6/13/2021 - from NJ TT Cup Facebook page
Heads up that the Flanders Time Trial (July 24) registration goes live on Tuesday, June 15 for entries. Allamuchy (June 26), Flanders (July 24) and Somerset Circuit (August 14) are combined as the Team Somerset-POPS 2021 TT Series celebrating our team's 85th anniversary. We will have great sponsor prizes for each race, and also award a full Series winner (each category) based on points. We'll work that point set up prior to the first race. Please review the Event Notes and registration carefully as our categories have been paired down a little from the standard NJ TT Cup Series Cup, which will return in 2022. In the interest of utilizing some things we learned in 2020, chip timing is going to be used at all the races, and, additionally, Flanders will include a KOM/QOM points segment for the Naughright Hill. This will an opportunity for us to use the new tools, have some fun, and reward the climbers as they balance the demands of a full TT with a big climb. We feel the diversity of the Series taps into the classic TT work on the flats, climbing both on a road bike (Flanders) and TT bike (Somerset TT) and some technical handling at all the races. Also working to potentially get Pactimo Somerset Anniversary jerseys for the Series winners, and really anyone who might like to order them. More to follow on that. Look forward to seeing you at the Series and first at Allamuchy on June 26.
5/16/2021 - 2021 Team Somerset 85th Anniversary TT Series
Hello all. Hope you are all enjoying this nice stretch of weather as we move into a summer-like week and on to summer. I am including a communication I released to the NJ TT Cup Facebook page today announcing our events for 2021. There will not be a full TT Cup this year, but we are running 3, of our standard 4, events, as a Series and doing it in conjunction with the team's 85th Anniversary. A great long run for Somerset!!
The details are both here, on Bike Reg, and our website. As you know, these promotions don't come off without team support and it is certainly appreciated. We'll make a few modifications for Covid and post Covid, but, starting with Allamuchy, having corner marshal support is essential to the success and safety of the race.We'll do all we can to make the environment safe and as "low touch" as possible. If you are able to help out at Allamuchy on Saturday, June 26, for a couple of hours, please let me know. I will communicate details for Flanders (July 24) and Somerset TT (August 14) also, but if you know that could help for any of those, please let me know. For any of our new team members/families, happy to also connect and discuss what assisting at an event entails. Usually it is only a commitment of a couple of hours and makes our overall team approach very effective. We like to bring water, bananas, cookies and goodies for anyone there.
Look forward to getting back out and seeing everyone. We have not formalized anything to celebrate the team anniversary, as Covid took over, but we will do that and also return to a semblance of team meeting as our events begin. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, or as Joe would say, "Push Hard and Pedal Fast" and please let me know if you have any questions.
NJ TT Cup Series Page Announcement
Hope all are enjoying a great May weekend as we kick into a hot summer-like week. on the cusp of summer. Just a heads up that the Allamuchy TT will go live for registration at midnight tonight (5/16). The event is Saturday, June 26, and part of our race series this year, along with Flanders on July 24 and Somerset Circuit TT on August 14. Those races will be up for registration each about 6-7 weeks prior to the event as we work through permits/approvals. It is the 85th Anniversary of the Somerset Wheelmen/Team Somerset and, without a formal TT Cup this year, seemed appropriate to run our events as part of a Series. We will handle each race individually with placing, prizes, etc, but there will be a category winner (based off of total points) for the Series. Please note that we modified the Cup categories somewhat to streamline, without compromising competition, and attraction for new riders etc. Also, since we are running Allamuchy and Somerset slightly off (later than) their calendar time from prior years, always helpful to either pre-ride. or check out the area for conditions prior to racing. More to follow on the events certainly, but wanted to give all the heads up that we are ready to roll. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and look forward to seeing you at races.
4/10/2021 - Happy Spring and Team Somerset 2021 Events
Hello all! I hope everyone is rolling into the spring well and managing best as possible through a rather difficult year. NJ has positives and negatives currently as it relates to the pandemic, but we are all hoping to move forward. When weather has permitted, our Sunday rides have gone well at both Readington Middle School and POPS Somerville and, while this weekend looks like a Sunday washout, hopefully next Sunday is much better and we keep moving forward.
I wanted to give the team a heads up that I am posting some information on the NJ Time Trial Cup Series FB page today on our proposed time trial events and dates this year. They are, as follows, of course pending appropriate progress of things in NJ and all the requisite approvals and permits necessary. Saturday dates:
Joe Saling and I have discussed and I have also made preliminary contact with the venues, towns, etc. There are pieces that need to be put together on this "Somerset Rural West Jersey TT Series" as I am calling it. LOL. As you all know, events don't happen with support. I do, however, want to ensure that all appropriate protocol and safety is in place for these and that only those comfortable race and volunteer. My expectation and hope is that we'll be in a better spot in late June, but it will be monitored closely and the races will look a little different and have as much "low or no" contact and social distance as we can add. Still working through categories and other parts of the puzzle, but wanted to give the team a heads up.
If there are questions, let me know. Once this comes together more fully, I'll reach out for volunteers etc in May as we get closer. As always, stay safe, but ride your bike and best to all of you, family and friends.