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Connecticut Segment Championship

January 02 - February 13 2022
Haddam, Connecticut
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As you all know COVID19 has wrought destruction on the 2020 cycling season. We all want to ride our bikes and could use a little freindly competition to beat the winter blues and maybe drop a few pounds (looking your way, Brooks Nablo!).  We at STAGE 1 Cycling and AirLine Cycles have harnessed our collective brain power and stolen some good ideas from other smart people to bring you the First Annual Connecticut Segment Championship of the Universe! How's it work? Simple...


(1) Starting Jan. 3rd, 2021, we will announce a new Strava segment every other week over a 10 week period -- 5 segments total. All segments will be within the state of Connecticut. Segments will vary from week to week - each one will be either road, gravel, or single track/mountain bike. Use whatever bike you want, as long as it's not motorized.  

(2) All competitors will have 2 weeks to ride the segment. Ride it as many times as you like.  We will count only your fastest time.

(3) We will award prizes to the winners of each segment in every category. The top 3 overall winners will recieve prizes as well. The Grand Champion (overall winner) in each category will take home 66.6% of the registrations we collect in their respective categories! We will likely throw some swag to other distinguished performances, and we may offer some special incentives along the way.  


- We're keeping registration pretty cheap.  Just $16 ($12 for juniors). That's about $3 per segment. You can't afford not to do this event!  Anyone may participate. No license is required.   

- You must use Strava to participate - it's the only way we can track results for this type of event. Important - Your Strava data must also include either heartrate, cadence, or power data. Any one of those three are fine. Since we aren't present and the prize purse could be quite generous, we must have corroborating data to keep things fair. You can get a cadence sensor or heart rate strap pretty cheap and most can be linked via Bluetooth to a phone. We will not award prizes to any rider who does not have corroborating data.

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- All riders are resposible for their GPS data integrity. We have no relationship with Strava and are strictly using their platform as an easy means of tracking our participants. Same goes for Garmin, Wahoo, etc. In the event you have a data issue, you should contact Strava or your device manufacturer directly. Strava often can assist to recover or repair data.  We are basically Amish and will be of no real help to you on technical issues. Sorry.

- We will award a prize to the winners in each category for each segment. We will also award prizes to the top 3 overall riders in each category.  The overall winners will walk away with a check for 66.6% of all regular registration fees (not including the BikeReg administrative fee). If we get 50 riders in a category, that's a $533 prize. AirLine Cycles and our other great sponosrs have also kicked in swag.  We likely award prizes for other interesting distinctions.   

- Proceeds (if there are any) will help to support STAGE 1 Cycling's non-profit activities, including junior development, grass roots fun, trail maintenance and advocacy, and competive events.

- Things you should do:  Definitely register and convince others to join the fun. The more people register, the more exciting the competition and the bigger the prizes. You should scout each segment before taking your best crack at it.  Then, you should ride it a bunch more times to see if you can improve your time and because, well, riding is fun! Please do contact us if you detect a problem with the segment and we'll see what we can do to resolve it. Feel free to suggest any "must do" segments you think we ought to consider.  

- Things you shouldn't do: Don't cheat! No e-bikes or motorcycles, no tandems, no hanging on to cars, or snorting pixie dust. Don't cut corners or attempt to gain an unfair advantage. Drafting is a no-go on this one. Don't attempt to tinker with your data. Absolutely no modifications may be made to any of the segments -- you ride it as it lays. Be a straight shooter. Cheaters will be disqualified, publicly shamed, flogged, and possibly drawn and quatered (we're checking with the UCI on that last one but fingers crossed! :-) ). Do your best and remember, Krampus is watching you!   

- Things you also shouldn't do:  Don't get sick. Don't crash or do anything silly, dangerous, or illegal. Don't sandbag an easier category: if you're super fast and fit, throw in with the Open ("Misfits") or Women's Open ("Runaways") so others have a shot. Be good ambassadors of the sport. Be kind to everyone you see. Buy lemonade from kids, donate to charities, frolic in meadows, and so forth. We will pick segments that avoid left turns, intersections, or stop lights. However, we can't control all conditions. Please inspect the segment before riding and make good choices. Pretend your Nana is watching you. If we get a report of knuckled headed chicanery, the consequences will be swift, severe, and brutal - see above. And we may also report you to your Nana.

- Just to be 100% clear - you are in charge of you're own destiny.  You pick the bike, the time of your ride, your hair color, sock height, everything!  You are in complete control of your choices out there.  Yes, this is our way of both empowering you and completely DISCLAIMING ANY AND ALL LIABILITY! See? Isn't it wonderfully liberating? Have fun and make good choices out there. :-)

- What will the segments be like?  As mentioned, they will be either road, mountain bike, or gravel. If we say "road" expect that the entire segment will be paved and appropriate for a road bike. (Though, you can pick whatever bike you want.) The selected segments will generally be a mile or longer and will be reasonably easy to navigate. We will think hard about the segments and try an pick sections that will be fun, interesting, and challenging.  We are devoted followers of the Divine Rules of Strava Segments - give it a read when time allows. We will abide by the Divine Rules!

- What if I don't live in CT?  Well, you should probably move here. Kidding, we don't take just anyone... (Also kidding, we do.) Anyone is welcome to come join the fun -- even New Yorkers. ;-)  Your drive may be a little longer, but it will be worth it.

- What if there's a tie?  In the unlikely event of a tie, the winners will split the prize.

- Are you dropping the lowest time/score? No. We're offering two weeks to complete the segment and that should be plenty of time to get er' done. We recognize that this is winter time and conditions could vary significantly.  That's why we're offering a 14 day window for riders to complete each segment. In the event that's not enough time due to weather conditions or some other force (e.g., legal quarantine) we reserve the right to cancel the segment for that week and either rescedule it at the end of the segement series or double it up with another week. 

The First Annual Connecticut Segment Championship of the Universe!

Routes: 5 strava segments
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Start Address: Haddam, Connecticut
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Jan 02 2022 - EVENT: Connecticut Segment Championship