weekend.
The club did look at other clubs across the nation and the CRA still offers
the best value for sprints. If any member has questions about the pricing or
cost please contact me and we can go over the differences for 2009.
The CRA had a great showing at the 2009 Cycle World Show in February. It
was nice seeing familiar faces at the booth and meeting potential racers
and workers. Thank you to all that helped out by working the booth, you
represented the club well.
The club will be at the Minneapolis Auto Show on the first floor in the BIR
booth. I would like to thank BIR for inviting us to the show again this year.
The volume of people coming through the Auto Show is huge and to get the
club in front of those folks is great publicity. We are still looking for a couple
volunteers to man the booth. Please contact Mark Fisk if you are interested.
W ELCOME N EW M EMBERS
U PCOMING E VENTS
March 21st – 29th
May Race Weekend
May Race Weekend
May 1st - 3rd
Sprint Races, Trophy
Dashes, Framstad Cup,
Mpls Convention Ctr
This may be the first newsletter for many of you. Whether you are a
new rider who will be taking our New Rider School this season, a racer
returning after a break or a new member or volunteer, welcome to the
CRA. We’re glad to have you with us.
As with all of the positions in the CRA, the newsletter is written and
created by volunteers. Serena and I are always looking for story ideas,
photos, etc. If you have anything to offer for the newsletter, please email
us at: [email protected]
On a side note, a lot of our newsletter costs are covered by our
advertisers. Please make sure to support those who support us!
Here’s to a great 2009 season!
P.S. If someone asks you why they didn’t get their March newsletter,
please remind them that it only goes out to paid 2009 members, or have
them contact Nick our membership director.
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2009 P RE R EGISTRATION
Mark your calendars! 2009 Pre-registration deadlines. It’s the information
you have all been waiting for! Listed below are the pre-registration
deadlines for the 2009 CRA Race Season. We have tweaked the times a
bit to make them more user friendly (no more midnight opening/closing).
Note that the May weekend registration opens at 8 pm, while all others
open at 8 am!
Opens Wed. 4/1 at 8 pm
Closes Sat. 4/25 at 8 pm
Opens Sat. 5/30 at 8 am
Closes Sat. 6/13 at 8 pm
Opens Sat. 6/27 at 8 am
Closes Sat. 7/11 at 8 pm
Opens Sat. 8/1 at 8 am
Closes Sat. 8/15 at 8 pm
Opens Sat. 9/5 at 8 am
Closes Sat. 9/19 at 8 pm
We will be using the same ‘shopping cart’ that was used last year,
although it may look slightly different. You can find the official directions
on how to pre-register on the CRA website under the forms/info/fees tab.
Even if you used the site last year, you will need to re-register for your
user name/password. Reminder… NEW RIDERS CAN NOT PRE-REGISTER ON
THEIR NEW RIDER WEEKEND.
The one important change this year is this… if you forget to add the
multi-sprint discount to your order, you have two options.
1) You keep your grid spot (order you registered in) and forfeit the
discount, essentially registering at full price.
2) You get your order cancelled, forfeit your grid spot (order you
registered in), re-order and add your discount.
The directions to use the pre-registration system are very clear, and
there should be no reason to not add your multi-sprint discount in. It is
your responsibility to check your order before you submit your credit
card information for payment. If you click the submit order button and
the discount is not there, I will notify you by email. You will have until
the pre-registration deadline to make your choice of 1 or 2. If you do not
respond by deadline, you will receive option 1.
We are currently in the process of setting up the shopping cart. Please
wait to register your username/password until 3/28 or after. Make sure to
read the directions on how we would like you to set up your user name (it
should include your bike number). If you are a top 10 expert, please list
the number that you will have on your bike.
Any questions, please let me know.
~ Kim Mattson [email protected]
H OSPITALITY N EEDED
With regret I have resigned the position of Chief of Hospitality. I do not
know how many, if any, CRA events I will be able to attend this year.
Therefore I do not feel it is in the club’s best interest for me to hold this
position. I will still be doing the newsletter and season program however.
