2012 Ride Around Clark County (RACC) May 5th

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2012 Ride Around Clark County (RACC) May 5th

Postby Brian C » Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:14 pm

Saturday May 5th

After the Monster Cookie warm-up ride, comes the Ride Around Clark County (RACC). The first true century in the greater Portland Metro Region

http://vbc-usa.com/

Saturday May 5th
Clark College Hanna Hall
1820 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, Washington

Distances of 18, 34, 65 and 100 miles.

I’ll be there for my 12th RACC.

Day of ride registration and course opens at 6:30 AM.
$30.00 pre-registration fee for Non-Vancouver Bike Club members.

The 100 mile course offers 4800 feet of elevation gain along with 3-rest stops. Food and the usual water/sports drinks.

The roads are quiet from the first rest stop until you get back to Vancouver via Felida, with very nice views of the rolling hills in Northern Clark County. There are numerous rollers and climbs along the 100-mile course with lengths up to 1-mile and grades up to 13+%.

The final 10 miles offer up two short killer climbs on NW 36th (Felida) and NW Bernie Drive (15+ to 20+%). The metric century riders also have to deal with these steep climbs.

Be prepared for rain as out of the 11 times I've done this ride I can only recall it not raining for the entire ride on 3 or 4 of them. Typically the century rides have to deal with the rain between the 45 and 77-mile rest stops as this portion of the course is a rain magnet.

Early morning riders (6:30AM start) typically have a cool start as temps can range in the mid to upper 30's to low 40's at this early hour. This is a good challenging opening season century to test your legs early.
Good Riding

Brian C
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Re: 2012 Ride Around Clark County (RACC) May 5th

Postby Brian C » Sun May 06, 2012 9:44 am

Around 1000 riders showed up for a cool and sometimes wet RACC on Saturday.

The rain, as is customary, made its appearance on the century course between miles 48 and 55 in the hills around Amboy and made for sloppy, slippery roads that had yours truly taking it easy on some of the twisting ups and downs.

It never really heated up but it was not too cold that made for chilly riding.

Despite this the RACC continues to deliver a challenging course and friendly people at all the rest stops. Plenty of food at daybreak rest stop got lots of riders home over the final 23 miles and the grunt hills in Felida and Bernie Drive.

Up next, The Lewis County Historical Ride out of Chehalis, WA.
Good Riding

Brian C
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