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Tour of the Battenkill 2010

Old 12-05-09, 06:14 PM
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Tour of the Battenkill 2010

I know its early, but...

Did they eliminate all the events except the Pro/Am and the "fun ride" for 2010? No actual race for those of us regular cyclists?

www.tourofthebattenkill.com
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Old 12-05-09, 06:39 PM
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The amateur stuff is the week before.

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Old 12-05-09, 07:10 PM
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Different web site or different name? I could not find anything when I just looked (again). Maybe too early to be up?
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Old 12-05-09, 07:54 PM
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http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=9655
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when do most races get put up on bike reg? the nj bike association has some released onto their regional calendar, but i'm hoping to do more than just nj races next season, and i'd like to start planning my season around some races. are there other state bike associations in ny, pa, etc?
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Old 12-06-09, 08:52 AM
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Thanks. Registration is not open yet. Probably why there is nothing on the web page.
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Old 12-06-09, 01:24 PM
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http://www.nysbra.info

The schedule is mostly finished however simply has not been posted yet, should be soon. You can look at last years schedule and just go by the weekends. There are some changes but not many for NY.
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I will be at the Battenkill, in U35 Cat 5. Looking forward to it kicking my ***.

I think in terms of equipment I will bring the Roubaix with it's easy gearing, although it's 20.07lbs with only pedals and cages.

I think I may go with Michelin Krylion Carbon in 700x25 for tires.

In terms of feed zone for this particular race, can someone talk about their experiences with it (where it is for example)? I'd be sending the wife there with bottles and food.
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Old 12-06-09, 03:48 PM
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http://tourofthebattenkill.com/Spectator.html

Course has not changed as far as I know. Look at last years guide. Or just wait till the new one comes out...the race is only 5 months away :-P
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Old 01-19-10, 08:49 PM
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Spring Preview has opened up for the Battenkill race.

http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=9977

$15 w/ Sag support. I doubt any of us really need it, but it might be a fun event nonetheless if the weather is nice and you have friends along.
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so how does this race play out?? is there usually a break?
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It explodes on the first steep dirt hill, about 12 miles in; Juniper Hill or Swamp Rd. If you aren't in the first group, your race is likely over. I was toward the front of the first split; chasing as hard as we could on that dirt section just wasn't enough. So you could say that there's a break, but that would imply that it's a tactical race; believe me, it's not. You have to be very strong to do well, period. After a terrible base training period due to injury, I was not very strong. Hell of a race, lots of fun, and finishing it at all is something to be proud of, IMO. You should be prepared in case of weather, by the way. It started raining about halfway through last year, and rained on and off for the rest of the race. If ever an amateur race actually earned the title of "epic," Battenkill was it.

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so how does this race play out?? is there usually a break?
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FROM: TOUR OF THE BATTENKILL PRO/AM-------------------------------------------------

Hello From the 2010 Tour of the Battenkill,


Greetings from the Battenkill Valley! I hope your winter training is progressing and that you are as excited as we are for your arrival in April. The international buzz surrounding the event is growing and weíre happy to report that registration is on track to exceed 2000 riders! Once again, the Tour of the Battenkill will be the largest road race in North America, and may well become the largest sanctioned road race in the world! Itís with your participation that this is possible. We thank you!


REGISTRATION

Currently ~1900 registrants or so. We have recently added a number of Cat 5 fields and an additional Cat 4 field. They are almost to capacity already. We donít anticipate adding any more fields.

Category 4 racers - please be sure that your team name is correct on the confirmed rider page. You will be sorted according to teams starting in February and assigned to a race. Start times may be adjusted somewhat. Only USA Cycling Category 4 licensed (or UCI/international) racers may race in
the category 4 races.

Category 5 racers - with the added fields, we now have 8 category 5 fields. Please be sure your registration information is correct.

Wait listed riders will be notified individually via e-mail when a spot opens up in their respective fields. Please do not make phone calls / send emails unless absolutely necessary.


COURSE

With one exception, the course is exactly the same as in 2009. A course map will be published on the new website soon.

Start location - To accommodate the additional fields and to avoid congestion on the course, we have adjusted the start location for the April 10 (Pro/Am) event only. It will now be located just a short ride/walk from the registration site / Cambridge School on Gilbert St. It is wider, partially closed to traffic for the race, better pavement, immediately adjacent to parking, and will allow for a more efficient start & finish.



EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday, April 9 - Pro/Am rider pre check-in. Details to follow. This is optional for Pro/Am riders. Beat the Saturday AM crowds!

