Calendar planning – and ensuring all events have an equal chance of success – is a continually complex part of what the Ohio Cycling Association is tasked with in the winter months. Finding the right dates for as many events as possible is a problem with rarely a clear solution.
In 2014 we worked with Cleveland and Summit Freewheelers to extend the RATL series a bit later into May to put it in a position to be the opening race in the Ohio Crit Cup, broadening the reach of the cup to north end of the state. Simultaneously we were working on the Ohio State Road Series dates and ties with other events that could increase the attendance in the early season road events.
Once the schedules settled, venues were secured, and calendars were compared we ended up with a conflict between the first Ohio Crit Cup and the QCW Omnium, a part of the Ohio Spring Race Series. A position that immediately forced the riders in Ohio to pick between one or the other, leaving each of the races in an awkward position.
After much discussion, we have moved the opening Ohio Crit Cup race one week earlier to May 9th to give them a totally free weekend to maximize attendance from those in Ohio.
We know that there was great work done by Rich Gould with the park management to secure the 16th of May as a date for RATL. The Ohio Cycling Association takes full responsibility for the conflict that created the situation where we asked to move the opening Crit Cup date to the 9th. We appreciate Summit Freewheelers and the work they have done to increase the number of racing opportunities in Northeast Ohio and apologize to Rich and the team for the schedule change.
Ohio Cycling Association
Ron Garrett – President
Corey Green – Vice President