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Not sure if anyone is interseted, but next week the Mt. Hood Classic stage race is starting near Hood River, Oregon. Since it's beginings a few years back it's been gaining stature and now is on the US national calender. Lots of climbing in this one, but they've also added a 'regular' road state for the 1-2s to even things out a bit on comparativly flat circuit. Traditionally, many of the 'big gun' domestic pros have been at the Waucovia in Philly this week, but I understand the sponsor has dropped that one, so maybe we will see some of the eastern riders make a trip out west here for the MHC. The final day's Three Summit RR rivals any stage of the european grand tours with 7500' of climbing in three passes right on the shoulder of Mount Hood. Starts high on Mt. Hood's flank, drops into the valley and climbs back. 2300' first pass, 2100', then 2400' climbing right back to the finish..not a lot of flat and some 15% pitches..guessing. Should be very good racing. Mthoodcyclingclassic.com will get you onto the website of the event, if you are interested in what is shaking up here in the Pacific Northwest this early summer.
Don Hanson
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MHC after just 2 stages.

Yesterday's stage, 84 miles for the men and 56 miles for the women finished as bunch sprints (a" first " for any road stage in the MHC) with both men and ladies averaging about 26mph round a new relatively flat course. The current men's GC leader is Nathan O'neil (Austrailian Nat. TT champ) of Healthnet, followed by Ryan Trebon (A.E.G....blah blah blah..Toshiba) and then Andrew Pinfold of Symetrics and Ian McKissick of Recycled Cycles/Raleigh. Ladies leader is Dotsie Bausch of Colvita/Cooking light. The GC margins are small so far, but that should change with today's Cooper Spur mountainous circuit race on the northeast flank of Mt. Hood. The men do 95 miles with 9000' of climbing and the gals get off with just 56 miles and only 5400' of climbing. Today also sees the Masters and the 3-4s get started on their 3 stages, with masters doing the 5400' course and the 4s (men and women) getting just 40 miles and 3800'. As I write this, it is raining down here in the Gorge (~sea level), so today's mountain stage at around 4000' elevation at the start/finish should be quite chilling. The forecast says improving weather for tommorrow's downtown crit, which always draws a big crowd, what with a huge sound system and lotsa primes awarded at the start/finish at the front door of Full Sail Ale's brewery in down town Hood River, Oregon. Sunday is the classic mountain stage, with 3 summits being crossed and 7500' climbed in 75 miles. The ladie's 3/4s get off with a short version of 38 miles and 2600'. Nice website at mthoodcyclingclassic.com
Don Hanson
 
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