Posted 10 November 2009 - 12:25 AM
Posted 10 November 2009 - 06:52 AM
No, I'm WAY too big a whiner to do a race like that. Riding on gravel makes me cry like a little girl.
But I used to live down that way for several years so I know people who have done it. If you're looking for something that gives the ambiance of Paris - Roubaix, that's the closest thing I know of in this country.
Posted 10 November 2009 - 06:53 AM
After bringing 5 of my buddies back for the Gateway Cup the past two years, they're now bugging me to find another venue to come back and race. I've heard great things about Hillsboro race, but was not aware of all that's been mentioned above. Sucks.
Tour of Hermann sounds nice. TT on my road bike........not so much.....
Tour of Hermann is very well run. Both the crit and road race are hilly. I think you would be fine in the TT with some clip on aero bars.
Posted 10 November 2009 - 11:07 AM
Thank you for the information Rich. It sounds like a great venue and i hope i make the regsitration before it fills!
See you all in April !!
Posted 10 November 2009 - 07:36 PM
Posted 10 November 2009 - 10:09 PM
Just so you know. Those 60 marshalls are on every intersection on the course and they stop every car and let them know that cyclist are on the road and to be extra careful on turns and hills. Then they get to defend your right to race on the road if the motorist complains.
Posted 10 November 2009 - 11:14 PM
I grew up in this town and this race was what got me into cycling. I can tell you that the towns people love this race and don't mind waiting for the cyclist. For one, nobody there is in a hurry to get anywhere, it's a totally different lifestyle then it is here in the city where people can't be delayed by half a second to make it to the mall. They think it's cool as hell that people come from all over the country to their small little town.
Posted 11 November 2009 - 11:03 AM
ROFLMAO . . . !!!!
That's an EXCELLENT description.
Posted 12 November 2009 - 10:36 AM
yepper i wont be back, havent been back in awhile, they dont follow the rules, yellow line, they let others use other fields to pace up to me, other riders dont get out of the way, from other races, and then they sit on my wheel. and if its windy,, the pack is all over the road, i say give the race to the guy thats way in the back, and on the right side of the road, the way it should be, why because hes riding by the rules. so be it/ if you cant ride into the wind or crosswind, anyways, wish you all the best, and yes everyone is really nice up there too, too bad they did away with the biathlon, they have a outside person doing it, they really mess up a wonderful race. better to have mom and pop run the race. o well, nothing last ,
On the other hand - are these new roads any wider?
Because I think the horse has already been beat to a pulp, but the old course was way too narrow to enforce a yellow-line rule for the fields the promoters allowed. There was ONE tiny section where the pavement was wide enough to make the yellow line rule reasonable. It's charming to compare Hillsboro to a Belgian classic, but let's face it, they get the whole road on those crappy roads. We don't.
Of course, you could just take my opinion with a grain of salt, as I am a fat sprinter that wants to cruise in the loving womb of a huge peleton, safe and warm and wind-free until the final few kilometers.
Posted 13 November 2009 - 08:43 PM
Posted 17 November 2009 - 08:05 PM