Beep beep. Billed as High Altitude Racing, a new race makes its appearance this year, the RoadRunner Classic in Albuquerque on Saturday April 24. For both men and women, the race is an omnium and features a 6.3 mile time trial in the morning, followed by a circuit race in the afternoon on the same course. Snow hit the area yesterday but weather forecast call for sunny and highs of 67° F on Saturday.
“We’re really excited about the race,” commented Team VBF director, Lisa Hunt. “It’s a great tune-up race for the SRAM Tour of the Gila next week. The community of Albuquerque has rolled out the red carpet for the teams and we hope this is lays the groundwork for an even bigger race in the years to come.”
Amongst the women’s teams, Colavita/Baci p/b Cooking Light, Webcor Builders and Team VBF will all be competing for the top prize in the women’s omnium. Competition should come from Alison Powers (Team VBF) who has stated that she wants to win every time trial this year, Carmen Small (Colavita/Baci) and Katheryn Mattis (Webcor). On the men’s side, Jamis/Sutter Home, Team Type 1 and Garmin Transitions should be battling for the win. Luis Amaran (Jamis/Sutter Home) is a favorite to take the overall. (See registered list).
The omnium offers up a purse of $9,000 for the Men Pro, 1, 2 and $6,000 for the Women Pro 1, 2.
The Snake Course is a 6.3-mile (10.1km) circuit that starts out flat for 2 miles before entering the rolling hills of the Snake. The course descends off of the escarpment for 2.25 miles before returning back up to the start finish line (out and back). The final climb has a 7% grade and flattens out for 1000 meters at the finish. There is a total of 407 feet of climbing on the TT lap. Women start at 8:30am and men at 9am.
Later in the afternoon, starting at 12:15pm the women lap the Snake Circuit 6 times for a total of 38 miles and the men do 10 laps for 63 miles starting at 2:45pm. (View interactive map)