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The Green Mountain Stage Race, a four day event throughout the scenic VT countryside South of Burlington, begins with a 5.7 mile ITT. The TT course, which is predominantly uphill, is grueling and acts to provide time separation between the competitors. Having prepared with a solid warm-up I rolled to the line primed for a max effort. As I caught and passed 4 of the riders which had started their race at 30 second intervals ahead of me, I knew I was having a good ride.
This weekend I went up to Connecticut to do two hard races, the Rocky Hill Crit on Saturday and Tokeneke on Sunday. Going into the weekend I'd placed 3rd at FBF the previous Tuesday and had high hopes for the criterium, at least. Instead I got a weekend of punishment. Ben Wolfe from Jelly Belly and Paul Lynch from BMC joined a bunch of New England fast guys for the weekend.
The Tokeneke Classic Road Race is another of the major Northeast hilly road races and this year was designated as the CT State and NE Road Race Championships. The course consists of a 22 mile loop with 2 major climbs and multiple rolling sections which the CAT4 35+ field would complete twice as it circumnavigated the scenic Barkhamsted Reservoir. The ~90 man field rolled off at 9:15am as the positioning was established prior to initiation of the 1st climb at mile 7.
Py was heading up to the 6th Tour of the Catskills.
Finishing GC 32nd out of a very competitive and everything but local NY competition of over 80 riders.
Again, excellent races, safe courses, smoothly run event as usual. Great riders as well.
Py's report can be found here:
- Tour of the Catskills -- Stage Three: RR, the Devil awaits...
- Tour of the Catskills -- Stage Two: RR
- Tour of the Catskills -- Stage One: ITT
The last two weekends I've raced the Lucarelli and Castaldi Cup in PP with the intention of defending the points I picked up back in April. Last Saturday I raced after a heavy week of training and spent my time attacking from lap 1. I finally made the winning break but I didn't have the legs for the finale and had to settle for 7th. I did pick up a couple of points in the sprints competition which left me at 2nd in the green and 6th overall going into the final race.
Having logged a few climbing miles this season, and tired of taking a beating on the local circuit scene, I looked forward to testing my legs on a course which was more suitable to my abilities. The Tour of the Hilltowns, a 57 mile road race, contains the signature E. Hawley Rd climb, an ~5 mile contest which averages 10%, and finishes with a 14 mile climb culminating in 2 miles of steep step-like ascents to the gradual uphill finishing straight.
time trial at fort desoto st peterberg florida which is just about on the beach course is flat as it gets head and tail wind from the water and the race started at 6:30pm for the cooling effect from the sun going down.did the merckx race my only bike i had was a cyclocross bike with road tires came in 5th open cat fun had by all.
A few years back when Alexi Grewel was trying to make a comeback in Pro cycling, he published a story on his website titled "The Skinsuit". The website is long gone but you can find it reposted all over the place. It was the story of Grewel's defining moment in cycling (and really the beginning of cycling in America), the 1984 Olympic road race. Depending on your point of view, its either a story about a terrible teammate or a racer who used tactics to make up the difference to more talented competition.
7 Days, 850 km, 20 km vertical: racing, riding and climbing in Switzerland, France and touching Italy with my Swiss friend Ben. Read Percy's ride reports here:
2013 June Blog Archive:
- SwissiTP Aare Rhein Classics - Day 1
- "Alpe d' Huez", Le Bourg D'Oisans, RA, France - Day 2
- Le Bourg D'Oisans to Mont Cenis - Day 3
- Mont Cenis to Le Bourg D'Oisans - Day 4
- Oisans - Col De La Croix De Fer - Glandon - Day 5
- Annecy Le Vieux, RA, France - Day 6 -- a notch of competition
- Berner Oberland - Grimselpass - Furka - part of Kleine Scheidegg - Day 7
race was in durham ct 18k tt flat with some rollers open road course with at least 2 mile climb at the finish.