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How long is to long for a course?(6 posts)

How long is to long for a course?xcmntgeek
Oct 8, 2003 5:24 PM
I'm helping to put on a CX race in my hometown w/ a local masters racer. We were scouting the course today and I want the boards opinion on it....

Option 1- 1.4mi. Starts on a level road. After 200m turns right onto a hard packed double track that climbs slightly through a wide open field. Double track turns into a worn "road" through a field. Takes a sharp right and the road drops into the woods (about 1.5-2m wide) semi-steep but smooth with a few mud holes.
The next part of the course descends along a dirt road and into a field with one steep drop in that requires a bit of concentration. It flatens out (still on grass/double track/ worn path) and then turns and climbs for 500m. I was hammering this climb in my 38-23 and it was hurting. To finish the course does a gradual decent back down to the road.

Option 2- Same as one but adds on a 300m road section after the last decent. This road leads to a grandstand mud pit that leads to a super steep run up that goes back to the original starting road. This course adds another K to the course.

What do you think? Both courses seem long on paper but in reality go pretty fast.
re: How long is to long for a course?swimbikerunjump
Oct 9, 2003 5:14 AM
as a rider - option 1, as a spectator option 2!
What is the ride time per lap? Also depends on the weather -option 2 would be brutal in the rain. 3.3 km is a pretty good distance otherwise.
re: 3 K is pretty standardrichpierce
Oct 9, 2003 8:12 AM
If your course is too short you'll get a lot of lapping earlier which makes life bad for those lapped and for officials.
Go to the sourceflyweight
Oct 9, 2003 9:19 AM
Here's the official UCI rules on cyclo-cross: http://www.uci.ch/english/about/rules/ch05_cyclox.pdf

To save you from wading through boring details about pit and shower provisions, blah, blah, blah:
Length: Minimum of 2.5km, max 3.5km, 90% shall be rideable.
Width: minimum 3m wide at all points.
Starting stretch must be 500m long and 6m wide and not run downhill. The first bend shall be less than a full right-angle turn.
Finishing stretch shall be a straight line, at least 200m long and 6m wide and must be flat or uphill.
No more than 4 obstacles that oblige (not require) riders to dismount. Steps may not be placed on downhill sections.
The course can comprise on artificial obstacle. This artificial obstacle consist of 2 wooden planks that shall be 4m apart. The planks shall be filled in for their full height and may not be metallic. They must be 40cm high and shall stretch the full width of the course.
Beware Mud PitsGripped
Oct 9, 2003 11:41 AM
Don't require riders to negotiate a mud pit where, if they dismount and run the mud, they might lose a shoe. Remember that mud pits get nastier after x number of riders have completed y number of laps.

My $.02
Thanksxcmntgeek
Oct 11, 2003 10:41 PM
I think we're sticking w/ option one beacuse it remains solely on private land an dI don't have to mess with use agreements with the city. This is my first real attempt at helping promote a race, I like to jump in head first.