Update from WCA President, Andy Feuersthaler:
Thank you for participating in this year’s State events. We’ve heard lots of great feedback, and look forward to next year.
There was a little confusion during the TT, which had a road bike TT and full TT bike. The scoring of the Omnium has been corrected, and the final standings can be found here.
As far as awards, winners of the TT, Omnium, Crit and RR will all be receiving State Championship jerseys. We have a new vendor this year (Mt. Borah), and once we get them your names and email addresses, they will contact you directly.
State Championship Omnium Report
by Eric Knuth
The inaugural state championship weekend was a success – great courses, great weather, and great racing! If you missed it, be sure to make plans to attend next season!
The championship weekend kicked off with a challenging time trial course – a little bit of wind, a few rollers to contend with, and a slightly uphill finish! There were a number of impressive rides, with Jeff Otto setting the standard for the men (28’ 49” – not bad for an old guy!), and Holly Matthews setting the standard for the women (33’ 9”). Congratulations to all the newly crowned State Champions!
Next up was the afternoon road race. From the looks of riders coming to the finish line throughout the day, they definitely got their money’s worth! Almost every comment about the course included the words “championship worthy!” The course had it all: a few fast downhill sections, which also (unfortunately!) meant several tough uphill sections, several sections of rollers, and a long flat stretch. Throw in a little wind and heat, and you have the makings of a tough afternoon on the bike! Again, congratulations to all the newly crowned State Champions!
The weekend concluded with the criterium on the streets of downtown Middleton and with the start / finish located at the Capitol Brewery – what more could one ask for in the final event! The overwhelming comment about the course was that is was “excellent” (that is, not including the comments about tired legs!). The course had it all, and did not favor any one style of rider: 8 corners, a short steep (~16%) uphill, a fast downhill into sweeping corners, and a wide open finish. With both the State Criterium title on the line as well as the overall State Omnium title, the racing was fast and furious! Once again, congratulations to all the newly crowned State Champions!
Finally, a big thanks to the Madison area teams – Trek Midwest, Brazen Dropouts, Great Dane Velo Club, and MadCity Velo – as well as to the countless volunteers and the race officials for all of the time and effort involved in making the weekend a success.
Lessons Learned and Thoughts for Next Year
Of course, pulling off a championship weekend for the first time was not without its challenges, and plans are already underway for next year as we reflect on the lessons learned from the weekend. From calculating the omnium scoring to award presentations to coordinating registration across the three events – there are certainly things to improve upon for next year. That said, however, most comments about the weekend have been overwhelmingly positive, and next year will be even better! Thanks to all who came out to race, for your comments (both positive and constructive), and start getting in shape for next year!