BRRRR, cold one this morning...since my Tauntaun decided to crap out on me, I guess it's time to write an entry and throw this notion of the law of accelerating returns out there.
In the world of AI (artificial intelligence) this is pretty hot topic right now, and if you're a bigger dork than I am, you'll def wanna spend the next 8 hours reading how one day your Garmin will race your bike for you, all you'll have to do is holler and drink beer.
For the sake of time, try to get on point. We keep pushing our sponsors to help us bring you a race that's worthy of your time and commitment to the sport. And, in doing so, we've double-checked our calculations when considering bumping your payouts and distributing awesome swag.
Proof is in the ipa... or something like that. Looking back at the inaugural 2005 Cedar Hill Crit, it was a sheer miracle we promoted a bicycle race. For all our efforts, the lack of any significant social media (Facebook was <1yr old and there was no such thing as tweeting)....for all intents and purposes, we were better off getting folks to our race if we went to your race and dropped some flyers (which we still do btw lol).
In 2005, there were 163 racers, of which 18% (n=9) were ladies who raced (albeit those ladies were and still are, BADASS).....cool...initially we din't intend for this to be a women's specific entry, but hell, let's go that way, 'cause we do love our ladies that race, and want you ladies to bring your best game when you come here and pin a number on.
Let's take a little deeper run down the history and data rabbit hole:
2005 - We'll get to that in a moment.
2013 - P123, $400 5-deep. Solid. In 2013, we actually ran a higher payout for the Women's 123 race than for the Men's 123 (totally true - click thru for the proof!) and was only in the last hours that this one dude said, "okay okay, let's pay the dudes too"...he of House of Tree-Racing, that dude ;) Otherwise, '13 p/o's would have been heavily lopsided in favor of the ladies.
2014 - P123, $1,000 10-deep, +(4) $100 primes. That's more than a healthy bump.
Right. Back to 2005. TBH, I have no earthly clue what we provided in 2005...probably something really cool and expensive like tubes, that weren't blown, more likely though, beer, which like gold, never loses its significance in the world of precious commodities.
Agreed, our N is a still a little small right now, but we're off to a good start. 3 years. 3 races ('05,'13, '14), and here's what we have. For the ladies payouts, we've progressed from, tubes, to $400, to $1,000. That's about as Law of Accelerating Returns as I can make this. Increasing and exponential growth over time; at this rate, the 2020 race will be $1 meeeeelion dollars. Factor 2015 in and to be much more scientific, what MLP commonly refers to as the Law of Stacking dat Cheddah.
For the sake of time and for the woman who likes to bend pedals, chick dudes, and could care less about such things Asimov, but does want a badass competitive race weekend in 2015 that's hard as nails with wide open & safe roads - here's what you need to know:
$1600-10 deep + (4)$100 Primes
1st- $500 + HearingPlanet ear buds ($239 ret. value) + Cedar Hill Growler Trophy
2nd - $250 + OS Nutrition Pack
3rd - $125
4th - $100 + Sufferfest training video
5th - $85
6th - $80
7th - $75
8th - $55
9th - $45
Elite Cat 2 1st finisher - $150 bonus + Growler + OS Nutrition Pack
Elite Cat 3 1st finisher $100 bonus +Growler + OS Nutrition Pack
Additionally, all winners will receive flowers and this fine trophy as they step on the top step for our formal podium announcements. Trophies are filled with special love from our awesome beer sponsors at Nashville's own, Little Harpeth Brewing.
Please share this with your friends that race, or are interested in racing, we also have a free Intro. to Bike Racing clinic and free 2-lap beginner's race.
If you made it this far, we commend you. You obviously have too much free time on your hands, so, get to training, you got a race to win!
LISTEN UP RACERS! We've got something you're gonna wanna hear!!
The 2015 Cedar Hill Criterium is excited to announced that HearingPlanet is back as a presenting sponsor at the 2015 Cedar Hill Criterium!
What does mean for you, you're wondering??
Here's what: Gonna be like Barry White whispering sweet lovelies in your ears
Deeper and deeper. Sweeter and sweeter. Give it up….
That's right! Each podium winner wins a set of....Ok, before we go full BW on you (or scroll down for the cheddah), please read this brief blog entry from our newest sponsor, HearingPlanet:
"Going to the Big Game?
Bring Ear Plugs!
As the saying goes, nothing says “America” like baseball and apple pie. And football and basketball too, for that matter. There’s nothing like being packed in a stadium with 50,000 or so of your closest friends, united in your love for the home team.
One potential dangerous element of these sporting events, however, is the crowd noise. Earlier this fall, the Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs each broke the Guinness world record for crowd noise, at 136dB and 137dB, respectively. For comparison sake, the sound of a jet engine from 100 feet away is about 140dB.
At volumes like that, even a very short exposure can cause irreversible damage to your hearing. "
*Dang. You may be the first cyclist to have actually learned something from reading our blog. Protect yo ears, fool! Keep Reading!
Here's a little more about HearingPlanet
HearingPlanet simplifies hearing care by providing easy access to a credentialed and endorsed Local Clinic for superior service, the widest selection of competitively priced hearing aids, and a trained Hearing Consultant to guide you toward the right solution. HearingPlanet is the largest national supplier of hearing care solutions with over 1,600 clinic locations throughout the country - ready to serve your needs. You can easily use our clinic finder to find the clinic nearest you.
Our commitment, coupled with the highest quality in customer service and volume pricing discounts make HearingPlanet the smart choice when shopping for your hearing care needs.
Please join me in welcoming our awesome new sponsor, and please check out their website at www.Hearingplanet.com
Here's the Race Cheddah!
HearingPlanet will be presenting winners of each race (14 total) with a set of Audéo Perfect Fit Earphones with Microphone ($239 value)!!!
That's over $3k worth of headphones! #WHOOP
This is like putting Barry White right in your earhole!
Ideally suited for people on the move, the Audéo Perfect Fit Earphones 132 combines its light-weight, ergonomic fit with excellent sound quality and external noise cancellation to ensure the daily commute has never been so relaxing. With high-powered balanced armature drivers in each earpiece, the Audéo PFE 132 deliver enhanced sound precision and a highly-tuned listening experience.
The Audéo PFE 132 comes with in-built Apple chip technology and is 100% compatibility with all Apple products. The earphone offer a hands-free function with microphone and volume control to enable remote volume control and call answering/ending - all at the touch of a button. The standard 3.5-milimeter jack is compatible with a wide variety of devices, from MP3 and DVD players as well as notebooks and media players. The microphone is compatible with the iPhone, Droid and other mobile digital devices.
The earphones include two sets of interchangeable acoustic filters allowing the user to manually tailor a sound signature to suit individual taste. The Audéo PFE 132 also include three sizes of soft silicone ear tips and a set of Comply foam» tips, ensuring a perfect in-ear fit for maximum comfort and helping isolate unwanted ambient noise to delivering crystal-clear sound definition at a lower, safer volume.
WHOA. Please join us in welcoming our awesome sponsor BACK! and please check out their website at www.Hearingplanet.com
2015 Race Registration is now open - Sun. Apt. 12th and remember - Juniors race FREE!
Hattie B's Racing
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