8:00AM Saturday Road Race....................
Temperatures are predicted to be 105 degrees this Saturday afternoon. To avoid further pain and suffering, we'll be starting the Table Mountain Road Race at 8:00AM on Saturday....not 9.
Saturday, June 27th - Table Mountain Road Race - 8:00AM - 2 LAPS = 50 MILES & 4,100 FEET OF CLIMBING!! - TROPHY EVENT - This particular course was first used by the Chico Velo Cycling Club as a USCF RR course in 1984 during the Chico Omnium(which also included the 7-Mile Lane Time Trial and the Chico Downtown Criterium that year). Most groups did 2 laps of this course, but the Cat.1/2 guys did 3 or 4. Unlike the last time we did this race(in May), we will be doing 2 laps this time around. 2 Laps = 50 Miles & 4,100 feet of climbing!!! I will have water bottles at the Start/Finish Line this time around and will try to hand off as many bottles as possible during the event as you come in to finish your first lap. The course preview is located on Bikely.com here - and you can see the Course Profile by clicking on "Show" in the top left-hand corner........then clicking on "Elevation Profile":
Like the Messilla Valley Circuit Race, this will have a Category "A" and a Category "B". The Start/Finish Line is located on Table Mountain Boulevard right by Table Mountain Ranch Road(see Bikely Map - this was the Start/Finish Line for the 1984 race as well - I'll be out there early, so look for the registration table). Each Category will do 2 laps = 50 miles. Registration will open at 7:30AM with Category A going off at 8:00AM........and Category B going at 8:03AM. Women's Category will be scored separately. Parking is available on the unfinished freeway overpass at the Start/Finish Line.
Now, a word of warning - This course goes in a clockwise direction - meaning that you will be climbing up to Cherokee from Hwy. 70. Although the hill does not seem quite as difficult as from the other side(the Wildflower Century side), the descent off Table Mountain will be quite tricky. Make certain that your bicycle is in good working order and that you are comfortable on technical descents. The Road Race course goes through amazingly diverse sections and is quite scenic - but please look out for one another and for yourselves, especially on the descent and on the Highway. All USCF rules apply, as usual - you know, don't do stupid stuff, WEAR A HELMET, obey the centerline, etc. Route Arrows will mark the course as well. Bottle hand ups and Feed Zones will be solely dependent upon volunteers - Feed Zone is pretty much anywhere on the course. Sag vehicles will be solely dependent upon volunteers as well. I will be sweeping the course at the end as well - so if I don't see you back at the Finish, I'm coming to get you! Trophy Event (Part of the 2009 Chico Road R.A.C.E. Series)
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Amateur Cycling Events