Hey folks! We’ve prepared a great round of sprints for you. We really hope you will enjoy them–so much so that we’ve made a guide to help you prepare for the efforts. We’re really excited to share this route with you. If you have ever been on a Midtown group ride with Randall, you’ll be familiar with some of these sprint segments.
In this guide, you’ll find a brief information section for each of the prints in the order they appear on the route. Ride safe and have fun!
The route file: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32760284
Gleason Dome (1.16 miles)
This sprint is mostly flat with a slight uphill leading to the finish. Note that the finish line comes early. It’s at the entrance to the parking lot before the stop sign, so you’ll have plenty of time to slow down. This sprint has the least climbing of the set.
West Bush Lake (0.92 miles)
West Bush Lake, like many of Randall’s sprints, starts with an uphill. You’ll want to start the segment with some solid momentum–which is a trick because the effort starts off on Vanesse Rd. with a 3-way stop sign. The trees can block your view of this intersection, so be careful. The finish line is at the last big house before the stop sign.
Homeward Hills (1.89 miles)
This one is a longer effort. It’s just long enough to hurt real bad. The segment starts off with a short downhill that leads into a 8% climb. After you climb up 120 feet, the segment is mostly flat before a brief downhill finish. Make sure to hit the climb hard and attack over the top to get your speed up before the flats. The finish line is at Horseshoe Trail — the intersection before the stop sign. You should have plenty of time to slow down.
Staring Lake (1.39 miles)
Staring lake is one of my favorite sprints. It is basically shaped like a bowl with a downhill start and an uphill finish. This makes for an exciting trip while you hold onto all the speed you can. This sprint is designed to give you a chance to really empty the tank. Don’t miss this opportunity! The finish line is close to the intersection. Blame Randall if that makes you feel uncomfortable about the stopping distance.
Rich’s Challenge (0.67 miles) – Canceled due to construction
This sprint starts with a punchy 5% climb and then transitions into a couple of rollers to punch over. Everything is over quickly. Good pacing strategies maintain speed over the rollers. The best landmark I’ve got for the finish line is a retaining wall in a yard on the right.
Trot to York (0.47 miles)
This segment is a straightforward climb. You’ll have to climb 70 feet in half a mile. It starts out at 5% and averages 3%. This sprint ends early — at the intersection before the stop sign so you have plenty of time to slow down and uncross your eyes. That’s it! You’re done.
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