A few items of interest to our LAMBRA riders:
1. Criterium Championships: As you should be award, the LAMBRA Criterium championships will be held this Sunday in Lake Charles (http://www.lambra.org/calendar/2011/Contraband%20_Criterium_4.pdf). I hope to see a good turnout. The Rhino Racing team, along with Midsouth Masters, has been working hard on the new venue.
2. Joint LCCS-Texas Cup events: You may have noticed the TxBRA logo alongside the LCCS logo on the LAMBRA race calendar for the Vuelta de Acadiana July 2-3. Thanks to the efforts of Glenn Richard, this race will be scored for both LCCS points and Regional Texas Cup points this year. We’re expecting that to draw a number of teams from east Texas, so it should be fun. The reciprocal event on the Texas side of the border will most likely be the June 19 Sugar Land Criterium near Houston, which will be scored for LCCS points in addition to Texas Cup points. We will see how these jointly scored races go this year and whether we want to incorporate some guidelines and limitations (i.e. travel dist! ance) about them into the LCCS rules. If we envision more such races in neighboring states that will count toward LCCS points, it might be time to start talking about limiting the number of LCCS races that count toward a rider’s ranking for next year (i.e. top six).
3. LCCS Update: I’m hoping to get the LAMBRA LCCS points from the Mississippi Gran Prix finished up by tomorrow. Sorry for the delay. All those mixed categories make it a little more tedious than usual. As was done last year for that event, the Cat. 3/4 race will be scored based only on overall GC placing, so if the first Cat. 4 rider came in 5th, he will get 5th place points in the Cat. 4 ranking. Since the Cat. 4/5 race was an omnium, each race will be re-scored for Cat. 4 and C! at. 5, so for example the first Cat. 5 finisher in each race will get the regular road race or time trial 1st place points in the Cat. 5 ranking (Cat. 5 points do not count toward team rankings).
4. Collegiate News: I’d like to acknowledge our collegiate teams that recently finished up their South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference road seasons with lots of strong finishes against some well-established collegiate teams from Texas and Oklahoma. Congratulations to Tulane on taking home the Division II conference omnium team championship. One rider each from the LSU and Tulane teams qualified for Collegiate road nationals May 6-8 in Madison, WI. The collegiate track season will be starting up this summer and the LSU team is already planning on hosting a race at the Baton Rouge Velodrome.
President, Louisiana-Mississippi Bicycle Racing Assn.