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Four Bridges of Elgin (IL) experiences? Advice welcome...(5 posts)

Four Bridges of Elgin (IL) experiences? Advice welcome...WrigleyRoadie
Jun 3, 2003 9:31 AM
This race is coming up on July 6. I've never raced before, but I have felt pretty strong the last few weeks, including an 80 miler and century last week. I've put in a bunch of group rides this year, although handling in a group is defintely lacking in relation to fitness. I'm considering entering the Cat 5/Citzen race.

The UCI U-23 Championships are there so the event is pretty big. I'm having trouble navigating the website though - can't find course length or description. The U-23s are listed as having 13 laps and the Cat 5/Citizen only 1 lap? Are they different courses?

I'd be grateful for any insights into the event... including opinions on if you think this is an appropriate event for a (racing) virgin! Thanks in advance...
re: Four Bridges of Elgin (IL) experiences? Advice welcome...t-dub
Jun 3, 2003 10:11 AM
The event website previously had a course map that showed a 5.5 mile circuit. 1 lap is hardly worth the drive out there. I believe that previously the cat 5's did two laps. I haven't done this race but am planning to do the cat5/citizen race too.
I did Cat5/Cits/30+ last year. - my first road race...TFerguson
Jun 3, 2003 4:59 PM
It was 2 x 5.5 mile laps. The Cat5/Cits started 1 minute before us oldsters. Starts out slightly down hill into a 180 turn. Real nice hill about 1/2 way through. Bigest hill I've seen in a crit. Then a 180 with slight uphill sprint to the finish.

Definately worth the drive. Very exiting to have the Mavic lead and chase cars running with you. Also the Mavic motor cycle follows you around with spare wheels. It's a big event. The U23s did 72 miles at 27 mph average.

How about the junior race?xcmntgeek
Jun 7, 2003 7:40 AM
I know that there is a BIG U23 race, but how about the U18 (junior) race? I emailed the promoter but he hasn't been any help. Any of you guys seen our race?
re: Four Bridges of Elgin (IL) experiences? Advice welcome...Smeagol
Jul 2, 2003 4:18 PM
I really don't think this is a good race to try for your first race. Two years ago I raced the cat 5 race, and finished fifth, and my buddy Sean unofficially finished first (long story). It was a three lap race that allowed the race to devolop by weeding out the weaker riders. The next year, they cut it down to two laps, and the pace quickened. A one lap race is going to be an all out balls to the wall race, that isn't going to give you a fair experience about what racing is really like. I recommend a few other races coming up for your first race other than this. The promoter is trying to focus more on the bigger races, and cut the other races short. I feel he can promote all catagories much better than what he is doing. If you want a good race, go to any race promoted by RDS (Robert Di Silvestro). He loves the sport dearly, and he does a great job promoting the sport. Another idea to get race experience is the Tuesday night criterium in Mattson promoted South Chicago Wheelmen. It is on Central Ave and mile south of Route 30. This is a competitive way to develop race techniques. I am not trying to talk you out of Four Bridges, but I just don't feel the promoter has the lesser catagories interest in mind.