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Southington Cyclocross – Sunday Oct. 21 October 11, 2007

Posted by Wade in Chatter.
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Much of the information posted here is also available at BikeReg.  The link to our registration page http://www.BikeReg.com/events/register.asp?EventID=5241

If you have questions you can email me through the Contact Event feature on BikeReg.  I’ll be adding information here over the next few days. Please make sure to check the Comments, as questions may be asked/answered there.  

top-of-run.jpgmy-race-06-sand.jpgCourse will be similar to previous editions. Our start is on a hard packed grass field.  The first feature is a 20 yard steep hill that many can ride when it is dry. (picture of 1st lap in 2005 when it was very wet) It U-turns at the top and dives back down into a fast sweeping turn back onto the field where the start is located. The course remains on this field going back and forth with turns on either end.  If I put a set of barriers up this year, it will be on this field. The next tricky part is a steep drop-off into an off-camber turn that leads down to the first beach; across the beach with a left up to the staircase leading off the sand.  A handful of racers can ride all the way to the stairs. After the stairs, there is a slight downhill on grass to a small hill. The main equipment pit is located at the top. Neutral Service provided by Mark Wysocki and his dog. After the pit, it is slightly downhill to a tight U-turn which acts as the approach to the second beach run (shorter than the first). Coming off the beach it continues slightly downhill to a wide open fast turn which marks the far end of the course.  You’ve been going slightly downhill since the pit so now it is time to grind back-up. The return trip features a short steep embankment followed by a U-turn back down. The grind continues back past the pits (no entrance from this direction), then a short fast downhill onto the front field of the camp. This field features the Bowl of Despair, a large earthen drainage basin.  Up the short steep side of the bowl, drop down in and across to the exit ramp, a steep 5 yard wall. Keep your speed, balance and traction and you ride right out. Don’t, and you fall over and back. Many beginners run the exit ramp. Across the gravel road and past the 2nd Pit.  Then around and through the sand volley-ball court (picture is of the approach to the sand court).  The sand court is the last obstacle and comes about 400 yards from the finish. After the court there is a 50 yard stretch of grass field and then a slightly off camber down hill turn that drops you onto the pavement road. It is slightly up hill to a gentle right hand turn back onto the grass and the start/finish stretch.  Lap times will range from about 6 minutes to 8 minutes. 

Directions: For Mapquest/GPS   address of Camp Sloper is  1000 East Street Southington CT 06489

From Hartford: I-84 to Exit 32 (Queen St –Rte 10) turn right at end of ramp (south on Rte10) Travel for 2.2 miles thru Southington center to end of town green – Take left onto Berlin Ave (BankNorth on corner). Follow Berlin Ave to 4 way intersection – take left onto Berlin St. At 2nd stop sign bear right onto East St – Follow about ½ mile (past red barn) to YMCA Camp Sloper entrance on left. DON’T turn left onto Rte 364 at first YMCA sign.

From Danbury,CT / New York – I-84 East to Exit 32 (Queen St –Rte 10) turn left at end of ramp (south on Rte10). Follow above directions.

From I-691: Exit 4, west on Rte 322 (Meriden-Waterbury Rd). Right at first light onto Rte 120 (Meriden Rd). Right at first light onto Savage Street. At end, right on East Street. Follow about 1/2 mile to Camp Sloper entrance on right.   

Coffee – Starbucks is supporting our event.  It is located right off the I-84 Exit. If you are coming from the east it will be right in front of you at the bottom of the ramp. From the west, you’ll turn right (opposite of the directions to the race) and cross back under 84 and it will be on your right.   

Call-Ups

Haven’t decided yet but it will probably be first come first serve. However, there will be 8 starting lanes and riders will be organized into clear rows.  We want to avoid racers being crammed into one big starting blob.   

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