In response to some of the concerns voiced in the community, the Berkeley Bike Club have decided to do a few slightly unusual things at the Albany Crit.
We have decided to continue to offer the W4 and M5 fields as training races, although it's July 23rd, and offer mentoring for those fields. We agree that these cat's should be more about learning and becoming better and safer racers. We are appealing to Cat 1-3 racers, especially those with early Bird experience, to participate in the experiment as mentors. Please call upon others you know who mentor but don't follow the forum. Please note that we've positioned the field to make mentoring useful as a tune-up.
To sign up, please contact me directly at: email@example.com 
For reasons well-expressed in other threads, we'll be running a 40+ 3/4 field.
All registration will be electronic, and BBC will help to offset the minimal fee. Day-of registration will require a direct $10 charitable donation to the Albany School District (one-time, not for 2nd races), so bring two checks.
Finally, as at Berkeley Hills, our friends at Pyramid Brewery will have cases of beer (or soda) for prizes and primes, in addition all the other goodies!
Here are the categories and schedule:
Jrs 7:45 Medals 6 40 min. 50
W4 8:30 Medals 5 40 min. 50
Elite 5 9:15 Medals 5 40 min. 50
WP,1,2,3 10:00 $300/$100 6/6 40 min. 75
35+1,2,3 10:55 $200 6 50 min. 75
40+ 3,4 11:45 $200 6 50 min. 75
Kids race 12:30 Medals All
Elite 4 1:30 $100 6/6 40 min. 75
Elite 3 2:15 $200 6/6 50 min. 75
Pro 1.2 3:00 $400 8 60 min. 100
Please contact us soon to arrange to mentor!! And great thanks!