The Spring Classics are happy to announce the addition of “The Express Route”.
Several riders have expressed their desire to participate and had asked about a route that may be as scenic, perhaps with marginally less climbing. The Express Route will get you to the food and the beer over roads just as scenic albiet in a swifter fashion.
Make no mistake, it’s going to be no Sunday ride in the park… riders will still be crushing 80ish miles of riding over varied surfaces and climbing 7,000 vertical feet and change.
Advanced Autowerks is adding to the prize pile! They’re offering certificates for free oil changes to some of our riders. If you’ve got a precision instrument auto, you know how much this can save you!
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From the Book “The Spring Classics” by Velo Press:
“Cycling’s spring races are always the most anticipated of the year, not only because they herald the start of the season, but also because they are brutally difficult and spectacularly unpredictable. Known as the Spring Classics, these one-day races test cycling’s toughest riders with the worst conditions imaginable—sucking mud, choking dust, leg-numbing sleet, fanatic spectators, and Europe’s narrowest, most bone-grinding country roads. Clattering through agrarian hamlets on routes established a century ago, the Spring Classics celebrate cycling’s most glorious and meaningful history. Riders that perform well amidst the intensity of these one-day races are acclaimed as cycling’s “hard men.””
These two events are my homage to the European Classics. That’s why. For some fantastic photos to get you in the mood, click here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1934030600/ref=rdr_ext_tmb and click on the “Look Inside” photo.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what rig to run. The best answer I can give you is that the route is ~80% road. That’s a LOT of road.
I’d suggest something with a compact or triple driveline and no less than 25mm tires. Personally, I’d probably run 28mm front and rear. Anything over 42mm may be overkill.
Your mileage may vary.
You can register here: http://norcalspringclassic-march24-redbutton.eventbrite.com/
Also, the start time & location will be posted up in a few days. The start is in San Francisco and there is loads of easy, free parking, close to the 101.
This just in:
“Ritchey is fired up to support the Spring Classics. Crits are fine and dandy but this is the kind of ride that Tom Ritchey loves to do…big distance, lots of climbing, not all paved, and covering some of the most beautiful roads in the world.”
Ritchey makes some really sweet stuff and a few riders are going to go home with some of it. You could be one of them, but you have to ride to find out.
“When we heard about the SuperPro Spring Classic, we thought it would be a great event for us to sponsor as a Bay Area company. It’s the kind of grassroots dirtbag endeavor that is near and dear to our hearts.
We design and build cycling apparel in Oakland, CA, from the finest materials we can find. Look for our short sleeve merino wool blend jersey and 100% merino baselayer in early March on our website and at select retailers.”
Well one thing is evident: we’ll be the best dressed dirtbags around!
We’ve just received word that Mavic is on board to be a sponsor for this years inaugural pair of rides. Mavic including certificates for some of their top shelf products to our riders says that this ride is attracting the right kind of attention. We’re happy to partner with them to bring you a first class experience all the way around. We’d like to offer Mavic a big thank you for their continued support of Superpro.