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TOUR OF THE VALLEY Courses



Published: Mon, July 6, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Friday

Stage 1

Time Trial (5.53 mi.)

Course: Ellsworth Township

Location: Mastropietro Winery,

14558 Ellsworth Road, Berlin Center

Protocol: First rider will take off at 8:30 am. Each rider after that will leave in 30 second intervals. Please line up in order assigned, 3 minutes prior to start time. You will be called to the line 15-30 sec. prior to your start. It is the rider’s responsibility to be ready to start.

Start/Finish: Riders will stage facing west on Ellsworth Road at the entrance to the winery.

Description: Embrace the ambience of Italy as you set your wheels on the grounds of Mastropietro’s Winery. This course sits amidst a one-acre lake with indoor/outdoor wining and dining for the start of an exciting weekend of racing. This flat, fast and short 5.6-mile prologue-type course will set the stage for three days of intense racing. This route makes four right hand turns down quiet country roads leading back to the scenic outdoors of the winery, where you are sure to find many late morning/afternoon snacks.

Parking provided by Mastropietro’s Winery.

Friday

Stage 2

Criterium (0.88 mi.)

Course: Canfield

Location: Village Green, South Broad Street.

Start/finish: In front of Dairy Queen.

Description: Starting along the tree-lined green, this technical 1 mile criterium course comprises seven turns, including a sweeping 180-degree turn around the green. The finishing straightaway is 40 feet wide and a quarter-mile long with a slight right hand hook at 100 meters to go. This sprint is sure to be fast and spectator-friendly.

Main parking at Canfield Middle School.

Saturday

Stage 3

Road Race (33 miles)

Course: Columbiana

Start/Finish: South Main.

Description: Race begins in the circle of Columbiana and turns out of town into an easy six-mile stretch of rolling flats. Making your way to the first right hand turn onto Bye Road, the climbing begins. This two-mile section starts with a steep half-mile climb, tough rollers and ends with a wicked descent. After navigating the hair-raising descent, riders will roll onto state Route 170. Use this two-mile stretch to catch your breath and prepare for the race to the top of Pancake. After crowning the king of mountain/queen of mountain, the next five miles will encounter short, rolling climbs with grades of 10-15 percent.

Parking: As marked around town.

Sunday

Stage 4

Criterium (0.96 mi.)

Course: Downtown Y-town, Federal Plaza West

Start/Finish: Riders will line up in front of the county courthouse at base of Market Street bridge.

Description: The course follows the path through downtown Youngstown. The race consists of six turns around office buildings and a long straightaway through the art and restaurant district. The race will turn back onto Federal Street with a fast 200 meters to go.

Main parking will be around the central downtown streets and parking lots. Additional parking will be at the YMCA.

SEE ALSO:Tour of the Valley attracts top cyclists and Tour Stages Events.


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