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Old 03-07-2012, 01:47 PM   #23296
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Well, as I've proven, any fool can apply for an event

One thing about brevets is that it's addicting. I've done two (TWO) events and loved them. Seriously - you have no idea how much fun it can be for me. I don't know if it's the constant monitoring of my intake, the constant route checking, the anticipation of the next control or just a long (somewhat) relaxing ride with my riding buddy. The next one is a 400-km event this Saturday SaturdaySaturday. Would you believe that we have almost 30 people signed up for this next event?

If I survive that one, the next event is 600-km in April. A 600-km event has a 40-hour limit which means we can hopefully catch a few hours' sleep that night.

As I was poking around the webs yesterday, someone posted a note about signing up for the Colorado Last Chance 1200-km brevet. I was vaguely aware of it but didn't know anything specific other than it's in Colorado. duh



This brevet is 1200-km/750 miles in 90 hours which is 3.75 days. The event isn't full yet but it will fill up. It's not the toughest ride either unless you consider 750 miles in less than 4 days to be a killer. I do but what the hell? It starts in Boulder and is an out-and-back heading east into Kansas.

I sent a note to my riding partner and he's all in - took him 5 minutes to respond. He clearly has more confidence than me. I talked to the wife about it and she's 100% supportive. We've both registered, paid the fees and while our names aren't on the list yet, I'm confident that we'll both have slots.

To qualify and complete the registration, we have to complete the 400 and 600 rides. Then, I suspect we'll tackle another 600 in June just to gain more experience OR complete the process if either of us DNF the April event.

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Wish me luck - I could die.
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:36 PM   #23297
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Wish me luck - I could die.
Nah. You got it.

Having a riding partner who's pretty equal goes a long way toward your success.
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:42 PM   #23298
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This brevet is 1200-km/750 miles in 90 hours which is 3.75 days.

Y'all roadies are crazy
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:52 PM   #23299
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http://www.rjcyclotron.com/

(Only my third one after almost 6 years of bike racing!)
Congratulations! I bet there were at least a few keweenaw brewing beverages consumed right after that picture was taken!

Looks like I won't make it up to ski this year, but maybe we can put a bike ride together this summer, I will try to keep up to you! I know I would like to make it back up to copper harbor, those trails are epic!
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:55 PM   #23300
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Cactuses? Can't recall ever having seen one of those here.
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You gotta' get off the asphalt to see them.
Found a pic of one of the many groups we saw.

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Old 03-07-2012, 04:07 PM   #23301
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Found a pic of one of the many groups we saw.

Weird. Where was that taken?
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:18 PM   #23302
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Weird. Where was that taken?
Prickly Pear.

Could have even been Michigan....
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:25 PM   #23303
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We have these lovelies to deal with





They don't look so bad on the surface. But they have a defense mechanism - and it seems it's specifically tailored to bicycle tires.





I pulled 42 of these out of one tire
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:32 PM   #23304
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Wish me luck - I could die.
That looks awesome. Good luck!

Ya know, Paris-Brest-Paris is in 2015.



I bet you will qualify.

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Old 03-07-2012, 05:17 PM   #23305
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Weird. Where was that taken?
Santos.

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I've gotten those, too. Though, I'm not sure from which state/trail.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:29 PM   #23306
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4+ hrs with a head/side wind today. Mostly headwind for the last hr+

Solo. Would've been nice to have company tho.

Beautiful day despite the wind.

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Old 03-07-2012, 05:53 PM   #23307
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I've gotten those, too. Though, I'm not sure from which state/trail.

I never met one 'till I moved to Colorado. Then I got to know them very well and very quickly

The most common name here amongst cyclists is the Goat's Head, but the species name is Tribulus terrestris. They creep along the ground as they grow, widening their path of destruction and are really hard to see unless you're looking for them and moving slowly. I couldn't get in a single ride without a flat. That's when I went to the tire strips and gooey tubes - nary a flat since. I'm taking a weight penalty, but it's that or fix flats every day.

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:01 PM   #23308
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I've yet to lose a Park patch, but have a 3 patch rule. If I've just put number 3 in there, it gets swapped ASAP.

I keep a good supply of Park GP2 glueless patches on hand. In almost 20 years of mountain biking, I haven't had one fail. And they're soooooooo easy to put on. They're itty bitty too and the glue's already on, so there's no mess. They also come with a little slice of sandpaper and a plastic box it all goes in. It's all about the size of a postage stamp, only thicker.
Hmm, I tried the gp2s, didn't have good luck with them. . . . they'd last one ride, then the heat cycling would pop them off (I guess). Went back to glued patches, never had a problem with them.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:19 PM   #23309
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Hmm, I tried the gp2s, didn't have good luck with them. . . . they'd last one ride, then the heat cycling would pop them off (I guess). Went back to glued patches, never had a problem with them.
Bizarre. Maybe it's a matter of method.

I scuff up the tube while inflated to about where it's gonna be. Then inflate it as much as possible to reflect where it'll be in the tire. Then put on the patch and mash the snot out of it. Then put it all back together - never fully deflating the tube.

The patches are flexible, so putting one on with the tube deflated or overinflated might make the patch wander and fail. Bubbles, debris, and/or ridges will also botch the job. But with properly applied patches, I've had great success.

Might have something to do with tire pressure too. I rarely run over 35 psi. Haven't run one in a 29er tire either - always 26. I'm hoping my strips will make it a non-issue.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:56 PM   #23310
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those goats head thorns grow in the more arrid areas around here. nasty buggers.
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