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Whats your favorite race of the year?(13 posts)

Whats your favorite race of the year?CARBON110
Dec 7, 2003 11:55 AM
Mine would have to be either the GMSR or Roan Groan. The GMSR since its brutal everyday and 4 days long and Roan since it is just one long 8 mile epic climb that is nothing less then A BLAST! to race others on
re: Whats your favorite race of the year?flyinbowlofmilk
Dec 7, 2003 6:48 PM
Well I actually I have 2 favorite races. But my favorite race of this year will to be the Va State Crit Championship'03. I got to race on a military base with a headwind that would eat you up everytime you got close to the finish line. Not to mention racing by the bay or ocean. It was a blast for me. And I finish 17th at that race.


Dec 8, 2003 7:30 AM
I wish I could have the time to train for this to be in top form every year, a 508 mile time trial. The team version was pure hell for 24 hours.

I enjoy the 2 day, 3 event stage races, too.

re: Whats your favorite race of the year?aaroncvc
Dec 8, 2003 4:05 PM
I have no favorite, but a list of what's good in the Mid-Atlantic:

Nutcracker Road Race, near Gettysburg, PA. Rolling course, then you head up to big climbs, mountaintop finish... 11-12% grade for 1.5 miles - hard race! Late summer.

The Martinsburg Circuit at Altoona... Beautiful course, euro-style finish. 20 mile loop, done a few times. End of July... REALLY sucks if it's raining.

The MABRA Championship RR, Clarksburg, MD. Awesome, hilly course. 50+ mph descent, straight into a sick "wall". 800 feet of climbing per 7 mile lap. Lower cats do 6, 1/2/3 does 11 I think.

Jefferson Cup, Charlottesville, VA. Rolling, beautiful course. One noticable climb per lap 15 mile lap, not many flats. Usually it's the first race of the season, so it's not as easy as it would be in July.

The Bunny Hop, Suitland, MD. 4 corner bang-fest. Artemis racing, a great club, puts on this race. Entry fees are low, prizes reasonable, and great organization. April...

Poolesville Road Race, my clubs race. The paris-roubaix of the east-coast. 1.5 miles through a battlefield, hardpack in horrible condition, with gravel. There's two lines through it. Going through the rough stuff, all you hear is crashes and tires exploding. Brutallity. Probably won't happen this year. Great course for breakaways.
no Poolesville? say it ain't so!cbass
Dec 9, 2003 11:18 AM
I really hope you guys can pull off Poolesville.
Great course.

Are you planning on putting on a road race next season?
I think most of the good races...Dwayne Barry
Dec 10, 2003 3:38 AM
in the Baltimore/D.C. area are on their way to extinction. Just too much urban sprawl moving westward into what use to be rural roads. I'm pretty sure the D20 championship course (Clarksburg) was used for the last time this year, the Hump race seems to be in trouble every year, Poolesville probably under the same pressure.
What about Giro di Coppi?Dream plus
Dec 10, 2003 1:09 PM
I really, really wanted to do this race and had the whole weekend free. I'm hoping it occurs this year.
Seaford Omnium will include a TT Saturday morning to go along with the Saturday circuit race and the RR on Sunday. Since Seaford was my first ever road race, it will always have a soft spot in my heart.
no Poolesville? say it ain't so!aaroncvc
Dec 10, 2003 1:57 PM
...i probably shouldn't have said anything - i'm not an officer of the club. apparently, and i think some of the guys on dc velo have a similar experience, the general population of poolesville is opposed to it. after the truck trailer incident this year, it just might be too much.

i'm sure we're going to be doing a road race this year. another goal is to bring back to CMC, or another downtown crit. some of us have looked at courses, i have a few corners that look promising, i'm supposed to take myron out to show him the loop... but as for road races, i don't think there's anything concrete. two or three really good ideas have been put forward, it's just matter of which is more viable.
re: Whats your favorite race of the year?Overhill
Dec 8, 2003 6:39 PM
Snake Alley, Burlington, Iowa. Saturday befor Memorial Day.
Leadville 100 MTB race -- but road training made it fun...PT
Dec 11, 2003 8:40 AM
My best race was the Leadville 100 MTB race. Unlike the previous two editions I participated in, I spent most of my training time on a road/cyclocross bike. Long hard paved and unpaved road rides gave me power that I didn't have in previous years. Everything came together in a race like never before. I did enough mtb riding to keep my skills up -- not that the Leadville course is particularly technical. Despite a flat, I managed to improve my personal best by 25 minutes and finished 15th out of about 700 starters. I shouldn't be revealing my secret -- I figure there are about 684 participants of that race that could do better if they spent time road training/racing.
Creampuff 100.nmRoger2
Dec 12, 2003 1:22 PM
Redlands. nmNo_sprint
Dec 15, 2003 8:55 AM
San Bruno Hill Climbchar
Dec 20, 2003 5:22 PM
unfortunately cancelled next year.