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Old 08-25-11, 05:33 PM   #1
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San Clemente Criterium 8/28/11

Is anyone else doing this race on Sunday? It seems like only the 5s filled up and the other categories aren't very well represented yet.

Also, any opinions/advice for the course? I won't be able to see it until race day, and the youtube videos/google maps/mapmyride perspectives are fairly limited. I'm hoping to finally make it out of the 5s (taken out by others a few times) and this should be my 10th race. Can't wait for 150 person fields...
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It's a challenging but fun course. It would be wise to get to the front as quickly as possible. Turn 1 is a slight uphill left that you can almost coast up at speed. Then it's a narrow & quick right around turns 2/3 then downhill toward turn 4. Be careful here, turn 4 is fast & off camber and there are some undulations in the asphalt close to the inside. Give yourself plenty of room but watch the exit of the turn, the curb comes quicker than you think. Once you're through the turn it's uphill into the wind (on a normal day). Position is key here. If you get gapped it's difficult to latch back on. The rest of the course is wide & not much trouble.

edit: Turn 4 should be fast but most likely everyone will grab too much brake there. You'd be wise to let a little gap form heading downhill to the turn. Then you can accelerate a bit and coast through at a higher speed to close that gap by the exit of the turn.

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Great course. The finishing straight is the only section of flat. The rest is slight hills up and down, similar in grade to the hills in Ladera Ranch or Barrio Logan. Because turn 4 is off camber on the inside, the usable section of the road is really narrow. Trying to go five wide through that turn is a mistake. Final turn is less than 200 meters before the finish, and is preceded by a short downhill section, similar to Barrio Logan.

If you like the Barrio Logan course, you'll probably like San Clemente.
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