2015 is going to be a banner year for #TXCX, that is if new TXBRA Cyclocross Coordinator, Melanie Black, has anything to do with it.
Melanie has more than 15 years of experience running races as she and her husband, Will, were big parts of the Houston and Asheville, NC scenes. Plus, she’s a bad-ass Cat 1 Mountain Bike / Cat 2 Road / Cat 1 CX racer, and more importantly a proud mom and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA: she puts people to sleep for surgery).
The role of CX Coordinator for TXBRA is to help establish the schedule, to ensure the quality of our races and to act as a liaison between riders and promoters. As you can imagine, satisfaction for all groups is no easy task with so many people bringing their own needs, desires and agendas. And the role is all volunteer.
We sat down with Mel to ask her what’s in store for this upcoming season.
Thanks for taking the time for a few questions. Let’s start with the obvious change – Regional and Elite Races. Over the past few years we’ve toyed with the idea of regional events and we’ve seen they are viable. How do these two classifications work?
Looking at the numbers from last year’s races, we realized that many cross racers did not travel outside their geographical area to race. Having an official regional race series separate from the Elite race series is away to grow the sport from the roots. The idea for regional races is to have low key, fun regional events that cater to the first timer, beginner racer, or a family that races but can’t travel as much. Continue Reading…