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Old 03-26-2013, 07:38 AM   #27901
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Jeebus, that kind of racing is scary enough in broad daylight, let alone at night.
I think the fact that Kristy showed most of the video at twice the normal speed and that the camera doesn't show the available light as well on the recording makes it seem darker than it really was.

If you ever get a chance, a great night race is the Twilight Criterium in Athens GA.

They used to vary the format for some of the races - IIRC, one year, they did a "win-and-out" on every other lap after a prerequisite number of laps. Big fun since every other lap was a sprint to the finish.

It's only a few weeks away and it was always worth the drive over to watch.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:37 AM   #27902
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I think the fact that Kristy showed most of the video at twice the normal speed and that the camera doesn't show the available light as well on the recording makes it seem darker than it really was.

If you ever get a chance, a great night race is the Twilight Criterium in Athens GA.

They used to vary the format for some of the races - IIRC, one year, they did a "win-and-out" on every other lap after a prerequisite number of laps. Big fun since every other lap was a sprint to the finish.

It's only a few weeks away and it was always worth the drive over to watch.
Unfortunately night riding is out of the question for me because I suffer from night blindness.

By the way, what was Kristy riding in that video?
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:09 AM   #27903
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Unfortunately night riding is out of the question for me because I suffer from night blindness.

By the way, what was Kristy riding in that video?
Get a cree xml t6 light....LOL supposed to be stupid bright... I have one on the way...LOL
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:27 AM   #27904
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Unfortunately night riding is out of the question for me because I suffer from night blindness.

By the way, what was Kristy riding in that video?
Sorry to hear that. I love riding at night - not so much from 8 pm to midnight but rather from midnight onward. Not so much traffic.

Yep - Kristy Halvorsen. She's a big strong lady out of south Florida. I don't think she's been riding recumbents very long but she's already a force to contend with in cycling. I suspect we'll see her on RAAM soon.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:35 AM   #27905
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If you know what you're doing it isn't scary at all. Lots of fun actually.

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Old 03-26-2013, 09:44 AM   #27906
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Just saw that Surly makes an XXL Moonlander that I'd probably fit on better than any road bike, and have more fun with during mud season and winter.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:48 AM   #27907
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Sorry to hear that. I love riding at night - not so much from 8 pm to midnight but rather from midnight onward. Not so much traffic.
With an hour of additional daylight, I'm thinking of doing my 'maintenance' rides in the evening. Trouble is that by the time I get out there, I've only got about 1 hour of light, which means I need to stay close to home. It would be great if they'd put lights on the paved bicycle trails, but I doubt that's ever going to happen. I'll see if a LBS can let me try out one of their bike lights to see if it would solve my problem.

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Yep - Kristy Halvorsen. She's a big strong lady out of south Florida. I don't think she's been riding recumbents very long but she's already a force to contend with in cycling. I suspect we'll see her on RAAM soon.
What kind of recumbent was she riding? Are there recumbents made specially for racing?
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:04 AM   #27908
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Is that road open?
If it is open, I take it this is not a sanctioned event. Looks fast and scary.

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Y'all might enjoy this. This rider is from FL and flew out to LA to do some riding. One of the guys took the rider to his Thursday night crit that's kind of a local thing.

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Here 's a video I took with my GoPro while riding the Los Angeles Thursday night crit a couple weeks ago. It was a cold & rainy night, so only about 40 riders showed up whereas usually there are 80+ including a lot of local Pros. There were a couple pros there that night, as well as many other excellent riders. What's interesting is bents are welcomed there- very nice folks!

In this one you ride for 50 minutes, then 5 more laps (there's a blinking light on top of a parked car that flashes when 50 minutes are up)
We need something like this in SW FL!

