Tour of Page County Bike Race set for June 30-July 1

This year, the Tour of Page County transforms to a full-fledged stage race, with two all-new courses and a favorite from past years.

Participants will compete in all three stages and will be scored according to the best overall time, with bonus points as described in the technical guide. Other than the afternoon youth and juniors races on June 30, participants may not register and participate for any event separately, and must meet minimal time limits in each stage in order to compete in the following stage. Full details can be found in the technical guide, which will be made available prior to race weekend.

For more information, please visit www.pagevalleycycling.com, visit the Tour of Page County Facebook page, or contact Chris at gouldchris@netzero.net. BAR winners should also contact Chris in advance with USAC license number for your race entry. Race day contact number: 202-365-0186.

Page Valley is a unique and historic section of the Shenandoah Valley which lies in between Massanutten Mountain to the West and the Blue Ridge to the East. In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Luray, this year’s Tour of Page County will feature race routes situated within or near Luray.

Stage 1 (Saturday, June 30): Hooray for Luray Bicentennial Road Race

Staging Area: Luray High School, 243 Bulldog Drive, Luray, VA 22835

Course Description: The main loop of this all-new road race is about 11.5 miles long on rolling hills in central Page County with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountain. The course will consist of a neutral roll-out to first left-hand turn onto the loop, and the finish line will be north of the staging area at the top of a short climb (

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/55080010/) . The top 10 finishers in each category will receive time bonuses in the Tour of Page County Stage Race. Races will be held in two waves, with the Cat 5 and both women’s fields racing a total of 35 miles (3 laps) and Cat 1-3, 3-4, and 35+/45+ fields racing a total of 58 miles (5 laps). Prizes for the individual stage will include $125 going out three places.

Following the second wave, the club will hold special youth (6-9 years old) and juniors races (U-15, 15-16, 17-18) on a course set out in the Luray High School parking lot (fields are subject to change according to number of participants registering), and are offered free of charge (with the exception of the $10 USAC one-day license fee).

Stage 2 (Sunday morning, July 1, 2012): Luray Caverns Time Trial

Staging Area: 101 Cave Hill Road, Luray, VA 22835

Course Description: The Luray Caverns Time Trial is an all-new course that begins and finishes at the top of Cave Hill Road, which will be well-known to participants at the annual Luray Caverns CX race at the Luray Valley Museum, located directly across the street from the Luray Caverns main parking lot (

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/55075528/). The first participants take off at 7:30 AM; start times will be made available as quickly as possible on Saturday, June 30. The top 10 finishers in each category will receive time bonuses in the Tour of Page County Stage Race. Expect a challenging out-and-back 9-mile course with a number of hills that traverse roads immediately to the north of the Caverns and the Town of Luray. Although it would be cool, please note that this event doesn’t start from within the Caverns and climb a steep incline to the surface – but don’t worry, it’s still a great course. Individual stage prizes match the prizes listed for the road race.

Stage 3 (Sunday afternoon, July 1, 2012): Luray Downtown Criterium

Staging Area: West Main Street, Luray, VA 22835

Course Description: The grand finale of the weekend features the same crit course as in year’s past. This is a 0.8 mile loop featuring eight 90-degree turns and a steep short climb to the finish line, with various opportunities for time bonuses over the course of the race. This is a technical course that was designed by the promoter to exact revenge on flat-lander sprinters. Sign-in is required for all participants at least 30 minutes prior to race start. Individual fields will start at 11 AM, and follow the same order as the road race (Cat 5 Men, 11:00AM; Cat 1-3 Women, noon; Cat 4 Women, 1:00 PM; Cat 1-3 Men, 2:00 PM; Cat 4 Men, 3:15 PM; 35+/45+ Men, 4:15 PM). Individual stage prizes match the prizes listed for the road race.


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