Season-long race numbers are in. I’ve flip-flopped back and forth a couple times on this, but ultimately have decided, along with the folks at Bob’s Bicycles, to have them available to pickup before the first race. Since that race is tomorrow, today will be the day you can pick yours up. Store hours are 10-7 today. If you can’t make it, your number will be waiting for you at the race. Numbers will continue to be available at Bob’s Bicycles through the end of April. They also have a handy mannequin showing how to pin your numbers for the Spring Series. If you pin differently, you will be asked to re-pin.
Please review the Racer Handbook for policy on number use and replacement. If you pick up your number today and manage to forget it by tomorrow, you’ll be responsible for a $10 replacement fee. If you mount your frame number on your bike and it breaks off on the Interstate on the way to the race, you’ll be responsible for a $10 replacement fee. If something happens to your number during a race, come see me immediately. Crashes happen and can damage numbers. This is obviously a completely different scenario than user error (maybe) and you won’t have to worry about the fee. Please don’t abuse my trust on this, though.
Last super important bit which I’ll hit on for the umpteenth time – these numbers are season-long and cross-discipline! Bring them to every race you participate in. You may have more than one number if you’re in different categories for different disciplines. Bring the correct one or bring them all and figure it out there. Forget your number? That’ll be $10
EDIT [3/31 2 12:30PM] – You can only pick up your own number. There’s an acknowledgement form that needs to be signed to get your number. Absolutely no picking up numbers for someone else.
That’s the end of the vital information. However, in the interest of transparency, I wanted to share my thought process to address any potential frustration this late notice may have caused:
This is a new race series with inexperienced promoters. In order to make their lives easier, I wanted to streamline the check-in process. The plan was to review all pre-registrations and have categories pre-sorted for them. Check-in could consist of asking the racer’s name and category and pulling out their pre-assigned number. No worries about asking if people already have their number, dealing with re-assigning numbers if someone managed to already lose theirs, figuring out which numbers to assign to racers who didn’t fill out the survey several months past. The only numbers at the race would be for pre-registered races. Quicker, easier, cleaner. However, since they decided to open day-of registration for people who missed the pre-reg deadline, this clearly wouldn’t work. There have also been grumblings about the lack of early pickup and how annoying and time-consuming it is to pin numbers day-of.
Considering the above, the promoters at Bob’s Bicycles (Bryant, Justin, and Vern Ward) agreed to make the numbers available at their shop. If you go pick up your number early, please keep in mind that this is a courtesy on their part and is increasing their workload. Be patient.
See you tomorrow!