Mt. Hood Cycling Classic Just 16 Days Away
May 22, 2012
Crews are working hard to plow snow, clear storm debris, and create one of the most amazing racing experiences. This year marks the 10th anniversary and we have some great fun lined up.
Registration is going strong and we are anticipating a good turnout for this year’s event. Be sure and register by May 28 to avoid the late fee of $25. After that you can register up to June 6. For more information on registration go to www.pros.mthoodcyclingclassic.com/registration, if you are a pro click here.
Courses are coming along with the standard spring time cleaning of the Stage #4 Three Summits Road Race presented by Indie Hops as well as a change to the Stage #1 Columbia Hills Road Race presented by Garmin. Due to a huge transmission line project that Bonneville Power is working on to connect the wind farms of Eastern Oregon into the power grid we have to make a course change for this year. The new course will feature many of the same roads, climbs and terrain as the old one but will have a new start/staging area as well as a finish. The finish will be a fun and exciting one with the final 300 meters up a little climb to separate the riders. New info on stage #1 is online and ready to be viewed.
For Stage #4 Three Summits Road Race we have once again submitted a plow permit with the Forest Service and are lining up equipment to do snow removal. Conditions and snow pack are definitely less than last year however we still have some stubborn drifts that will not be gone by race time. We plan to have the course open by Friday June 1 so riders can review the race course the prior weekend.
Lodging always goes quickly in Hood River so do not wait until the night before to book your lodging. Both of our lodging partners offer great rates and amazing rooms and have supported this event every single year for the past 10 years, so not only book with them, but give them a huge thank you when you check in and let them know how much we appreciate all they do. Best Western Hood River Inn is located right on the Columbia River and easy access from the highway. They will also be hosting Thursday night’s packet pickup. Cooper Spur Mountain Resort is the deal of the century for teams and groups. The rates on their condos and cabins are the cheapest per head cost than any other lodging establishment in Hood River and have great amenities like kitchens, living room, hot tubs, etc. In addition it is where Stage #4 ends and the party begins so if you would like to shower and relax right after your race and before you head home give them a call. You can find links to both and more information on our lodging page here.
Packet pickup will be located at the Best Western Hood River Inn on Thursday night from 4-8 p.m. A mandatory team managers meeting for the Pro 1-2 Women and Pro 1-2 Men will be at the hotel and start at 6 p.m. If you plan to have a team car in the caravan you must attend this meeting.
Shuttle Service for Time Trial
A number of you have inquired and yes we will have a shuttle service lined up for the Scenic Gorge Time Trial. This is one of the most amazing time trial courses in the country and unique in its point to point format. We will have two shuttles and trailers transporting you and your bikes back to the start line throughout the stage.
Tour de Hood Challenge
Not quite ready to throw down for three days and four stages of racing? Then consider riding the Tour de Hood Challenge. The ride has a 50-mile challenge as well as the full 75-mile course that follows the Three Summits Road Race. Riders depart from Cooper Spur at 8 a.m. and the goal is to finish before the pros. This fully supported ride will now feature timing so you can actually see how far you were ahead of your friends when the ride is done. For more information check us out on the web at www.tourdehoodride.com.
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