The longest climb on the course will be rideable by the pros. Course Preview, 2012 Raleigh Midsummer Night Cyclocross Race. © Cyclocross Magazine
After a successful trial in 2011 at the Suncadia Resort
in Central Washington, Raleigh has brought back its Midsummer Night Cyclocross Race, but has raised the stakes. The 2012 event boasts a deeper, stacked field
and a higher-altitude location in Deer Valley, Utah. Spectators and participants will expand from last year’s Raleigh dealers and contract-hungry racers to include the hundreds of Lifeboat Dealer Camp attendees. All these signs point to a bigger and better 2012 event. The one constant from the 2011 event? The infamous bumps that kept racers’ first cyclocross race of the season from being a smooth affair.
The bumpy course should not really be unexpected but certainly adds to the challenge. Cut a brand new cyclocross course in a field in the middle of a hot, dry summer, and the ground will be hard. At Suncadia in 2011, the bumps “were killing” Zach McDonald’s wrists, and the 2012 course offers plenty more of the same. A powerful rider with good line choice and low tire pressure should excel, if flat tires don’t play a factor in the race. There are plenty of other features to offer challenges to racers, including off-camber corners and climbs, a steep run-up that should be rideable by the top pros, three barriers, one set of stairs and a good mix of cut field grass, loose dirt, three sections of pavement and a few mud puddles.
Loose dirt and some rocks will place a big emphasis on power and line choice. © Cyclocross Magazine
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2012 Raleigh Midsummer Night Cyclocross Race Course Preview: