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  • ECCC Blogosphere
    Check the ECCC Blogosphere list for blogs from your team or riders on it, keeping you up to date on their activities and plans.
  • ECCC News Network
    If you can't make it to the races, the ECCC News Network is the place to get race reports and other news about your favorite teams and riders.
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  • ECCC Blogosphere
    If you can't make it to the races, the ECCC Blogosphere is the place to get race reports and other news about your favorite teams and riders.
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Dual Slalom at Northeastern's Sunday River race, 2007.

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Dual Slalom at Northeastern's Sunday River race, 2007. (:by Jeff Gunn:)

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Look through the ECCC Blogosphere list for blogs from your team or riders on it, keeping you up to date on their activities and plans.

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Check the ECCC Blogosphere list for blogs from your team or riders on it, keeping you up to date on their activities and plans.

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Look through the Blogosphere lists for blogs from your team or riders on it, keeping you up to date on their activities and plans.

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Look through the ECCC Blogosphere list for blogs from your team or riders on it, keeping you up to date on their activities and plans.

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  • Spectator's Guide
    Notes on what kinds of races are generally good to watch and which are not.
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The ECCC can always use more people; the following are some ways to get involved.

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The ECCC can always use more people; the following are some ways to get involved:

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  • Collegiate Cycling Races (USAC)
    The ECCC runs many different kinds of races throughout its seasons. This short guide will help you follow the lingo.
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  • Collegiate Cycling Races (USAC)
    The ECCC runs many different kinds of races throughout its seasons. This short guide will help you follow the lingo.
  • Officiating
    If you really enjoy being at cycling races and want to help out the greater cycling community and get paid to do so, you might consider becoming an official.
  • Coaching
    Alternatively, stepping up as a team coach or manager of some form is a great way to be very involved with and supportive of your team. Every team can use some guidance, whether casually or formally, and extensive cycling or racing experience isn't necessarily required to have huge positive impact.
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Get Involved

The ECCC can always use more people; the following are some ways to get involved.

  • Officiating
    If you really enjoy being at cycling races and want to help out the greater cycling community and get paid to do so, you might consider becoming an official.
  • Coaching
    Alternatively, stepping up as a team coach or manager of some form is a great way to be very involved with and supportive of your team. Every team can use some guidance, whether casually or formally, and extensive cycling or racing experience isn't necessarily required to have huge positive impact.
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Spectating Notes

In addition, here are a few things to think about in planning a trip:

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Trip Planning

In addition, here are a few things to think about in coming out to a race:

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Spectating Notes

In addition, here are a few things to think about in planning a trip:

  • Bring food.
    Nothing will permanently endear you to a team more than bringing a box of fruit or pastries.
  • Dress successfully.
    No matter what the weather forecast says, in collegiate cycling you just never know if it's going to be hot, cold, rainy, snowing, or parched. Be prepared. Keep in mind that temperatures and weather can vary widely if you're traveling any distance to get to a race, particularly in rural locations. On cold or wet days you also need to be dressed much more warmly to stand around and comfortably watch a race than you would if you were doing an activity or simply going from place to place.
  • Be extra careful on the roads and trails.
    When traveling in the immediate vicinity of the race, keep in mind that there are sure to be many cyclists on the roads and trails. Even if not actively racing, many of them will unfortunately not be paying as much attention as they normally would, either from being tired and starving or focusing on warming up for the event ahead. Use extra caution when driving around the parking lots and on or near race courses.
  • Keep in mind the nature of the events.
    All our races are awesome, but not all of them make for easy spectating. Make sure to consult the race flyer, available on the (:calendar:), and look at the events and courses when making your plans. Though not set in stone, some general rules for spectating are available in the spectating guide.
Northeastern Dual Slalom, 2007.
Dual Slalom at Northeastern's Sunday River race, 2007.
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Spectating Notes

In addition, here are a few things to think about in planning a trip:

