We are weeks away from another year at PIR. I am going to start with what is new this season because there have been some significant overhauls, then give a refresher on my standard weekly reminders you'll be hearing once a week for the entire summer.
First, the biggest change is that we are offering pre-reg for $15 at no additional cost to the rider (no surcharges, no hidden costs, etc). We'll keep that open till 3pm the day of the race, so you have time to refresh the weather page another 50 times before you decide you want to race even if it is 100% chance of rain. In person race entry is going to jump to $20. (See what we did there?) We really want you to pre-reg. If pre-reg isn't your thing or the internet worries you, no problem. We still got your back, but we need to charge you $5 extra to help offset hiring another person to help man registration.
TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL SEASON PASSES
You can now purchase those passes directly from this site. Go to our Passes page to buy individual season passes or team packs of 50 or 100 entries. These are heavily discounted and you'll have the option to use pass at reg or pre-reg using a unique discount code. If you want anything special, like buying 83 passes exactly, we can do that too. Just shoot me an email. If you are new to the team pass thing, I keep track of passes used and update you as the series goes on. Once you get close to the end of your passes, you can re-up at the same rate or pass and all your riders pay their way. We are also happy to offer a deal where team pays $8 and riders pay $5 (for 100 packs or more, $9 / $5 for 50 packs or more). That option has worked well for teams and riders in the past.
We are taking a couple days off this season because they either happen to fall just after a holiday or on a holiday. Those days are May 30th (day after Memorial Day) and July 4th (the day where you drink beers and barbecue instead of race your bike).
We'll be offering women's fields the months of June and July while Monday PIR goes on sabbatical for Portland Short Track Season. If demand is high enough, I am more than happy to offer those racing slots throughout the season, but, I also want to strongly encourage folks to race Monday's as well as Matt has done a lot of work to help promote the series and particularly the women's fields this season.
Thanks to the expert coaches at Wenzel Coaching, we will have a pre-race clinic once a month. With the exception of May, the last Tuesday will have a clinic taught by professional coaches from 5:30-6:15pm. In May, we'll bump that a week earlier because no racing on the 30th. This clinic is great to help you go over the basics whether you raced before or are new to the sport. This clinic also counts as upgrade points from your 5 to a 4. Stay tuned for more details or email Pete Lindeman for specifics.
To accommodate some changes later in the season, we moved the schedule around a bit. Please see below for exact start times. No late riders will be allowed to participate in the race or jump in. Please plan accordingly:
5:00pm - Registration open
5:30pm - Free pre-race clinic (Hosted by Wenzel Coaching). Runs the last Tuesday of every month. Email Pete Lindeman for details.
6:00pm - Juniors - 20 minutes (Hosted by PDX DEVO) Junior season runs 4/18-5/22
6:20pm - Novice - 6-8 Laps
6:25pm - Category 4/5 - 7-10 Laps
6:40pm - Category 3/4 - Between 10-20 Laps, 2-4 Hot Spots depending on daylight
6:45pm - Category 1/2/3 - Between 12-23 Laps, 3-5 Hot Spots depending on daylight
Back for 2017 are some of the best companies around that always help promote racing and support the community.
Castelli again will be offering the monthly leader's jersey to the monthly winner of the 4/5, 3/4, and 1/2/3 fields. These things look great again this year and they are yours to keep as bragging rights on every group ride you go on after you win.
10 Barrel Brewing Co will be offering gift certificates 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the 1/2/3 fields for the team competition. Gift certs are $100, $75, and $50 so plenty of money to buy your team some rounds for helping you win.
River City Bicycles is offering monthly prizes to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of all the race fields again this year. Not only are they one of the best bike shops in the world, but, they have sponsored Tuesday Night PIR and so much more in the local scene for years. Fantastic shop with some of the best staff around--many of them at the race!
ON SITE REGISTRATION
Open Categories - $20
Juniors race - FREE
Juniors racing open categories - $5
From 5:00 to five minutes prior to your start time.
On site registration is located at the OBRA Trailer at the Start/Finish area in the middle of the main grandstands. Cash and Check accepted at event. Please make checks payable to Cascade Sports Performance.
Go to http://obra.org/schedule and click Register under the night you wish to register for.
OBRA membership required: Single-day membership for $5 or annual membership for $30, available at race registration or online. OBRA rules and categories apply. Helmets required.
Portland International Raceway
1940 N Victory Blvd, Portland, OR 97217 / From I-5 take exit #306b west.
The racetrack is located immediately west of the freeway.