Thursday, March 1, 2012
Some early pre-race notes
April is quickly approaching, I hope everyone has been taking advantage of the mild winter to ride your bike. Some early notes:
We are 99% sure that we are using Mississippi National Golf Links as the start location again this year. They are hosting a wedding reception later in the day, but they are willing to work with us to make it happen. They promised to have the doors open so we have access to the bathrooms this year.
The route will be split into 3 legs, like last year. Distances for each leg will be 36, 46 and 26 miles respectively.
Unless we hear tremendous outcry, the King of the Mountains competition will take a year off. It wasn't well contested last year and it requires a fair amount of work to pull off.
Lake City will now be a full checkpoint with optional outside rider support, just like Zumbro Falls. It will be at a new location, however.
For the top 5 or 10 overall riders, we are planning on using a "mountain top" finish at the top of the last climb (on Lehrbach road) this year.
A reminder to all that are entered to let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend so we can fill your spot with someone from the standby list. Anyone taking a start spot that doesn't show up will likely be excluded from future events. If you take a spot, we expect you to show up, even if it's 35 and rainy the day of the event. We will post a final withdrawl date as the race date gets closer.