The Tour of Lombardy may be past but with the later date, chill temperatures and potentially slick roads the upcoming Hilly Hundred may take on the stature of a Fall Classic. Therefore as a primer for those heading out we'll take a peek inside the Tortuga Team Car and hear the advice the riders will be receiving as they head out on the road.
A- Pay Attention in the Feed Zone. The course to this point is pretty vanilla so there will be a big group together. This is a real danger zone with recumbulators stopping in the middle of the road and newly beclipped riders falling over. The ride can't be won here but it can be lost, pay attention of errant riders and surprise attacks.
B- Solisberry Hill, stay left. The first major rendezvous and the winning break often will slip away here (as it did last year with Rose, Palmer and others). Beware of Joe Slows tipping over so stay left for safety!
C- The 5 bitches. The hardest portion of the ride with relentless climbing. Sit in the wheels and save energy.
D- Lunch. Usually a lull in the action but some riders might make like Lance-at-Leadville move and cruise through the stop so be vigilant.
E- Cemetery Hill. After a long portion of rollers the tight turn into a steepish uphill can cause havoc to tired riders. The constant false flats following the initial ramp can sting!
F- Watertower hill- the launch pad. Just 2 miles from the finish this is the classic attack point. Go hard at the base to get away solo or attack over the top to prise a small group away to contest the finish
G- Finishing drag. A fast drop off the water tower turns into a long grind up toward the school. Don't jump too early and leave your effort on the road.
Gilbert giving his impression on your author on the Watertower...maybe!
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