Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ready for launch ... May 13th is the day ...

... it all begins.

Welcome back for the 2009 Calgary Crankmasters Wednesday Night Series.

We're locked and loaded with lots of fun, excitement, and oh so sweet pain. It all starts next week, Wednesday May 13th at 6:30pm. The race...a 10 mile (16km) Merckx TT on our brand spanking new course. It all starts from the Woodland Meeting Spot (WMS).

The Woodland meeting spot is located at the junction of Woodland road and highway 1A just west of Bearspaw and before Lochend Road. There is a side road there (Twp Rd 255) off of Woodland where we'll set up. Ample parking is available along 255 and on Nagway road just to the east off Bearspaw Road. And of course, you could always ride out to the site from Calgary. Please try and spread the parking out so that everybody isn't all parked at the same spot in order to keep things low key with respect to the local population.

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The course starts just west of Woodland Road and heads west along 1A towards Cochrane. After a few kilometres and just before you start to head down the hill into Cochrane we turn right on to Big Hill Road, around the corner and straight north on Range Road 40. A short time thereafter another right turn onto Twp Road 262 heads you back eastwards towards the finish about a kilometre before you get to Lochend road. It's a short ride back to the start from there.

View Directions to Twp Rd 262 in a larger map
A Merckx TT harkens back to the good ole days of box rims, leather helmets, and the great men of cycling history. No aero helmets, bars, wheels, or fancy schmany bikes for this outing. Just a road bike, road bars, and road wheels. It's not like there is any wind out there on that stretch of road.

I'll need at least 3 volunteers for this one so bring a friend and I'll put them to work. It's pretty easy work and nothing beats standing out there in the howling wind watching cyclings grind their way forward. As for the weather, we'll play it by ear and I'll update the blog as we go. Showers don't scare me but driving rain, snow, locusts, and whatever else this province produces does.

We'll see you then.

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