West Palm Beach Race Series medal
West Palm Beach Race Series trophy
My husband and I decided to start racing our road bikes this year. I thought criterium races, with their mass starts, would be a bit intimidating for a new racer. So I looked into finding time trial events in our area. Our kids are 12 and 17, so we needed to find events that weren't too far from home. I asked my biking friends if they knew of any events in the Palm Beach or Broward County areas. A couple people told me about the West Palm Beach Race Series.
Here is information from the WPB Race Series website:
The West Palm Beach Race Series - 2008 Time Trial Series To benefit the Palm Beach Sheriff Explorers Program The WPB Time Trial Series is a series of Individual Time Trials normally held once a month. The 15K TT and the 40K TT uses the same time trial course used for the State TT Championships, west of WPB off SR880. Walk-up registration only for Series. Time Trials start at 7:30 am. Registration opens at 6:45 am Registration closes at 7:25 am Entry fee is $15 You must show proof of a valid USCF Race License at registration. One-Day licenses available at registration ($10). Race schedule for the 15k TT: Feb 10, Mar 9, Apr 13, Jul 27, Sept 7, Oct 12, Nov 2
Race schedule for the 40k TT:
May 4, Aug 17 Prizes are awarded for each race. Medals 5 deep with $25 cash for the winner in each category, $15 for second place $10 for third place. Medals only for Juniors10-18.
OVERALL FOR EACH TIME TRIAL - FASTEST MAN & WOMAN CATAGORIES
1st PLACE - HAND CRAFTED SCULPTURE TROPHY
Categories are separated by men and women in the following age-groups: J
uniors 10-18, 19-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
Additional prizes are awarded for completing the series requirement of minimum of five 16K and one 40K. Riders completing more than the required minimum races will have the five fastest 16K times and the fastest 40K time used to calculate their placing. State TT and Team TT can be used for the series requirements. Series prizes are $125 for fastest in each category, $75 for second fastest.
USCF RULES APPLY – USCF PERMIT PENDING
Directions: Take I-95 to Exit #68 Southern Blvd. Go west on Southern Blvd for 19 miles About 3 miles after the sign for Lion Country Safari, watch for the flashing yellow light at CR-880. Turn left on CR880, cross the bridge and make the first left to park along canal road. Starting line is at that intersection of 880 and 98.Time trial series which takes place in western West Palm Beach.
We did our first time trial event on March 9th. I won 3rd place in my age group! Our second race took place on Sunday, April 13th. My husband greatly improved his time and I won 5th place in my age group. I'll post our exact times once the results become available. I covet the West Palm Beach Race Series trophy - I can always dream, can't I?
For additional information on the West Palm Beach Race Series, either visit their website at http://www.wpbraceseries.com/index.html, or send an email to race organizer Mike Purdy: email@example.com.