The video is pretty enjoyable. Two of the riders mentioned are Rahaan Bahati and another is Justin Williams.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:28 PM   #27909
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Just saw that Surly makes an XXL Moonlander that I'd probably fit on better than any road bike, and have more fun with during mud season and winter.
They are fun! Like driving a monster truck fun. I LOVE my Mukluk, but it is not fast, or agile, or light, or, or ,or.......

They are fun though.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:48 PM   #27910
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Is that road open?
If it is open, I take it this is not a sanctioned event. Looks fast and scary.
It's simply a practice ride/event.... you might even call it an underground race that's a regular Thursday night event in Long Beach. Looks like a hell of an opportunity to ride with advanced riders all the way up to local pro's. If it were me, I'd be happy just hanging off the back, if that's even possible, and not get in anyone's way.

JV mentioned on the video is Jim Verheul - Jim holds the UMCA 24hr overall course record holder at 523.9 miles. That's just over 21 mph every hour for 24 hours straight.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:51 PM   #27911
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What kind of recumbent was she riding? Are there recumbents made specially for racing?
Kind of - it's a Bacchetta CA 2 - carbon stick-frame. Nothing too fancy - less than $5,000. Most CA 2 riders will run deeper wheels front, discs on the rear but I'm not sure what wheels she's using.

It's the same bike I use for my brevets. Nice, light (within reason), stiff.

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Old 03-26-2013, 12:57 PM   #27912
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Kind of - it's a Bacchetta CA 2 - carbon stick-frame. Nothing too fancy - less than $5,000. Most CA 2 riders will run deeper wheels front, discs on the rear but I'm not sure what wheels she's using.

It's the same bike I use for my brevets. Nice, light (within reason), stiff.
Odd looking thing. It almost makes it look like you're pedaling uphill.

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Old 03-26-2013, 01:04 PM   #27913
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3:46 on the road. Was only supposed to do 3:00 but since the Haymarket ride's only doing one lap these days, I'm gonna come up short on the day. This way, the hours will work out this week.

I did a loop down to Summerduck and back. Didya know that you can be riding into a sidewind from your left, turn right, and STILL have a sidewind?

Last 20-30min were the only time in the ride I had anything other than a really strong side- or head-wind for the entire farging ride.

Hopefully I didn't kill my legs for tomorrow nite. Something tells me that Sat took more out of me than I thought. Legs are somewhat less than stellar at the moment.

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Old 03-26-2013, 01:14 PM   #27914
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Odd looking thing. It almost makes it look like you're pedaling uphill.
The position takes only a bit of getting used to and then one day, you don't notice that your feet are a bit elevated. The rest is pure comfort. My hands, back, shoulders, etc don't hurt like they did when I rode a diamond-frame otherwise, I don't think I could do as much as 250 miles in a day. I'm just not that kind of rider.

This is pretty actually easy to understand. Other than comfort, the recumbent's main advantage is in aerodynamics. IMHO, unless it's purely uphill, one rider on a diamond-frame will be beaten by another rider on a recumbent assuming that they're matched physically.

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Old 03-26-2013, 02:07 PM   #27915
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Sad news in my neck of the woods.

Basically, a new toll road has been constructed the past few years around my town. As sections opened, bicyclists have used it for riding because it is only two lanes yet has huge shoulders, long sight lines, no intersections, gradual turns (long sight lines again), and relatively light traffic due to the road being built mainly for future anticipated growth and not current needs. However, the regional traffic authority has banned bicycles from the newest sections to open, or about 15-20 miles of the 30 mile total length.

The reasoning: the head of the board of the traffic authority says, "I will not let bicycles on the road until I know its safe."

I think this may get ugly. Even the head engineer said at the meeting that the road was designed and constructed with all federal regulations in mind, which include allowing bicycles. However, the regional authority is saying that by July the local bicycle club must come up with $60,000 for stripping the road and signs alerting other motorist Even then, it would only be on that one section of road that is allowed effective immediately.

Personally, I feel this is a blatant overstepping of their authority. Toll road or not, federal money is coming in, and with that all federal laws must be kept.
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