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Old 05-04-07, 09:30 AM   #1
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Rain and teh newbie....

I'm still at <5 races total.

The Tour of Washington (Missouri) is scheduled for this Sunday.

I'm registered, but the forecast is called for rain.

As a relative newb, should I just grin and bear it and run in the rain for the experience, or stay home and avoid the risk of getting swept up in a wreck?
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Old 05-04-07, 09:39 AM   #2
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One of my first races was at the Central Valley Classic last year where we did the RR in a complete downpour. It was actually worse than that because halfway through we started getting hail !
The RR was completely flat with wide open roads which made things a bit easier. What is the course like for your race? If the roads don't involve insanely twisty descents on bad pavement or roads with potholes, etc. then I would still go. Who knows? Maybe you will have a good time and do well. At the very least it will count towards your CAT5-4 upgrade. I'd prepare accordingly if you do go and get one of those clear rain jackets so you don't get soaked.
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The course is a "4.8 mile loop through rolling terrain."
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If it's rolling terrain I'd go do it. If the conditions are really bad (torrential downpour) you can always separate from the pack. Sometimes rollers can separate the pack anyways.
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Nothing wrong with rain. Unless it's predicted to be really, really cold, go for it.
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Jump early. Everyone will be really skittish. If its really bad just go out and to an ITT.
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