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Cape Fear RR in NC - Saturday, June 9

Old 06-01-07, 10:28 AM
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Cape Fear RR in NC - Saturday, June 9

Anybody racing in the Cape Fear Road Race on June 9? I'm planning on riding the course this weekend but I'm curious if anybody has any tips, typical finish times (Cat 5), etc. Looks like a fairly hilly course according to my Topo. Only my second race in NC, Meadowmont Crit was the first. Got shelled there, but I'm hoping to hang on this time.

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I'm undecided. I'd love to do it and my team is co-sponsoring the event but I have my biggest event of the year the following Monday so I probably shouldn't be racing on Saturday.

Still, I'm probably 65-35 at this point. If I don't race, I'll be there as a volunteer.

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I'll be doing the Roan Groan RR / Settlers Life Omnium. I did the Cape Fear race last year. It's not really hilly at all if I remember correctly but the heat was killer and the NC competition is always tough.
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It's definitely what you would consider rolling hills, but the little hills are relatively steep for this area with two 200-foot and two 150-foot climbs in the 16-mile loop. The hill right before the finish may be too far from the line to decide the winner but it will definitely spread out the field.

Click here for the Toporoute. If you click on the Elevation button at the top of the page, you'll see the final climb of which I speak.

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Originally Posted by zimbo
It's definitely what you would consider rolling hills, but the little hills are relatively steep for this area with two 200-foot and two 150-foot climbs in the 16-mile loop. The hill right before the finish may be too far from the line to decide the winner but it will definitely spread out the field.

Click here for the Toporoute. If you click on the Elevation button at the top of the page, you'll see the final climb of which I speak.

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Yeah, I topo-ed it myself and saw all the climbs. Have you raced it before? I'm curious as to whether the Cat 5 field generally powers up the climbs right off the bat or sort of holds off until later in the race.
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Yeah I do remember there is a bigger roller before a turn to the finish. It may be a good idea to attack there if you can keep the power up for about 500m to the finish. It's definitely a sprinters race.
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Originally Posted by acape
Yeah, I topo-ed it myself and saw all the climbs. Have you raced it before? I'm curious as to whether the Cat 5 field generally powers up the climbs right off the bat or sort of holds off until later in the race.
I have not raced it before and the difficulty of the Cat5 field is going to be largely dependent upon how many diamonds in the rough show up. Still, because the climbs are short it seems like in the races I've done (4s and 5s only) there's definitely a tendency to power up every climb and then rest at the top.

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I havnt decided. I want to race roan groan but I know there are people there that can beat me up hill and my climbing wheels are toast.

Hey John do you know if its Olafs team that is putting on roan groan, and I wonder if he upgraded.

John how did cape fear end last year? a sprint?
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Yeppers, it was a field sprint.

Everyone hammered up the hills, and then rested at the top, just as Steve said. They're short enough not to really force a selection.
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