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Old 02-03-2013, 10:36 AM   #27226
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300-km, done

Yesterday's Saguaro National Park 300k seemed...well... very difficult. Sure, I finished the event and my overall time was slightly better than last year. 30 or 40 miles of Highway 79 seemed tough - slight climb/slight headwind - it seemed to add up to misery. Traffic on 79 and coming into Tucson seemed to rejoice in close passes - no issues after that though. Gates Pass didn't seem as difficult and once over, my legs returned and I pushed nicely to the finish. I met and rode with some very nice people and that, as always, is what brings the joy to brevets. 300 km, 186 miles. 13 hours and change. Done.

Edit: I used an Edge 810 for the first time. Had a few operator-error issues but it seemed to work well. Around 5 pm, I turned on the "Livetrack" feature so my wife could see my progress on-line.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:02 PM   #27227
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Yesterday's Saguaro National Park 300k seemed...well... very difficult. Sure, I finished the event and my overall time was slightly better than last year. 30 or 40 miles of Highway 79 seemed tough - slight climb/slight headwind - it seemed to add up to misery. Traffic on 79 and coming into Tucson seemed to rejoice in close passes - no issues after that though. Gates Pass didn't seem as difficult and once over, my legs returned and I pushed nicely to the finish. I met and rode with some very nice people and that, as always, is what brings the joy to brevets. 300 km, 186 miles. 13 hours and change. Done.

Edit: I used an Edge 810 for the first time. Had a few operator-error issues but it seemed to work well. Around 5 pm, I turned on the "Livetrack" feature so my wife could see my progress on-line.
Awesome!
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:24 PM   #27228
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Good job, Gerry!
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:21 PM   #27229
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Good job, Gerry!
Shoot - my time was 14:10. I think I'm officially mentally beat. That means it was tougher than last year after all!
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:12 PM   #27230
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Yesterday's Saguaro National Park 300k...Done.
Nice job. It's been awhile, but your post reminded me how much fun they are.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:12 PM   #27231
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2013 CX Worlds

Just got back from Louisville, where it was 2012 all over again (SPOILER): some amazing rides, some crushing moments of disappointment, some seriously good crashes (without injury), three golds for Holland and one for Belgium.

I enjoyed L'ville. Nice waterfront--the venue is in a dedicated cyclocross park right on the water. Nearby, there's a fantastic bike/ped (was RR) bridge with an impressive spiral access ramp. There was some bourbon, if I remember correctly.

Sporza TV estimated 8,000 fans in attendance. While that's a far cry from the 61,000 fans who attended last year's Worlds in Koksijde, Belgium, 2012 champ Niels Albert liked that U.S. fans cheer for everyone. And it was true. The crowd on the last hill was fantastic.

The juniors and women had an icy course, but the sun came out in the afternoon and the mud was exquisite by the time the elite men raced. The course had some great technical sections. The stairs to the flyover were super steep to prevent anyone from taking them two at a time. They have a run-up made of huge granite blocks--Powers rode them in warm-up, right after Nys had failed to do so, as Nys watched from the top step after dismounting and walking up. Then Nys came back around and rode them. Then he rode them again.

Can't say enough about the efforts to protect the course from inundation. City crews used temporary dams and large pumps to hold back the rising Ohio River long enough to get all the races in yesterday--this morning, the south end of the course was flooded. Outstanding job under extreme duress by the officials, race crew and city. As the world watched, they made the right calls when it mattered.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:36 AM   #27232
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Nope, not me. watching scared me.
Target fixation! Do it right and all you see is the trail!

Which is a loss in and of itself.

Lotsa "Penalty Points" on that one.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:13 AM   #27233
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Just got back from Louisville,

Can't say enough about the efforts to protect the course from inundation. City crews used temporary dams and large pumps to hold back the rising Ohio River long enough to get all the races in yesterday--this morning, the south end of the course was flooded. Outstanding job under extreme duress by the officials, race crew and city. As the world watched, they made the right calls when it mattered.
You should an e-mail, to Louisville's mayor. That event and park will need all the support it can get, when the majority of residents will never understand "Why do we support cycling?".

Louisville is a great city. I used to be down there, once a week.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:19 AM   #27234
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The couch monster got me yesterday. Big ole white flakes fell outta the sky till noon-1PM and with the (poor) level of driving skills around here, I didn't want to risk it.

I DID go play UW Hockey last nite. Small practice for some bizarre reason.

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Old 02-04-2013, 12:37 PM   #27235
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Someone in CO is thinking, and it ain't the town leaders of Blackhawk, CO:
"We're not saying you can't enter town, you just have to dismount your bike and walk ... through it," said Mike Copp, Black Hawk City Manager, "We feel strongly about this."

Seems they passed a law in 09 saying 'no bikes allowed.' ...which is OK according to CO law IF a bike trail is less than 450' away.

Most recent news Stupid rule got overturned.

Now, having been thru there, I can see where the town is coming from. The town itself is pretty farging small, with houses/buildings built right up onto the road itself (or vice versa) and lots of traffic 'cause of the casino(s). HOWever, if you feel that strongly about it, at least have the courtesy to follow the rules. I doubt too many people would object too strenuously to a bike path around the backside of the casino(s) there if it gets em away from the busses bringing gamblers in and out of Denver.

I'm gonna say this one's likely to be a pyrrhic victory in the long run.

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Old 02-05-2013, 05:59 AM   #27236
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Howdy,

I just posted a bike for sale in the Flea Market section. Thought someone here might be interested.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...9#post20653969

I've really enjoyed my time here on this forum. Hope spring finds all of you guys soon so you can get out and ride.

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Old 02-05-2013, 06:20 AM   #27237
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Howdy,

I just posted a bike for sale in the Flea Market section. Thought someone here might be interested.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...9#post20653969

I've really enjoyed my time here on this forum. Hope spring finds all of you guys soon so you can get out and ride.

Christophe
Beautiful bike - good luck w/ the sale.

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Old 02-05-2013, 11:29 AM   #27238
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Rep. Brattin is now working on creating a bill to ban bicyclists from certain roads in Missouri, based on his belief that bicyclists should not be allowed on roads like Highway 150. We talked with Rep. Brattin's staff during our visit to Jefferson City Tuesday. Brattin had a bill drafted to require bicycles to be inspected, registered, and display a special bicycle license plate. There would be special requirements for bicyclists under the age of 16.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:29 PM   #27239
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Stupid never seems to sleep. Ya gotta keep an eye on it or else things like the Blackhawk bike ban and this MO thing happen.

Wish it was otherwise, but c'est la vie

I just got back from 1:20 on the FTB on the '4 dirt roads loop.' Maintaining zone 2 is tough going downhill! Uphill? No worries.

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Old 02-05-2013, 04:02 PM   #27240
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Compilation of Saturday's races. AKA 'the march of the mud zombies'

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