The Barry Wolfe Grand Prix has always been epic, but I still welcomed this year’s new race course, which turned out to be exciting and challenging. Barry Wolfe was a greatly respected cyclist, so I’m always honored to be a part of the race. Those who did not personally know him should know that he was a great person.
Year after year, cyclists from all over the state of California and elsewhere converge on the city of Dana Point for the annual Dana Point Grand Prix cycling competition. All walks of life, from the top cyclists in the country to amateurs in search of an excellent challenge, eagerly take part in this spectacular event. The Dana Point Grand Prix is held each May in the heart of the downtown area, using the city streets as a competitive yet safe race course.
The Dana Point Grand Prix is an all-day event that offers just about everyone, from amateur riders to professional cyclists, the opportunity to race around the downtown area on what is considered the best race course in America. The six-turn course starts and ends on the Pacific Coast Highway (Del Prado), with a long finish sprint and plenty of wide turns. The event starts with the Category 5/Public race at 7 am, with cycling events hosted for women, kids, and those over the age of 50. Kids from the ages of 4 and 12 can take part in the free youth races sponsored by the Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation. [Read more…]
Kermesses are the local races in Belgium. On almost any day, you may be able to find a Kermessese within an hour’s drive. Usually on a lap of 4-12 km, they consist of many challenges. A race may include technical sections, rough roads, stiff winds and in some cases, a short climb. For the Zulzeke Kermesse, we had it all.
The winds kicked up for 70 percent of the course, the Kapelburg was a 1.5 km climb, and since it had recently rained, many corners had puddles in them. Plus, there was a huge crack down the middle of the whole finishing straight.
The USA Team arrived in our massive blue Sprinter van ready to go. All except for one of us had gone at it in a Belgian race. The team went to registration in a bar, eager to get going, however, since this was the first Wielerclub Vlaanderen Race of the year for us, we had to get race cards from the officials. Add in a language barrier and it was a big mess. Eventually, we navigated the bureaucracy of the Federation and received our numbers. We pre-rode most of the course, except for one of the harder sections, as the signs weren’t crystal clear and the marshal directed us the wrong way. The pre-ride still gave us some idea of what lie ahead. [Read more…]