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Old 02-18-06, 06:59 AM   #1
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Mentor - Maysville KY race, anyone doing it?

There is a race tomorrow starting in Mentor Kentucky and going to Maysville Kentucky. 70 miles cats 1 - 4 and 40 miles for cat 5's. The weather looks like it is going to be a little less than ideal. At start time it is supposed to be about 23 degrees (real feel of 18).

Is anyone here planning on doing the race?
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There is a race tomorrow starting in Mentor Kentucky and going to Maysville Kentucky. 70 miles cats 1 - 4 and 40 miles for cat 5's. The weather looks like it is going to be a little less than ideal. At start time it is supposed to be about 23 degrees (real feel of 18).

Is anyone here planning on doing the race?
It has been cancelled due to snow.
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Thanks for letting me know, saves me a lot of driving.
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Seriously?

Schabobele is today, and I was on the fence about going to it, but with the snow and low-temps, I decided that my time would be better spent on the rollers. Those roads are treacherous enough without a bunch of snow and crud on 'em.

Per the website, it looks like it'll be rescheduled for next weekend.

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Old 02-26-06, 12:46 PM   #5
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Schabobele was absolutely brutal, if anyone wants to know. But it was brutal in a good way, if that makes any sense. All I want to do now is just sit on my ass all day, but I won't allow it. However, the thought of going out for a cruise, or even the rollers, is something that seems inconceivable.

Good times though.
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Brutal how? I'm curious. Looking for races in the area, especially Cincinnati during the Summer months.
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Do tell! Love to hear tales of glory and misery from Schabob!

I passed up yesterday's madness for a hilly (7400 feet!) century in SE Ohio. Based on how much I suffered on that, passing on the race was a really, really good idea.
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I actually traveled out to Cinci from Athens last weekend only to have that race cancelled on me. That race today must have been really cold, since I was in Indiana doing a Collegiate race and it was 17 degrees out when the crit started. Anyway, I came back out of the race with a frozen water bottle, which was mixed with drink powder. I didn't expect that!
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The Schabobele course is extremely hilly. I've heard it described as little more than a pain-fest. After driving around it, I can certainly believe that. I was directing traffic at corner #3 at the top of "the toaster", and even the cat 1/2 guys were hurting after riding up that hill. The thing that was extra bad about this race is that once you got to the top of a hill, there was a nasty wind waiting for you. It wasn't TOO cold, but the temperature was dropping through the 40s and the wind was increasing as the day went on.

Here's the pictures I took from that corner: http://homepage.mac.com/jjakucyk/schabobele/index.html While I didn't take any of the hill itself, you can see how the road drops off on the left. Did I get some pics of you, Doctor Who?
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The Schabobele course is extremely hilly. I've heard it described as little more than a pain-fest. After driving around it, I can certainly believe that. I was directing traffic at corner #3 at the top of "the toaster", and even the cat 1/2 guys were hurting after riding up that hill. The thing that was extra bad about this race is that once you got to the top of a hill, there was a nasty wind waiting for you. It wasn't TOO cold, but the temperature was dropping through the 40s and the wind was increasing as the day went on.

Here's the pictures I took from that corner: http://homepage.mac.com/jjakucyk/schabobele/index.html While I didn't take any of the hill itself, you can see how the road drops off on the left. Did I get some pics of you, Doctor Who?
I was trying to figure out where you were taking the pictures from, and after looking at the expression on my face, I realized that it was after one of the climbs. Knowing now that it was after "The Toaster", explains the look of confusion, anguish and agony on my face. I was surpriseed that I was the only person to roll on a CX bike. The gearing came in especially handy, but the handling on the descents left a little to be desired. With the roads as dirty as they were, I'm also glad that I just didn't crash.




As for the race, the entire field of riders splintered after the first lap. I rode solo for 35 miles of the 46 mile race, and if I happened upon another rider, they were trying to fix a flat tire or sitting on the side of the road trying to collect their wits and breath. It was funny - after each lap, there'd be more and more riders who'd decided to DNF the race, for whatever reason. I was half-tempted to pack it in, but I stuck it through and eventually came in 7th in the 4's. Whatever. I just wanted to finish the damn thing.

The hardest part of the race isn't the constant climbing or the brutality that is "The Toaster", but rather the fact that at every lap, I would pass by my car and think of the bottle of water and bag of pretzels that was sitting in the trunk. After running out of water/Gatorade at around mile 35 and pretty parched at that point, I was dying to just open my car up, grab a pretzel and head back out. But I didn't, 'cause I'm hardcore like that. Also, the wind was particularly bad. With the front moving in, the wind from the east constantly knocked my speed down and just made me work doubly hard when I should've rested my legs a bit.

If I'm living around here next year, I'll tear up Schabobele again. But first I'll have to forget this year.

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