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Friday, March 09, 2007

Some promoters...

are worth their weight in Gold.



Years ago, when a bunch of us cat 4s were upgrading to cat 3, we were pretty anxious and not quite ready for prime time. But, we knew it was time to move on up. So we went to the NCNCA scheduling meeting. We asked Robert Leibold of Velo Promo and the other promoters if they could put on separate 3 fields. We were very happy that VP did start putting on separate 3 fields as well as keeping the separate 4 fields. A few years ago, the women cat 4 Snelling field was larger than the men cat 5. Those numbers are a pretty good indicator of how a successful promoter helps grow the sport.

Velo Promo also has been putting on Kern County for over 10 years now. Robert never complains about losing money on this event. He just keeps putting it on and letting the other races subsidize it.

And another thing, we are lucky to have Velo Promo because if we didn't, we wouldn't have nearly as many road races as we do. I've often heard that if it weren't for VP, we would have just a bunch of crits like Southern California. I've looked on the Southern Cal racing schedule and that's true. Mostly crits.

6 Comments:

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Flandria said...

wow, I didn't realize that socal has mostly crits...that's some good info and thanks velo promo

 
At 1:23 PM, Blogger marscat said...

we heart that crazy guy.

looks like someone left work early....

 
At 1:49 PM, Blogger Velo Bella said...

Kern
Where all the cool kids play.

 
At 2:17 PM, Blogger bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

I asked Velo Robert to be PotW, but then was too hypothermed after Merced to get the photo. Heart of gold.

 
At 2:24 PM, Blogger jeninsb said...

waaaay lucky.

yes, good road racing in socali is not so easy to find. lots of play time for the critters, not so much for the climbers. also not as much support for womens' racing, generally.

one of the reasons i still race xc more often than road, i'm afraid. logistics.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

I'm mad at your internet for being down...

 

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