As I finally begin to feel human again (it only took 72 hours) after the arduous day on the bike known as the Neversink Invitational — I bring to you a race report. Kind of. Actually instead of a race report, I bring to you a route report to share with you some history and a bit of experience of the key markers (both old and new) of the Neversink Invitational. Click below for the full race route report.
L’AMOUR DE LA COURSE: HUNTER-GREENE SUMMER CLASSIC
Having participated in both the Spring and Summer versions of the Hunter-Greene Classics this year, I’ve learned myself a thing or two about myself, the new race course, and what to expect next time around. I doubt I’ll be participating in the Fall classic, but here are some pointers for those heading back up the Catskills for the 74-mile one day race:
- The Sun View Motel, though reminiscent of the 1990’s in both aesthetic and more, is a
decentplace to stay and is less than half a mile from registration and the start line.
- The final climb to the finish is 1.2 miles long — similar in length and grade as Boat Basin to Ranger Station. Use this information at your discretion.
- Twin Peaks Coffee and Donuts opens at 7AM, just early enough to allow the 2 hours needed to digest your food before the race. I had two eggs sunny side up, with a side of bacon, and an americano for $7 USD. Bangin.
- Keep at least one extra bottle with you in your jersey pockets. I’ve witnessed and hopped over many a bidons on mile 1 during the initial descent. Also, it was damn hot during this weekend’s summer classic. Next year I might even go butt rocket steez to avoid the Crampagnolo. Stay hydrated, bro.
NEVERSINK INVITATIONAL 2014 POSTER
As much as I would love to race the Red Hook Crit one day, I’m not one for unsanctioned track bike criteriums. I am, however, a huge fan of its road race kind-of equivalent — The Neversink Invitational. I’m looking forward to getting my ass kicked handed to me by our local favorites, as well as for the BBQ that follows said ass kicking. More info below:
L’AMOUR DE LA COURSE: HUNTER-GREENE SPRING CLASSIC
A few of us Fifth boys raced this past Saturday in the Catskills for the Hunter-Greene Spring classic. Above are some photographs taken before and after the race.
VIDEO: TUESDAY NIGHT SPECIAL TRAILER
"To bike racers in New York City, there is no more mythical and challenging local venue than Floyd Bennett Field. Every Tuesday night during the season riders brave the traffic mayhem of Flatbush Avenue to reach the disused, crumbling airport on Brooklyn’s southern perimeter. Then they face the wind, the dust, the disintegrating tarmac, and each other in a merciless twelve laps over the former runways. When the race is over, there is still the ride back to contend with, in gloaming and then darkness, up Flatbush and to points beyond. Riders at Floyd represent the bike racing tribes of NYC. Their teams battle for the leader’s jersey and bragging rights amidst a cultural mashup; a slice of the Big Apple. Harry Zernike followed the 2013 races to make "Tuesday Night Special"."
Looking forward to this one.