The Boise VeloWomen have worked countless hours of the last 6 months to plan and implement their annually cyclocross race and community fundraiser. The race at Crimson Gem Orchard was a huge success, boasting 105 racers and loads of fun. All the details below!
Crimson Cross, 10/1/2016 - Emmett, ID
The Boise VeloWomen have a strong presence within the Cyclocross discipline. Typically, if there is a local Cyclocross race, you can expect at least one of us to be on the podium. We love Cyclocross as a sport, as an event, and the community that it brings together. Last year, during the 2015 Cyclocross Season, we tried our hand at planning and hosting a Cyclocross race. We were met with loads of enthusiasm, over 60 race entries and had a great time. We decided that the BVW should host an annual Cyclocross race and aim for a date that didn't conflict with local and regional events.
BVW Team Member, Erin M. happens to work (off the bike) with the owner of a local cherry orchard in Emmett, Crimson Gem Orchard. He loves cycling, we love cycling...thus, Crimson Cross was born. Crimson Gem Orchard is a working orchard, with different varieties of cherry trees with U-Pick available during the cherry season (the cherries are awesome!). There are plans to expand the orchard, but in the meantime, the areas surrounding the current orchard was our blank canvas for us to paint upon.
Since we hosted the race in Emmett, we wanted to involve the community of Emmett as well and benefit a local charity. The Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition and Food Bank was chosen as the beneficiary of our race proceeds. Throughout July and September, various BVWs traveled out to the orchard to design the course and plan the race. Along with a blank canvas comes some work and we put in some sweat-equity into building the course, fighting the endless battle with the goatheads (AKA The Goathead War of 2016) and countless hours on attempting to write the word "Cherry" in the course. If you raced, check out your Strava... it's there!
Lance, Crimson Gem Orchard Owner, put his tractor to good use and followed our course instructions dutifully, mowing out the chicane, scraping the "Cherry" section and packed down the "pinwheel". We had amazing help from some of our friends at Team 10 Barrel who gave up their Saturdays to work on the course. And a special shout out to our Boise VeloMen (AKA our significant others) who dutifully provided the brawn (and some brains) during our workdays.
Days leading up to the race were typical...30 registered racers. We were planning for about the same number as last year. Then suddenly, 100 people had registered! We were thrilled! Overall, we had 105 racers with 8 categories. The Men's 4/5 category had 48 racers alone! BVW Volunteers served as day-of registration, race officials, beer and food sellers and managed hand-ups. We had friends and family pitching in to make our day a success! Results HERE thanks to Fritz!
We had tons of fun heckling our fellow cyclists as they battled for their custom-made Cherry Trophy, handcrafted by Brian Baker, while managing the difficult (maniacal?) course we had so thoughtfully prepared. Team Donger MFG upped the heckling ante with their custom Dongers and classic antics. UpCycle brought their state-of-the-art indoor bike for all to peruse. Team 10 Barrel also contributed beers and shenanigans next to Team Donger, who were both appropriately placed next to the "sand pit". Jill and BVW Lisa from PT 180 provided much needed massages for those who suffered through the course and survived.
Thanks to Meriwether Cider and Crooked Fence Brewery, we were able to offer a variety of tasty beverages for donations. We also provided soup and rolls and mini pies for donation as well. Spectators and racers alike did not go hungry!
Additionally, we sought raffle prizes from local businesses and the BVWs pitched in as well to provide some outstanding raffle prizes! All race proceeds, food and drink donations and raffle ticket sales raised $1000 for the Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition along with 2 large boxes filled with non-perishable items, totaling to over 80lbs!
Special thanks for our 2016 Boise VeloWomen Sponsors for making Crimson Cross possible!
We also could not have done it without all of you! Thanks for your help with this event, raffle prize donation and supporting the Boise VeloWomen!
Video filmed by Dan Miller, edited by Leah Mullen.
Here are some photos from the event. See links below for more!
PC: Erin M and Nadine C.
Jessica G. & Nadine C.
Collaborating to keep you informed!