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Reston, VA Race(9 posts)

Reston, VA Raceclimbo
Oct 29, 2001 11:55 AM
Anybody go to Reston for the MAC race? How was the course? Looked like a killer run-up after a barrier in the photos.
re: Reston, VA Racemtbr007
Oct 29, 2001 5:22 PM
The course was great. The folks from PVC definitely know how to put on a fine event. The course had lotsa corners, a road climb, a short steep run-up, a longer gradual run-up, and a bunch of other stuff thrown in for good measure. Didn't seem to have the amount of spectators as other MAC races, but at least 180 riders were out on the course getting dizzy with all the switchback corners.

Next event there is in December, I think. Pray for snow!! The course will be even more fun.

race pics are posted at
re: Reston, VA Raceclimbo
Oct 30, 2001 7:35 AM
looks good, snow will come hopefully in December. If not, try the MAC race in Hershey, December 30, a good chance of snow that day !!
re: Reston, VA Racetriangleforge
Oct 31, 2001 9:38 AM
I raced the "C" race -- my first 'cross race ever, and had a great time, got 4th place -- you can spot my ugly mug in the photos on captioned "Brad DeVries - Squadra Coppi."

There were two notable run-ups, in fairly close succession; the first one marked by two barriers in the middle of a 60-80 meter long, barely rideable hill. Most of the riders in my race and the subsequent ones I watched chose to grunt up to the barriers, dismount, and run the rest of the way up to the top of the hill. You'd then twist around a couple of turns through the woods, then drop down a steep little patch into another 180 and an immediate set of two barriers at the bottom of a short, steep hill -- it's the face of the earthen dam that creates Lake Fairfax, so it's a steep little sucker, and a chore to get up in the dry weather we had -- it'd be a hoot (certainly to watch, if not necessarily to race!t) in mud or snow. From there, you're on a stretch of pavement that runs along the top of the dam, before dropping off to the right and back into grass & gravel.

Several of the turns gave me fits throughout the race; one in particular was a 90 degree right-hand turn after a fast grass section that featured seemingly bottomless gravel through the entry & apex of the turn. I'd spend much of each lap thinking about better ways through that turn, and botching it each and every time. Twice I ended up in the Caution tape on the outside of the turn, struggling to stay wheels down, and one of those times two riders got by me, dropping me from third place to fifth (I got one of 'em back, but not the other). The last hairpin turn before the finish line also gave me no end of headaches, mainly because I always forgot to downshift going into the turn and found myself bogged down and slogging up the 10 meter or so hill on the way out of the bend, instead of roaring into the long, fast straightaway that followed it. Then there was the 180 in the parking lot gravel that on the first lap featured a Toyota parked halfway under the CAUTION tape and into the course, right at the point on the course where a sketchy trip through the turn deposited me! Fortunately, he got tired of racers yelling at him and had moved it by the next time I came around.

A fun race, and a good job by Potomac Velo. Make the trip for the next one in December -- you'll not regret it.
so you going up to B?climbo
Oct 31, 2001 10:37 AM
sounds like you're doing pretty well there. First race, 4th place, nice one. Maybe I'll get to one some time but I have to get to a lot of other MAC series races before the year is out so we'll see. If not, next year....
so you going up to B?triangleforge
Oct 31, 2001 10:53 AM
I might not have a choice, since I'd be bumming rides to the next few races, and nobody I'd ride with wants to go early enough for the "C" races!!!

I'm currently negotiating with home to see if I can make the trip to Charlottesville for #2 in the VA Cup series (I'd likely end up riding down with a guy to race the 40+ field), or up to Winfield in Maryland (where I'd hitch a ride with a teammate who races "B").

Look for folks in the very retro-cool blue "Squadra Coppi" jersies at future races, and say hello! Likewise, I can't pass up seeing nationals on my doorstep in Baltimore, so I expect I'll be there.

see it or race it? You're going to race in Baltimore right?climbo
Oct 31, 2001 12:07 PM
that will be a fun experience!!! Not many Coppi jerseys in our races in NJ/PA but I'll be in Baltimore too, see you there....
Guess I'll be mixing it up...triangleforge
Oct 31, 2001 12:49 PM
I'd heard that the age-graded nationals were open to all comers, but didn't really believe it. You bet I'll be pinning on a number!

Even better, I know my bike's got the mojo for big events like that, even if the rider might not; it's a VooDoo Wazoo frameset I bought from one of the guys on the Jr. National team, and was one of his two race bikes at the Worlds in Tabor (actually, I bought both frames, but sold one to another Coppi guy).

See ya in Balmer!

cool, good luckclimbo
Oct 31, 2001 1:26 PM
i'll be there riding for Beacon in the killer B's. Hope to see ya, cheers.