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Rock Creek

History
 
Rock Creek Park must have been a natural location for bicycle races, and all through the 1970s into the early 1980s, NCVC ran open races and race series in the park, until the closure of Beach Drive on weekends, and the demands of the Park Service made it unfeasible.
 
Courses
The 1972-1974 series and 1976 spring series used a 3.8 mile loop including Beach Drive, Ridge Rd (then known as Glover Rd), Ross Drive, and the exit ramp of Military Rd (Course map) Other races in that era probably used the same course.
 
Photographs
  • Link to photo from a 1975-05-03 race in Rock Creek Park
  • Link to video of the Junior race October 1976
 
Event Dates
This list of event dates may not be exhaustive.
  • 1970-05-03
  • 1972 Fall Series: 9/10, 9/23, 10/1, 10/8 10/15, 10/22
  • 1973 Spring Series: 5/6, 5/13, 6,3 6/10, 6/17
  • 1974 Spring Series: 4/28, 5/5, 5/12
  • 1974-09-15 planned event, non-series link probably took place in 9/8. Event Announcement
  • 1974 fall series 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10, 20 event announcement
  • 1975 Summer series link
  • 1975 fall series "through October 26 link
  • 1976 Spring Series May 2,9,16,23,30 June 6 rain date "Sponsored by the Bicycle Place" started at 7:30AM $3 entry fee
  • 1976 Summer series, Sunday mornings in August, first race at 7:15AM  link
  • 1976-09-12 "Mel Pinto Road Classic" (non series)
  • 1976 Fall series, Sunday mornings in October   link  
  • 1977 Spring series  results    
  • 1977 Fall Series results
  • 1978 spring series, Sundays in May  announcement 
  • 1978 Fall series, sponsored by Mel Pinto, results  
  • 1979 Spring series (May) results 
  • 1979 Fall series 10/14, 10/21, 10/28  results
  • 1980 Spring Series, 4/6 (only) (all other dates canceled) announcement
  • 1980 Fall Series recap 
  • 1981-4-12 NCVC Spring Road Race Championship link
Event Announcements

Entry Fees

The entry fees are laughably small by present day standards. A selection of fees and prizes from various event announcements

Year
Entry
Prize
1972
$2
$0
1973
$3
$125
1974
$3
$125
1975
$3
$120
1976 $3 $110
1977 $3 $65

Sources

  • various newsletters (linked above)
  • 2012-01 interview with Gail Fetterman (1974 and 1975 series announcements)

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Last modified at 2/9/2013 10:28 AM  by Bill Luecke 

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