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Old 03-05-08, 03:24 PM   #1
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Philly Schools Unleash Most Ambitions Race Yet!

Joe Kopena, friend of mine and caption of the Drexel University Cycling Team asked me to post the following:

Fresh off successfully hosting the largest collegiate cycling race ever held, the summer of 2007 found the Philadelphia collegiate cycling coalition of Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Villanova University looking for their next objective. The answer was clear: An epic road race course.

This weekend, on March 8th, months of preparation toward that goal will culminate in the debut of the Phoenixville Fury Road Race. Combining in one fifteen mile course all the excitement of a downtown criterium with the most challenging of hill climbs, the Fury is one of the most ambitious races ever held in the greater Philadelphia area.

Starting and finishing in the heart of Phoenixville's booming business and shopping district, the Fury offers spectators and racers plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy high powered collegiate cycling action. Stretching out to the boundaries of historic Valley Forge National Park,
the course also incorporates several leg burning climbs. Among those is a steep ascent up Mt Misery/Valley Forge Mountain, sure to be the site of many decisive race actions!

On Sunday, March 9th, the weekend will finish with the Philly Phlyer's now classic team time trial and circuit race courses in downtown Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Featuring fully closed roads in a beautiful setting along Philadelphia's Martin Luther King/West River Drive and Memorial Hall areas, these courses have become racer favorites since their debut in the 2006 Philly Phlyer.

Once more a dual conference event of both the Atlantic and Eastern collegiate cycling conferences, this year's race is sure to feature huge field sizes, with over 500 collegiate racers expected to participate again in 2008. The size and scope of this race has only been made
possible through extensive cooperation from the Phoenixville and Schuylkill County police departments, as well as the continued support of Arkema Inc, Trophy Bikes, and Plexiglas, proud sponsors of this event since 2006. In addition, these courses are only feasible with enormous support from the region's very healthy cycling community as well as the Atlantic conference's Johns Hopkins University team.

Further information on courses, registration, and volunteering are all available online at:

http://phillyphlyer.org/
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how bad is that "mt. misery" climb?!

i'm upgrading to Cs from Ds with only 2 days of racing under my belt and i believe i can hang with the Cs but this hill business is making it very complicated :>... so any more detail?
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Actually our Drexel Cycling website is here, http://drexelcycling.org/wiki/

I can give you the powertap profile from the "Mt Misery" if you've got cycling peaks. We're hyping it big time but it's really not that bad. I believe the stats are 1.2miles of 8% grade

It kicks up in the very beginning, flattens out, and then kicks hard for the last 200m
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Sounds cool. We only have about 6 active schools in the SCCCC (Texas, Texas A&M, Midwestern State, Baylor, Texas State, SFA), so we're relegated to hosting cheap, usually less-than-exciting races.

This Saturday kicks it off with a race on the worst roads ever.... Tunis-Roubaix.
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Sounds awesome. Wish I could make it back east this weekend. Ah well, I'll be at Grant's tomb next weekend (Columbia's race).

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This Saturday kicks it off with a race on the worst roads ever.... Tunis-Roubaix.
Well. Don't you just sound ever so excited.
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I'm looking forward to this. Assuming it lives up to the hype If it rains, it will be a proper spring classic. I hear there is gravel too. Any truth to this?
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Actually our Drexel Cycling website is here, http://drexelcycling.org/wiki/

I can give you the powertap profile from the "Mt Misery" if you've got cycling peaks. We're hyping it big time but it's really not that bad. I believe the stats are 1.2miles of 8% grade

It kicks up in the very beginning, flattens out, and then kicks hard for the last 200m
Ugh. At least I only have to do it twice.

I'm not looking forward to the switchback descents as much as I would be if the forecast wasn't calling for rain on Saturday. My main purpose of doing the road race was for all the downhills on that course profile
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this is gonna be a crash fest
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Weather.com says thunderstorms. What does it take for a race like this to get canceled? I remember last year there were a few cancellations around this time.
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This is going to be my first race ever! I'm hopefully going to do both this weekend, weather permitting.
I havent been training at all lately because I've been totally swamped with midterms. I'll be content as long as I don't get spit out the back
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This is going to be my first race ever! I'm hopefully going to do both this weekend, weather permitting.
I havent been training at all lately because I've been totally swamped with midterms. I'll be content as long as I don't get spit out the back
what category?
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what category?
I think I'm just going to go for the D's. I've ridden group rides before but I've never done a competitive race before. So I don't want to do intro, and I don't want to be in over my head in the C's. I'm doing this for fun!

