All the Low Down on McLaren Park
Perhaps we should refer to "Lower down" at McLaren Park, Round 1 of the 2008 Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross Series, presented by Kaiser-Permanente/Team Oakland.
Since 2003 and our UCI events we have used barricades that mimic heights seen at UCI events both stateside and in Flanders. Those barricades have seen a lot of use, almost 30 events and are getting a little tired - lots of scars from chainrings, cleats and who-knows-what-else. Some of you know that we completed a garage project this spring and we've got some leftovers! Extra floor joists, almost 11' wide and only 12" high. (Don;t tell Alec because HIS tape measure said 14"). What's that mean? Maybe, with some careful placement, hurdle-hopping time!
For those of you familiar with McLaren Park in our past 2 years 2008 will have a few new twists to throw into the mix. The fabulous soccer fields are finished and you'll be sharing the parking lots with heaps of soccer players. That's also caused a slight revision to our circuit. We still start on pavement under the alley of pines, turn quickly onto the outfield of the softball diamond to encounter the "Beast", the traditional 30 meter run-up before encountering McLaren Park back country. We're going to shorten the topside of McLaren this year because....we've been invited to race on the football field adjacent to the start/finish zone. We've taken 500 meters from the topside and replaced it with 500 meters of football field grass. That's also where the 50 meter long "Super Quad" lives - those 4 new ex-floor joists - now 12" high barricades. 4 in a row and then a short distance back into pine tree alley and the start/finish zone. As we say in France, "Ooooh La La!"
More coming this week
Tom & Alec Simpson
and many Roaring Mice-kateers