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This has to be the hardest crit ever!(6 posts)

This has to be the hardest crit ever!bikedodger
Jul 23, 2002 1:57 PM

Punkt Grand Prix - a true parking lot criterium

By Gabriella Ekström, correspondent

One of the most innovative sports arrangements of the year will be ridden in Västerås, Sweden on August 16th. At 19.00 the Västerås based Team Mälarenergi will be racing the combined forces of the Nordic top riders over 20 laps on a 2.2 kilometre course - the Punkt Grand Prix. What is so special about the GP then?
What makes this race unique is that it is partly ridden in a nine storey parking lot. Almost half the distance of every lap will be ridden in the parking lot that offers a 350 meter climb with a 10% gradient. The race is expected to be very challenging since the climb will be contested 20 times.
"We were supposed to arrange a race named Djäknebergs GP," says Patrick Serra, one of the brains behind the idea and also the directeur sportif of Team Mälarenergi.
"Then we were contacted by the City co-operation, and they asked us if it was possible to race in the city instead. I've been thinking about arranging a race in this parking lot since I drove my car here for the first time, and now we had the chance."
Special rules for the riders will apply since the race is a bit different, for example the riders will not be allowed to ride on tubulars because of the multiple turns.
Yeah right....Bruno S
Jul 23, 2002 9:48 PM
Let's see, 350 meter climb x 20 times = 7500 meter or 22,500 feet of climbing in 27.5 miles (20 x 2.2K). I think someone measured the nine storey parking lot wrong.
Jul 24, 2002 3:09 AM
a 350 meter climb @ 10% is only 35m of elevation gain, the 350 meters is the distance not the rise. Otherwise the distance of the climb alone would have to be 3.5k and it tells you the course is only 2.2k long.
Jul 24, 2002 11:57 AM
For example, when they talk about a climb in the tour being 19k, they are talking about distance, not vertical gain.

why won't they let them use tubulars?niteschaos
Jul 30, 2002 5:40 AM
Does having tubulars give you that much of an advantage in a turn?
Probably because of fear of rolling them (nm)Wayne
Jul 30, 2002 9:32 AM