  • Bring food.
    Nothing will permanently endear you to a team more than bringing a box of fruit or pastries.
  • Dress successfully.
    No matter what the weather forecast says, in collegiate cycling you just never know if it's going to be hot, cold, rainy, snowing, or parched. Be prepared. Keep in mind that temperatures and weather can vary widely if you're traveling any distance to get to a race, particularly in rural locations. On cold or wet days you also need to be dressed much more warmly to stand around and comfortably watch a race than you would if you were doing an activity or simply going from place to place.
  • Be extra careful on the roads and trails.
    When traveling in the immediate vicinity of the race, keep in mind that there are sure to be many cyclists on the roads and trails. Even if not actively racing, many of them will unfortunately not be paying as much attention as they normally would, either from being tired and starving or focusing on warming up for the event ahead. Use extra caution when driving around the parking lots and on or near race courses.
  • Keep in mind the nature of the events.
    All our races are awesome, but not all of them make for easy spectating. Make sure to consult the race flyer, available on the (:calendar:), and look at the events and courses when making your plans. Though not set in stone, these are some general rules for spectating:
    • Track
      • Track is essentially made for spectating: Everything happens in a small, visible area, and the action's continuous and very dynamic.
    • Cyclocross
      • Cyclocross is also a great spectator sport. Lap times are just short enough, about 15--30 minutes, that you'll see individual riders a handful of times. More importantly, the races invariably break down into a steady stream of riders and a few clumped groups, ensuring constant activity. Courses are also generally very accessible, but be prepared for excessive amounts of mud.
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Bombing the Turn of Death by the pond in the 2010 Dartmouth Easterns Crit.
  • Road
    • Criteriums almost always make for easy, exciting watching. Short courses with 2--4 minute lap times, high speeds, and technical riding make these the primary venue for road season spectators. It's typically easy to move about the course to watch from different locations, you'll see the riders many times, and the action unfolds right in front of you.
    • Road Races are often tough to watch because of the long laps. Groups may not come around for anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes and typically do very few laps, so spectating is limited. It's also often not feasible to park and spectate at the most dramatic locations, and the action typically unfolds over a long period of time, well out of sight.
    • Circuit Races vary widely, largely depending on how long the course is and whether they're more like a criterium or a road course.
    • Team Time Trials (TTTs), Individual Time Trials (ITTs), and Hill Climbs are actually frequently surprisingly exciting. These are among the most challenging events for most riders, and particularly for the Team Time Trial a great deal of precision, skill, and fitness is required to do well. In addition, although each rider or squad generally only goes by once or twice, there's always something going on for the duration of the event because all of the riders or squads are riding at short intervals rather than as a pack.
  • MTB
    • Short Track Cross Country (STXC) is generally very spectator friendly. Short laps of 2--5 minutes mean you'll see riders many times, and it's generally feasible to walk around and watch from many points on course.
    • Cross Country (XC) is often difficult to spectate. Lap times of 30--75 minutes mean particular riders come by infrequently, and generally do only a few laps, although there is usually a steady stream of riders as the fields spread out. However, these can be great races to watch as part of a long hike around all or part of the course.
    • Downhill (DH) is very spectator friendly, though often not very accessible. Riders in these races demonstrate a great deal of riding ability, carrying high speeds on very challenging trails, and there is a steady stream of excitement as they come down in roughly minute intervals. Walking along the course may require traversing difficult, steep terrain in poor conditions, but is generally very rewarding for those willing to put in a slightly technical hike. Note that almost all mountains require spectators as well as racers to purchase a ticket in order to ride the lifts to the top of the mountain, so most spectators walk up the course from the bottom.
    • Dual Slalom (DS) is generally the most spectator friendly MTB event. Courses are extremely short and typically have large sight lines, enabling you to watch all the action from one location. Once racing starts it flows continuously, with heats taking off in rapid fire fashion, and these courses are usually fairly accessible from the lodge or parking. Slalom also has awesome atmosphere as all of the racers are congregated in one place and most of the remainder of the conference will also stick around to watch.
Northeastern Dual Slalom, 2007.
Dual Slalom at Northeastern's Sunday River race, 2007.
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Bombing the Turn of Death by the pond in the 2010 Dartmouth Easterns Crit.

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Dual Slalom at Northeastern's Sunday River race, 2007.
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Dual Slalom at Northeastern's Sunday River race, 2007.
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If you can't make it to the races, the ECCC News Network is the place to get race reports and other news about your favorite teams and riders.

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If you can't make it to the races, the ECCC News Network is the place to get race reports and other news about your favorite teams and riders.

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  • ECCC News Network
    If you can't make it to the races, the ECCC News Network is the place to get race reports and other news about your favorite teams and riders.
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Alternatively, stepping up as a team coach or manager of some form is an alternative way to be very involved with and supportive of your team. Every team can use some guidance, whether casually or formally, and extensive cycling or racing experience isn't necessarily required to have huge positive impact.

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Alternatively, stepping up as a team coach or manager of some form is a great way to be very involved with and supportive of your team. Every team can use some guidance, whether casually or formally, and extensive cycling or racing experience isn't necessarily required to have huge positive impact.

