Best races in US: who here has done em all?

Best races in US: who here has done em all?

Post by Jeff Potte » Wed, 03 Sep 2003 02:49:18


OK, some old farts maybe have done the Zinger/Coors Classic, but that's
gone.

What are the best races in recent years in the US?

North America?

And has anyone here at RBR done them all? Or a bunch of them?

Here's my starter list:

Zinger/Coors
Sommerville
Altoona
Super Week
Sea Otter
Athens
Downer's Grove
Iron Horse
Killington
RAAM (!)

OK, some of these are dead and I'm out of the loop so hopefully there
are some great new ones. Like, isn't there a great new Colorado mt
series stage race? Does it have any prizes? Well, I suppose there are
different levels of greatness and we'll take what we can get. What about
great Canadian events? Do they still have their Tour Laurent or whatever
it was, or Tour Abitibi? Anything big World Cup event in Montreal or
something?

Masters races at these events count, too!

Anyway, a local racer has done at least half of them which seems pretty
cool to me, but he's not an RBR person.

I suppose Jason W has done a bunch of them.

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Post by Kurgan Gringion » Wed, 03 Sep 2003 03:15:08


Quote:
> OK, some old farts maybe have done the Zinger/Coors Classic, but that's
> gone.

> What are the best races in recent years in the US?

> North America?

> And has anyone here at RBR done them all? Or a bunch of them?

> Here's my starter list:

> Zinger/Coors
> Sommerville
> Altoona
> Super Week
> Sea Otter
> Athens
> Downer's Grove
> Iron Horse
> Killington
> RAAM (!)

> OK, some of these are dead and I'm out of the loop so hopefully there
> are some great new ones. Like, isn't there a great new Colorado mt
> series stage race? Does it have any prizes? Well, I suppose there are
> different levels of greatness and we'll take what we can get. What about
> great Canadian events? Do they still have their Tour Laurent or whatever
> it was, or Tour Abitibi? Anything big World Cup event in Montreal or
> something?

> Masters races at these events count, too!

#1) FRAAM (!)
#2) Any Masters Race

 
 
 

Best races in US: who here has done em all?

Post by Voltair » Wed, 03 Sep 2003 03:43:39


Quote:
> OK, some old farts maybe have done the Zinger/Coors Classic, but that's
> gone.

> What are the best races in recent years in the US?

> North America?

> And has anyone here at RBR done them all? Or a bunch of them?

> Here's my starter list:

> Zinger/Coors
> Sommerville
> Altoona
> Super Week
> Sea Otter
> Athens
> Downer's Grove
> Iron Horse
> Killington
> RAAM (!)

> OK, some of these are dead and I'm out of the loop so hopefully there
> are some great new ones. Like, isn't there a great new Colorado mt
> series stage race? Does it have any prizes? Well, I suppose there are
> different levels of greatness and we'll take what we can get. What about
> great Canadian events? Do they still have their Tour Laurent or whatever
> it was, or Tour Abitibi? Anything big World Cup event in Montreal or
> something?

> Masters races at these events count, too!

> Anyway, a local racer has done at least half of them which seems pretty
> cool to me, but he's not an RBR person.

> I suppose Jason W has done a bunch of them.

> --

> Jeff Potter
>   ****

Tour of the Gila in Silver City, NM seems to qualify for your list. It's a
rather difficult five day stage race.

 
 
 

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Post by Fred Mar » Wed, 03 Sep 2003 05:53:29

Quote:
>>Here's my starter list:

>>Zinger/Coors
>>Sommerville
>>Altoona
>>Super Week
>>Sea Otter
>>Athens
>>Downer's Grove
>>Iron Horse
>>Killington
>>RAAM (!)

Casper Classic
Mammoth Stage Race (I was there in the mid eighties when it was shut
down cause of the Fire...)
 
 
 

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Post by DanSchma » Wed, 03 Sep 2003 11:55:13

being a crit racer I can only say speak of a few.

Downers is great.
I love Athens.

I did sommerville for the first time this year and didn't care much for it.

It seems Sea Otter is a cluster every year.

