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The 2013 Spin Sisters Race Team
2013 is the inaugural year for the Spin Sisters Race Team! We are excited to build on the racing momentum that
has grown within our club and more formally support our racers. The objectives of this effort are to:
- Provide racing development for club members whose ambitions and abilities are beyond the scope of the Learn to Race Program and occasional citizen-style racing.
- Provide peer support and camaraderie for fellow racers who may choose to train together or otherwise support each other’s racing goals.
- Foster a club racing culture where racing efforts are supported and successes are celebrated and recognized.
- Eliminate racer attrition by bringing exposure in the mountain biking community to our club as a desirable option for women racers.
Spin Sisters who meet the criteria and become race team members will enjoy the following benefits:
- Team camaraderie. We race in solidarity!
- Spin Sister club Membership and ABA Membership, which includes standard club Comprehensive General Liability, AD& D Insurance
- End-of-season reimbursement of license and some race fees for racers in good standing*
- One Race Team jersey (Paid for at time of registration and reimbursed at the end of the season. Shorts, jackets and additional items will be available for purchase - unique to the race team)
- Discounts which may include cycle shop products/services, race registration fees, coffee beans, coaching programs from a certified Level 2 coach, etc.
- Race Team training-focused group rides in-season, possible spring training camp
- A bag of Crowsnest Coffee Company coffee beans to fuel your races!
- Race day mechanical support when 10 or more members race the same race (lap races, and only races that allow support)
- And possibly the following (we are working out the details!):
- Racer-specific maintenance clinic
- On-trail group sessions led by an Elite level racer
- Race day course pre-ride with a coach
- Priority mechanic service by a sponsor bike shop (one day turn around)
*Please note that reimbursement will depend on the number of race team members for the year. We have a decent budget available but if an overwhelming number of women sign up (which would be AWESOME), then the reimbursement may need to be capped.
Criteria & Obligation
Race team members will be required to demonstrate commitment to the club and racing as follows:
- Spin Sisters mountain bikers with at least one full season of racing can join the Race Team. Racers should have raced in at least three mountain bike, cyclo cross, or xterra races in a single season. A single multi-day stage race also qualifies.
- Must not belong to another MTB club or race a MTB or CX race for any other club.
- Plan to race in at least three mountain bike, cyclo cross, or xterra races over the 2013 season, with at least one being in Alberta. Or plan to race in one multi-day stage race. (Requirement to fill out an Intent to Race form.)
- Register for races as a Spin Sister and race in the Spin Sister Race Team kit.
- Volunteer for the club at least two times.
- Abide by the Race Team Code of Conduct.
Race Team members pay a $100 fee in addition to the the $85 club membership. Members must also support the club with at least two volunteer commitments, such as:
- Volunteer at a Learn to Race Program night*
- Volunteer at the club-sponsored Iron Maiden race*
- Lead a Scooter or Club Ride
- Join an executive sub-committee
- Participate in a trail building day
- Participate at MEC’s Bike Day
- Volunteer at a club maintenance or skills clinic
- Other volunteer opportunities
*At least one of your two volunteer commitments must be for the Learn to Race Program or the Iron Maiden race.
Race Team Code of Conduct
Be an ambassador to the team and the club as follows:
- Recognize that riders of all experience levels are welcome in any race. Make new riders feel like they belong and respect that more experienced riders deserve the room to pass you.
- Pass slower riders safely and with courtesy
- Yield to faster riders
- Wear your team kit before the race and at least your jersey after the race, especially if you expect to podium.
- Support your club and your fellow team members.
- Keep it FUN!
Fill out your Race Team forms!
Forms: 2013 Race Team Forms
Want more information?
So you want to race but don’t want to commit to the race team? No problem! The more the merrier! Citizen and occasional racers are encouraged to register and race as Spin Sisters in club colours (not race team colours). Represent!
Funding will not be available to those racers who are not registered for the Learn to Race program or the Race Team but chances are you'll have some Spin Sisters there with you cheering you to the finish line!