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Hey all,
For those interested in competative cycling, The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic (stage race) begins tommorrow in Portland and runs through Sunday. This year has two stages in Portland, and culminates with the very technical and 'happening' crit in downtown Hood River, out in the Gorge. If you need an excuse to get over east of the Cascades, the Downtown H.R. Crit is pretty spectacular, starting later on in the afternoon next Sunday. I gather that Sun. am. there is some kinda organized non-competative ride, too, (I know no details) along the same section of the scenic highway that the MHCC uses for their time trial. I ride that route often and it is a wonderful cycle road.

So come out to the dry side and ride (the ride options are countless) then watch some of the best racers from a few feet away as they battle in "Hooterville".

( No affiliation with the race other than as a supporter. Let's show our support for this men's NRC race and very important UCI women's event)

http://www.mthoodcyclingclassic.com/schedule.htm

Don Hanson
 

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Best of luck..

gray8110 said:
I'll be there trying not to get my tail whipped by the rest of the 2/3 field. I just wish that the Wy'East road stage didn't get the best part chopped off because of snow.
Conflict in schedual caused the organizer to be a bit earlier this year. A friend was up forest road 44 yesterday and said there's a 4' wall of snow at the end of the plowing. Too bad, but the revised course is equavalent. It's also supposed to be hot, 87f this coming weekend! I'll be helping my team (Z-Team) from a vehicle..
Have fun and race smart..
Don Hanson
 

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There are quite a few changes, but last year, used <a href="http://tinyurl.com/56oxbq">This Course</a> while this year will use <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=1431925960991506926,45.440740,-121.131050%3B5847100151866247582,45.375727,-121.162258%3B15954625268661943868,45.155520,-121.170273%3B10102022733955043959,45.249210,-121.710060%3B14537850393224815168,45.328097,-121.662271&saddr=US-197+%4045.440740,+-121.131050&daddr=Dufur+Gap+Rd+%4045.375727,+-121.162258+to:45.347561,-121.1483+to:OR-216+%4045.155520,+-121.170273+to:US-26+%4045.249210,+-121.710060+to:Mt+Hood+Meadows+Dr+%4045.328097,+-121.662271&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=2&sz=12&via=1,2,3,4&sll=45.380608,-121.179199&sspn=0.165668,0.32135&ie=UTF8&z=12">This Course</a>
 

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gray8110 said:
There are quite a few changes, but last year, used <a href="http://tinyurl.com/56oxbq">This Course</a> while this year will use <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=1431925960991506926,45.440740,-121.131050%3B5847100151866247582,45.375727,-121.162258%3B15954625268661943868,45.155520,-121.170273%3B10102022733955043959,45.249210,-121.710060%3B14537850393224815168,45.328097,-121.662271&saddr=US-197+%4045.440740,+-121.131050&daddr=Dufur+Gap+Rd+%4045.375727,+-121.162258+to:45.347561,-121.1483+to:OR-216+%4045.155520,+-121.170273+to:US-26+%4045.249210,+-121.710060+to:Mt+Hood+Meadows+Dr+%4045.328097,+-121.662271&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=2&sz=12&via=1,2,3,4&sll=45.380608,-121.179199&sspn=0.165668,0.32135&ie=UTF8&z=12">This Course</a>
OK if you HAD to pick one stage to go to, which one would you choose? I only have time to come up for one....
 

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tferris said:
OK if you HAD to pick one stage to go to, which one would you choose? I only have time to come up for one....
It depends on what you want to see. The TT is really scenic and will let you see a lot of riders. The Saturday RR is probably the most scenic stage, but you're only going to have a brief glimpse of the riders. The crit is definitely the most spectator friendly - it's a fast technical course so it should be good watching.
 

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Did the TT course yesterday as part of a ride. It's really a great TT course with diverse terrain for every type of rider. Two fairly strenuos (at a TT pace) but interesting climbs. A couple of long descents and about 5 miles of relative flat heading into the first climb.

Those intersted in spectating the Time Trial, a good place to watch is the Rowena Crest Overlook, about 5 miles west of the start on the Gorge Scenic Hwy (at the Rowena exit off I-84, then right). There is a large parking area with a panoramic veiw of what is called the "Rowena Loops"...a sinuous series of 3-5% grade switchbacks that will bring the riders up from river level (sea level) to 750' in full veiw from the cliff-top overlook. If the forecast weather comes true, the TT times this year could be records as the normal Gorge west wind may be absent. Our training ride time over that course yesterday (at the end of a 60 mile/5000' ride) was just over an hour, for some perspective. Last year's FTOD was 40:25 by Nathan O'Neil.

The Sunday crit in downtown Hood River is probably the most exciting spectating, what with announcers, music, people-watching and wheel to wheel racing right in front of you.

Don Hanson
 
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