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Tips for Patterson RR?(5 posts)

Tips for Patterson RR?shirt
Jan 17, 2004 5:28 PM
Anyone here done the Patterson RR? Is it really 24 miles of climbing followed by 24 miles of descending? How steep is it? What's the elevation gain? Where do people attack? Why am I doing this race (next weekend) when I can't climb?

re: Tips for Patterson RR?The Human G-Nome
Jan 18, 2004 1:50 AM
This will be my first time doing Patterson as well, but i'm pretty confident that it's not just 24 and 24. If it's anything like Corral Hollow then the climb is probably closer to 6 miles. I don't think there's anything in that area the resembles a Mt.Hamilton for example so it can't be that bad.
re: Tips for Patterson RR?char
Jan 18, 2004 7:54 PM
Although I haven't raced it (see doug sloan posting from 1 or 2 years ago for his description) I can see the foothills from Patterson. Head west on the flats to the climb (similar to Corral Hollow, its about 20 miles south), descend, turnaround, reclimb and then head back. Since I can't climb, I will just motor on and try and get some kind of headstart before the climb and see what happens. Most of the fields wait for the climb to shake it out. Good luck.
re: Tips for Patterson RR?dlbcx
Jan 19, 2004 10:00 AM
Basically, it is an out and back course. The start is in Patterson and it is neutralized until you get of town. The first 5 miles or so are rolling then it starts to climb steadily at about 5%. In the last 3 or 4 miles, the climb kicks up to 8-10% then you hit the top of the climb and continue down for another mile or so to the turnaround.
Then descent back down to the finish. The finish is not actually back in town but is a few miles up the course so keep your eyes peeled for a "1 km to go" banner.
Watch for gravel coming down the steep part of the descent, especially in the turns. If you overcook a turn, there aren't very many guardrails to catch you. Pavement isn't that good either so watch out for potholes and rocks along the way. I wouldn't recommend running super light clinchers or light wheels. Leibold may or may not have a follow vehicle so bring a pump and spare tubes, just in case.
Tips for Patterson RRS-U-B
Jan 21, 2004 3:01 PM
What Cat are you racing? I raced 5's last year though I'm currently a 4 looking to move to 3's. The race was suppose to be neurtralized last year but as soon as they let us go it was 25-27 mph, I think we dropped 15 guys before the overpass. The 5's was just incredibly fast at that race last year, we ended up passing the whole pack of 4's before the climb. The climb is pretty steep, but as long as you can get over the top and then back down you will be there for the finish. it's 1.6 miles to the top of the steep climb and it's the steepest at the bottom, my team (Delta Velo) just pre-road it last weekend. I'm skipping the race this year due to training schedule, Pine Flat will be my first race. good luck to you all.