Criterium action: The Pro1/2 men charge up Main Street in Burlington in 2006.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Green Mountain Stage Race. I think that I have participated in all ten editions of the race in some form or fashion -- as a inauspicious rider in its early years, and then as a volunteer.
Ten years is a long time for any volunteer-run event to keep on keeping on and the history of the criterium race in Burlington goes back even further -- back to the late 1980s.
Through the years I have done a good many of the non-leadership tasks involved with putting on a bike race: Course setup and take down, marshaling, prize distribution, moving stuff, recruiting volunteers. This experience has given me a pretty broad understanding of what's involved in putting an event of this magnitude.
Despite ongoing economic bad news (2010, the year of the 'pessimism bubble') it looks like registration at this year's race is comparable to previous races. As I always, I hope for a safe event without any bad car-rider interactions... a good, competitive race held under sunny skies and on quiet local roads with patient, friendly drivers (sarcasm).
Previous posts about the Green Mountain Stage Race here, take a look (lots of images).