Posted: Tue Sep. 26, 2006 1:51 pm
Most of all, I like this course layout. I have seen hundreds (mostly single event races with many logistical problems because of course layout). The Pinnacle Challenge venue is laid out perfect, not only for competitors, but also for spectators.
The start and all transitions can be viewed from almost any location near the track. Unlike many other multievent races where transitions are spread out over many miles.
This stadium effect will create more enthusiasm and crowd response to athletes entering and leaving. "Be sure to play some great tunes, to keep the crowd into it."
For those spectators and support members, there is easy access to most sections of any of the courses.
For the mostpart, there is double use of volunteers on the road and trail courses, an area where most event directors have trouble getting enough volunteers for the task. Control of the transition area is made easy by the enclosure, ensuring that athletes will follow the correct path along the race course. There is no overlapping on the course which lends to the genius (or many) who laid it out.
Ryan has created and maintains an excellent website with event descriptions and direction.
This all adds to what should be a great event in October.