The Race Rewards Program and Special Events Reimbursement Fund (SERF) are funds allocated by the Board of Directors (BOD) to assist club members in meeting their individual racing goals. The Race Rewards program is designed to provide partial reimbursement for every race entered. The SERF program is targeted towards larger out-of-district events which require travel and overnight stays. Both programs are open to all club members who meet eligibility requirements including volunteering for club events and wear an up-to-date complete LGBRC kit (jersey and shorts) while racing. The season for both programs runs from December 1 to November 30 and all racing disciplines (road, track, cross, mountain, etc.)
To participate in the Race Rewards program, you cannot race for another club/team and need to compete wearing an up to date COMPLETE TEAM KIT (jersey and shorts). To apply, submit a bio (it’s mandatory), then e-mail your race results to the race rewards coordinator (Barry Gordon firstname.lastname@example.org). The required information includes race name, date(s), race category, field size and your placing. All results must be entered by December 1. One point is awarded every time you race (finishing a race is not a condition), and bonuses are given for particularly good performances. 3 points for first place, 2 points for second or third place. All categories are treated the same; upper categories do not receive preferential treatment. Each point is awarded a dollar amount at the end of the season.
While all categories are treated the same; upper categories do not receive preferential treatment, members of our elite racing teams, if any, participate in a separate reimbursement program.
The final amount you are reimbursed depends on the total budget allocated by the BOD, the number of people participating in the program, and the number of points you accrue during the year. You will be asked at the end of the program if you want to receive your check or have your award donated back to the club as a charitable donation.
The SERF program can provide up to $100 per day up to $300 per event to cover the costs of travel, lodging and entry fees for out-of-district events. The actual amount you receive will depend on the total budget allocated by the BOD and the total number of requests received throughout the year. Qualifying events are out-of-district races that are sufficiently far from the Bay Area to require overnight stays. You are encouraged to participate in the program, and you can apply as often as you like. To participate in the SERF program fill out this SERF 2023 Request Form and send it by email to the SERF coordinator at least two weeks before the event. In the form you will describe the event, where it is located, how much you expect it to cost, and why you want to do the event. After the event you must send IN your receipts and provide a race report to share with the club.
Reimbursements are calculated in December with the goal of distributing Race Reward and SERF checks early the following year.
Barry Gordon, Race Rewards/SERF Coordinator