RACE CANCELLED at Bogus Basin

Race Details
 A message from the Idaho League Director:

RACE CANCELLATION

We’ve spent a lot of time over the past couple days on the phone talking with league/NICA leadership as well as the management team at Bogus Basin. Unfortunately the decision has been made to cancel the state championship race this weekend. While this is a very sad and disappointing decision to communicate, when weighed against our obligation to keep students, parents, coaches, spectators, volunteers and staff safe, it was not difficult to make the right choice. We just can’t risk having people out there in the conditions that are forecast for Friday and Saturday at Bogus Basin.

Over the past 24-hours we have looked at alternate venues to see if moving to a lower elevation location would be feasible. Unfortunately after careful consideration it has been determined that relocating on such short notice is not an option.

We’ve also evaluated if rescheduling to next weekend is an option. There are many reasons that this is also not viable and has also been ruled out.

At the end of the day after evaluating all our options, it has been determined that we must implement the cancellation plan that was communicated to the league last night (HERE).

We realize this is a disappointment to everyone involved in our league but we hope you understand why this decision had to be made. Additional details have been communicated to all Team Directors and we will be working directly with them to calculate the season overall results and sending out awards for all the racers.

Plans are already in the works for an even better 2018 season and we look forward to seeing everyone out on the trails between now and then. Thank you for everything you do in supporting our mission to get more kids on bikes.

Eddie Freyer
League Director

Race #5 Update*

*If you do not find answers to your questions below, please forward any further  questions to the BBMTB Team Director. Thank you.

** BBMTB will continue with the regular practice schedule through the weekend if the race is cancelled.

From your IICL Race Director:

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to give you an update on the weather forecast for the race this weekend at Bogus Basin.   I’ve spent a lot of time today pouring over various websites, talking with league leadership, NICA national and our partners up at Bogus Basin regarding the forecast for Friday and Saturday.  As of right now, it’s not looking good and we are evaluating the need to cancel.  There is a high chance of snow accumulation of 2”-4” between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  In addition, the temperature on Saturday is forecast for a high of 34° with a wind chill of only 10°-20° throughout the day.  These conditions are far outside of what is considered safe for a NICA event.  We will assess all resources tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon to check for improvement in the forecast which may allow for us to proceed with the event.  Any updates and/or decisions will be communicated at that time (Wednesday – Noon).

I realize that in situations like this there will be a lot of questions.  We will do our best to proactively communicate information to address most of the questions your teams may have, and will consolidate answers to common questions in subsequent team director emails.

Please understand that our decision making process will be prioritized as follows:

  1. Safety of all riders, coaches, spectators, volunteers and staff
  2. Preservation of trails and other areas of our venues
  3. Financial Impact on the IICL and participants including travel time/expense
  4. Impact on series points and team standings
  • Chance of a cancellation due to weather and what is the IICL policy with regard to adverse weather conditions?
    • As of right now this is a high probability.  We will give it as much time as we can for the forecast to improve but also keeping in mind that everyone needs to make plans, cancel reservations, etc.  An update will be sent tomorrow and based on the forecast we will either communicate our deadline for a decision or make the decision at that time to cancel the race.
  • Will there be a rescheduled race?
    • No.  The long-range forecast is showing continued probability of snow/cold temps through next weekend.  Looking to reschedule beyond then presents to high of a risk as winter approaches.  In addition, the availability of venues is restricted.
  • Can we relocate to another venue?
    • No. As of right now we do not have another venue in a location that would not be impacted by this weather that has already been certified as a NICA venue (this is a lengthy process and required by our insurance carrier).
  • What happens with regard to the season points for both individuals and teams and how will we handle the awards for a cancelled state championship race?
    • The season will become a best 3 out of 4 series with the worst points value race being dropped to determine the individual series results.  No state championship bonus points will apply and the “all race” 25-point bonus will be awarded for those racers who completed races 1-4
    • Team points will be based on the totals from races 1-4, no drops and no bonuses factored in
    • Awards will be mailed to team directors for all riders on their teams who earned a series podium spot as well as overall team awards
    • A 2017 awards recognition ceremony will be held at race #1 of the 2018 season
  • Will there be refunds for race fees
    • Per the IICL Refund/Transfer Policy refunds are not provided for a cancelled race.  We understand that not everyone agrees with this policy.  However we ask that you help communicate the reasons why.  – The IICL is a non-profit organization that runs on a limited annual budget
  • We have already accrued many expenses for this event and cannot recoup those in the event of a cancellation.
  • Providing refunds will have a long-term negative financial impact on our league

If the lack of a refund presents a financial hardship on a particular family, please have them reach out to me directly and we can discuss what options may be available.

We will keep the Pit Zone open at least until tomorrow night (Wednesday) at midnight to give us more time to make a decision on the event.

Thanks in advance for your understanding.  This is a very difficult decision to make and especially with all the hard work each and every student-athlete, coach, parent, volunteer and core-staff member have put into this season.  It’s our hope that the forecast improves and that we will be able to see everyone this weekend for the conclusion of our 2017 season.

Eddie Freyer
League Director
Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League

Race #5 – Bogus Boss

It is with a heavy heart that I send out this information with the knowledge that we have a 70% change of the race being cancelled due to snow and cold temperatures. The BBMTB Core Team is preparing for all possibilities and in communication with the Race Director.

Further information about possible cancellation will be sent out shortly. The next communication will answer all of your cancellation questions.

Below are the basics for the weekend in case we get the green light.

Bogus Basin Forecast:

Bogus 5 weather

Needless to say, appropriate clothing and gear will make this event a truly fun and enjoyable experience! Pack winter clothing extras and decide what to wear when you get there.