Saturday, April 10 - Tour of the Battenkill Pro/Am

Saturday, April 17 - Ride2Recovery - Non-competitive course ride to benefit wounded & disabled Veterans. www.ride2recovery.com

Sunday, April 18 - Tour of the Battenkill Professional Invitational (America's Professional Tour, UCI 1.2) - Pro teams from Europe, Australia, Canada, and North America already confirmed! America's greatest single day of professional cycling!


SPRING PREVIEW RIDE - March 21

Our official Spring Preview Ride will be held on March 21. Registration is available at http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=9977

The ride is fully supported with rest stops, maps & cue sheets, and support vehicles.

$15 per individual/$40 for families of 3 or more. Pro/Am Registrants for the 2010 Tour of the Battenkill should enter coupon code "coveredbridge" for a $5 discount on registration.

11 AM start from Broad Street, Cambridge, NY. Registrants will receive general instructions via e-mail.




RECON RIDES - NON-SUPPORTED

Saturday, January 23
Sunday, February 20

These are informal rides and not supported in any way. RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

11 AM start from the Cambridge Hotel, Broad Street, Cambridge, NY

2010 Tour of the Battenkill
www.tourofthebattenkill.com
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Going to preride the course on Saturday. Pumped.
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8 cat 5's? wow.
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Originally Posted by grolby View Post
It explodes on the first steep dirt hill, about 12 miles in; Juniper Hill or Swamp Rd. If you aren't in the first group, your race is likely over. I was toward the front of the first split; chasing as hard as we could on that dirt section just wasn't enough. So you could say that there's a break, but that would imply that it's a tactical race; believe me, it's not. You have to be very strong to do well, period. After a terrible base training period due to injury, I was not very strong. Hell of a race, lots of fun, and finishing it at all is something to be proud of, IMO. You should be prepared in case of weather, by the way. It started raining about halfway through last year, and rained on and off for the rest of the race. If ever an amateur race actually earned the title of "epic," Battenkill was it.
Thanks... is it just a steep hill, or long also??? what sort of strength does it favor?
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Old 01-23-10, 05:19 PM
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pj: http://www.mapmyride.com/route/unite...23855204239302

It's not the steepest climb of the race, but it is on dirt and it is about 500 feet of elevation gain over 4 miles of length.
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I simply don't see how they can successfully run that many fields on the same course.

My bet is that this year is a total $h!tshow for anyone who cares about such things as not being endlessly neutralized to let other fields pass or to pass other fields. Both situations usually let all the guys you just dropped back in the pack draft and makes it nearly impossible to tell who and how many are off the front. It makes for bad racing, is my point, and with the amount of flats people get on this course I can't imagine the wheel van situation.

There's supposed to be protection from a tragedy-of-the-commons situation by race promoters, but these Battenkill guys seem to really need the money and every extra field is that much more.
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There's supposed to be protection from a tragedy-of-the-commons situation by race promoters, but these Battenkill guys seem to really greed the money and every extra field is that much more.
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I simply don't see how they can successfully run that many fields on the same course.
The answer is that they don't. It's really hard with super fast guys and some results correctly posted, basically making it an expensive bike tour.
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There's supposed to be protection from a tragedy-of-the-commons situation by race promoters, but these Battenkill guys seem to really greed the money and every extra field is that much more.

I agree, last year I was even a little baffled by the amount thay charged, this year it has been a bigger factor in me not competing. The country is in a recession and to charge that amount for a race, imo, is scandalous.

Having said that it is a fun race.
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I am very much looking forward to this race. I hope it doesnt turn into the sh*t show it could potentially be. Good news is that there is chip timing so regardless if packs get mixed together they will know who is crossing the line and when. I just hope people are honest enough not to tag onto another group to catch up if they get dropped or to catch a breakaway.
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Originally Posted by pjcampbell View Post
Thanks... is it just a steep hill, or long also??? what sort of strength does it favor?
Long enough that you can't just sprint up it. As for the sort of strength... I don't know, I was too busy suffering to take notes.

As for the multiple fields and results, YES, this was a problem last year. They did not have chip timing at last year's race, so that may be how they intend to resolve the issue. I was not counted in the results last year. Luckily, this was only a minor aggravation, as I got passed by... um... more than one field.
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was thinking about this race since reg opens next week. i will be

would you guys run 700x25s for this

and how do you get in shape for an early april race... you'd really have to be training pretty seriously in early february?
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why aren't you training seriously now?

the questions for me as regards battenkill is why is it so much money; do I want to take a chance on a weather that can be greatly altered by the weather, in a season where the weather is wildly unpredictable; do I want to do a race that's so hard, and with a higher than normal potential of getting hurt in April.
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