Now I need to decide whether I want to bring my CAAD9 or 84 trek for the race. Decisions decisions!
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I think I'm just going to go for the D's. I've ridden group rides before but I've never done a competitive race before. So I don't want to do intro, and I don't want to be in over my head in the C's. I'm doing this for fun!

Now I need to decide whether I want to bring my CAAD9 or 84 trek for the race. Decisions decisions!
ah sounds good, yeah don't do intros they look way too boring. Bring the CAAD ;d, will need it on the hills
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ah sounds good, yeah don't do intros they look way too boring. Bring the CAAD ;d, will need it on the hills
The trek's the one with the compact crank. Trek's about 21.75 lbs and CAAD9 is about 18ish I'd gander. Heck of a bike. I just put used neuvation SL's (1600 g's with rimtape) and krylion carbons on it. I still haven't had chance to ride it yet. I'm really frustrated by that!
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I think I'm just going to go for the D's. I've ridden group rides before but I've never done a competitive race before. So I don't want to do intro, and I don't want to be in over my head in the C's. I'm doing this for fun!

Now I need to decide whether I want to bring my CAAD9 or 84 trek for the race. Decisions decisions!
I think the rule this year is that your first race has to be in Ds if you don't do the intro. Probably a safer bet in this big crowd anyway, though they'll both probably be split by division.
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Weather.com says thunderstorms. What does it take for a race like this to get canceled? I remember last year there were a few cancellations around this time.
I'm also curious about this....

Last year, we had more cancellations for snow/ice around this time of year. I know we usually race in rain, but not thunder. I've only run into problems so far with crits that can easily be postponed for weather. How cautious will they be about a road race?
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I'm also curious about this....

Last year, we had more cancellations for snow/ice around this time of year. I know we usually race in rain, but not thunder. I've only run into problems so far with crits that can easily be postponed for weather. How cautious will they be about a road race?
so you're racing Cs? Heh, i wonder how fast we're gonna go down those descents in the rain. Probikekit screwed up my order so im literally racing on some horrible worn out tires... in the rain.. as my 3rd race... in Cs... : (

how did rutgers go for you? (if you attended)
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. , the Fury is one of the most ambitious races ever held in the greater Philadelphia area.

http://phillyphlyer.org/
Guess they never heard of the Core States.
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Guess they never heard of the Core States.
The release did say "one of," implying next to the Philadelphia International race, and in all honesty, this is the most ambitious race in the area since the Corestates' inception. Nothing else has come close. Full disclosure: I'm not involved in planning the race, but I will be marshaling both days.
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The release did say "one of," implying next to the Philadelphia International race, and in all honesty, this is the most ambitious race in the area since the Corestates' inception. Nothing else has come close. Full disclosure: I'm not involved in planning the race, but I will be marshaling both days.

It's a totally different beast; The Philly Phlyer is amateur racers, ful time-students, and grassroots fundraising to make it all happen. This collegiate race is incredibly ambitious in both it's route through pheonixville as well as it's numbers of racers drawn into the sunday in fairmont park.

As far as the Commerce Bank Triple Crown goes; it's a professional event, run by a professional company who brings in some serious sponsorship dollars, as well as drawing international attention and teams across all three cities.

Apples to oranges, but one thing is for sure; bringing cycling back into the public's attention in the city of philadelphia is huge, and they are both great events that do the community a big service.
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Sucks that our team can't make this. Please post reports!
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The trek's the one with the compact crank. Trek's about 21.75 lbs and CAAD9 is about 18ish I'd gander. Heck of a bike. I just put used neuvation SL's (1600 g's with rimtape) and krylion carbons on it. I still haven't had chance to ride it yet. I'm really frustrated by that!
1.2 miles at 8% is definitely not long and steep enough to warrant a compact crank. It's enough to hurt, especially in a collegiate D field (my race), and I intend to take advantage of it, but you should be able to crank your way up that hill in your 39x25, if worse comes to worst. I'll probably be in a higher gear than that .
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Anyone have a report on the Fury today? Couldn't make it in the rain...
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It's a totally different beast;
As far as the Commerce Bank Triple Crown goes; it's a professional event, run by a professional company who brings in some serious sponsorship dollars, as well as drawing international attention and teams across all three cities.

Apples to oranges,

I understand that. Jus thought the hyperbole in the press release was a tad over the top.
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Anyone have a report on the Fury today? Couldn't make it in the rain...

Road race was "shortened" to a criterium around downtown Pheonixville...there was torrents of mud going down the biggest descent of the course, all the roads were in real bad shape so i think we made the right call even though all of the race director's hard work was a bit spoiled


and as to the press release being over the top...man that is what PR is all about! haha
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