Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race November 3rd

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rolling Thunder Part 2 - The Course, Logistics, and Prizes

Click on the image of the course if you'd like a blown up version. We'll try to stay close to this design unless we need to push lap times out a little farther. If you can see the finish line, I'll take you through the course: The finish line is in the middle of the long straight paved section. After the finish is a right hand bend over a ditch and into our double barrier set (The Big Dipper Tripper - Thank you Big Dipper Ice Cream), then a hard right into the Rhino Bar Beer Garden section/Great Northern Cycles Pit Area, a couple turns on typical Missoula hard packed rough dirt with weeds, and then back onto the pavement, some sharp corners on the pavement, and then into the stadium (just like last year ride the hard packed warning track), out the stadium and into a loose gravel section with a 180 turn, then out of the outer fence to the stadium and back onto some hard packed bumpy dirt, into the Missoula Bicycle Works Whoop Section and around the banked corner, some turns and into our only single track straightaway, down the hill (probably the most technical part) to the Sapphire Physical Therapy Pit of Dispair, back up the run - up and onto some pavement for the re-mount, then a grass descent to a hard packed uphill slog (1-2% grade) titled "The Locker" , hard left and your on the finishing straight. That's the general layout.

Bathrooms are located behind the stadium stands behind home plate. We also have two porta poties conviently located near registration. The main entrance to the stadium will be blocked off to car traffic. Drive a couple 100 feet past the entrance and you'll see an open gate with a Rolling Thunder sign, turn left. Park in the field. Registration will go from 12-2pm, with Pre-Registered riders able to check in up until a half hour before race time. Only Pre-Reg can check-in past 2pm, no new registration. Podiums will be done ASAP after each race. Kids race starts at 2:30 (quarter lap), followed directly by the junior/beginner race - 25 minutes. DJ Downtown Joel Brown will be on hand spinning the latest cuts all night, along with the Rhino Bar who will be serving beer and wine throughout the event (21+ only).

Prizes have gotten a bit mixed up over the past couple months and I apologize for that. Please no comments on this one, I'm merely writing to keep everyone informed and the prize list will not change from now until Thunder. As originally stated back during the planning stages the Kona Major Jake frame/fork (Missoula Bicycle Works donated) will go to the winner of the women's race. The Felt F35x complete cyclocross bike (Great Northern Cycles donated) will go to the winner of the men's 1,2,3. The Felt F35x is a size 51cm. So, it's probably not going to fit the men's winner. However, the bike retails for $1600 and comes with a sweet group. This change in information is opposite of what the registration SBO website says and what the fliers have said up until now. Also, along those lines I want to be clear about the men's category 3 riders. Men's 3's have their own prize purse. They also are eligble to win the bike if they win the race. So, in the instance a men's 3 wins the race he will collect 1st place cat 3 prize money and the bike. While the first place 1/2 will take the cash but not the bike. Confusing, but I hope everyone gets it.

Once again please no comments on the prize stuff. The post is merely just informing you of the change. Thank you and see you on Saturday.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


The course looks PRetty frIcken Zippy. It cErtainly Seems looks as ThoUght you Figured out a Fine race for us. See I didn't even mention anything about what you said not to mention.

See you Saturday,
(my appologies I am bored at work)