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Registration for track league January to December 2017 is now open to riders who rode in 2016. To renew your registration, go to BC website www.britishcycling.org.uk/uk/club/profile/7320/derby-arena-track-league. The cost for year is £20 (plus £1.00 admin fee to BC).
You have 2 weeks to buy your registration before we promote it more widely - going live to the world on Friday 16th December until it is full (200 registrations accepted).
We will be operating the same 4 ABILITY groups: A, B, C and D. Please register in the group which best suits your track experience. Group D is for female riders only but more experienced women riders can ride choose to register in Groups A, B or C.
Based on 18 months of watching you ride, we reserve the right to move you to the most appropriate group both at this registration stage and once the league has started. If you are obviously stronger than others in your group, winning every week easily, we will, after discussion and hopefully with your agreement, move you up. If you are unhappy with this move, we will refund all or a proportion of your registration fee.
WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY?
In 2017 we will be running:
10 weeks of racing starting 17/01/17 through to 04/04/17 (no racing on 14/02/17 or 21/03/17) - league points
1 session per month in May, June, July and August - likely to be the first Tuesday of month but these dates are still to be confirmed - NO LEAGUE POINTS
10 weeks of racing starting mid to late September - league points and trophies on the last night.
HOW TO ENTER
As it makes organisation on the night so much easier, especially for the volunteers in the timing box, we want you to enter in advance on the BC website.
The cost of entering in advance will be £12 (plus BC admin fee).
Entries on the night will be discouraged, be by exception only, at your own risk (i.e. no guarantee that if you turn up on the night there will be room in your group) and will cost £20.
If you have entered on line but your Group is full and you have been given a reserve place, if there is space for you to ride, you will be charged £12.
If you enter on line, in advance and then have to cancel, let us know by emailing Jim Crew. You will be able to roll over your entry fee to a following week. No apologies - no roll over.
On line entries will work the same as they did this year - open 2 weeks before race night and close midnight the Thursday before race night.
For example the entry portal for Tuesday 17 January will open on Tuesday 3rd January and will close on Thursday 12 January.
For the first week, entries will be accepted on a first come first served basis. After that, a number of places will be reserved for riders who are in the top half of their group (points wise).
Group A - top 8 riders will be guaranteed a place (as long as you enter on line by the Thursday deadline, no guaranteed place if you just turn up on the night)
Group B - top 8 riders (ditto)
Group C - top 12 riders
Group D - top 12 riders
On the whole the standard of riding in 2016 has generally been good. However to maintain this good standard we will be operating a 3 strikes and out system. Any rider, riding dangerously will be warned by a commissaire and name and number will be recorded in the black book. 3 entries in the black book means you are out. What 'out' means, we will decide. It might mean no more rides that night/no more rides that league/no more rides that year.
AND FINALLY WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS
If any of your family or friends who come down to watch you every week would like to get involved, we would love to hear from them. They will get a red t shirt and a mug! They don't have to commit to every week. We have a rota and they say when they could do it.
We need more people to help out with signing on or being riders whip (no experience or training required).
We need more commissaires. A commissaires course will be taking place in May. Anyone interested in doing this can help out prior to the course and then help out after the course to gain the full qualification.
We also need some more volunteers to train to operate the IT equipment in the timing box. This role does need more of a weekly commitment at least until the volunteer is up to speed with how it all works but there are always goodies to eat up in the box.
Please do some arm twisting for us and if you know someone who is interested, please email back with contact details and Liz the volunteer coordinator will get in touch and see what dates and jobs they would like to do.