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Every team can use some guidance, whether at a casual level or with a formal team coach or manager, and extensive cycling or athletics experience isn't necessarily required to have huge positive impact.

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Alternatively, stepping up as a team coach or manager of some form is an alternative way to be very involved with and supportive of your team. Every team can use some guidance, whether casually or formally, and extensive cycling or racing experience isn't necessarily required to have huge positive impact.

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  • Coaching
    Every team can use some guidance, whether at a casual level or with a formal team coach or manager, and extensive cycling or athletics experience isn't necessarily required to have huge positive impact.
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  • Cross Country (XC) is generally difficult to spectate. Lap times of 30--75 minutes mean particular riders come by infrequently, and generally do at most a few laps, although there is usually a fairly frequent stream of riders as the fields spread out. However, these can also be great races to watch as part of a long hike around all or part of the course.
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  • Cross Country (XC) is often difficult to spectate. Lap times of 30--75 minutes mean particular riders come by infrequently, and generally do only a few laps, although there is usually a steady stream of riders as the fields spread out. However, these can be great races to watch as part of a long hike around all or part of the course.
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  • Criteriums almost always make for easy, exciting watching. The short courses, typically with 2--4 minute lap times, high speeds, and technical riding make these the primary venue for road season spectators. It's typically easy to move about the course to watch from different locations, you'll see the riders many times, and the action unfolds right in front of you.
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  • Criteriums almost always make for easy, exciting watching. Short courses with 2--4 minute lap times, high speeds, and technical riding make these the primary venue for road season spectators. It's typically easy to move about the course to watch from different locations, you'll see the riders many times, and the action unfolds right in front of you.
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  • Short Track Cross Country (STXC) is generally very spectator friendly. Short laps of 2--5 minutes mean you'll see riders many times, and it's generally feasible to walk around and see the race from many points on the course.
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  • Short Track Cross Country (STXC) is generally very spectator friendly. Short laps of 2--5 minutes mean you'll see riders many times, and it's generally feasible to walk around and watch from many points on course.
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  • Short Track Cross Country (STXC) is generally very spectator friendly. Short laps of 2--5 minutes mean you'll see the riders many times, and it's generally feasible to walk around and see the race from many points on the course.
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  • Short Track Cross Country (STXC) is generally very spectator friendly. Short laps of 2--5 minutes mean you'll see riders many times, and it's generally feasible to walk around and see the race from many points on the course.
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  • Cyclocross is also a great spectator sport. Lap times are just short enough, about 30 minutes, that you'll see individual riders a handful of times. More importantly though, the races invariably break down into a steady stream of riders and maybe a few clumped groups, ensuring constant activity. Courses are also generally very accessible, but be prepared for excessive amounts of mud.
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  • Cyclocross is also a great spectator sport. Lap times are just short enough, about 15--30 minutes, that you'll see individual riders a handful of times. More importantly, the races invariably break down into a steady stream of riders and a few clumped groups, ensuring constant activity. Courses are also generally very accessible, but be prepared for excessive amounts of mud.
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  • Road Races are often tough to watch because of the long laps. Groups may not come around for anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes and typically do at most a handful of limits, so spectating is very limited. It's also often not feasible to park and spectate at the most dramatic locations, and the action typically unfolds over a long period of time in any event.
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  • Road Races are often tough to watch because of the long laps. Groups may not come around for anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes and typically do very few laps, so spectating is limited. It's also often not feasible to park and spectate at the most dramatic locations, and the action typically unfolds over a long period of time, well out of sight.
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  • Short Track Cross Country (STXC) is generally very spectator friendly. Short laps of 2--5 minutes means you'll see the riders many times, and it's generally feasible to walk around and see the race from many points on the course.
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  • Short Track Cross Country (STXC) is generally very spectator friendly. Short laps of 2--5 minutes mean you'll see the riders many times, and it's generally feasible to walk around and see the race from many points on the course.
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  • Downhill (DH) is very spectator friendly, though often not very accessible. Riders in these races demonstrate a great deal of riding ability, carrying high speeds on very challenging trails, and there is a steady stream of excitement as they come down in roughly minute intervals. Walking along the course may require traversing difficult, steep terrain in poor conditions, but is generally very rewarding for those willing to put in a slightly technical hike. Note that most mountains require spectators as well as racers to purchase a ticket in order to ride the lifts to the top of the mountain, so most spectators walk up the course from the bottom.
  • Dual Slalom (DS) is generally the most spectator friendly MTB event. Courses are extremely short and typically have large sight lines, enabling you to watch all the action from one location. Once racing starts the action flows continuously, with heats taking off in rapid fire fashion. These courses are also usually very accessible from the lodge or parking. Slalom also has awesome atmosphere as all of the racers are congregated in one place and most of the remainder of the conference will also stick around to watch.
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  • Downhill (DH) is very spectator friendly, though often not very accessible. Riders in these races demonstrate a great deal of riding ability, carrying high speeds on very challenging trails, and there is a steady stream of excitement as they come down in roughly minute intervals. Walking along the course may require traversing difficult, steep terrain in poor conditions, but is generally very rewarding for those willing to put in a slightly technical hike. Note that almost all mountains require spectators as well as racers to purchase a ticket in order to ride the lifts to the top of the mountain, so most spectators walk up the course from the bottom.
  • Dual Slalom (DS) is generally the most spectator friendly MTB event. Courses are extremely short and typically have large sight lines, enabling you to watch all the action from one location. Once racing starts it flows continuously, with heats taking off in rapid fire fashion, and these courses are usually fairly accessible from the lodge or parking. Slalom also has awesome atmosphere as all of the racers are congregated in one place and most of the remainder of the conference will also stick around to watch.
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  • Track is essentially made for spectating: Everything happens in a small, visible, area, the action's continuous and very dynamic, and the venues are very accessible.
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  • Track is essentially made for spectating: Everything happens in a small, visible area, and the action's continuous and very dynamic.
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  • Track
    • Track is essentially made for spectating: Everything happens in a small, visible, area, the action's continuous and very dynamic, and the venues are very accessible.
  • Cyclocross
    • Cyclocross is also a great spectator sport. Lap times are just short enough, about 30 minutes, that you'll see individual riders a handful of times. More importantly though, the races invariably break down into a steady stream of riders and maybe a few clumped groups, ensuring constant activity. Courses are also generally very accessible, but be prepared for excessive amounts of mud.
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No matter what the weather forecast says, in collegiate cycling you just never know if it's going to be hot, cold, rainy, snowing, or parched. Be prepared. Keep in mind that temperatures and weather can vary widely if you're traveling any distance to get to a race. On cold or wet days you also need to be dressed much more warmly to stand around and comfortably watch a race than you would if you were doing an activity or simply going from place to place.

