A Collegiate and USAC Open Race Weekend

The race is over...and we're pleased to announce that it was a great success.  If you raced or volunteered, THANK YOU for your support!  We couldn't have done it without you.

For a (too brief) write-up of the event, and links to lots of pictures and race reports, visit the blog.


CAMPUS CRITERIUM (collegiate only), Saturday, April 6

We've got a terrific course on tap for both racers and spectators.  Racers will start a 0.7 mile loop northeast corner of campus beginning with a run south on Cumberland Drive, making a left onto Adams Dr, swooping down left past the dorms, then turning left again through the Bucks/Cumberland chicane and up the little kicker to finish between the Ceddia Union Building and Reisner Hall.  Music.  Live commentary.  Students racers and spectators a plenty.  Bring a lawn chair.  Bring the family.  The racing begins at 8:00 am.  The elite men's and women's fields set off at 12:45 and 1:55 pm.

Map and GPS download available here.

For more details, please see race flyer (download the flyer with the link below).

SOUTH MOUNTAIN HILL CLIMB (collegiate only), Saturday, April 6

Beginning at the Southampton Township Park on Airport Rd (one mile southeast on Airport Rd from Walnut Bottom Rd--the Wal-Mart/Rutters intersection--or one half mile south of the Walnut Bottom / I-81 interchange on Hershey Rd), the route proceeds south on Neil Rd, through Cleversburg, and then south again White House Rd and onto Shippensburg Rd and into Michaux State Forest.  The climb begins gradually, the first mile or so not much more than a false flat incline.  But as White House Rd intersects Shippensburg Rd the pitch rises a bit, then again after Milesburn Rd.  Total elevation gain: 1400'.  Total distance: 7.1 miles.  First field rolls at 4:30 pm.

Map and GPS download available here.

For more details, please see race flyer (download the flyer with the link below).

HORSE KILLER ROAD RACE (collegiate and USAC 2/3 and 4/5 fields), Sunday, April 7

We're really excited to offer up this tasty bicycle racing treat.  A circuit worth of a world championship*, this has a little something for everyone.  It has climbing, but you'll have to do more than climb to win this race.  It has a more or less flat finish, but if you try to sit on to win a sprint you may be disappointed.  And there's lovely south-central PA farms to roll past and forays into the margins of beautiful Michaux State Forest.  It's a lovely course.  We are confident you will enjoy.

The race stages at Southamption Township Park (one mile southeast on Airport Rd from Walnut Bottom Rd--the Wal-Mart/Rutters intersection--or one half mile south of the Walnut Bottom / I-81 interchange on Hershey Rd) and rolls just under two miles east on Airport Rd before making a left-hand turn onto the course proper at Gilbert Rd and past the finish line.  From the there the course takes a left on Whitmer Rd and another left on Walnut Dale Rd.  As Walnut Dale Rd ends, racers will run through a right-left-right chicane onto the fast pavement of Sand Bank Rd for a quick descent through the woods to Gutshall Rd, where racers turn right and begin to climb (the Walnut Dale / Sand Bank Rd / Gutshall Rd segment overlaps a portion of the famous Iron Cross course).  The climbing ends after a mile with a curvy left-hander onto the Furnace Hollow Rd descent.  At this point some fields will proceed to Rehobeth Rd, while most (including the USAC 2/3 & 4/5 fields) will take a sharp right onto Horse Killer Rd.

Old-timers will tell you the road is aptly named.  However, not because of the difficulty horses had in making it up the 0.9 mile climb, though that surely had to tax the beasts, but because coming down, their wagons heavy-laden with timber, brakes would sometimes fail and the heavy wagons overtake the poor animals.  Our racers won't need their brakes, at least not until the descent down High Mountain and Mountain View Roads.

From here the short and long course combine again for the false flat descent down Rehobeth and then the long, subtle incline on Chestnut Grove Rd.  The Chestnut Grove hill crests at Strohm Rd, where a right-hand turn leads to a fast descent and a left-hand turn back onto Gilbert Rd.  From the corner, it's a 1.4 mile run into the finish.

Payouts for both the 4/5 and 2/3 fields are relative to field size (see race flyer).

Map and GPS download available here.

For more details, please see race flyer (download the flyer with the link below).


* We say the course is worthy of a world championship course because remember that great Swiss course a few years back where Cadel Evans won the UCI Road World Championships?  A slightly shorter version of this loop has an uncanny resemblance to that course.  One medium hill.  One more significant climb.  A run in of a few miles from that more significant climb.  It's not really a climber's course.  Not really a sprinter's course.  Just a really exciting race course.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Nathan Goates,
Mar 7, 2013, 9:00 PM
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