|Harriman State Park road Course( in NY)||Ralph|
May 14, 2001 3:49 PM
|Does any one know how this course compares to others. Easier? harder then most? I plan to trained in it! If I can handle if, Can I race any where?|
|re: Harriman State Park road Course( in NY)||must_pedal_harder|
May 14, 2001 4:03 PM
|I'm told it's fairly easy... compared to some of the local roads I've done.
Check out http://www.sussexonline.com/ocbc for info in our area.
I plan on riding in the park soon - right now I just fend off cars on the street though :)
|re: Harriman State Park road Course( in NY)||Ralph|
May 14, 2001 6:33 PM
|EASY!!!!! I just order a 12-27 just for this course!!!|
|re: Harriman State Park road Course( in NY)||xxx|
May 15, 2001 8:38 AM
|No such thing as an 'easy' race. I raced there once - eons ago. It was a dualatholon...called a 'bi' then. It was hilly and I rode a standard bike because of. A 6-40-6 (and miles, not k's). It kicked my ass (but I got 21st or 25th or something and qualified for Natl's). I recall a smooth/fast roads with a sharp descents, one with a hairpin at the bottom, leading right back up. Killer on the legs. Lots of trees, smooth road course.|
|I raced it years ago, too.||boy nigel|
May 15, 2001 8:55 AM
|Not exactly an "easy" course, no; certainly not for the NYC area. It has some decent hills (not killer, but toughies) and, as xxx said, a FAST (50mph pretty easy) downhill which leads into a banked (!) HAIRPIN u-turn to the left towards the bottom. Yes, a u-turn. From this, you climb all the way BACK up the fast-descent hill (semi-steep, but long) you just came down, but on the other side of the road, sort of. I was in a bad spot and couldn't get over quickly enough to the left at the turn, and went sliding down the road (onto the grass section), wheels down (didn't crash, just a controlled slide) until I stopped (dewy grass there in the park). By the time I got back to the course and into climbing gear (small/small from big/big! Radical shift to make while going fast!), the race had taken off up the road (except for a small group of unfortunates--maybe not-smarts--like me, who didn't study/ride the course first).
Study and ride this course first--it'll surprise you. Nice pavement, though, and a great course. Just not an easy one if you're not prepared for the hills. I wouldn't think you'd need a 27 in the back for a race, but if it helps you out, then by all means.
Good luck, and enjoy it!
|I raced it years ago, too.||Ralph|
May 15, 2001 2:39 PM
|re: Harriman State Park road Course( in NY)||Willy D.|
May 15, 2001 4:42 PM
|This is a dooope course. It's not the hardest one I've raced, but it's harder than average. It's a good all-around race course, and will get you in shape for most any course.|| |