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Old 03-10-2013, 01:37 PM   #27601
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awesome ride/results !

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Old 03-10-2013, 01:37 PM   #27602
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Today was the Pick Your Poison mtb race at Booker T Washington state park. After being goaded into participating by Brandon, a riding buddy, I decided to enter the Cat2 mens over 40 class. I've never done a real mtb race before and figured it might be fun. Due to an unusually high turnout, the Cat2 races got started an hour late. This was great because with 90 seconds remaining until the start, I had to answer the call of nature with a hurried piss take. By the time I got back to the start line, I ended up on the second row. Then we were off like a shot through the grass section, which included a mud pit to keep us on our toes. I ended up behind a guy in a green jersey who ended up being a rolling road block. He held me up in the woods for about 2 miles. When I (and 2 others)finally got past him it was a relief. Shortly thereafter, I got unclipped in a bumpy section which cost some seconds. Time to make up some ground. Then, as I was coming up on another rider I got completely unclipped with both feet off the pedals. A resounding "FUCK!" could be heard throughout the woods. It took about 20-30 seconds to get the pedals where they needed to be and one guy passed me as I desperately tried to get clipped back into the pedals. My right shin was bloody and I was starting to get pissed. After getting remounted it was game on. I started catching people and passing them as space allowed. The trails at Booker T are tight single track with very few passing zones. I finally figured out you have to make your own. With the exception of Mister Green Shirt Shitwhistle, most of the racers were very good about letting me pass. I stopped counting at 6 but I probably got by about 15-20 guys. I felt sorry for the single speed dudes who were audibly struggling on the climb sections. Those guys are nuts. As I emerged from the woods after the first lap I looked at my timer and it said 39 minutes. Dammit. I rode it in 38 flat yesterday while goofing off and learning the course. This place is normally run clockwise, but the race organizers decided to run it counter clockwise today, which made it alien to me. Time to pour on the coals. People were dropping like flies. About 5 miles into the second lap, I got caught by a Cat1 racer and hung onto his wheel for a few minutes. Then he checked out and I had the trail all to myself for awhile. Near the end of the second lap I noticed a racer standing below the bridge in the creek. He was banged up, but otherwise alright. That had to hurt. It was a race ender for him. After seeing that he was OK, I pushed hard to the finish. Result: 2nd Place. The leader beat me by 2 minutes. I never saw him. The MC called him "Sandbagger" when it was our turn on the podium. It's frustrating to know I could have hung with him or taken the race, but I'll chalk it up to a learning experience. Gotta be first into the woods.
That's awesome! Congrats.



Me? 3hrs easy to moderate. Met a buddy at our usual meeting spot and rode around the loop. How is it I can have a headwind 3/4 to 4/5 or a ride? Riding a loop no less!

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Old 03-10-2013, 02:11 PM   #27603
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Today was the Pick Your Poison mtb race at Booker T Washington state park.
Outstanding!

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Old 03-10-2013, 08:28 PM   #27604
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Today was the Pick Your Poison mtb race at Booker T Washington state park. After being goaded into participating by Brandon, a riding buddy, I decided to enter the Cat2 mens over 40 class. I've never done a real mtb race before and figured it might be fun. Due to an unusually high turnout, the Cat2 races got started an hour late. This was great because with 90 seconds remaining until the start, I had to answer the call of nature with a hurried piss take. By the time I got back to the start line, I ended up on the second row. Then we were off like a shot through the grass section, which included a mud pit to keep us on our toes. I ended up behind a guy in a green jersey who ended up being a rolling road block. He held me up in the woods for about 2 miles. When I (and 2 others)finally got past him it was a relief. Shortly thereafter, I got unclipped in a bumpy section which cost some seconds. Time to make up some ground. Then, as I was coming up on another rider I got completely unclipped with both feet off the pedals. A resounding "FUCK!" could be heard throughout the woods. It took about 20-30 seconds to get the pedals where they needed to be and one guy passed me as I desperately tried to get clipped back into the pedals. My right shin was bloody and I was starting to get pissed. After getting remounted it was game on. I started catching people and passing them as space allowed. The trails at Booker T are tight single track with very few passing zones. I finally figured out you have to make your own. With the exception of Mister Green Shirt Shitwhistle, most of the racers were very good about letting me pass. I stopped counting at 6 but I probably got by about 15-20 guys. I felt sorry for the single speed dudes who were audibly struggling on the climb sections. Those guys are nuts. As I emerged from the woods after the first lap I looked at my timer and it said 39 minutes. Dammit. I rode it in 38 flat yesterday while goofing off and learning the course. This place is normally run clockwise, but the race organizers decided to run it counter clockwise today, which made it alien to me. Time to pour on the coals. People were dropping like flies. About 5 miles into the second lap, I got caught by a Cat1 racer and hung onto his wheel for a few minutes. Then he checked out and I had the trail all to myself for awhile. Near the end of the second lap I noticed a racer standing below the bridge in the creek. He was banged up, but otherwise alright. That had to hurt. It was a race ender for him. After seeing that he was OK, I pushed hard to the finish. Result: 2nd Place. The leader beat me by 2 minutes. I never saw him. The MC called him "Sandbagger" when it was our turn on the podium. It's frustrating to know I could have hung with him or taken the race, but I'll chalk it up to a learning experience. Gotta be first into the woods.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:49 AM   #27605
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:21 AM   #27606
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:02 AM   #27607
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Comfortable grips?

