THE 2012 CHICO HILL CLIMB TIME TRIAL SERIES INFORMATION:
Hi Everyone! So, we are starting up the 2012 Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series again on Saturday, September 1st, 2012 with the Cohasset Hill Climb Time Trial!
This Series will visit various climbs around Butte County, California (see events and tentative dates below). There was a similar Series done years ago here in Chico - 1981 or 1982 - by Tom Devol and Jeff Smith, who owned Cyclesport bike shop at the time. So, we decided to revive the old Hill Climb Series a few years back.......with a few additions and route changes. Below is a list of the very tentative events with dates. It should be mentioned that these dates could change depending upon a variety of factors(weather, conditions, health, etc.). Rain will NOT cancel - but snow and ice will.
19 events - 136 miles - 32,000+ feet of total climbing - held over a 4-month period from September 1st through December 31st, 2012. Bound to be a very challenging, epic and memorable Series. Sure - there will be some pain and suffering - but it's the good kind! :)
The 2013 Butte Hill Climb Time Trial Series will be back on January 1st, 2013 - starting with the Humboldt Hill Climb Time Trial!
HOW DOES IT WORK???
Below is a list of the 19 Events in the 2012 Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series. Each climb has been given a rank based upon feedback from some well-known riders in the area (and climbers in particular - yes, I know - everyone is different, but this is just a low-key have-fun series, so no big whoop). Hors Category and Category 1 climbs are the hardest, with Category 3 being.......let's not say easiest.......let's say........not quite as hard as Category 1! Points will be awarded to the participant finishers in each Hill Climb Time Trial - the folks with the most points at the end of the Series, wins the overall title in their respective categories........along with the coveted Chico Hill Climb Champion Trophy. The Chico Series will go from September 1st, 2012 through December 31st, 2012.
NEVER DONE A TIME TRIAL BEFORE?
No problem - it's just you against the clock.....go your own pace and just do what you can out there! There are ALL levels of riders out there when we do these Hill Series Events - from Pros, to guys like me who take 2 days to climb Humboldt Road, and everyone in-between.......so, just come on out and test yourself, and go your own pace! We will keep an eye on you, so no worries - if you get a mechanical or run out of gas, we will give you a ride back to the start or to home.
The events are FREE to enter - and all are welcome - just come on out and give it a shot! You can do one event - a few events - or all 19 - it is totally up to you. Use the Series for training, racing, a little competitiveness, to test your fitness from month-to-month, to have fun & meet other riders....whatever you would like to do out there! Don't be intimidated - the Time Trials are very welcoming to new riders....and the riders themselves who take part are just the best folks out there!
Starting times for the events are normally consistent - 8:15AM registration opens, 1st rider takes off at 9:01AM - and we will go in 1-minute intervals. So, rider #1 takes off at 9:01am....rider #2 at 9:02am.....rider #3 at 9:03am....and so on and so forth. The "Starter" at each Time Trial will start you off, and I will be at the finish of the Time Trial to record your time and to take your finish photo/video. I usually set up registration by 8:15am at the Start location of the Time Trial - you just need to check in with me, sign in on the "Start" sheet at the time/place you would like to start - and that's it! Donations are always very welcome and very appreciated in order to keep the events going, but are never ever necessary to race in these events. I will call out the starting order at the beginning of the Time Trial - and the Starter will set you off on the Time Trial, one-by-one, in 1-minute intervals. If you miss your start - or are late - don't worry - you will just be placed as the last rider to start, so don't panic - you will, essentially, get a re-start. However, the Starter MUST be present during your re-start.
I will try my best to have results & photos out from each Time Trial within a 24-hour period, as well as the Updated Overall Standings in the Series after each event. The results will be posted on our website at www.RaceChico.com - and announced on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Flickr and Pinterest. All photos and videos are free for the taking, and are located at www.Flickr.com and www.YouTube.com.
