Thank you for participating in my Stage Race Poll. I posted last week that I would use rider input to formulate the race route. I will stand by my promise. Here are the results with my commments:
48 Votes - Hilly & Hard (During the week I saw that this was going to be first place in the poll. I started to look toward the Little Rocky Mountains, and roads around the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. The climbs are on the first stage will be big rollers. Think of the Belt Omnium with a hill finish.
44 Votes - Time Format (I was hoping people would like this. I love time format. It's harder on the officials, but I think it makes for more interesting racing. I will make this happen.)
42 Votes - Hill Finish (Stage 1 will have a nasty hill finish. Stage 3 will have a rolly finish, similar to the Eden RR a couple years ago.)
40 Votes - Roubaix Style in places (I got some good feedback from friends on the Roubaix style. Brian is right, I don't want the race to be decided by flat tires. There will probably be a little dirt section that's well maintained to close a loop, but nothing with length that would require different tires.)
33 Votes - Short Time Trial (The time trial will be short. Right now I'm looking at two options. One is a hill climb around 2.5 miles, and the other is a rolly short tt.)
30 Votes - Group Camping (Group Camping is on!)
29 Votes - Hilly Time Trial (The time trial will be hilly)
26 Votes - Team Time Trial (Although this is my favorite idea, I think I might have to let it go for the first year. If you feel strongly about it either way, email me, I love feedback.)
23 Votes - Flat & Hilly (I'm making the course as hilly as I can with the given terrain. That was the number one vote getter. Picture the terrain as something similar to Cow Country. No mountain passes, just short climbs that end up destroying your legs.)
Once again I appreciate you taking the time to vote. This really helps in shaping the race.