I've tried repeatedly to get used to the round grips that come standard on a mountain bike, be they the OEM variety or aftermarket ones made of softer foam rubber. None of them seem to work for me; all of them leave my palms red and sore after less than an hour of riding. It's particularly bad when I ride trails littered with large roots, rocks, and the occasional fallen tree. Going over those causes the full weight of my upper body to come down hard on my palms, whereas on smoother trails I try to use my back muscles to keep the pressure off the handlebars. 'Contour grips', with a large flat shelf area on which to rest my palms work well, but they're heavy and not ideally shaped for when you're standing up on the pedals. Are there any other round grips I should try? Or maybe there's something wrong with my riding posture that I can correct?

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Old 03-11-2013, 07:06 AM   #27608
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I've had great results with my Ergon GP1 grips. I know they're contour, but, I don't notice any difference when standing up. For sure, I'll never go back to a round grip.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:07 AM   #27609
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Are you holding your grips too tightly while you're riding? Also, when I hit rocks/drops/roots, I'm usually off the saddle, seat squeezed between my bent knees with a loose grip on my bars. I can't really relate to having my weight come down on my bars, usually everything is weighting the pedals. How are your gloves?
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:13 AM   #27610
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I've had great results with my Ergon GP1 grips. I know they're contour, but, I don't notice any difference when standing up. For sure, I'll never go back to a round grip.
Those are the same grips I'm using. They're very heavy compared to foam grips though, and I need to get my bike down to 22 lbs. so I can be as fast as all the pro racers.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:17 AM   #27611
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@A: Sounds like you're stem's too low rather than any fault of the grips. I haven't seen you on a bike, so that's a WAG. AFA answering your question: I'm using the same grips I've had on my bike since the early 2000s and haven't tried anything different.

In other news: this one from the WTF file

More WTF?! Ummm anyone else think that this thing shouldn't be worn by males?

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Old 03-11-2013, 07:19 AM   #27612
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Are you holding your grips too tightly while you're riding? Also, when I hit rocks/drops/roots, I'm usually off the saddle, seat squeezed between my bent knees with a loose grip on my bars. I can't really relate to having my weight come down on my bars, usually everything is weighting the pedals.
That's how I ride, too, except I don't use my knees to hold the seat.

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Those are the same grips I'm using. They're very heavy compared to foam grips though, and I need to get my bike down to 22 lbs. so I can be as fast as all the pro racers.
Ahhh! You're too much.

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Old 03-11-2013, 07:23 AM   #27613
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Are you holding your grips too tightly while you're riding?
No. I was doing that when I first started riding, but I'd get cramps in my hands, so now I concentrate on keeping a fairly loose grip on the bars. The only time I consciously tighten my grip is when I'm bouncing over big rocks and roots, where I'm afraid the handlebars may be wrenched out of my hands if I don't grip them tightly enough.

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Also, when I hit rocks/drops/roots, I'm usually off the saddle, seat squeezed between my bent knees with a loose grip on my bars. I can't really relate to having my weight come down on my bars, usually everything is weighting the pedals. How are your gloves?
I'm using standard issue padded gloves. Are you supposed to squeeze the seat between your knees in those situations? I was told to do just the opposite and to let the bike move around under me, but that makes keeping my balance on the bike more difficult when standing.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:30 AM   #27614
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Ahhh! You're too much.

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No hard tail for me, unfortunately. I test rode an 18 lb hard tail belonging to a local racer. I was so battered after just one mile that I couldn't wait to get off the thing.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:33 AM   #27615
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@A: Sounds like you're stem's too low rather than any fault of the grips.
The ergos were worked out by the shop owner who built the bike. He's an ex-racer who happens to be exactly my size and weight, so I figured the setup has to be right.
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