Mount Hamilton 'Race to the Observatory' Tandem interest?
This year the Mount Hamilton Classic road race, Sunday May 29, has a new category.
Since it is a hill climb, this USAC race seemed to me like something tandems could participate in.
Originally Posted by Mt. Hamilton Classic
I contacted the race organizer, Ramon Alarcon, President of the SJBC, and asked if tandems were welcome. He stated that tandems were not allowed, but held out some hope.
I take this to mean that since there are still plenty of spots open, if a significant tandem contingent indicated interest, there might be a chance we could have a tandem field, and then a yearly USAC tandem event on the Bay Area calendar.
Originally Posted by Ramon Alarcon
I doubt that Mr. Alarcon's tandem apprehensions are based on tandem experience. Hamilton's descents are not especially formidable, tandems are no slouches at descending, and by the time it occurs the field will be well spread out. Tandems + singles have presented no problems the Low Key Hill Climbs in general or Mt. Hamilton in particular. Two tandems participated in 2010, including our very own uspspro.
It would be neat to have a USAC race in which Northern California tandems could participate. Mount Hamilton's grade is quite moderate, not generally exceeding 6%, and well within many team's ability.
Are other tandem teams interested in participating in the Mt Hamilton Classic Race to the Observatory?
Tandem teams on Mount Hamilton, LKHC 2010: