|newbie race logistics questions (kinda long)||TomS|
Jul 12, 2002 10:25 AM
|Ok, first of all, sorry if these are obvious but hey - I gotta start somewhere, right? Anyway I'm thinking of entering the mt evan's hillclimb as a citizen racer - never raced before. From looking at the distance and altitude gain it'll be tough (duh!) but I'm pretty confident that I can at least finish.
So, on a race like that I'm assuming they don't close the roads off... does that mean that I can have someone drop me off at the start, and then they can drive up to the finish and wait for me?
Also, for signing up, there is walk-in registration at various places the week before. That means I can just walk in and register for the race and a 1-day ACA membership, then they give me something that I present the morning of the race, right? Anything else I have to do?
And finally, saving the best for last, after a race, do you usually just duck into a car or bathroom and change into street clothes? (after you get off the podium of course :) )
Anything else I should know, just in general? I looked at the finish times for last year's race and there each finisher seemed to be separated by at least a minute, and the times ranged from around 2:00 to almost 4:00 in both citizen's and cat4.... So I guess there's not too much in the way of a pack there.
thanks much, I've learned a lot from reading posts here... hope to put it to good use!
Jul 12, 2002 10:38 AM
|The best source of info generally is a race flyer or the website of the organization putting on the race (or promoter). Things can vary a lot, so it's hard to generalize.
Hilly races, particularly mountain climbs, tend to be well spaced out at the finish. The finishing times distribution likely will appear like a bell curve.
They may or may not allow cars on the course. Every race is different. Someone who has done this one would be your best info source, short of e-mailing the promoter directly.
Good luck, and pace yourself -- 14,000 feet elevation is really high.
|re: newbie race logistics questions (kinda long)||brider|
Jul 12, 2002 12:18 PM
|From what I remember of race reports, the road up the final pitch is closed (pretty narrow) to cars, which means that if your ride isn't at the top, you'll need to wait or ride your bike down. I believe some one should have time to get up before the road is closed, but the best thing to do is check with the RD. |
As for changing, a lot of guys will just wrap a towel and drop trou. Done this myself many times on the infield of the local velodrome. At some point you just gotta drop the modesty and do what you need to do. Public nudity is still bad form, however. You do NOT want to just stand around at the top of Mt Evans in your wet cloths after the race. It has often been snowing at the summit in the summer. Cold winds should be expected. Add that to wet clothing and you've got the recipe for some serious challenge. If you need to, stash some cloths at the summit the day before.
Jul 12, 2002 2:40 PM
|Im no climber and you'll never see me climbing Mt Evens. Changing clothing before and after races, I just open both doors (Front/Rear) and stand in between. If anyone wants to look, ill close the door and let them look! All they're going to see is a white ass resting on top of two very dark legs. Too late for shame, if your able to ride in a skin tight suit and dodge rednecks in big 4x4's, then having a fine blonde cycling babe (FEMALE) see you in your Birth Day Suit is my last fear.
"After each day, comes a moon" (ME)
Jul 16, 2002 2:49 AM