Rose Garden series begins Thursday

Apr 4, 2012 by

PORTLAND — The promoters of last season’s inaugural Giro di Portland are back again with a new four-week series in April that will challenge riders on a 1.2-mile course around the International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park.

Steven Beardsley of Giro events said the new Thursday night Rose Garden Circuit Race series has been a longtime in the making, and securing permits to race in one of the city’s iconic tourist attractions was no easy feat. He also said those permits can be revoked at any time, warning racers to heed some simple advice for continued use of the park.

“I met with the park staff again yesterday morning and they are hard at work getting the gardens ready for the roses to bloom,” he announced on OBRA’s list serve. “They are excited to have this event happening, but they made it very clear that if they find anyone in the flower beds (that means the entire park except pavement and grass) they will have absolutely no reservations about pulling our permits after the first race. So stay out of the flowers”

The course will utilize parts of Kingston Avenue, Sherwood Boulevard and Rose Park Road in what should be a quick and technical circuit with 136 feet of elevation gain each lap. Beardlsey said that in case of rain, the route would be reversed clockwise to counter-clockwise.

“I will be up at the course in the afternoon and will email the (OBRA) list to let everyone know,” he said.

Series scoring will go 10 deep each race, with the winner earning 25 points and 10th place scoring a single point.

Online registration for Thursday night’s race closes tonight. Race day onsite registration is $15. Registration for the entire series is also an option.

Rose Garden Circuit Race Schedule:

6:10 – 6:40 (30 Mins) Cat 4/5 Men
6:40 – 7:10 (30 Mins) Sr. Women (Cat 1/2/3)
6:50 – 7:10 (20 Mins) Cat 4/5 Women
7:10 – 8:00* (50 Mins) Sr. Men (Cat 1/2/3)
*Race will end at 7:45 on 4/5 and 7:55 on 4/12

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