Monday, October 19, 2009

November 1 Bonaire Bike Race

The new Bonaire mtn. bike race loop that I wrote about back in May is going to be the scene of 2009's second mtn. bike race. You can read all about it on the Bonaire Wellness web site. There is even a picture of me on that page. whoo whoo!

Miguel has decided to use the slightly longer version of the loop, which is about 5.1 miles (8.2Km) long and has about 567 feet (173m) of climbing per lap. This trail is about a mile from my house, so I zoom over there and ride this loop quite often. It is a lot of fun because it is more single track in nature than the dirt roads we usually ride on.

I have posted helmet cam video of the whole race loop on Youtube. There are four clips that show the whole route if you watch them in order. The first kilometer of the route is a paved road that seems to go uphill forever. This will spread out the riders so that they don't crash into each other when they hit the single track trail sections where the real fun starts.

Here are links to the four video clips. Parts one and two constitute the mostly uphill first half of the course. Parts three and four make up the mostly downhill second half of the course. The second half is more technical than the first half, but still ok for the average rider.
Part one.
Part two.
Part three.
Part four.
When we were shooting the video, we rode at a recreational pace as opposed to a race pace, because I wanted to be able to try to keep my head as still as possible so as to keep the video from being too jumpy.

You can see the location of the race course on a map of Bonaire on Map My Run dot com. Be sure to click on "Satellite Map" in the drop down box at the top middle of the screen to see the cool picture of Bonaire. This map is a little different than the one in the link of my May post because this is the longer variant of the course and the May link shows the shorter version of the loop.

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