Ok, I am now at 12 hours total of raking leaves on the course and have the blisters to show for it and I cannot lift my left arm over my head... If you are out at Mahon Park over the coming days, you will see my handy work on getting the course ready. If you are pre-riding and you see some dog walkers or soccer parents, please be respectful and slow down so that we do not get any complaints.
Course Map - Speaking of course, here is a rough drawing outline of what you can expect course wise. The big green squiggly thing is the 'flyover'. yeah... you read that right. I will ride the course with my Garmin this weekend and post a profile here on this site. You can expect a mostly flat, fast course but also one that requires good bike handling skills and some of that end of season fitness you know you have in you...
Some important things you should know about Mahon Park. There are SHOWERS AND CHANGE ROOMS and they are HEATED. Last year, only a handful of people took advange of them, so please use them this time around. Plus, the local neighbors don't want to see your bare ass on a Sunday morning getting changed.
BATHROOMS - we have two sets of bathrooms on hand at Mahon Park. DO NOT let me catch you relieving yourself on the park grounds. You will ruin it for everyone if we are not invited back.
Tech Zone/Soccer infield - once again this year I would appreciate it if you are bringing a shop tent or your own 10 x 10 warm up tent, I would like you to set up in the same area on the soccer infield. The racers will be heading thru this area after the flyover and crossing over the barriers. The goal is to create a sort of "guantlet" for all of the racers to ride thru so please set up along both sides of the course in this area. DO NOT set up out of the trunk of your car... There will be some tents already set up in this area when you arrive so you'll know exactly what I am talking about and just follow the lead. Plus, if you arrive early enough, you can unload your car and all of your goods there - However, you cannot park your car on the soccer infield.
Pedro's Neutral Support - Jason Louden from Pedros will be on hand providing neutral tech support to all racers who need some mechanical assistance with their bike prior to racing or are in need of some Pedros chain lube. Stop by and say hello and get some harrassment from him...
Bike Wash - yes, a real bike wash... there will be a hose on hand and available right by the change rooms. (same place as last year). Be courteous as there is only one hose...
REGISTRATION - Will be in the same place as last year - the Horseshoe Club which is located at the rear of the park, behind the main concrete bleachers. It is heated, has power, will be serving fresh Kicking Horse Coffee all day and will be where you need to pick up your race number and swag kit upon signing in.
Awards - ALL awards will happen 30 minutes after the 1:00pm races. If for whatever reason you cannot be there for the awards, please let me know immediately following your race and I will accomdate your needs as much as possible. If you do not let me know, and you have placed in the top 3 for your category, I will consider your prize a draw prize for someone else to win at that point. The awards will once again take place under the covering at the Horseshoe Club.
BBQ - Dont hold me to this just yet... But I am trying to piece together a BBQ to really wrap things up properly. You can all really help with this by PRE REGISTERING!!!
Volunteers - If you would like to volunteer to help out with the race in any capacity, I would love it. Please drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be compensated for your time with something bike related and a huge amount of good karma.
Stay tuned for more leading up to the race. Next up, the hay bales purchase...