Friday, August 21, 2009

4 R.A.C.E. Events this weekend!!

Saturday, Aug. 22nd - Cohasset DOWNHILL Time Trial - 9:00AM - 3rd Race Dog Days Omnium (FINAL RACE in the 2009 Chico Downhill Time Trial Series)

Saturday, Aug. 22nd - Humboldt "Kids Only" Road Race - 1:00PM - Must be under the age of 16 in order to compete.

Sunday, Aug. 23rd - Table Mountain Road Race(1 lap) - 9:00AM - Final Race Dog Days Omnium (Part of the 2009 Chico Road R.A.C.E. Series)

Sunday, August 23rd - Chico Airport "LONG-COURSE" Criterium - 6:00PM - 3-POINT EVERY LAP PRIME!! (Part of the 2009 Chico Airport Criterium Series)

Saturday, Aug. 22nd - Cohasset DOWNHILL Time Trial - 9:00AM - 3rd Race Dog Days Omnium - The 4th Annual Cohasset Downhill Time Trial is taking place this Saturday, August 22nd! This Downhill Time Trial starts just below the "Narrows" on Cohasset Road - look for me at registration at the top of the hill. Finish is at the 1st Rock Creek Road on the way down the hill. An approximation of the course can be found at here: This course is approximately 4.9 miles in length and drops approximately 1,900 feet!! Top speeds on this descent have reached 50+ miles per hour. Registration for this event will start at 8:30am at the top of the hill(near the Narrows) - and we will NOT be weighing you this year! The 1st rider will go off at 9:01am, and we will go in 1-minute intervals. Also, Tandems are welcome!!!! This is also the 3rd Stage of this week's Dog Days Omnium!! (FINAL RACE in the 2009 Chico Downhill Time Trial Series) (3rd Race Dog Days Omnium)

Saturday, August 22nd - The "Kids ONLY" Humboldt Road Race - 1:00PM
- From the bottom of the climb up to the main Power Lines (it's about half-way up Humboldt = 2 miles up, 400 feet of total climbing!) - For the kids under the Age of 16 who have been showing up to the Chico Airport Criteriums - now's your chance to experience a ROAD RACE!! least a little one!! Registration will open at the bottom of the hill (near the intersection of Humboldt Road & Stilson Canyon Road) at 12:40pm. The RACE will start at 1:00pm. This one is 2 miles long and climbs approximately 400 feet - so bring your climbing legs!! I will have water at the Start & Finish. We're going just up to the Power Lines - not all the way up to the top. MENTORS are STRONGLY encouraged to attend - to keep an eye on our riders, help them out and encourage them up the hill. I will also be there with the SAG Vehicle, if needed. ***One Note - If enough older kids show, we may do a race up to the top of Humboldt too, depending upon help & logistics. For a map of the "Kids Only" course, please visit: . HELMETS ARE MANDATORY! Rain cancels!

Sunday, August 23rd - Table Mountain Road Race - 9:00AM - 1 Lap - Final Race Dog Days Omnium - 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. However, I wouldn't do that to ya - we're only going to do 1 lap in this race - for a total of approximately 25 miles and approximately 2,100 feet of total climbing. (I wanted to make it just 1 lap too for those who ride out to the course and back to Chico - wouldn't wanna kill ya or anything!!) The course preview is located on 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 just 1 lap = 25 miles. Registration will open at 8:30AM with Category A going off at 9:00AM........and Category B going at 9:02AM. 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! (Part of the 2009 Chico Road R.A.C.E. Series!) (Final Race Dog Days Omnium)

Sunday, August 23rd - Chico Airport LONG-COURSE Criterium(using the 1-Mile course for this evening Criterium) - 6:00PM - 3-POINT EVERY LAP PRIME!! - We'll be using the "other" Criterium Course for this event - the 1-Mile Chico Airport Long-Course. Registration will open at 5:45pm for this one, with the Start at 6:00pm. The course Starts & Finishes on Marauder Street.......over by the old Koret building on the north end of the Airport. A map of this course can be found here: . This event DOES count towards the 2009 Chico Airport Criterium Series. NOTE: This Criterium will have a 3-point Prime to the winner of EACH LAP in EACH CATEGORY(As, Bs and Women's Categories) - so if you need to grab a few extra points for the 2009 Chico Airport Criterium Series, this might be the event to do it!!! This "other" course has a little elevation gain to it as well - not much, but just enough to feel it. Category "A" will go for 40 Minutes PLUS 3 laps(remember - the course is 1-mile in length). Category "B" will go for 35 Minutes PLUS 3 laps. HELMETS ARE MANDATORY! RAIN OR WET PAVEMENT WILL CANCEL THIS EVENT!! (Part of the 2009 Chico Airport Criterium Series!)

Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Amateur Cycling Events
Chico, CA