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No matter what the weather forecast says, in collegiate cycling you just never know if it's going to be hot, cold, rainy, snowing, or parched. Be prepared. Keep in mind that temperatures and weather can vary widely if you're traveling any distance to get to a race, particularly in rural locations. On cold or wet days you also need to be dressed much more warmly to stand around and comfortably watch a race than you would if you were doing an activity or simply going from place to place.

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Nothing will endear you more to a team than bring a box of fruit or pastries.

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Nothing will permanently endear you to a team more than bringing a box of fruit or pastries.

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Every ECCC race is a huge social event, especially when the sun's shining. Most riders are at every race all day, and when they're not prepping their bike, warming up, or racing, they're watching teammates race or hanging out with friends on other teams. If you have family, friends or significant others competing in the ECCC and there's a race near you, you definitely want to come by---you'll get to see your rider putting it all out there in the sport they love, and you'll be able to hang out and enjoy the rest of the day together in a super fun, action packed social scene. All are welcome in the ECCC, cyclists or not, and many parents and family routinely travel hundreds of miles to see their racers' target events. A good number even make it to every weekend!

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Every ECCC race is a huge social event, especially when the sun's shining. Most riders are at every race all day, and when they're not prepping their bike, warming up, or racing, they're watching teammates race or hanging out with friends on other teams. If you have family, friends or significant others competing in the ECCC and there's a race near you, you definitely want to come by---you'll get to see your rider putting it all out there in the sport they love, and you'll be able to hang out and enjoy the rest of the day together in a super fun, action packed social scene. All are welcome in the ECCC, cyclists or not, and many parents and other family routinely travel hundreds of miles to see their racers' target events. A good number even come to nearly every weekend!

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Look for upcoming ECCC races and events in your area on the (:calendar:).

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Look for upcoming ECCC races and events in your area and get detailed race flyers on the (:calendar:).