EVERY competitor who starts and finishes an event receives an additonal 3 points PER event. It should also be noted - there may be additional points awarded for "adverse conditons" - known as "misery points". One year, we had an absolute freezing cold downpour of rain at the Centerville Time Trial and I awarded everyone 3 extra points for "adverse conditions"(at this point, that point addition would be 8 points)........but, again, this is a big "might" and the conditions would have to be atrocious. I follow a basic rule-of-thumb - if I am miserable...we're awarding extra points. ;) ANY person who helps me start the riders off at the events receives an additional 3 points(minimum) for volunteering - I usually only need 1 or 2 people, and can always use the help.....and you can still race the event - just be the last one out of the starting gate and you'll be good-to-go!
The following categories will be offered for the 2012 Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series. The winner in each category will receive the 2012 Chico Hill Climb Champion Trophy, along with Bragging Rights.........as well as any stuff we can get to give away as prizes. The Top 3 in each category will receive trophies.
Not sure what Category you should enter?? Not a problem - just come on out and we'll talk about it. In fact, many riders see how their first Time Trial goes before deciding what Category they should/could enter(with approval from the Race Director). So, no worries.
The following Categories(as of now) will be offered in the Series:
Category "A" - Advanced & Intermediate riders.
Category "B" - Intermediate & Novice riders.
Category "C" - Beginners, Clydesdales & Slower climbers(like me).
Masters 50+ Category
Juniors (Under 16 years of age for this particular Category, but may be changed depending upon who shows up!).
***In addition - The rider who has the MOST points in the Series will receive the "Grand Champion's" Plaque as well.
As usual, sandbaggers are strongly discouraged (a "sandbagger" would be a Category "A" rider entering a Category "B" event - must be totally obvious to the Race Director). The Race Director has the right to reclassify you at any time, with reason. Also, if there are a lot of folks in one particular category, we may split those up into sub-categories, if needed. In turn, if nobody - or very few folks are in one category - we may eliminate it and add an additional category where the numbers allow it(these could include a Tandem Category, a Mountain Bike Category, a Fixed Gear Category, various Age Categories, etc.). At the end of the Series, we will have an Awards Ceremony at a local establishment or at another R.A.C.E. event to honor the participants and winners/placers in the Series. I hope to have some 2012 Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series T-shirts & Posters to give out as well to the top placers/participants, but will be dependent upon my extremely limited budget.
The "VERY" Approximate Point Breakdown for placings is as follows:
Hors Category(Beyond Category) Climb = 60-56-54-52-50-48-and so on. (In other words, 1st place in an Hors Category Time Trial gets 60 points, 2nd place gets 56 points and on down the line - every person who competes and finishes in the event gets at least 1 point, PLUS the 3 points for completing the event).
Category 1 Climb = 40-36-34-32-30-28-and so on. (So, 1st place in a Category 1 Time Trial gets 40 points, 2nd place gets 36 points and on down the line - every person who competes and finishes in the event gets at least 1 point)
Category 2 Climb = 30-26-24-22-20-and so on. (The winner of a Category 2 climb gets 30 points, 2nd place gets 26 points and on and on)
Category 3 Climb = 20-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2-1-1-1
*****BUT - Each climb COULD have extra points added depending upon conditions, climbing length, steep pitches, weather, etc. Expect many point additions to the totals. For instance, this Series will feature the Garland Road UPhill Time Trial - because of its length and climbing, extra points will be awarded to it. ALSO, the weekend of October 13th & 14th will see back-to-back Uphill Time Trial Events.....meaning, extra points will be awarded. In addition, if any of the Uphill Time Trials are part of a "Winter Omnium" Event, extra points will be awarded. AND - obviously - if conditions are miserable, additional points will be awarded(if it's sprinkling, that's at least 3 extra points........if it is a windy downpour like we had a Table Mountain a few years back, that will be 10 extra "Misery" Points).
THE TIME TRIAL COURSES:
Below is a list of the Time Trial courses, the very tentative dates, and their listed difficulty category. Reasons for a change in dates include snow and ice on the climbs, a change in the R.A.C.E. calendar or Rodney(or Katie, Adela, Heidi - my family) being ill or out-of-town, etc. So, take the dates with a grain of salt, for now. Many of the climbs are held on Saturdays - but they could easily be switched to Sundays if there needs to be a change - which is VERY likely. The distances and elevation gains on each of the listed climbs are approximations only:
Saturday, Sept. 1st - Cohasset-to-the-Store Time Trial - Category 1 Climb - approximately 5.1 miles & 1,600 feet of climbing.
