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What to expect in Portland?(7 posts)

What to expect in Portland?weedman
Dec 9, 2003 12:34 PM
anybody know what the course will be like this weekend? how much rain expected? quality of the mud? runups? temperature? thoughts?
re: What to expect in Portland?SunnySideUp
Dec 9, 2003 12:42 PM
PIR is a fairly flat course. It is suppose to be wet and in the 40's all weekend. If it continues to rain, the mud won't stick too bad, but if it stops raining that is when the mud starts sticking to the bike.
Pit situation????gbecker
Dec 9, 2003 1:53 PM
How about course set up? Is there anyone out there that knows if there have been any decisions made about the pit situation? I know the course map shows two pits but I have heard they might be combined down to a single, two sided pit. Any word?? If anyone knows it will greatly help my packing & preparations. Thanks!
Pit situation????flyweight
Dec 9, 2003 2:28 PM
Most recent map I saw called for 2 pits and 3 sets of barriers. There's really only one place where you could have a single, two-way pit.
Dec 9, 2003 10:14 PM
don't know much about the course, but I will be in the crowd to spectate and find out. The ground here in general is already very saturated and sloppy from heavy rains last week, and we should get at least some more by the weekend. If PIR is like most of the flatter sections of Portland, it's mostly clay based and will be very gooey, though it shouldn't stick to the bike too bad. Bring your rain gear and be ready for mud.
Rain, 40's, WindGripped
Dec 10, 2003 9:24 AM
The wind has been picking up pretty good this week (nothing like last week though) and should continue through the weekend. Rain is predicted for each of the racing days. How much rain? Dunno, but it is likely to be on and off with daily accumulations less than .25 inches. With hundreds of riders a day over three days, the course will get very sloppy. Expect slick mud and boggy mud. The course is flat but expect it to run a little slow because of the mud (at least after the first day). The wind will most likely be out of the east or southeast at 10-20mph during racing hours.

Some of my suggestions:

* Bring adaquate pre-race warmup wear. Rain jacket, leg warmers, arm warmers, hat, warm gloves. When staging, take off the hat, jacket, and leg warmers. Swap your warm gloves for race gloves. Do all this with like two minutes to go. Jump around to stay warm because that wind is going to suck the warmth right out of you.

* Bring mud tires and mud tires only.

* If you have a free standing rain shelter and portable traininer, I suggest bringing them and using them for pre-race warmup. If that is out of the question, the venue has plenty of flat pavement to use for warmups.

* If you must warm up in the rain, consider bringing a pair of shoes and socks just for warming up and change them before staging.

I have found that a lot of racers get into difficulty in cold and rainy conditions when they warm up adaquately but get a sudden chill when they stand around for staging. I've seen guys looking hypothermic at the start line and that is no way to start a race. Try to get to the start line warm and dry if you can.
Rain, wind, more rain...KonaMan
Dec 11, 2003 11:54 AM
Like everyone else has said, it's been wet up here for a while now. Temps are in the 40's and will remain that way. Come Sunday, I expect it to be a swamp out on the course, but that's what we want to see for a Cross Nationals!

Come enjoy the local brews while you are here, the seasonals are out of this world!