Obviously, a big round of thanks must be given first and foremost. Putting on a race is about finding people to help you, and coordinating that help more than anything else. From registration to parking, results, beer, to course work, heckling/commentating, to break down, warmup, to food, course materials to PA systems, hand ups to hand outs, sausage to hup cakes; there are way too many people to thank. If I try, I will inevitably leave one out, and that's no way to thank someone. You all know who you are, we couldn't have done it with out you. Seriously. Thank you.
With that out of the way, let's talk about why Ice Weasels is better than every other race on the fucking planet.
1) Constant improvement.
Listen to your customers. Address their concerns. Don't be happy with what you have. We headed out to Wrentham months before the race to fix-up parts of the course. Last years sketchy descent down to the rail bed made way for this years waaaaaay awesome euro-chute. The euro chute was my baby. I had a vision, and that vision had to be argued and defended many times. I gotta say though, in the end, it was exactly how I wanted it, right down to the placement of the hay bales. I had no idea digging out a bench-cut was so much fun, almost as much fun as railing that turn and dropping down to the rail bed at full speed.
2) Sprinkle in some awesomeness
3) The easy way is the lame way
We showed up in Wrentham the day before the race, and the course was looking horrible. There were a lot of ideas floated.
"Ditch the berm, it's not going to happen" There were 6 inch deep tractor ruts all around the run in and run out for the berm. Everything was frozen solid. A 4x4 truck could barely make it through, no way was a bike rolling through it. After a few hours of tractoring, smoothing, raking, and repeatedly driving over it with a truck, the berm was a go.
"There's too much snow, cut out the entire front section." The rakes and trucks were again pulled out. We spent hours flattening and smoothing the course, and raking off all the snow we could. It took forever, but come race day, the course was exactly how we wanted it.
"Turn this race down to 9, it's too awesome" Nope. This race was turned to 11, where it stayed. We didn't have to make any compromises.
4) Races are supposed to be fun.
5) Why can't races be social events?
Who wants to warm up alone, set up behind their car in the parking lot? Maybe you and a teammate spin on trainers next to each other. Why? Everyone's gotta race together, why can't everyone warm up together. We're all cool, and we sure as shit can't carry on a conversation while we're racing.
I may be a tad bit biased, but I'm going to go right ahead and say it anyway: Best. race. ever.