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Old 05-14-2011, 06:13 PM   #20191
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I'm now a USAC class C ref, next month going for my Motoref the day after suffering through the Hillbilly Roubiax
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:25 PM   #20192
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I used to ref back in the day. It was fun for a time. huge amount of work and sometimes frightening.
That was with the USCF, I have no idea what is going on now in bike racing in the states.
Good luck. Be careful out there.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:06 PM   #20193
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Get yourself a mid-cage rear derailleur, it'll allow you to run a 36T low-gear cassette. I did that on my GF's 'cross bike. I actually prefer her 46/36 'ring gear spacing better than the compact gearing on my 'cross.
It needs to be a mid cage mountain derailleur. Read the specs on road derailleurs, they are not rated for anything bigger than 28 teeth (except for apex). A mountain derailleur will follow the line of the cassette better. If you use a road Der you will have to crank the b-tension out and you will have sub par shifting in the small cogs.
Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine. Just because a derailleur has a longer cage does not mean that it can handle a large cassette.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:25 PM   #20194
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Well that was the first time in a while THAT happened.

My legs pulled a Petacchi a few miles from the end of the ride. Locked up. Didn't wanna ride no more. I could spin, but I didn't have any oomph.

First few pedal strokes outta the driveway I could tell I wasn't on a good day. The guy I was riding with was trying to rip my legs off on the climbs. Took till mile 30 for him to do it, but he did it. All in all tho, a bad day that good is still not bad. (if that makes sense )

Right before I hit that wall, he was demonstrating what 500w was. I was right beside him at that point... Next few hills did me in.

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Hate those days! But then there are those sweet, sweet moments when all the wind completely settles down and the only sound you can hear is your own breathing and the tires on the asphalt. It's those rare moments that make all the shit days forgotten. (today was not one of those, but dammit I can dream...) 500 watts is no easy task to hold for any length of time without uncontrollable drooling on your rig and rolling blackouts of your vision. damhik

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I'm now a USAC class C ref, next month going for my Motoref the day after suffering through the Hillbilly Roubiax
Very nice, congrats!
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:43 PM   #20195
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Weekly miles

I rounded out my weekly total today 154, somewhat over what I wanted. I didn't mean to rouned it out with a 48 mile ride. A few hills thrown in for good measure. So I start building my mileage , something I should have done over the winter. It is what it is: I'll have to accept that.It's all good
Just got a Big bottle of Rum from the ABC store.(state owned Liquor store ) for those don't have these. good times in the morning when I get off work.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:11 PM   #20196
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Tomorrow should be fun, did 400 miles on the 950 in the rain today, tomorrow, 2 TT's in the rain 1st thing in the morning. I'm going to try to win my age group and then go back out and set the course record for fixed gears. I already have the record for standards (drop bar no aero and technically the fixxed gear but I rode it in the age group class so it didn't count
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:39 PM   #20197
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Good choice on the lights. I have two SON hubs. One on my Kogswell (20R) and one on my Salsa Fargo Ti (28). On the Kogswell I run a Supernova E3 and the Fargo has a Supernova E3 Triple.

I hope you have fun on brevets. I really enjoy them. I've completed up to a 400k. I think they are the best way to see your state.

Here's a familiar sight on a brevet.

Thanks ErrinV - middle of the night at a control point/convenience store?

I'm looking forward to it. My first 200-km will be in early Nov. and it includes a well-known hill in the world of motorcycling: Yarnell Hill which supposedly drops about 3000 ft in six miles.

I did 100-km today. It started out nice and cool and got warmer and warmer as the morning turned into early afternoon. I have a long ways to go before I'm proficient at longer distances but I suppose if it were easy, everyone would be doing it! I feel pretty good though - I'm fairly certain I could do it again tomorrow if I had to. I don't so I'll use the day to recover.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:13 PM   #20198
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Rolling out for 80 miles in a few minutes. This route has a couple truly epic climbs; one is about 5 miles at nearly 20% in a few spots. I'll post a plot if it doesn't kill me.
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:52 AM   #20199
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It needs to be a mid cage mountain derailleur. Read the specs on road derailleurs, they are not rated for anything bigger than 28 teeth (except for apex). A mountain derailleur will follow the line of the cassette better. If you use a road Der you will have to crank the b-tension out and you will have sub par shifting in the small cogs.
Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine. Just because a derailleur has a longer cage does not mean that it can handle a large cassette.
My bad.....knew that and forgot to include MTN. We've discussed and peeved on that in the past.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:11 AM   #20200
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Hate those days! But then there are those sweet, sweet moments when all the wind completely settles down and the only sound you can hear is your own breathing and the tires on the asphalt. It's those rare moments that make all the shit days forgotten. (today was not one of those, but dammit I can dream...) 500 watts is no easy task to hold for any length of time without uncontrollable drooling on your rig and rolling blackouts of your vision. damhik



Very nice, congrats!
The 500w wasn't the problem. It was the 40+ kph before and after all the rest of the 500+w hills.

Bout to go for a toodle. Prolly 90min or so easy.

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Old 05-15-2011, 10:24 AM   #20201
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This should be interesting, provided it happens at all: http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/...ifornia_173238
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:26 AM   #20202
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Just got back from a 1:40 toodle. Saw a few individuals out, but no one going my way. Legs are still shot from yesterday, so no efforts were put in. Stuck it in the 26t a bunch going up the little hills around here.

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Old 05-15-2011, 12:41 PM   #20203
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Urban ride today.



Poked around downtown, then followed some trails in the old industrial area near the tracks.

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Old 05-15-2011, 12:43 PM   #20204
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This should be interesting, provided it happens at all: http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/...ifornia_173238
It'll be on Versus, shortly.
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:25 PM   #20205
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TT'd didn't go as planned


did 2 - 12.5 mile TT's back to back today.

Goal 1 - do as best as I could on the BMC with old TT parts (see attached)

Goal 2 - set course record in fixxed gear division using Trek T1 (not the 2nd district)


Goal 1, race 1 - Not so good, only 24.3 mph, well down from my 6/13 with no aero equipment that was 25+ or my fixed gear full aero ride from last year that was 26+

Goal 2, race 2 - accomplished, however, I was the only one in the class so I not only won, I took last also cruising home at 23+ on the stock Trek T1 upping the record a couple MPH.

As soon as I am finished healing I'd like to put that track record up around 25 by summers end.

I like my disc wheel, it converts from Campy to Shimano to full blown fixed gear in just a few minutes. Takes longer to clean the grease off your hands. The track class allows no aero equipment except bars.

The beast...





GNCC racing on in 5 minutes, may be quads though
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