The Orchard Beach / Bear Mountain Classic has always been a big one two hit of a weekend. Much of this can be attributed to the rarity of the Orchard Beach crit course in NY – a true 4 corner flat crit, then followed on Sunday by a 55 mile 5,500ft of climbing race that creates an unrecognized stage race weekend.
The over-riding reason this is such a big weekend is the effort and organization that goes into making these races absolute jewels in the Calendar by CRCA. We can’t thank those involved enough.
The 2015 weekend was to take on special significance with Bear being attributed the NY State Champs Road Race and the CRCA adding the incentive of an Omnium purse for those who did both.
Historically both Orchard Beach and the NYS RR Championship have been good to 5th NYC with Ryan placing 3rd in the champs last year and Chris winning Orchard Beach in 2013, placing 4th in 2014 behind Nik in 3rd place. Despite being ‘suited’ to me I had yet to achieve a result at Orchard…