2014 Madison Practice Crits Research Park

2014 Madison Practice Criteriums schedule:

Practice criteriums will take place on Tuesday evenings in May and June. The crits are a great opportunity for new racers to learn crit racing skills and for experienced racers to work on their skills.

- May 6
- May 13
- May 20
- May 27
- June 3
- June 10
- June 17

The B race starts at 6:30 pm for about 30 minutes, and the A race starts at 7:10 pm for about 50 minutes.

Note: During the B race, experienced racers will be available to "shadow" B race riders (for those who are interested) and provide in-race "instruction."

The course is located at the UW Research Park on Madison's west side, and is approximately a 0.9 mile loop consisting of S Rosa Rd - Charmany Dr - Research Park Blvd.

Registration is located near the intersection of S Rosa Rd and Research Park Blvd, and opens at 6 pm and closes at 7 pm. Each week, all riders must fill out a USA Cycling release form (available on-site or here, http://wp.wicycling.org/resources/race_directors/#forms), bring their USA Cycling license (annual and 1-day licenses are available on-site), and pay the $5 entry fee (bring exact change - no checks or credit cards accepted).

Note: The entry fee is waived for those riders doing the B race if you corner guard for the A race.

More info here: 

Kegs and Eggs Verona, Wisconsin 2014

What: Bike/Brewery Tours 

Where: Verona - New Glaurus, Wisconsin

When: May 10, 2014

Join us for a Craft Brew Bike Ride from Wisconsin Brewing company to New Glaurus Brewery and back! Event registration includes a pre-ride Barriques coffee and pastries, tours and beers at Wisconsin Brewing Company and New Glarus Brewry and a delicious brunch at the Wisconsin Brewing Company! 

Click HERE for more information and to get registered!! 

Wisconsin Driver's Education Now Requires 30 Minutes of Instruction In Safely Dealing with Vulnerable Users of the Roads

The push for stiffer penalties for drivers who hurt bicyclists and other vulnerable users of the roadways did not pass and make it into law.

However, the legislature did pass a new law requiring driver's education classes to acquaint each student with the hazards posed by motor vehicles to vulnerable highway users and provide at least 30 mins of instruction in safely dealing with these hazards.

Vulnerable users includes; 1. pedestrians; 2. bicyclists 3. operators of mopeds and motorcycles 4. animal drawn vehicles and farm tractors, 5. in line skates 6. police, fire, emt while performing duties, 7. any person rendering medical assistance to another person. 

It's nice to know new drivers will be getting this education.  It would be interesting to compare crash facts and see what percentage of drivers who injure vulnerable users are new/inexperienced drivers.