Nervousness, agitation, restlessness…I got race fever, people! Might as well phone in sick, ’cause judging by the sheer volume of texts I am getting, the Richmond area is not contributing much to the GDP this week. Next week doesn’t look good either. In celebration, I am switching to the metric system.
Remember last week when I penetrated RichmondOutside’s paltry web defenses to announce my underground race series? Well, as promised, this week I’m back with an update on the rules and schedule of events, and this time with RichmondOutside’s blessing. This is real, people.
But first I am pleased to announce that we have brought on Whitworth Cycles as a sponsor. Whit is in the process of cranking out some rockin’ custom prizes for the male and female champions. I am not quite ready to tease those yet. Additionally, we have some very nice daily prizes donated from a major outdoor retailer.
Start times are rolling times. Show up early or expect to chase. If you have your nameplate from a previous event, feel free to rock it, otherwise it’s paper plates and a giant sharpie. Don’t forget to bring something for the common cause, food, beer, something…
Friday, September 18: Opening Ceremony, Brown’s Island. 6:30 p.m. Free, but you need a ducat.
Saturday, September 19: Know Good Beer Fest, Brown’s Island 2 to 9 p.m. $40 now or at the gate.
Sunday, September 20:
Pros Ride – Team Time Trial 11:30-3:30 p.m.
You Ride – Poop Loop Individual Time Trial, 5 p.m., Ancarrow’s Landing Parking Area (4.5 miles, brakes optional. The first 60 riders will enjoy extended split times, but after that we’re sending you at 0:15 intervals)
Afterparty – West 33rd Street (Southside, ask around)
Time Bonus – Porn Star Mustache Competition (top 3 mustaches win a time bonus, as judged by your fellow racers)
Monday, September 21:
You Ride – New Kent County, Road and Gravel, 10 a.m., New Kent Visitors Center (comes out to 100k, with about 15k of gravel to keep it interesting)
Tuesday, September 22:
Pros Ride – Womens Elite Time Trial, 1:30 p.m.
You Ride – James River Park, 9 a.m., Dogwood Dell (2 timed sections)
Afterparty – China Street bailed out, but we have you covered
Wednesday, September 23:
Pros Ride – Mens Elite Time Trial, 1:30 p.m.
You Ride – Powhite Hot Laps, 5 p.m., Powhite Park (2k loop, 1 hour plus 1 lap)
Afterparty – Chez Andre, Blakemore Road (Southside), just like every Wednesday
Thursday, September 24:
No pro racing
You Ride – Pocahontas State Park, 10 a.m., Amphitheater Parking Area (a unique lap of Blueberry Hill, Lakeview and Blue/Intermediate trails, with connecting fire roads. Parking is $5. Grab a trail map from the concierge, if you think you will need it.)
Afterparty – TBD, but I have some info on a cool scavenger race downtown
Friday, September 25:
Pros Ride – Womens Jr./Mens U-23 Road Race 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shmoes Ride – Conquer The Cobbles 7 to 9 p.m.
You Ride – Road Course Poach – 2 laps, 4:30 pm, Starts/Finishes at Libbie Hill Park
Afterparty, Awards and Heckling – Pit O’ Disrepair, E. Franklin Street (Libby Hill on Church Hill)
Not only is the women’s race heating up, but the mustache competition is heating up as well.
Parking and car travel city-wide could of course be limited, so ride to the ride wherever possible.