FLC Cycling Squawker Classic Soars into Durango
The Fort Lewis College Cycling Team will hold its annual Squawker Classic road racing events Saturday April 20th and Sunday the 21st, 2019. Collegiate cyclists from the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) will descend upon Durango for one of the toughest weekends of racing before USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals in Augusta, GA May 10th-12th. It is the 5th RMCCC conference race weekend of the spring season offering up a Team Time Trial, Criterium and a Road Circuit race for rivals University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University, Colorado Mesa University and the rest of the RMCCC. For the 4-Corners region there are also USA Cycling categories for the Individual Time Trial, Criterium and Road Circuit race.
The action will begin 8am Saturday morning April 20th with the “Morehart Murphy Team Time Trial.” Four-person collegiate teams and individual racers will start the intersection of River Road and CR 213 (La Posta) at one-minute intervals, turning around 13 miles later in Bondad just before Highway 550 and returning back up to CR 214 for a 32 kilometer (19 mile) course. The USA Cycling category Individual Time Trial starts at 9am and uses the same course.
Later Saturday the “Zia Taqueria Neighborhood Criterium” is back for racing action that encompasses 4th-6th Aves and 7th-10th Sts. The start finish will be at 4th Ave/8th St on a course with 6 turns and highlighted by the 6th Ave hill. Five collegiate and four citizen categories will speed around the course for varying amounts of time based on experience and ability. The action will be fast and fun! Racing starts at 11:30am and finishes at 6pm.
Racing concludes on Sunday April 21st with the grueling “Carver Brewing Co. Road Race,” starting at 8:00am on Rim Drive in front of the Education Business Hall. Travelling clockwise on Rim Dr. the course turns left on North Rim Drive (CR239) passing Hillcrest Golf Course then right on North College, through the roundabout, down Goeglein Gulch Road (CR238) and right on East 8th Avenue back to Rim Drive, completing the super tough 5-mile circuit. The number of laps will be based on category ranging from 3-9 laps.
The official race flyer can be found here: https://legacy.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2019-887
Online registration is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to avoid $5 race day late fee.
For the non-collegiate races a USAC License Required.USAC 1-Day Beginnerlicense: $10, only for Cat 5 men Cat 5 Women and Juniors who have never previously held a USAC license with a higher category. Former USAC cat 1,2,3,4 members can purchase 1-dayExperience licenses for $25/day on USAC website but not on race site. Pre-registration will require an Annual or One-day license, both available onsite for race day registration. BRAC annual membership recommended to avoid BRAC 1-Day membership ($5) on race day. (BRAC 1-Day Membership exempt with USAC 1-Day). BRAC Annual Memberships available online at www.coloradocycling.org
To stay updated and keep up with the race day action on the team Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FLCCyclingTeam, http://cycling.fortlewis.edu/2019squawkerroad will have all the info, course maps and the flyer.
Come watch your Skyhawk cyclists in action against our regional foes. The RMCCC conference schedule, results and standings can be found at http://www.rmccc.org/ and info on collegiate cycling is here: http://www.usacycling.org/collegiate/
Volunteers will gladly be accepted - 60+ are needed for course marshals. The easiest and best way to signup is this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054eadaf2aa2ff2-test1 or contact Dave Hagen at email@example.com
Criterium Saturday April 20th, 2019 – Meet at 4th Ave/8th St
11am-2:30pm Marshals Need 11
2:30pm - 6pm Marshals Need 11
Road Race Sunday April 21st, 2019 – Meet at Education/Business Hall Parking lot at FLC (Start Finish)
7:30am-1pm Marshals Need 40
Time Trial on Saturday from 8-10am there may be short delays on CR 213 to allow riders to start and turnaround please use caution if travelling that direction.
Criterium on Saturday from 11am-6pm East 4th Ave and East 5th Ave will be closed between 7th and 10th Streets and East 6th Ave will be closed between 9th and 10th Streets. Accordingly, 7th and 8th Streets will be closed between 4th and 5th Aves and 9th and 10th Streets will be closed between 4th and 6th Aves. There will be no parking on the course and any vehicles on the inside of the course will need to exit at 5th Ave/10th St.
Road Race on Sunday to ensure a safe event for participants the following roads will be CLOSED to vehicles from 8am to 1pm:
Southbound Goeglein Gulch between the Ft. Lewis Dr. roundabout and 8th
8th between College Dr. and the Rim Dr. traffic signal
Rim Drive between 8th Ave stoplight and Education Business Hall parking lot
Rim Dr. (CR239) from N. College to Hillcrest Golf Course both directions, except resident access
Residents and businesses of Skyridge, Hillcrest, Hillcrest Estates, Hillcrest Apartments, Silver Peak Condos, Ferringway, Valle de Merced and residents of Goeglein Gulch Rd., Hillcrest Golfers and Fort Lewis College Students, Faculty and Staff please take note:
The only way off the College Mesa is via North College to Florida Rd. and the best way up is Goeglein Gulch (College Dr.).
Also, drivers that use N. College and Geoglein to access South Durango should use Florida Rd. to avoid getting turned around at the roundabout.
For more information contact Ian Burnett at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Credit: FLC Facebook