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Poll - toughest race in your neck of the woods(6 posts)

Poll - toughest race in your neck of the woodsmass_biker
Feb 16, 2003 5:38 PM
Feeling antsy and anxious with the start of racing not that far away and windchills all weekend in the, to that end (and thanks to all posters who responded to my "Seasons Goals" poll), here is another to chew on (as we contemplate record snowfalls etc. etc.);

There's a theme here somewhere...

For me (anyway) here in New England, it would come down to a two-way tie between:

* Housatonic Hills Road Race - I never knew CT was that steep. The weather is always awful too. If you can survive the rain drenched descents there is a finishing 2 mile climb, which is just plain cruel.

* Mad River Road Race - now part of the GMBC stage race. But regardless of one day or more, the leg busting final drag to the top of the App Gap is legendary, awe inspiring, and truly dreadful. People were running to the top a few years ago. Just no place to hide.

Does anyone sense a theme here?

How about you?

bloodsweat&gears(SNAKEMTN)orBridgetobridge(GRANDFATHERMTNEND) nmTacos Jalisco
Feb 16, 2003 9:15 PM
Feb 17, 2003 7:10 AM
Furnace Creek 508 35,000 feet climbing, 508 miles, 106 degrees, continuous riding; no drafting; doesn't get much tougher than that.

Climb to Kaiser My back yard. 13,500 feet climbing, from 300 feet to 9,300 and back; 155 miles, very hot at finish; drafting is fairly irrelevant at 4 mph up the 20% climbs.

Rocky Hill Road Race. Five to nine (depending on Cat) laps with 2 big hills per lap. Killer road race. Don't see it on the schedule this year.

re: Poll - toughest race in your neck of the woodsRacer C
Feb 17, 2003 8:14 AM
Has to be the Mad River Road Race. 65 miles of the toughest climbing around. I mean it hits 23% at some spots.
re: Poll - toughest race in your neck of the woodsbrider
Feb 17, 2003 8:53 AM

RAMROD, though not a USCF type mass-start race, DOES keep time records. Maybe not as steep as some climbs in road races, but they wear on you.

The prologue in the Twin Rivers Stage race is a tough one. Very short, very steep, very painful.

Tour de Malaga (no longer run, unfortunately) was one big loop -- one long-ass uphill followed by a similarly long downhill, 3 miles flat, then do it all over again.

The old Tour of Willamette was a pretty tough one as well. The Kill Hill stage finishes on a hill that I've seen the likes of Alexi Grewal walking up.
Boulder Roubaix & Mt Evans HClonefrontranger
Feb 17, 2003 10:47 AM
Pick your poison:

The Boulder Roubaix, 2nd week in April. The hardest "flat" road race you will ever do. The course incorporates long nut-crushing sections of washboard dirt and gravel, interspersed with long sections of pavement. Several short but leg-shearing climbs on dirt. Cat 4 Men do 51 miles, Cat III Men do 68 miles, Pro 1-2 men do 84. Full fields of 120 riders with a wait list are the norm. 45 Cat III guys flatted in the first half of the first lap last year, and when you flat your day is over, neutral support or no. All the hammers show up, so you will be doing a constant 27-30mph strung out in the gutter exposed to vicious head and crosswinds. The MTB guys attack on the dirt stretches, the roadies attack on the pavement, the crit guys attack into the corners and everyone attacks up anything that will drain water. Lots of places to crash. This race cannot be won on anything but a straight-up road bike as the pavement sections are too long and the pace is unrelentingly fast.

Mount Evans Hillclimb: 28 miles, 7,000 feet of climbing, finishing at 14,540 feet. Mass-start with large fields on narrow mountain roads. Weather usually plays a significant role, and the last five miles is by far the steepest part. Racers annually get hauled off the mountain for any one or a combination of: altitude sickness, dehydration and hypothermia.

Honorable Mention: Mike Horgan Hillclimb, our own Boulder hellfest finishing over 10,000 feet with multiple 12-15% grades on gravel, never done it, never plan to.