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Harriman State Park road Course( in NY)(7 posts)

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 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.