Big race for the DC Baltimore area. Pro teams are here for the NRC points and everyone else is there for the festival and fast fast racing.
The Carl Dolan Circuit Race at the Columbia Gateway Center has been going on so long it's become a MABRA classic. We originally raced the other direction on this course, but only for one year and the race was called something else back then.
Delayed but not forgotten. The Giro road race is a great and selective course. There are enough tough rollers and hard little pitches to ensure a deserving winner.
The thing about bike racing is that the strongest and fastest riders are not always the ones that win the races and on this course, the deserving winner will be the rider who is not only strong enough to get up the climbs, but also smart enough to save their energy until it counts.
This is a super easy course. That is good and bad. Good if you are not technically skilled and want to finish. Bad if you hope to reduce the size of the field with some hard riding.
There is no hill and the corners are wide open and you can usually pedal through all of them. The surface can be rough, so keep your head up.
This is a great neighborhood course with fast front and back stretches and some challenging bits on the ends.
The course starts easy enough with a drag race to the first left hand turn which leads into a bit of a rise. The flyer says a slight uphill, but this starts to feel more than slight after a few laps. Not terrible, but you will be working on this part even sitting in.
This is one of my favorite events of the calendar, even though I have never done well at this race.
The course has always been the story with this race with the six corners and that killer fifth corner that has been the site of more than one crash every year. This year the course gets even more interesting with eight turns instead of six due to the ever expanding construction around the Reston Town Center.