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I'm going to the NYC Cycling Championships , any tips?(4 posts)

I'm going to the NYC Cycling Championships , any tips?Cartman
Jul 26, 2003 10:29 AM
After watching the TDF today, I realized that Lance and crew will be racing only 4 hours from me in NYC. I decided to make the trek into the city (which I don't visit often) I will be taking the train from Stamford to Grand Central, any tips from locals, or those who watched the race last year?
Actually there's a good chance LA won't be there.Sintesi
Jul 26, 2003 5:22 PM
They're playing down the Lance angle this year saying they won't know until about 3 days before the race starts whether he'll come or not. SO I don't think that's a good sign. You never know tho.

It's a flat stage with wide roads and is basically an untechnical crit. I found it rather boring other than the atmosphere around the team cars and such. At any rate try to get there early when the women's race is going on and plant yourself near the finish line. That way you can see them coming and going in two directions. You'll see them twice per lap. That's also the place where you'll hear the announcers and can follow the action that's out of sight. There's a lot of corporate seating along the choicest spaces so spots can be limited. By the time the Pro mens' race starts there ain't no way you're going to get a good view in that area. Unless you are on stilts.

Another strategy is the north end, the streets are brick and a bit narrower sort of gives a nice belgian flavor to the race. Me and my friends hung out there, took some photos and then beat it to a bar at Fisherman's Wharf to watch the finish on TV. That's really the way to watch this thing. Best seat in the house, don't miss any action.

South end is sparsely populated (good) but the roads are very wide and the corners are sweepers. No pedal scraping or guys yelling at each other. No real action (bad). If you are on the inside of the loop the riders will be much closer than on the outside. You see the riders like every 2-3 minutes if memory serves.

Just take the 5 to Wall Street and walk east. You can't miss it.

Be sure and and check out their website.
Whoops that ain't the websiteSintesi
Jul 27, 2003 7:40 AM
re: I'm going to the NYC Cycling Championships , any tips?wolfereeno
Jul 26, 2003 8:02 PM
I watched from a building above the start line that a friend was working in. View was just awesome! Here's a pic of my friend waving the hook and horns (UT Austin) at Lance. But I walked down by the street too and you can easily muscle your way to the front for a fine view.

It's a flat crit loop thats maybe a mile or two in lenght. They're moving very fast the whole time. Might want to situate yourself by the turns. Afterwards, skip the seaport and go to Chinatown and eat at Wo Hop :-)

Have fun.