Sunday, February 17, 2008

European Stage Racing-Indiana Style

Do you think you are fast enough to wear the Green Sprinters jersey? How about the KoM jersey? Maybe you are a GC contender, or perhaps your team can win the team points classification. Ten perhaps the all new Le Tour De West Lafayette is the race for you. The Tour will be held May 17th and 18th and will be a stage race format based on overall time. The race will only be open to categories 3-5 and will award points, cash and prizes in each of the three events. Here is your chance to be able to race three events in two days, just like the pros always get to do. The Tour kicks off with a very respectable 8 corner crit, 35 minutes + 2 for the 4-5 race and 50 minutes +2 for the 3's. The following morning begins with either a 20 mile or 32 mile road race, followed by and individual TT in the afternoon of 5.8 miles.

Racers can score points in three categories; sprint, KoM, and team classification. You also are racing for the overall as well. The best part about the race is that it is only two hours away. The registration fees are pretty reasonable, and they actually feed you lunch, and give you a coupon for dinner. The fields are capped at 75 for the 3's and 80 for the 4-5's race. If Hillsboro was any indication, you might want to sign up sooner rather than later. And since it is a USAC sanctioned event, upgrade points will be available. Where else can you score upgrade points 3 times in a single weekend? For more info check out