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May 27, 2002 11:21 AM
Is the hardest race of the 2nd half of the season. Anyone here going to be there?
May 28, 2002 9:23 AM
Maybe, I was thinking about. We have some friends that live just outside of Burlington, so it would be a convenient race/vacation. Have you done it before? Looks like the courses are plenty hard. Good roads? Does it split up pretty good on the road stages? Any other first hand info would be cool.
May 28, 2002 10:20 AM
I haven't done the race as a stage race but I've done the road race portion, 2 years ago before it took the place of the Killington Stage Race. Here's the scoop on the road race portion.

About 70 miles with 2 major climbs up passes (Brandon and Appalachian I think). The finish is the climb up App gap.

The roads are generally decent but there was (don't know about now) a couple mile stretch of dirt which was interesting, very c-cross. Also, traffic can be an issue. I got stuck behind a truck on the dirt road!! Sucked.

The race goes 20-30 miles before the first big climb. It will definitely split after that, big time. Staying with one of the lead groups is key up this climb, as you've got a lot rolling roads to go, do not get stuck out there solo.

The finishing climb is a ball-buster. The morning of the race, we were talking about the race finish and I said "so it's like an 8 MPH sprint to the finish?" One of the guys at the B&B says, more like a 4-5 MPH finish. He then was talking about gearing and his bike was set up 39/27 and he was worried he didn't go far enough. He was Cat 1. Needless to say, my Cat 4 ass was worried about my 39/23 granny gear.

I finished low 20s after getting caught behind a truck on the dirt section trying to bridge to the lead group and spent about 30 miles on my own (right where I said not to). BTW, a fair amount of the 4s and more than a handful of 3s were walking their bikes up the last climb! It will get your attention. I rode the finish gap and was cross-eyed for a couple days after as it was 90 degrees and humid as hell that day. A pleasant race, all in all.
Its a great race lots of fun good locationSUV
May 29, 2002 3:48 AM
roads are good coupole of dirt sections are included with a lot of flatting there. some parts were good some not so good. If it had been raining would not have been nearly as nice. Road race is two major climbs middlebury and applachian gap. I used a 39-27 and was in that gear. at 230# i finished behind the main group after the first climb but caught the group on the other side at the bottom. finished the race in the top half which was good for my first year. I will be there again this year. remember they give 10 min massages after the race for $10 well worth it. the Finishing crit in Burlington is very nice. Best crit that I have ridden in. going by small cafes with on sidewalk dinnning with barriers as you go flying by most like euro racing that I have seen on TV then any other place I have been.....
May 29, 2002 8:22 AM
IF any of you are going to be doing the race I have all the inside info.... places to stay..what to expect...and every part of each stage. Email me if you need the info...I did the race last year ndspent the whole of last summer training on all the courses.Feel free to drop a line if ARE going. Its a really fun race