|more SFGP pics (no Spoiler stuff)||moschika|
Sep 15, 2002 6:16 PM
|had a pretty good spot for pics but my sports photo skills are a bit lacking.|
|George on the climb||moschika|
Sep 15, 2002 6:18 PM
|Cresting the top||moschika|
Sep 15, 2002 6:19 PM
Sep 15, 2002 6:22 PM
|i wasn't sure what all the shots would look like. they came so close i couldn't keep looking thru the viewfinder but kept shooting hoping to get some good shots.|
Sep 15, 2002 6:23 PM
|Lance cresting the top of Fillmore|
|were u blocking my view?||nn23|
Sep 15, 2002 7:12 PM
|I would have been standing about 20 ft below there for lap 2-4 and 5ft into the turn on lap 5! too bad no RBR caps. For all we know you must be the person, blocking my view with your camera hand sticking out above your head ;)|
|were you one of them?||moschika|
Sep 15, 2002 9:33 PM
|i was right at the barrier. there was someone on a milk crate right behind me.|
|Is this the steepest US race section?||Maartin|
Sep 16, 2002 5:02 AM
|It looks brutal....18 % grade at the worst ?|
|Stillwater, MN -- 22% grade||Gator|
Sep 16, 2002 5:43 AM
|It wasn't long, but at 22 percent, it doesn't have to be.|
Sep 16, 2002 7:37 AM
|SFGP is darned impressive, if nothing else because it's a circuit race meaning those sorry buggers have to climb each hill many, many times! I wouldn't do it for any amount of money, and I've done some real brutes.
There are plenty of 20+ climbs in East Coast racing, particularly upstate New York and PA. Some of the local spring races I used to do in SE Ohio had memorable ugly high-teen to low-twenty percent brutes that added lousy crappy pavement / gravel / mud to the equation as well. It's not enough just to climb a wall, in a race, with the feeling that your glutes and quads are about to explode through the muscle sheath at about the same time as your guts involuntarily exit your body... but the promoter also felt it necessary to add the unique experience of being able to take an entire pedalstroke without moving forward any perceivable distance, merely spinning your back tire in place.
The opening stage of the Platte Bridge SR in Casper has a 10K climb at the end. The promoter claimed that it would be categorised in a UCI race as "Cat 2". It's not long, but it is daggone hard. The average gradient was posted in the race bible as 12%, but there's a section of 20% "wall" in it that's something like 150 meters long. My 39/27 was barely enough to winch me up it. BipedZed claims that in the Cat III race some guy in front of him got off and walked up that section, but even tho Zed stayed on his bike the whole time he couldn't catch up to the walker! I saw Pro/1/2 guys, and good ones at that, weaving across it.
Race promoters go out of their way to find this stuff, because most race promoters are or were racers themselves. There's nothing better than revenge, i.e. perpetuating the same sort of sadistic torture upon an unsuspecting field that most likely got sprung on you at some point in your racing career.