Here are the Details for this weekend :

  • Race Flyer – Viewing the race flyer before you leave town is a MUST do and it’s always found HERE, and http://www.idahomtb.org/race-series/
    • Girls start at 9:00 AM
  • Additional GEAR again – Be prepared and pack extra for this weekend.
    • Riding in possible rain on Saturday, Race Day. Have a rain jacket and extra layers to choose from. Have warm dry clothes in the BBMTB Pit Zone to change into after your race.
    • Make sure you have water packed for weekend! Water is in area, but not confirmed that it is potable in camping area.
  • VOLUNTEERS are always critical to the team’s success.
    • If you are a parent and have not volunteered yet this season, this is definitely the time to do so.
    • Race venue will be ten minutes from camping and NO Internet or phone service, we will once again need your extra attention for support.
  • Sign-up for BBMTB Team Volunteer positions HERE

  • Volunteer for Idaho League Race Operations HERE
  • Bikes
    • Bikes and any large gear will be left in the BBMTB Team Pit Zone Friday night.
    • Cable locks, tarp and security for gear will be provided.
  •  Food
    • Friday night dinner is Potluck at the BBMTB campground at 6:30 PM
    • All team members and family members  are welcome.
  •  Camping
    • RV’s are welcome, please share if you have extra space or amenities.
    • Look for Team banner on a 10 x 10 tent and “BBMTB” signs
    • At this time, we suggest you sleep at home if you do not have appropriate gear for these temperatures.
    • Bogus Boss parking
  • Film Festival – CANCELLED
    • With the colder temperatures, we want everyone to stay as warm as possible and will cancel this outdoor event.
    • We expect many to sleep at home this weekend and will save the videos for our End of Season Party.
  • Team Shuttles
    • Shuttles will be available from BBMTB Pit Zone and camping area.
    • Team Coaches will Coordinate with Team Shuttle Drivers
  • IICL

 

  • As always, we are grateful for our Team Sponsors!

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Film Festival at State Championships

State Championship Film Festival
 Hosted by the Boise Braves MTB

What:   Bogus Boss Student-Athlete Film Fest

Who:     Open to all IICL MTB Student-Athletes

Why:     To show your spirit and MTB videos from this past season. Socialize with other teams.

How:   Upload your video to Dropbox

Where: Camping area. Screen on side of BBMTB RV.

When:   Friday night about 8:00 PM. Submit into Dropbox before Wednesday!

Requirements: 
*Must be PG-13
*Less than four (4) minutes long
*Related to cycling and your experience with your season and IICL.
Submission Due date: Wednesday October 11
**anything submitted after this date, will be added as time allows.

Let your creative side shine or just have fun showing pictures of you and your friends! Record during Saturday’s practice at Bogus. Your Coaches can help with angles. Have fun!!

Coach Mike Happy

 

Magic in the Mountains – HS Girls Race Report

Have you ever been to Magic Mountain? It was a new race venue for the Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League where beautiful mountains and magic were everywhere!

The highlight of the weekend was definitely the High School ladies race. The weather had changed quickly right after the start from a typical fall mid-50’s day to strong winds, rain and a huge drop in temperature into the 30’s. All the girls, from every team in Idaho, stepped up to the challenge and rode hard to the finish line with smiles of achievement.

Shelby Magic Podium

Varsity Girls, Shelby Galinat remains strong this year for another great first place finish at Magic Mania.

Battles on and off the race course:  Over most of September, Idaho League teams and the majority of our BBMTB student-athletes and coaches were fighting multiple layers of bacterial and viral infections. This brought physical and psychological challenges to the starting line for many.

Shelby had a bobble that put her in an erosion ditch which put her in second place until taking her lead on the one mile hill climb on the second lap. All eyes were on her to see if she could make back her time. By the third lap, Shelby was well on her way to winning another Varsity race.

Camden Mullens who has been placing consistently in third place as Junior Varsity, was one of the unfortunates to battle a terrible cold while battling the winter weather on the race course. She had a good start and came in for an early finish for 415 points. These girls are tough! We hope Camden gets well soon!!

On another note, Anna Gussner was coming off a painful injury and had to miss the recent Galena race. After becoming one with a borrowed trainer and major determination not to loose hard earned fitness, she was able to make a smooth comeback for 5th place.

It was a beautiful site to watch the JV girls come in one after another, 5th through 8th place: Anna Gussner, Carley Werdel, Sofi Serio and Lily Scarrow, respectfully. Wow!

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Carley (6th) and Sofi (7th) being interviewed by Hal.

Lily Magic

Lily Scarrow happy for an 8th place after leaving it all on the race course.

 

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Marisa Shalz (2nd) – Sophmore Girls

Marisa Shalz (2nd) had an early crash that she quickly shook off and Luci Kraska (4th) rode extremely well for a good showing for the Sophmore Girls!

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Ava, Teagan, Rylee and Hope stage for their race start at Magic Mania.

The Freshman Girls were the final racers to start for the day. They all acheived personal bests on a slippery, rutted and muddy race course. Handling the elements for an epic race: Teagan Boggess (5th), Hope Strohmeyer (8th), Rylee Taylor (12th) & Ava Steckel (15th).

For most of our BBMTB team, racing is only a small part of the adventure. We like to meet student-athletes from other teams when we can.

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Pocatello and Boise HS Girls socializing the night before the big race…and one happy HS boy!

Stay tuned for the next two race reports (HS Boys & Middle School Boys & Girls)

Can’t wait? Results have been posted at http://www.idahomtb.org/race-results/