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Road racing is returning to Northeastern Pennsylvania! The Pocono Road Race features smooth, rolling roads, a race-worthy climb, and beautiful views. The course begins at the top of Montage Mountain, with a downhill, neutral start down the mountain. Riders are confronted by the day’s first of two major climbs after only 5 miles, but this sit-in climb only has an average gradient of 6%, so most fields will stay together. After summiting climb #1, riders spend time in the rolling hills of Thornhurst, eventually arriving at the course’s circuit. Depending on the category, racers may complete the circuit one or three times before heading back to Montage Mountain. Climb #2 begins after a roaring descent back to the start, and separated riders will have a difficult time clawing their way back if they haven’t reconnected before this descent.
The final climb–Mon Montage–will be familiar to each rider as they retrace the neutral start. Pitches above 12% are paired with power sections of 3-4% gradient, and will favor endurance climbers who can put out sustained power at moderate grades.
Admission: Those racing in the Pocono Road Race pay a registration fee (link below). The event is FREE for spectators!