 
 
 

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Post by Jeff Potte » Wed, 03 Sep 2003 23:47:59

What about a list of "must do" races for US riders?

If someone is racing I'd say they should bust their ***to get to as many
races on that list as possible, plus the others added to it by others. The
suffering would be worth it. You won't likely be racing forever. And it
hardly even matters how you do, just get yer ***to the best races. What's
better: winning something local or being able to say you did races like
those listed when yer an old fart?

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Post by Ryan Barre » Thu, 04 Sep 2003 01:04:33

haven't done every race in the country, but...

1 san fran
2 philly
3 cascade
4 redlands
5 downers grove

 
 
 

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Post by Bob Schwart » Thu, 04 Sep 2003 02:25:10

Quote:

> haven't done every race in the country, but...
> 1 san fran
> 2 philly
> 3 cascade
> 4 redlands
> 5 downers grove

How many of those races let you sit on the course with
a cooler full of beer, the way the Downer Ave race
during Superweek does? Philly?

There is nothing better than to sit in comfort with a
beer while you watch people experience pain.

Bob Schwartz

Wishes they ran US cyclocross courses through the beer
tent like they do in Belgium.

 
 
 

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Post by Bev Johnst » Thu, 04 Sep 2003 03:44:30

Quote:

> OK, some old farts maybe have done the Zinger/Coors Classic, but that's
> gone.

> What are the best races in recent years in the US?

> North America?

Tour de Donut
 
 
 

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Post by Jeff Potte » Thu, 04 Sep 2003 04:27:59

Good list of "dids", Ryan!

And, yeah Bob, a great crowd atmosphere is the best.

I forgot Philly and Redlands in my list! Doh!

Quote:


> > haven't done every race in the country, but...

> > 1 san fran
> > 2 philly
> > 3 cascade
> > 4 redlands
> > 5 downers grove

> How many of those races let you sit on the course with
> a cooler full of beer, the way the Downer Ave race
> during Superweek does? Philly?

> There is nothing better than to sit in comfort with a
> beer while you watch people experience pain.

> Bob Schwartz

> Wishes they ran US cyclocross courses through the beer
> tent like they do in Belgium.

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Post by Jeff Potte » Thu, 04 Sep 2003 04:28:19

Also:

Nevada City

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Post by Rapto » Thu, 04 Sep 2003 05:15:25

Quote:

> What about a list of "must do" races for US riders?
> What's
> better: winning something local or being able to say you did races like
> those listed when yer an old fart?

Not really arguing with you here, but it depends on your goals.  Though
it would be neat to actually compete in a big race regardless of result,
OTOH it comes down to paying more and travelling a lot just to suffer in
a new way.

But OTOOH, that's kind of what bike racing is all about.

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Post by TritonRid » Thu, 04 Sep 2003 08:12:30

Quote:

>What are the best races in recent years in the US?

>North America?

>And has anyone here at RBR done them all? Or a bunch of them?

>Here's my starter list:

>Zinger/Coors
>Sommerville
>Altoona
>Super Week
>Sea Otter
>Athens
>Downer's Grove
>Iron Horse
>Killington
>RAAM (!)

>OK, some of these are dead and I'm out of the loop so hopefully there
>are some great new ones.

 Jeff, just got back from working Killingtons replacement. The "Green Mountain
Stage Race" . It's a hell of a race if you like to suffer a lot. I was coming
down Middlebury gap at 60mph on the motor and had to go looking for another
hole to get into because there was a rider gaining on me and I couldn't be in
his way.
 The last Km up Appalachian Gap is brutal after 60 miles.
 Great race.
http://www.gmsr.info/
 Bill C
 
 
 

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Post by William Belaforous Kell » Thu, 04 Sep 2003 08:24:12

<snip>

Quote:
> I'm out of the loop

<snip>

I agree, strongly.

 
 
 

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Post by Mike Jacoubowsk » Thu, 04 Sep 2003 14:54:27

Quote:
> Also:

> Nevada City

Thanks.  Getting lonely out here without at least one race I did!

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