Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Racing in the Park

After talking to a few people and hearing that there is interest in cheap, easy Wednesday night racing here is what I propose.

July 2nd, 6pm. Meet at the Discovery Park lower parking lot and roll at 6pm. This will not be a sanctioned race, meaning no entrance fee, no numbers and no officials. Instead it will be a self-organized "event". No one will be officially in charge.

The paradox is that there will be an agenda. Those who show up at 6 will start off with 2 warm-up laps of the big loop that runs from the parking lot up to the course, over the course and then down to the Indian Center and back up.

After the warm-up laps, we'll do controlled pace line drills for 10 laps like they do on the track over the upper loop.

After that we'll start racing.

I have been assured that this works everywhere else in the world, and the secret to a solid unorganized "race" is the structure. The idea as well is that Cat 4 or 5 riders can ride with more experienced riders and learn pace line techniques and other etiquette.

The Upper Loop at Discovery is 1K and in the open. That way walkers will have a clear view of us and we shouldn't have any problem with people stepping in our way. I also noted a lack of rabbits. The pavement is a bit old; the blocks themselves are fine but there are cracks between the blocks. It's no Ronde Ohop and I suspect that it won't be a big deal at speed.

I found another loop neer Carkeek park that runs the perimeter and might make a good course, but could also be very hard. If anyone is interested in riding it with me this weekend let me know.


At Tuesday, June 24, 2008 9:51:00 AM, Blogger pnwbuckeye said...

What if we don't have a Way-Back Machine so that we can be there on JUNE 2?

At Tuesday, June 24, 2008 10:02:00 AM, Blogger P-Dog said...

Ha! My powers of Blogspot editing have already made you look foolish Holmes! HAhahahahahaha.

At Tuesday, June 24, 2008 10:19:00 AM, Anonymous Coach Curly said...

I'll need a Seigler carbo-frame to particpate in this series... where does one get a Seigler carbo-frame?

At Tuesday, June 24, 2008 10:21:00 AM, Blogger P-Dog said...

Here: http://www.seiglersports.com/

or you can pester Holmes.

Rumor has it there are some '07 closeouts available.

At Tuesday, June 24, 2008 5:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I be one of the 4/5 riders that learns etiquette? This sounds like a really good idea.

At Tuesday, June 24, 2008 6:17:00 PM, Blogger P-Dog said...

well, that all depends on if you are a 4/5. Even if you are not, you can be for a day. It's America were all our dreams can come true.

At Tuesday, June 24, 2008 8:27:00 PM, Blogger Brian said...

How about a citizens race? Can I show up in Converse, a half shirt and jean cut-offs?

Shot this off to my boys, we'll try and bring a crew.

Nice job P-

At Wednesday, June 25, 2008 5:36:00 AM, Anonymous mt said...

Ohhhh! I want to ride my Huffy in my cut-offs and half-shirt.


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