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Discussion in 'Racing' started by Stagehand, Feb 14, 2012.
I'm gonna throw my hat in the ring for this one. Airhead Rallye Team Unite!!!
There's two sides to that:
One bike every minute, so you aren't racing in a pack, it's pretty solo, so you're really running your own pace. It's only as fast as you want to go.
"As fast as you want to go" can be pretty f'in scary, I'll tell you that!
Sweet!! Stickers on the way!
Anders, you going to join us on the racer's side again for this one?
That's my plan. I have my entry info in the registration system already, and I'm working on collecting some early smiley faces.
Where is this system?
Stole this from eatpasta's noob racing thread... http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=541890
best one yet, probably
just curious how you guys deal with the nite stages and the roll chart holder. I know we don't have to look at it during the stage, but in between how do you lite it? I warn you I'll be asking lots of simpleton questions....so be nice.
Tape a glowstick on the side of your scroll reader.
Drop a few mini-glowsticks inside your scroll reader.
Momentary-on your high power head lamp (assumes you have one, obviously)
Strap a "regular" led headlamp to your forearm, or over your helmet down the the chin.
Google "led finger lights", you can pick them up for about $2 and they, well, strap to your finger.
Adapt a led night reader/bookmark thingy.
It's all only needed for the non-racing transits, so don't stress too much. :)
Trap a bunch of fireflies in a clear waterbottle and strap it to your back. At the end release the fireflies and recycle the bottle to offset your carbon footprint.
how about this?
Once nice thing about the NASA rallies is they tend to re-use some of the stages so, some of the transits are repeats of ones you did during daylight. I bring along a GPS that lays down a track line which I can follow if the transit is a repeat. Just make sure that is where you are supposed to be going! Some times a transit might start out the same but then make a turn down a different road. Doesn't work all the time since you will sometimes have a new transit at night but at least for the known ones you have a track to follow. Anders may say in his FAQ that a GPS is of no help but I tend to disagree. I don't recommend looking at it on the special but it is nice on the transit, also I like having the track data to look at afterwards for top speed, average speed etc.
Last year at RWV the all of the special stages took place on the same road. We swapped directions and they added/removed a bit in the middle of the special but the start/finish points where the same. We did the same transit many times last year so after a couple of times you could easily do it by memory. Of course I suspect they will have more roads for this years RWV.
Since they give you a lot of time on the transits you could also wait for the rider behind you to finish and ride the transit together. Or, if you are the last rider on the stage, make friends with whoever is before you on the stage and see if they will wait at the end of the special. Last year I helped out Jim Heyder since he was having serious electrical issues on the bike and I felt like being a nice guy and not letting him get stranded out on the transit. While we have a lot of fun competing against each other nobody wants the difference to be due to someone getting lost on the transit.
Once again, keep in mind they really do give you ample time to ride the transit. Even if you have a small flashlight in your tank bag you could turn it on, make note of the mileage to the next turn and when you get there stop, pull it out again, make a note and so on. Sure, will add a lot of time to your transit but not as much as getting lost. Also, keep in mind that for every minute you check in late it is only a 10 second penalty so if you do loose a few extra minutes on the transit it likely isn't enough to make a difference in your standings as usually everybody is spread out by a few minutes at the end.
Hmm... I feel like I am rambling, guess I am just getting excited for this one as it will be my first repeat event and my first chance to measure any improvement
Clip on ball cap light....
And it may provide enough light when your headlight burns out on stage. DAMHIK :eek1
Ed you spend TOO MUCH time on the Internet!
1 min tops
I mounted up the LED bicycle lights that came with my flashing red lights required for night stages. About $12 at Meijer/Wal-Mart. They converge at the bars and spread out as they go further so they work well enough to finish a stage if the headlight goes...just not very quickly. These are lighter than most little flashlights so you can't even feel them. They slide on and off the included rails easily to throw on in a few seconds.