Sunday, June 12, 2011

Today's Butte City Road Race - 9:00AM!

Stage #3 - Sunday, June 12th - The Butte City Road Race - 9:00AM:

This 36-Mile, all-flat, Road Race was used by the Chico Velo Cycling Club back in the early 1980s as part of the Chico Velo Omnium Bicycle Race. In fact, yours truly took the Junior title in this Road Race one, it's always been one of my favorites. ;) Registration will open at 8:30AM at Ord Bend Park on Ord Ferry Road(very near Hwy. 45). For a map of Ord Bend Park, please visit the following link:
Category "A" will start at 9:00AM, with Category "B" & "C" starting at 9:02AM - and, like the Aguas Frias Road Race, Masters, Women's and Junior's fields will start with Category "B", but counted separately in the Omnium points standings. The course Starts & Finishes on Ord Ferry Road - across the street from Ord Bend Park. The course follows a clockwise direction - east on Ord Ferry, then south(right turn) on 7- Mile Lane, then west(right turn) on Hwy. 162, then north(right turn) on Hwy. 45 - and back east(right turn) on Ord Ferry to the finish line. The course is one big 36-mile loop - and all Categories will do just 1-lap. All turns will be marked with Route Arrows - and I will have water and Clif Bars at the Start/Finish location. In addition, there's plenty of parking - and bathrooms - at Ord Bend Park. For a map of the Butte City Road Race course, please visit the following link:
(60-point event in the 2011 Butte Road R.A.C.E. Series!)

Most USA Cycling rules apply to these races - you know, WEAR YOUR HELMET, don't ride like a nutcase, and all that good stuff. Sandbaggers are strongly discouraged (a Sandbagger would be a Category "A" rider racing a Category "B" or "C" race - must be completely obvious to the Race Director). A mention about Tri Bars - You can have Tri Bars on your bicycle - BUT, you must NOT use them if you are in a pack or paceline during the Road Races! Normally, in a USA Cycling sanctioned race, you would not be allowed to have them on your bicycle in a mass-start event like the two road races in this Omnium - but I know many of us like them on our bicycles and use them for training. This isn't the World Championships - we do these races for fun, fitness and practice - but please do NOT use your Tri Bars in a pack/paceline situation.

This will be a great way to give an awesome send-off to Aliya - and give her a pat on the back for all of her hard work during these past couple of years! Hope to see you out there!!!! :)

R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Amateur Cycling Events
Chico, California