I have not been to Rock Hill before. Does anyone have suggestions for getting there from Los Angeles? How about bike transport? What airlines are good for taking the bike with me, as opposed to shipping it there? Any help would be very much appreciated. I would usually drive my RV there, but this year I don't have the extra 10 days required for the round trip, and still have vacation time left to go to Manchester.
It is a long drive to Manchester.
You can check out luggage forward. Also, USAC has partners for luggage shipping. I used a shipping company for 2012 Nats in Trexlertown. It worked out pretty good but was expensive.
IMO, the two best air carriers for bike cases are Jet Blue and Southwest. All the rest are a lot more expensive for bike cases.
Not doing track nationals or worlds this year.
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Einstein
I use Kinek a lot, usually only a couple of bucks to hold a package for you (not sure many hotels would take a bike box before you get there)
SC in the middle of July sounds...warm.
Thanks for all the information. I've never shipped my bike before, but the times they are a changin' so maybe I will this time. And yes, July in SC sounds not only warm, but really, really humid as well. I'm spoiled training at the Velo Sports Center in Carson; sure wish we could have the Natz here.
anyway, have fun.
Trexlertown in the summer of 2011 was awfully hot as well. I wish that in those cases they would consider holding races before noon and after sundown, even if that means racing after midnight. This benefits both the athletes AND the officials.
Don't forget that many racers hangout in the infield for hours waiting for their events. There is no AC, just shade (if you bring your own). In the Southeastern US, it can be over 100 degrees in the shade.
I'd rather race into the wee hours of the morning than have someone suffer heat exhaustion.
Master's Natz in 1996 (I think) were in San Diego. I made the mistake of sitting around in the infield under some shade after my kilo and then having to do a flying 200 in the early evening. Needless to say, I was way off my best, being sunburned and dehydrated. That's why I drive my RV to races now, so I have somewhere I can sit and relax. I am still working out my plan for Giordana, but I am sure it will include lots of ice, water, and Heed. I too would rather race late into the evening. A couple of years ago at Colorado Springs it was over 100 every day, and we had to have the entire days racing finished by 6:00 pm for some reason. High heat, low humidity and thin air was not a great combination, although the lowered air resistance did make for several PR's. It still was a good party!