Southern California - Vlees Road Race
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04-01-11, 12:46 PM
Is there anyone out there that has done this race? I was curious how long the inital climb is. I have some Garmin stats from a friend but I was hoping for some local knowledge. Thanks for your help
04-01-11, 04:15 PM
The climb starts relatively flat near the bottom, slowly gets steeper, flattens out in the middle, then kicks up for the last mile. In the P/1/2 we did ~16 minutes for our fastest lap. It's similar in grade to the Round Mountain climb in the District Road Race. After the summit there is a short descent with a turnaround at the bottom. It's very difficult if you're not positioned near the front of the field because you go from 40mph to 5 mph then back up the climb.
04-01-11, 04:40 PM
Thank you so much, my teammate told me it was a 10 mile climb that gets really steep at the end. I'm not much of a climber as my fat gut and lack of endurance make me more of a crit guy.
04-01-11, 11:23 PM
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it's definitely a hard race. Once you get done with the main climb there are a bunch of big rollers with almost no flat ground for another 8 miles.
04-02-11, 12:02 AM
Well that sounds just delightful! Thank you again for your help. Looking forward to some meth and climbing in a week.
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