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  • Be careful.
    When traveling in the immediate vicinity of the race, keep in mind that there are sure to many cyclists about on the roads and trails. Many of them will unfortunately not be paying as much attention as they normally would, whether from being tired and starving or focusing on warming up for the event ahead. Use extra caution when driving around the parking lots and on or near race courses.
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  • Be extra careful on the roads and trails.
    When traveling in the immediate vicinity of the race, keep in mind that there are sure to be many cyclists on the roads and trails. Even if not actively racing, many of them will unfortunately not be paying as much attention as they normally would, either from being tired and starving or focusing on warming up for the event ahead. Use extra caution when driving around the parking lots and on or near race courses.
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The ECCC runs many different kinds of races throughout its seasons. This short guide will help you follow the lingo.

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The ECCC runs many different kinds of races throughout its seasons. This short guide will help you follow the lingo.

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If you really enjoy being at cycling races and want to help out the community and get paid to do so, you might consider becoming an official.

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If you really enjoy being at cycling races and want to help out the greater cycling community and get paid to do so, you might consider becoming an official.

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  • Downhill (DH) is
  • Dual Slalom (DS) is generally the most spectator friendly

Look for upcoming events in their area. – Connect to their teams, other alumni, and racers. – Receive information on becoming an official.

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  • Downhill (DH) is very spectator friendly, though often not very accessible. Riders in these races demonstrate a great deal of riding ability, carrying high speeds on very challenging trails, and there is a steady stream of excitement as they come down in roughly minute intervals. Walking along the course may require traversing difficult, steep terrain in poor conditions, but is generally very rewarding for those willing to put in a slightly technical hike. Note that most mountains require spectators as well as racers to purchase a ticket in order to ride the lifts to the top of the mountain, so most spectators walk up the course from the bottom.
  • Dual Slalom (DS) is generally the most spectator friendly MTB event. Courses are extremely short and typically have large sight lines, enabling you to watch all the action from one location. Once racing starts the action flows continuously, with heats taking off in rapid fire fashion. These courses are also usually very accessible from the lodge or parking. Slalom also has awesome atmosphere as all of the racers are congregated in one place and most of the remainder of the conference will also stick around to watch.
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  • 'Event Types?
    The ECCC runs many different kinds of race types throughout its seasons. This short guide
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  • Race Types?
    The ECCC runs many different kinds of races throughout its seasons. This short guide
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  • Criteriums almost always make for easy, exciting watching. The short courses, high speeds, and technical riding make these the primary venue for spectators. It's typically easy to move about the course to watch from different locations, you'll see the riders many times, and the action unfolds right in front of you.
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  • Criteriums almost always make for easy, exciting watching. The short courses, typically with 2--4 minute lap times, high speeds, and technical riding make these the primary venue for road season spectators. It's typically easy to move about the course to watch from different locations, you'll see the riders many times, and the action unfolds right in front of you.
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  • Team Time Trials and Individual Time Trials and Hill Climbs are actually frequently surprisingly exciting. These are among the most challenging events for most riders, and particularly for the Team Time Trial a great deal of precision, skill, and fitness is required to do well. In addition, although each rider or squad generally only goes by once or twice, there's always something going on for the duration of the event because all of the riders or squads are riding at short intervals rather than as a pack.
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  • Team Time Trials (TTTs), Individual Time Trials (ITTs), and Hill Climbs are actually frequently surprisingly exciting. These are among the most challenging events for most riders, and particularly for the Team Time Trial a great deal of precision, skill, and fitness is required to do well. In addition, although each rider or squad generally only goes by once or twice, there's always something going on for the duration of the event because all of the riders or squads are riding at short intervals rather than as a pack.
  • MTB
    • Short Track Cross Country (STXC) is generally very spectator friendly. Short laps of 2--5 minutes means you'll see the riders many times, and it's generally feasible to walk around and see the race from many points on the course.
    • Cross Country (XC) is generally difficult to spectate. Lap times of 30--75 minutes mean particular riders come by infrequently, and generally do at most a few laps, although there is usually a fairly frequent stream of riders as the fields spread out. However, these can also be great races to watch as part of a long hike around all or part of the course.
    • Downhill (DH) is
    • Dual Slalom (DS) is generally the most spectator friendly
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  • 'Event Types?
    The ECCC runs many different kinds of race types throughout its seasons. This short guide

will help you follow the lingo.

