2015 Updates – Bethel, schedule, etc

Sorry for all the confusion this spring.

Our goal is to have two races at Bethel, March 15 and 22, and then two races at New Britain, March 29 and April 12.

March 15 and 22 will be formatted just like the races previously held there under the Bethel Spring Series name. The tentative March 15 race is here on BikeReg. The tentative March 22 race is here on BikeReg.

March 29 and April 12 will be held in New Britain, with details at BikeReg here and here.

Here is what happened so far:

1. Rentschler Field has too much snow and the cost to plow it negated any possibility of holding races there. This meant we would not be able to hold races at the Rent on March 15 and 22.

2. The reason for ending┬áthe Bethel Spring Series in 2014 was the traffic generated by one business located on the Bethel venue. That business temporarily shut down after its roof collapsed. Therefore it allowed us to look at Bethel once again, for the March 15 and 22 dates. The town has been 100% supportive of having races on that loop, and we’ve been in regular contact with the town administration since the April 2014 regarding holding races there.

3. The town needs to hold an emergency meeting to give us permission to hold the race. That meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10. Until then we’ve closed registration for the March 15 and 22 dates on BikeReg. If we get permission we’ll re-open it. If not we’ll cancel the March 15 and 22 races and refund any entries received so far.

4. New Britain is much more definite. The course is good enough that there are racers training on the loop already, doing intervals and such. There are a couple minor pavement aberrations (minor frost heave) that the City is looking into repairing. They will also clear the snow back so we have the full two lanes for the entire loop. We expect to hold the March 29 and April 12 races as scheduled.

On Tuesday, March 10, we hope to have everything solidified and in place. Stay tuned!

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