|Nice straight lines for the pit at the Nor'easter Cross at North Beach. |
Speaking from experience, it helps to use a guideline when setting the stakes...
One of my autumn training grounds was North Beach in Burlington, it was a great place for cyclocross workouts, offering a mix of surfaces, run ups, and spectacular -- almost Wagnerian -- scenery: I remember training with low clouds scudding by, in a ripping wind, waves pounding on the beach, and glimpses of the Adirondacks across the lake.
I always wondered why no one tried to promote a race at the area and then stopped riding and eventually moved to Waterbury... but this year the venue is being used for the first time for a New England Verge Series race. I spent a few hours yesterday helping the crew from Pioneer Event Productions set up the course.
I plan on attending the races on Saturday, it will be like old times. There will be some Euro pros in attendance -- trying to snag some early-season UCI points -- but most of the domestic elite cyclocross group will be racing in Wisconsin due to a scheduling conflict with the USGP.