Touring Programby Alan Darby
Soon it will be March (if itís not already) and the touring season will be in full swing once again. Ellen and I are excited about working with all the ride captains weíve worked with before and are hoping to see a lot of new ride captains this year. We will do our best to provide a full and varied schedule for the season.
Speaking of the touring season, for those who may not be familiar, or have long since forgotten, our official season begins March 1st of each year and has traditionally ended on September 30th. The touring season is designated as the time in which the competition for the Yellow and Blue jerseys takes place. This year we are considering a change to the definition of the touring season, extending it to October 31st. We want to know your opinion. We will be discussing this potential change at our next touring meeting in April (check the schedule for the date). Come out and let us know what you think. If a decision is made to make this change, we will publish it in the newsletter.
While we are on the subject of the touring season and jerseys, hereís a refresher on the various jersey awards that are given each year at the banquet:
Yellow Jersey - A yellow jersey is awarded to the male and female riders who have accumulated (according to our statistician) the most club miles in the touring season. The winner of the yellow jersey is not eligible to win again until after a five-year period. For example, the yellow jersey winner in 2000 will not be eligible to win the yellow jersey again until 2006.
Masters Jersey - A blue jersey is awarded to the male and female riders that are 50 years old or older, as of January 1 of that year, who have accumulated (according to our statistician) the most club miles in the touring season. The winner of the blue jersey is not eligible to win again until after a two-year period. For example, the blue jersey winner in 2000 will not be eligible to win the blue jersey again until 2003.
Ride Captain Jersey - A red jersey is awarded to any ride captain that has led at least 10 rides for the year (according to our statistician). The year runs from the first day after the end of the last touring season to the last day of the current touring season. For example, October 1st of 2001 through September 30th of 2002 (unless we extend the touring season this year). Ride Captains who led more than 10 rides are recognized every year, but are only eligible for a new ride captain jersey after a five-year period.
25,000-Mile Jersey - A silver jersey is awarded to any rider that has accumulated (according to our statistician) 25,000 miles as of the last day of the current touring season.
50,000-Mile Jersey - A gold jersey is awarded to any rider that has accumulated (according to our statistician) 50,000 miles as of the last day of the current touring season.
With all the notes about the statistician, let me just say that the sign up sheets are the key to getting mileage and ride captain credit. You must sign up for the ride and the ride captain must send in the sign-up sheet. The statistician (our friend Steve Engh) gets all his information from those sheets.
Thatís it in a nutshell. A more detailed version of the touring program and touring awards, as well as ride captain guidelines can be found on the web site on the Touring Program page.
I am looking forward to riding with old and new friends, and to new routes, gentler hills, fewer pounds, nicer dogs, stronger legs, bigger lungs, happy drivers and lots of good weather.
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