Registration Software and Mud

It’s no big surprise that we here at Event Wizard® are software junkies. But what may come as a surprise is that when we aren’t tied to our desks figuring out new features and ways of improving Event Wizard®, we’re on our bikes.

Event Wizard® has been a partner sponsor of Glotman Simpson Cycling for the past three years. This year, we came on as the presenting sponsor for the newly formed Glotman Simpson Cyclocross team, known as Glotman Simpson Cyclocross presented by Event Wizard®. I know, it’s a mouthful, but I assure you it’s common place in the cycling team name world.

So, what is cyclocross?  I’ll let Wikipedia explain.

Cyclo-cross (sometimes cyclocross, CX, CCX, cyclo-X or ‘cross) is a form of bicycle racing. Races typically take place in the autumn and winter (the international or “World Cup” season is October–February), and consist of many laps of a short (2.5–3.5  km or 1.5–2  mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. Races for senior categories are generally between 30 minutes and an hour long, with the distance varying depending on the ground conditions.

I should add, it is all done on a road bike frame with brakes that work relatively well until it gets really muddy. This combination results in some fairly comical moments, which is why cyclocross is such an easy going discipline of cycling. Yes, there are many people that compete hard on race day (myself included) but it’s tough to take yourself too seriously when you’re riding laps around a course on a road bike with knobby tires in mud and crashing every few corners, all while in a spandex skinsuit.

Glotman Simpson Cyclocross p/b Event Wizard® has had a very impressive start to their inaugural season. Both the Men’s and Women’s categories have been chalk full of top 5 placings both in Canada and the US. This past weekend proved an especially tough test in Vancouver with torrential rain and wind contributing to an already tough course at New Brighton Park on Saturday and Vanier Park on Sunday (results for Sunday).

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Glotman Simpson Cyclocross p/b Event Wizard® Men’s Squad after Vanier Park CX (author on far right)

Seems like an odd way to spend a weekend. We often joke that passerby’s must wonder what the heck is going on when they come across a race. The sound of cowbells ringing and the odd sight of cyclists accepting swigs of beer from strangers standing on the course sidelines. I’ll explain that one in another post.

What is for certain is at the end of the week when my mind has been full of thoughts of software and event registration, getting out on that course and racing against your mates is a fantastic way to refresh yourself for the next week.

With Event Wizard®’s support we have gotten a number of cyclists into the sport. Being part of the community is something we are very proud of. It is an important part of any business and helps connect people to activities, interests and causes that they may otherwise not have a chance to discover.

No matter how odd that activity may seem.


Posted on September 30, 2013 by Mark Turner
Category : Event Wizard® & Glotman Simpson Cycling & Partners
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