Fall Fling preview I

Sep 25
2007
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With all the drama of the past few weeks, one can almost forget that there’s still racing going on.

This weekend kicks off ABD’s two-weekend Fall Fling stage race. As with most ABD and ABR events, there’s a festive, low-key vibe to these races. Mike Ebert and company are good hosts. I haven’t missed an event in the past two years, and I regret that I’m not going to be able to do them this year.

It’s a great series for just about everyone. There’s a citizens field, making it a good opportunity for new racers to give this racing thing a shot before diving into it full-steam next year. For riders who may have gotten a late start to their training, it’s a chance to shine at a time of year when many others have either burned out or moved on to cyclocross. Finally, it’s an opportunity to end the season on a good note. Doing so will go a long way toward motivating those three-hour trainer rides in January.

Saturday will be a 10-mile time trial. The course is mostly flat with one turnaround. Wind is often significant, and it’s one of those magic Chicago winds that’s always in your face. The finish line is not at the same spot as the start line. You’ll want to note its position so it doesn’t surprise you at the end.

Sunday is a criterium in Lombard. The oval, office-park course will be repeated the following Sunday. Corners are soft and easy. There’s a shallow descent between Turns 1 and 2, then a steeper climb between Turns 3 and 4. Successful sprints will start right before Turn 4, so on the final lap make sure you start the climb in good position and be ready to jump. I’ve never seen a break get off in a 4’s or citizens race, but the 1/2/3’s and masters races will be all over the place.

Sunday
Fall Fling Criterium No. 1
ABR criterium
Lombard, Ill.
Distance from Chicago: .5 hour

Comments

1.

Sep 26
2007

7:57 am

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Isn’t the Fall Fling an omnium, not a stage race?

2.

Sep 26
2007

8:03 am

Luke

I believe it’s still considered a stage race, but, yes, it’s an omnium, in that the overall titles will be determined by cumulative points (n  for 1st, n-1 for 2nd, etc.) and not time.

3.

Sep 26
2007

8:31 am

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But you don’t have to make a time cutoff to compete in the next event, and in fact, can miss the first weekend and participate in the second, correct? I was under the impression that for a “stage race” you had to successfully complete one event to be admitted to the next. Just semantics, I guess.

4.

Sep 26
2007

9:06 am

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Overall & Daily Prizes PLUS “Leader’s Jerseys” Sponsored by WDT

5.

Sep 26
2007

9:12 am

Luke

That’s right. You can skip stages and still do the remaining events. The only rule in regard to the Fall Fling is that you must compete in three of the four events in order to be eligible for the overall awards.

6.

Sep 26
2007

9:37 am

Luke

Overall & Daily Prizes PLUS “Leader’s Jerseys” Sponsored by WDT

Really? Neat!

7.

Sep 26
2007

10:09 am

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That’s what the front of the Flyer read.

I think it’s a cool idea, a leaders jersey gives the people behind in the overal a wheel to watch out for :)

8.

Sep 30
2007

7:25 pm

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Where were the Yellow Jerseys today SUNDAY 30th.  I did not see any
  :-(

9.

Oct 1
2007

8:47 am

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I saw two of them.

10.

Oct 2
2007

6:43 am

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Yes, the two yellow jerseys were Reed Oliff and Jeff Michaels.  Both smoked it, in the opening Prologue.  Reed at Cat 4 and Jeff at Cat 3.

 

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