Hampton Velo Club

Online presence and blog for Hampton Velo Club, a 501 c3 organization based in Southampton New York. Dedicated to promoting sport, and cycling in general to kids, and inhabitants of the east end of Long Island.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Things you need to know if you are coming to our Races.

First up, in the entry of "Things you need to know if you are coming to our Races".

-It has been brought to our attention that there is in fact, not, a September 31st.. Which means the races are in fact Saturday the 30th of September, and Sunday the 1st of October.... work with me people..

-Register online at Bikereg.com.

Day1 and Day2. Hollah! Remember, registration is 20/30$ now, $25/35$ day of. Register now!

-Getting here. You will need some form of transportation to arrive here. In the past, we have seen the big three, being planes, trains, and automobiles. If you live in New England, at some point in your travels you will want to get on the Cross Sound Ferry, and travel to Orient Point NY, from New London CT. If you are driving the whole way and not taking a ferry, the LIE 495 is your friend. Check our flyer on bikereg for very detailed directions from LIE/495 East.

-Plane-Macarthur Islip airport is the closest. You can rent a car, hit a taxi, or investigate some other form of transportation.

-Train- Southampton NY has the closest train stop, on the LIRR. It is approximately a 15 minute ride from the train, to the venue. Leave the train station, make a right on North Main St, CROSS 27, and continue on North Main St. At the end of N Main st, take a left onto North Sea Mecox. At the first stop sign, (Majors path) make a right, 1.5 miles up on the right is the venue.

Where am I going to stay??? (not at my house..)
-Southampton NY has a few hotels/motel like things. Try the Enclave Inn familly, the Atlantic, the Bentley. There is also the Southampton Inn, and the village latch Inn. Sag Harbor has a hotel, but I honestly forget what it's called. Try the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce for more hints. http://www.sagharborchamber.com/ Hampton Bays NY also has some smaller motels, again try the Hampton Bays Chamber of commerce. http://www.hamptonbayschamber.com/ . Riverhead NY has three large hotels, a holliday inn express (In case you need to asist in brain surgery while racing), a Best western, and one more. There are also some smaller ones that guys have crashed at before, and label them as "fine".

Things you need to know about Long Island

-They tell me Exxon Mobil made 98 billion in profit last year, it is a little known fact that almost all of that occured east of exit 40 on the LIE. Gas costs more, buy it someplace else if you can.

-Radio out east is les than ideal. Unless you like NPR, bring cd's, Ipod, or something for the drive home.

-People driving largely unmarked civilian cars at high speed with brightly flashing white and blue lights are in fact volunteer firemen/woman, and not land pirates. Kindly move to the shoulder and allow them to pass.

Things you need to know about our course, but were afraid to ask. But now you won't have to clog our inbox with your askings.

****If you race elite Men's on Sunday you are not making a 4 oclock ferry for the ride home. Period.***

Q- "What kind of course do you have?"
A- "The illest 'cross course in NY state! Hollah"

This is not a wimpy cross course. No grass crit here. Total cross experience. If you can win here, you can win anywhere.

Super fast hard grass surface, the course does not have overly technical terrain, but definitely demands 100% of your concentration at all times.

Elevation gain is over 125 ft per lap. Elite men will likely have 2 dismounts per lap saturday, 3 on sunday. I would add one more for all other classes per day, although 3 elite women rode the unforced dismount last year. 5.30 lap for elite men Sat, figure an extra 2 min or so on Sunday. Saturdays course this year is basically identical to Sunday's course last year for return trippers.

Start is asphault, with a gentle rise. Announcer will see and be heard on entire course.

Recommended gearing is a 39x27. If you top 10'd at elite nats, you'll likely survive with a 25.

Other Things-We are working on some prix fixe dinner action at a local restaurant, as well as some other fun stuff. Pretty much day to day, check back for more info.

Race email----- hamptonvelo@yahoo.com


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