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In addition, here are a few notes to think about in planning a trip:

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Spectating Notes

In addition, here are a few things to think about in planning a trip:

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All our races are awesome, but not all of them make for easy spectating. Make sure to consult

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All our races are awesome, but not all of them make for easy spectating. Make sure to consult the race flyer, available on the (:calendar:), and look at the events and courses when making your plans. Though not set in stone, these are some general rules for spectating:

  • Road
    • Criteriums almost always make for easy, exciting watching. The short courses, high speeds, and technical riding make these the primary venue for spectators. It's typically easy to move about the course to watch from different locations, you'll see the riders many times, and the action unfolds right in front of you.
    • Road Races are often tough to watch because of the long laps. Groups may not come around for anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes and typically do at most a handful of limits, so spectating is very limited. It's also often not feasible to park and spectate at the most dramatic locations, and the action typically unfolds over a long period of time in any event.
    • Circuit Races vary widely, largely depending on how long the course is and whether they're more like a criterium or a road course.
    • Team Time Trials and Individual Time Trials and Hill Climbs are actually frequently surprisingly exciting. These are among the most challenging events for most riders, and particularly for the Team Time Trial a great deal of precision, skill, and fitness is required to do well. In addition, although each rider or squad generally only goes by once or twice, there's always something going on for the duration of the event because all of the riders or squads are riding at short intervals rather than as a pack.
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Every ECCC race is a huge social event, especially when the sun's shining. Most riders are at every race all day, and when they're not prepping their bike, warming up, or racing, they're watching teammates race or hanging out with friends on other teams. If you have family, friends or significant others competing in the ECCC and there's a race near you, you definitely want to come by---you'll get to see your rider putting it all out there in the sport they love, and you'll be able to hang out and enjoy the rest of the day together in a super fun, action packed social scene. All are welcome in the ECCC, cyclists or not, and many parents and family routinely travel hundreds of miles to see their racer's target events. A good number even make it to every weekend!

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Every ECCC race is a huge social event, especially when the sun's shining. Most riders are at every race all day, and when they're not prepping their bike, warming up, or racing, they're watching teammates race or hanging out with friends on other teams. If you have family, friends or significant others competing in the ECCC and there's a race near you, you definitely want to come by---you'll get to see your rider putting it all out there in the sport they love, and you'll be able to hang out and enjoy the rest of the day together in a super fun, action packed social scene. All are welcome in the ECCC, cyclists or not, and many parents and family routinely travel hundreds of miles to see their racers' target events. A good number even make it to every weekend!

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These are some resources and tips to help you make the most of your trip:

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Look through the Blogosphere lists for blogs from your team or riders on it, keeping you up to date on all the racing and shenanigans.

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In addition, here are a few notes to think about in planning a trip:

  • Bring food.
    Nothing will endear you more to a team than bring a box of fruit or pastries.
  • Dress successfully.
    No matter what the weather forecast says, in collegiate cycling you just never know if it's going to be hot, cold, rainy, snowing, or parched. Be prepared. Keep in mind that temperatures and weather can vary widely if you're traveling any distance to get to a race. On cold or wet days you also need to be dressed much more warmly to stand around and comfortably watch a race than you would if you were doing an activity or simply going from place to place.
  • Be careful.
    When traveling in the immediate vicinity of the race, keep in mind that there are sure to many cyclists about on the roads and trails. Many of them will unfortunately not be paying as much attention as they normally would, whether from being tired and starving or focusing on warming up for the event ahead. Use extra caution when driving around the parking lots and on or near race courses.
  • Keep in mind the nature of the events.
    All our races are awesome, but not all of them make for easy spectating. Make sure to consult
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These are some resources and tips to help you make the most of your trip:

  • Season Calendar
    Look for upcoming ECCC races and events in your area on the (:calendar:).
  • ECCC Blogosphere
    Look through the Blogosphere lists for blogs from your team or riders on it, keeping you up to date on all the racing and shenanigans.
  • Officiating
    If you really enjoy being at cycling races and want to help out the community and get paid to do so, you might consider becoming an official.
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Every ECCC race is a huge social event, especially when the sun's shining. Most riders are at every race all day, and when they're not prepping their bike, warming up, or racing, they're watching teammates race or hanging out with friends on other teams. If you have family, friends or significant others competing in the ECCC and there's a race near you, you definitely want to come by---you'll get to see your rider putting it all out there in the sport they love, and you'll be able to hang out and enjoy the rest of the day together in a super fun, action packed social scene. All are welcome in the ECCC, cyclists or not, and many parents and family routinely travel hundreds of miles to see their racer's target events. A good number even make it to every weekend!

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Look for upcoming events in their area. – Connect to their teams, other alumni, and racers. – Receive information on becoming an official.

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