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Rock Hill Omnium starts tomorrow

2009 Nature Valley winner Rory Sutherland

There’s good racing in the Southeast starting tomorrow with the Rock Hill Omnium. In its thirtieth year, the Rock Hill Bicycle Club event is a qualifying race for Nature Valley becoming a must attend for elite racers hoping to earn Pro Ride selection in Minnesota.

The three-day omnium kicks off Friday night with street sprints. These sprints are a unique feature and rarely featured in omniums. Rock Hill’s sprints are contested eight riders at a time with racers held in the same manner as at the start of a time trial. With the drop of the flag the racers rocket toward the finish line 350 meters down the road. The winner advances and second and third place finishers go to a repechage round. The sprints are scheduled for the early evening and will finish under the portable lights.

Saturday is a day for the endurance racers with the Patriot’s Trail road race. The course is a rolling 47-mile loop and depending on the category, racers will complete one or two laps of the rolling parcours.

The final day is the criterium located beside the scenic Winthrop Lake. The one-mile loop is comprised of sweeping turns with no curbs, so it’s a friendly course for the new rider and sure to be a fast one for the experienced racers.

The town of Rock Hill isn’t just the host for the Rock Hill Omnium. Plans are underway for a cycling facility that will include a velodrome, BMX track, cyclocross course as well as road and mountain bike trails. And with the 2013 cyclocross world championships scheduled for Louisville, Kentucky what better way to introduce the world to Rock Hill than to host tune-up races for the attending ‘cross racers before the world championships?

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10 Responses to “Rock Hill Omnium starts tomorrow”

  1. CarolinaCycling April 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    Need points to qualify for Nature Valley? Tomorrow is the start of Red Hill Omnium and the place to get them. http://carolinacyclingnews.com/2010/04/0

    • Angela_Geib April 8, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

      @CarolinaCycling Red Hill or Rock Hill?

      • Neil April 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

        Thanks for correcting me! Funny story… I have been saying Red Hill all week long! I have it mixed-up with a casino in Vegas called the Red Rock. I got Vegas on the mind. Or I just might be losing it.

  2. CarolinaCycling April 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Need points to qualify for Nature Valley? Tomorrow is the start of Red Hill Omnium and the place to get them. http://carolinacyclingnews.com/2010/04/0

    • Angela_Geib April 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

      @CarolinaCycling Red Hill or Rock Hill?

      • Neil April 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

        Thanks for correcting me! Funny story… I have been saying Red Hill all week long! I have it mixed-up with a casino in Vegas called the Red Rock. I got Vegas on the mind. Or I just might be losing it.

  3. CarolinaCycling April 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    Duh…correction! Starting tomorrow is the Rock Hill Omnium http://carolinacyclingnews.com/2010/04/0

    • jackie_blkwell April 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

      @CarolinaCycling you are definately not from around these neck of the woods

  4. CarolinaCycling April 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    Duh…correction! Starting tomorrow is the Rock Hill Omnium http://carolinacyclingnews.com/2010/04/0

    • jackie_blkwell April 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

      @CarolinaCycling you are definately not from around these neck of the woods

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