Please read below for what is required, and if interested contact Mark.
~ Kathie Lanigan
The CRA is looking for a volunteer for the Chief of Hospitality position
within the club. Primary responsibilities of this very important role
include: Ensuring the workers get fed lunch during the race weekend,
providing beverages for worker appreciation on Saturday nights, along
with any CRA sponsored event that involves serving food (banquet, brat
feed, year-end trophy ceremony etc). The Chief of Hospitality sees that
lunch is provided each day for the CRA volunteers and works under the
direct supervision of the Board of Directors by:
• Calling ahead of time to order lunches and beverages
• Picking up food/beverages 1/2 hour before lunchtime if necessary
• Arranging setup of lunch line and helping serve all the volunteers
• Helping clean up lunch area and return supplies to proper place
If you are interested, please contact Mark Fisk at 612-685-5236 or
RV S TORAGE
BIR has again agreed to offer RV storage between CRA events. The cost
will be $30 between each event. (Stop in the front office at BIR to make
arrangements.) Units must be parked in the infield over the new bridge
and to the left. (If you have been there for Nationals, it is where the
Rickshaw Races are.) Absolutely NO units may be left there between
August 3rd and August 17th. If they are, they will be towed at the
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2009 C OMPETITION N UMBERS
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T HE I NFAMOUS S PARES K IT
(and other info every racer needs
Spares are a big deal.
No matter what bike I am racing I usually have an extensive spares kit. I learned
along time ago it sucks to walk around the paddock looking for spares from
strangers, which is everyone if you are a new racer. Plastic totes work great to
keep things contained and inventoried. Target sells these very cheap. No matter
what your choice in race bike, you will need a good spares kit to go along with
you to every event.
Things to keep in mind when setting up your spares kit:
Have an inventory list in the box, and update it when a part is added or
subtracted. This makes track repairs much quicker and also helps out someone
else in need quickly should that situation arise. The aforementioned plastic totes
work really well and stack nicely inside a trailer or the bed of a truck.
Be helpful to fellow racers with your spares (Karma goes along way at the track).
If you have multiple spares of a specific item you can sell it to a racer in need,
if you only have one of that part, you could loan it to them with the promise of
return after the event or payment if it is ruined. This helps with that Karma thing
I spoke of earlier.
Always have plenty of Clip-ons, Rearsets, foot pegs, exhaust clamps, fairing stays,
oil, oil filters, grips, windscreens, brake pads, clutch and brake levers, shifters
and brake pedals, and other highly consumable hard parts. These items get
damaged often, even in low speed crashes and tip-overs.
Always bring everything with you (that you can). If you have a spare set of forks,
a spare fuel tank, or spare exhaust, bring them with you. Bring all the little
miscellaneous bits you never thought you would need. Bring stuff to facilitate the
making of a part or bracket (metal stock, nuts and bolts, duct tape, zip-ties, etc).
You can often repair something with parts that had no natural use in that function.
Remember that Function is always first, you need to make the bike work, weather
in optimum shape or not. I have raced with bent forks, one foot peg, shifters
made from handlebars, and numerous other “Franken-bike” type parts. The goal
is to get on track and race.
I hate working on the bike at the track and try to be as prepared as possible when
I arrive, but the reality is that we will always have to fix something at the track
so be as prepared as you can.
Learning the hard way about what you need is how most of us learned. We
needed something and did not have it. This not only wastes time and effort,
but it often can cost you a race you have already paid for, or maybe even a
championship you have been fighting for all season long.
Setting up your “Spares Kit” is a task that never ends. It starts when you start
building or setting up your race bike. The race bike project has a completion
point but the Spares Kit project is always ongoing. Be on the lookout for
windscreens, throttle assemblies, master cylinders, subframes, forks, wheels,
etcetera, as these often can be purchased from internet auction sites, and
motorcycle forums for considerably less money than new. Always remember to
update your inventory list as you add to and subtract from your Kit.
~ Mark Miller #88
Chief New Rider Instructor
Phone: 800- 894-7190
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