This is a flat venue, very flat indeed. Some may be tempted to call it a “grass criterium”, but I assure you that until there’s a ‘cross race where the entire field can sit on at leisure, arriving at the finish en masse, and riders who haven’t put their nose in the wind all day move up on the last lap and crash everyone trying to squeeze into gaps that aren’t there; there’s no such thing as a “grass criterium”. Rest assured we’ll make a fun to ride course, the highlight of which may be beach, which has dense sand that takes a lot of power to ride through.
The course is divided by a stand of trees. The East side will contain the paved S/F stretch, the double pit, and some open field field riding with mostly longish, straightish stretches. The Western side has the sand, and will take in the tiny bit of relief between trees for some technical prowess.
Note on the pit: I’m sorry the pit wasn’t up to snuff at Finn Hill…we ran out of time to make it right. Here at Lake Samm it will be done right: 50-70 meters, 3 meter riding lanes on either side, 6 meters for mechs, bikes and wheels. It is important that equipment is placed in the 6 meter center of the pit, not scattered everywhere.
We’ll be expecting some good head to head racing.
See you Sunday.