94 Camp Ingersol Rd, Portland, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States

Start Date

06/11/2022

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Activities: Off-road 🚴🏿‍♂️, 3 laps, 2 laps, 15 minutes, 4 laps, 5 laps

STAGE 1 Cycling Club and AirLine Cycles are bringing mountain bike racing to East Hampton (or Portland as the case may be). The Belltown Throwdown is back! 

The Men's and Women's Pro/CAT 1 and Single Speed Open events include cash prizes ($300 to 3 places: $150/$100/$50).  STAGE 1 offers pay & prize equity between all men's and women's events. Single Speeders are getting the same money and are expected to do that extra lap to earn those bucks!

IMPORTANT NOTES:  The great folks at YMCA Camp Ingersoll are providing this venue and it's a great one! Some of you may remember the venue from our CX race last fall. Because the course is sited on private land, and is used for camp activities, it IS NOT open for pre-riding before race day. Please respect the YMCA and do not poach the area beforehand.  We do not want to lose the venue! We will work to set up scheduled previews times in advance of the race, and, on the day of the event, we have built-in time before every race to allow warm-up, pre-riding, and course preview. You will have the chance to see the route before hand.  

REGISTRATION

This year's Belltown Throwdown is a fully insured, unsanctioned event. No USAC license is required! Because we were able to save some money, we've passed the savings along to you racers.  Hopefully the additional savings may bring out a few more folks or encourage racers to tack on a 2nd event for just $20 more.  Prices are $15 for junior Cat 3s/jr. first timers and $35 for all others.  Prices will increase $5 for Cat 3 juniors/first timers and $10 all others on June 5th.  Register now and save! :)

We are still following the familiar category designations and the same common rules applicable to pretty much all mountain bike races.

As with all STAGE 1 race events, we are proud to offer a Military & First Responder Open category for this race. All Active, Reserve, and Retired military are welcome, as well as police, fire, and EMT personnel.  Registration for this event is just $20. A current military or first responder ID is required. Bring home the bragging rights!

CT Dirt Cup

Sign up for the CT Dirt cup to participate in the full series prizes:  https://www.bikereg.com/the-ct-dirt-cup

SCHEDULE

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NOTE: We have scheduled warm-up and course preview time. Respect the other racers and stay off the course unless it's a designated warm-up/preview period. Thanks!

 

PRIZES

In addition to honor, glory, and the sheer bliss of mountain bike racing, the top finishers in each category will be showered with high-fives, fame, and great prizes, including microbrew from Fat Orange Cat Brew Co. (for age appropriate riders), and other great items of desire and prestige. Pro/Cat 1 Open and Single Speed Open and racers will receive cash with equal prize lists for male and female riders! The breakdown is as follows for Pro/Cat 1 Open and SS racers: $300/3 Places ($150/$100/$50) + Merch.

Prizes and product brought to you by AirLine Cycles & the great folks at:

 

  

 

CONTACT INFO

If you have any questions, please email us at Stage1Cycling@gmail.com.  

 

OTHER INFORMATION / RULES / FAQs

How can I have have fun and make friends at the races?

- First, be nice.  Smile.  Have fun.  Woop it up and encourage others to do the same.  You're on a mountain bike, and even if you are suffering unmercifully - this is still fun! Really! Also, try and attend podium ceremonies and cheer for people. Racing is hard and it's great having friends and other riders cheer you on.

- Second, don't be a sandbagger.  Don't be the guy or gal who hangs out in the CAT 3 or 2 race and wins by 5+ minutes. That's no fun and no one is impressed with a sandbagger. It's far better to gut out a top ten or twenty in a higher category than cruise to podium after podium in a lower category race.  If in doubt, cat up! If you do sandbag, we will tease you and we may also elect to award you a big bag of sand for your efforts. ;-)  USAC allows all MTB XC racers to pick their category, so you don't need to earn points to upgrade.  If you are an experienced cyclist in any discipline of bike racing, you should probably start in the Cat 2s at least. 

How about passing?  

Be polite and communicate with other riders. USAC Rules 5.D.1.(c)-(d) tells us about passing in XC races. Simply put, if you get lapped - and it happens to the best of us - respect the race leaders and yield the track as quickly and safely as possible. You don't have to stop, but just move to the side and let the faster riders proceed. Also, do not obstruct riders who are in another race. That's lame. Yes, it's hard to watch a 13-year-old on a single speed cruise by effortlessly, but that happens.  Let em' pass. And, to those of you who might lap or pass someone competing in another category, remember to *politely* give a shout and let the rider know you're coming and what side you plan to pass on. Be sure to say "thanks" and offer some words of encouragement. Don't sneak up on people and try and ram past them. That's lame.  Remember the Golden Rule!

So, do I always have to let people pass? 

If you are vying for position with another rider in your own race/category, that's a little different. The USAC rules say that the lead rider "owns the track," but s/he may not intentionally obstruct or interfere with a rider who is attempting to pass. In other words, the lead rider doesn't have to let you just cruise by, but they CANNOT intentionally pinch you out, cut you off, or change lines in an attempt to prevent the pass. That's lame, dangerous, and it's not how XC racing works. Simply put, if you are behind a rider in your own race, don't just yell "track" at the top of your lungs and expect the leader to pull over and let you pass. If they don't want to yield, you'll have to wait until you hit a section wide enough and try then.  If you're the rider in front, don't purposely obstruct the passer. Yes, you don't have to move over, but you also shouldn't intentionally block the trailing rider.  

Is it ok to "cut" the course just a little bit?   

No. No. No. No. No. It's all about honesty and fun. Course cutting is cheating plain and simple and it will result in immediate disqualification and the frowning of a lifetime - and perhaps a trip through the spanking machine. Our course will be well marked to avoid any "accidental" cutting. Along those lines, please leave the e-bikes at home, and remember the sage words of Nancy Reagan and stay off the drugs! 

I'm on a single speed.  What gear do you recommend?  

The course has ups and downs, straights and curves.  Run the gear that you think will best serve you. 

Can I wear headphones and listen to sweet tunes while I race?

Nope. You'll have to rock out to the sound of your pounding heart and heavy breathing. We will have a DJ on site, so for about 400 yards of the course, you'll get to hear bumping tunes mixed in with the cheers from tens of spectators.  

We love long courses like Domnarski Farm.  Why can't your course be a big ten mile loop like that? 

We love Domnarski too! That race is one of the best in New England and you should all do it! Unfortunately, land is in short supply, and getting a permit to race in a CT state park is almost impossible. Join NEMBA and write your congressman and ask for more MTB access! 

How's the parking situation?  

Plenty of parking within eye shot of registration and the course. 

How about food?  Will there be any available?

You bet!  We're working to find a food truck (let us know if you have one in mind).  We can't promise that we'll cover every desire or every dietary requirement, but we're working to have something.  Stay tuned for updates. 

 

The Belltown Original 

Est. 1987

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