Saturday, Sept. 8th - Honey Run Road Time Trial - Category 1 Climb - approximately 5.5 miles & 1,400 feet of climbing.
Saturday, Sept. 15th - Lunt Road Time Trial (From Coal Canyon Road) - Category 2 Climb - approximately 8.1 miles & 1,600 feet of climbing.
Sunday, Sept. 30th - The Forest Ranch Time Trial (THE most popular Hill Climb Time Trial of the year!) - Hors Category Climb - approximately 11.2 miles & 2,100 feet of climbing.
Saturday, Oct. 6th - Neal Road Time Trial - Category 3 Climb - approximately 8.3 miles & 1,400 feet of climbing.
Saturday, Oct. 13th - Dark Canyon Time Trial - Hors Category Climb - approximately 4 miles & 1,600 feet of climbing.
Sunday, Oct. 21st - The Crown Point Time Trial - Category 2 Climb - approximately 8.8 miles & 1,600 feet of climbing.
Saturday, Oct. 20th - Clark Road Time Trial - Category 2 Climb - approximately 7.7 miles & 1,700 feet of climbing
Sunday, Oct. 28th - Centerville Time Trial (From the Honey Run Covered Bridge to the gravel) - Category 3 Climb - approximately 6.6 miles & 1,300 feet of climbing.
Saturday, Nov. 3rd - Coutolenc Road Time Trial (just stay on Coutolenc Road) - Category 2 Climb - approximately 6.8 miles & 1,600 feet of climbing.
Saturday, Nov. 10th - Vilas Road Time Trial - Hors Category Climb - approximately 7 miles & 2,400 feet of climbing.
Saturday, Nov. 17th - Cherokee Road Time Trial (From Coal Canyon Road) - Category 3 Climb - approximately 5.0 miles & 1,100 feet of climbing.
Sunday, Nov. 25th - Table Mountain Time Trial (The Wildflower Century side) - Category 1 Climb - approximately 5.3 miles & 1,600 feet of climbing.
Saturday, Dec. 1st - Cohasset-to-the-Gravel Time Trial - Hors Category Climb, with extra points - approximately 9.4 miles & 2,900 feet of climbing.
Saturday, Dec. 8th - Lime Saddle Time Trial - Category 2 Climb - approximately 4.7 miles & 1,000 feet of climbing.
Sunday, Dec. 16th - The Garland Road Time Trial - Hors Category Climb with extra points - approximately 16 miles & 3,400 feet of climbing.
Saturday, Dec. 22nd - Pentz Road Time Trial - Category 2 Climb - approximately. 5.8 miles & 1,200 feet of climbing.
Saturday, Dec. 29th - Cohasset Narrows Time Trial - Category 2 Climb - approximately 7.0 miles & 1,500 feet of climbing.
Monday, Dec. 31st - The Humboldt Road Time Trial - Category 3 Climb - approximately 3.4 miles & 700 feet of climbing.
32,000+ feet of climbing
Held over a 4-month period from September 1st, 2012 through December 31st, 2012. Consistency will be key to winning the Overall Series. This should provide you with plenty of good climbing and get you ready for some great Century riding this fall, some good Holiday fitness - and a good jump start on the 2013 cycling season!
Any rider caught giving grief to the Promoter, the Timers or the Starters of these events will be automatically disqualified from - not only the event - but the entire Series. So, do what ya always do, and just have fun with the Series - it's no big whoop, we're just out there having fun and getting some good fitness!!! (No no - we've never ever had a problem with getting grief - just wanted to state it so it will continue to just be a fun event for everyone involved!!).
AND - Helmets are MANDATORY at all events!
This Series is FREE to enter - so come on out and take advantage of some, or all, of these Uphill Time Trials this Fall/Winter 2012! Although donations are always extremely appreciated, they are never necessary to enter these events - I just want y'all out there testing yourselves on your bicycles and having fun! Hope to see you out there - and I will have more details, maps and information as we get closer to the events.
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