"The 33"-Road Bike Racing - Jiminy Peak Road Race May 2nd
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04-28-09, 03:20 PM
The Cat 4's sold out before I had a chance to register. I am hoping someone might be looking to cancel, in which case I could take their spot. I know is a long shot, but I thought I would try! PM me if you or someone you know wont be taking your place.
I'll be there in the 5's, hope it'll be a little easier than the quabbin. Good luck getting a spot, it sold out quick.
04-29-09, 09:55 AM
Jiminy Peak is much easier than Quabbin in my opinion, particularly as a 5. There is one major climb at Jiminy and the rest of the course is flat to rolling. As a 5 you only do two laps, for 60km, so only twice up the climb. At Quabbin everyone did the same course so it was 100km, with much bigger rollers and it was damn hot on the weekend!
Also, frequently there are heavy headwinds at Jiminy so its hard to get away, last year everyone stayed together until the final climb to the finish, this is where the hammer went down so you need to be well positioned and preferably on a wheel as you turn onto the climb.
Thats my 2 cents
04-29-09, 07:29 PM
Jiminy being my 'home' race I can tell you that the pace will dictate if it is easier that the Quabbin... which does have some good climbs that can form a general selection. Jiminy doesn't really have those 'selection' climbs but it does have nasty head winds on RT7 as you head south. Also, this is one long false flat all for about 7 miles until you reach the 'real' climb. Your best bet is to ride near the front and on don't take any more pulls than you need to. Breaks do form but you have to be a hammer to make them stick. Since you will do 2 laps be real aware of the last climb on your first lap because it does have specific areas where (if you are feeling strong) will want to attack.
Good luck ... I will be there let's hope the rain holds :-)
Yeah I think I know my limits a bit better after the quabbin debacle too, but less climbing is always a plus.
See you guys there.
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