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Old 04-03-07, 05:43 PM   #1
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Fingers on the BikeReg Triggers, everyone... Poolesvile RR opens in 10 minutes!

I'm gonna get so freakin' smoked in this race, but what the hell.

Anyway, registration opens at 8. This one has potential to go really fast...

Oops... I meant "fingers on the bikereg triggers..."
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I'm gonna get so freakin' smoked in this race, but what the hell.

Anyway, registration opens at 8. This one has potential to go really fast...
The Race...or the Registration...
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The Race...or the Registration...
Both.
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i didnt screw around on this one. combined 4/5 should go quick since the individual fields fill up super fast at the other races.
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Old 04-03-07, 05:59 PM   #6
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Thanks for fixing the title--I got all excited and what not.
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....AAAAAND the men's 4/5 is closed. 7 minutes.
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DAMN see my thread about DC races filling fast. competitive city
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That's not even funny. What that means to me is that they're not charging enough money.

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they could probably start doing two 5s races at some of these events if they had the time.
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Old 04-03-07, 06:32 PM   #11
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That's not even funny. What that means to me is that they're not charging enough money.

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I think $28 is plenty

The field size limit is 75 for all races, so that's part of the problem. Great race... can't wait.
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I cant understand why this race fills up so fast. I ride in that area daily and avoid two of those crappy roads on purpose - hate Westerly Road, and only ride that gravel section if I really have to take a nature break. That being said, I'm in for the 3/4, but if it wasnt so close to home and the team into doing poolesville this year, I'd be heading up to PA for the Turkey Hill RR - better (and harder) race IMO.

Roads are far too narrow for field sizes >75, it wont get permitted for larger field sizes.
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id say part of the reason it filled up so fast is because all these other races are filling up so fast. combine that with the race being 4/5 there just arent enough races for the demand in the immediate area.
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I think part of the reason it fills so fast is because it IS on crappy roads--kind of a Paris-Roubaix phenomenon on a smaller and more insignificant scale. After all, we all have some psychopathology that makes us enjoy suffering on our bikes, so I guess it's no surprise.
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I'm curious...what kind of race is this? The long and hilly RR's and the two big stage races are the ones that usually fill up fast here in New England. (Just trying to get a sense of the racing scene in the DC area since I may be moving there next summer...) Does the 3 and Masters races fill fast too?
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It's a rolling course, with relatively rough roads and 1.4mi of hardpack dirt road per 10-mile lap. Not sure on the elevation stats, etc. The 4/5 race is 42mi, 3/4 is 53, and P/1/2/3 is 74 IIRC...

The 3/4 didn't fill up quite as fast-- 3 hours into it there are 51 riders in the 3/4 field, 8 in the masters, and 11 in P/1/2/3.
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Did you get in the race Pete?
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Did you get in the race Pete?
I did... I felt like I was sniping on ebay or something.
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^^^^^

haha thats what I felt like too!
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I'm curious...what kind of race is this? The long and hilly RR's and the two big stage races are the ones that usually fill up fast here in New England. (Just trying to get a sense of the racing scene in the DC area since I may be moving there next summer...) Does the 3 and Masters races fill fast too?
It's a road race. In DC area, which is MABRA, there arent alot of road races. It's a pretty congested area and it's difficult to get them permitted, so RRs tend to fill up quickly. For both RRs and crits, the Cat 4 and 5 fields fill up in less than 30 minutes for the earlier season races, say pre-june. There are ALOT of Cat 4s in this area. Cat 3 and masters, not nearly as fast unless the promoting club decides to combine fields. If a Cat 3/4 combined field, you've to be quick to register as it'll fill up after the Cat 4 or 4/5 field does. Masters, MABRA has 30+ and 40+ categories as opposed to 35+ and 45+. If it's a combined 30/40+ race, it'll fill up pretty fast, but not so much of they're split.

All promoting clubs have been looking for ways to give everyone who wants to compete a chance, but with so many 4s and 5s, and a growing contingent of 3s, it's tough, especially with time constraints and when you face public scorn if you were to add another Cat 4 or 5 race at the expense of Junior races or multiple women's races (neither of which fill up).
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I did... I felt like I was sniping on ebay or something.
which one? 4/5, 3/4, or 1/2/3?
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This race has built up a local spring classic type status. I'd love to do it but it conflicts with the Highland Rim race, a true test of mountain fitness
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which one? 4/5, 3/4, or 1/2/3?
The 4/5. I'll let the 5's kill themselves up front and save my big a$$ for the field sprint.
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The 4/5. I'll let the 5's kill themselves up front and save my big a$$ for the field sprint.
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The 4/5. I'll let the 5's kill themselves up front and save my big a$$ for the field sprint.
Poolesville rarely ends in a field sprint - at least a sprint for 1st. Also, oddly enough, the gravel section rarely has a role in determining who wins the race, it only seems to have a role in who doesnt (flat tires and crashes on the turn in). Roads are narrow, so a small group can fly the coup. That's it, no more free pointers on Poolesville from me, but there lots more that can be had for a fee.
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