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Old 04-15-09, 05:18 PM
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Fitchburg Stage Race

It's still a ways off, but the Cat 4 is starting to fill, and I don't want to miss it if it's something I should go to. Who's going? Should I go?

I'm on the fence. I hear it's hilly, and I'm not a climber. But the atmosphere of a huge stage race is something I've never been to, and it sounds fun.

It would end up being extremely expensive, since I would have to take off a couple unpaid days, plus it's a long drive, plus it's expensive to stay in hotels for that long, etc.

Keeping in mind that my costs could run into the $750 range (including lost wages and everything else), is it worth it? It's not like I'm hurting for races to do around here. Maybe save this for next year, and make it an A priority race? Something to look forward to? By next summer I'll probably be in the real working world, at the same company, so I'll have more time off to use, plus more money to spend.

Experiences? Anything you can tell me about it?

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Old 04-15-09, 05:42 PM
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How many days of racing is it? Doing a stage race is fun, even if you get shelled. But $750 is a lot of money. Do you have any other options that are closer to home or would require less time off work? Personally, I wouldn't go.
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I did it last year and had a blast. Although my costs were quite a bit less, as I had friends in the area who were also racing, which helped a lot. If it was going to cost me $750, I probably wouldn't have done it.

Also (keep in mind, this is coming from a Floridian...) lots and lots of climbing. Slightly uphill time trial, the road race is for climbers, the circuit race is for power climbers, and then there's finally the crit.
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Yeah, too expensive probably, since I don't have enough vacation built up. I'm probably better off working and just racing locally. I'll save it for next year. Something to look forward to.

Are there any non-hilly stage races? Something that I could have a shot at next year if I'm a strong 165 lb Cat 4? I'd love to do something other than omniums and one day races.
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FB, may not be as exciting but we'll have The Piedmont Triad Omnium close by. 3 days of racing w/ 4 events, Crit, Street Sprints, TT, & RR.

http://www.thepiedmonttriadomnium.com

http://www.thepiedmonttriadomnium.co...20Brochure.pdf
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Originally Posted by ljrichar View Post
FB, may not be as exciting but we'll have The Piedmont Triad Omnium close by. 3 days of racing w/ 4 events, Crit, Street Sprints, TT, & RR.

http://www.thepiedmonttriadomnium.com

http://www.thepiedmonttriadomnium.co...20Brochure.pdf
Yeah, that's on my list too. I didn't realize they're so close together timewise though. That pretty much settles it, I'll go with Piedmont instead of Fitchburg. Much cheaper, and a better shot at the money.

I also have an Ominum scheduled for May 9/10 in Knoxville, TN. I'm there visiting family, and it's an omnium of 3 fast crits. My kind of omnium, lol.
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Fitchburg is awesome. I did it last year in cat 2's and thoroughly enjoyed myself even though I was basically pack fodder every day. The scene is incredible, the town is crawling with cyclists. I stayed in the college dorms there, they have a decent setup. But yeah, it is a long haul to get there. Even if you can't make it out this year, put it on your life list.
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great, great race. do it.
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Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post

I also have an Ominum scheduled for May 9/10 in Knoxville, TN. I'm there visiting family, and it's an omnium of 3 fast crits. My kind of omnium, lol.
Are you doing any of the Crossroads Classic? 6 crits in 6 days all within an hours drive of each other. Sounds right up your alley (you'll be in Charlotte right?). I'm toying w/ the idea of using a weeks vacation (I have a ton I have to use or lose) to do all of these.

http://www.ncsccyclingassoc.com/Raci...6/Default.aspx
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Great race. I also did it last year. Got too many upgrade points and an official force upgraded me the last day
If you do well, there is some half decent money to be made too. I made a couple hundred $.
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Originally Posted by ljrichar View Post
Are you doing any of the Crossroads Classic? 6 crits in 6 days all within an hours drive of each other. Sounds right up your alley (you'll be in Charlotte right?). I'm toying w/ the idea of using a weeks vacation (I have a ton I have to use or lose) to do all of these.

http://www.ncsccyclingassoc.com/Raci...6/Default.aspx
Yeah, that's on my list too. Depending on how many I can get to.
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