Race Preview: Willow Springs Road Race p/b Tower Racing

Jul 22
2014
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The next stop of the Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series and The Pave Liga is Wednesday, July 23rd.  The race is presented by Tower Racing, who I am sure will be out en masse.  This is right in their backyard!

  • Course:  Here’s a course map.  A 9.8 mile loop, with the main feature a little stair step climb to the finish (assuming they use the usual start/finish).  Otherwise the course is pretty flat. The group can get bunched up on the narrow streets if no one sets a pace.  The streets are about a “C” grade, with a few sections worse than others - stay out of the gutters and watch that big dead raccoon about half way down Archer.
  • Race Tactics: Pat says the hill is a killer - but I’m not so sure.  With only a few reps I don’t think it takes enough and there’s 9 miles of recovery.  But if a few guys will work together to create a gap coming into the hard right turn onto Flavin, mash it up the hill, and motor through the Little Red School House, I think there’s a shot. Otherwise it will be a 200m uphill bunch sprint.
  • Directions: Here’s a map link to The Irish Legend pub which is near registration. 

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