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Old 09-03-07, 07:21 AM   #1
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my first race, EVER!!!!
I 'm pretty frickin excited, but I have a head cold right now, kind of sucks. I did an 80 mile ride yesterday, today it'll probably be 45 with sprints, and tomorrow I'm going to put in a hard effort, over-unders maybe, day after that (Wed) I'm going to do a 10 mi RR thursday another hard effort, friday off and saturday a short ride with sprints, then Sunday its on
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Old 09-03-07, 08:32 AM   #2
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I would take Thursday REALLY easy or off, and I would most assuredly ride on Friday. A light ride with one or two efforts thrown in.
Good luck my man, do well and then plan to race the Twilight crits in Greenville in Oct.
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my first race, EVER!!!!
I 'm pretty frickin excited, but I have a head cold right now, kind of sucks. I did an 80 mile ride yesterday, today it'll probably be 45 with sprints, and tomorrow I'm going to put in a hard effort, over-unders maybe, day after that (Wed) I'm going to do a 10 mi RR thursday another hard effort, friday off and saturday a short ride with sprints, then Sunday its on
enjoy your period of over-reaching. burnout is fun.
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Old 09-03-07, 02:22 PM   #4
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overreaching BS.... you have no idea how much I ride this is a taper
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Old 09-03-07, 02:32 PM   #5
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overreaching BS.... you have no idea how much I ride this is a taper
If that's your truly your taper, I expect we'll be seeing a win from you eh?

After a long RR on both of the last Saturdays, and two crits on Tuesday (3/4 and 1/2/3), a long ride in the mountains on Thursday and an organized century (read: quasi-race) today I'm DONE. The legs are baked, deep fried, and served with ketchup. Not to mention the taint.

My taper will consist of a couple easy sprint days, but mostly beer and naptime.

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whatever you say jack.

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you have no idea how much I ride
the proof is in the pudding.

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this is a taper
we'll see hotshot.


btw - no need to reply & pm at the same time. guess you're a little irritable. typical symptom of over-training.
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Old 09-03-07, 02:45 PM   #7
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whatver you say jack.

btw - no need to reply & pm at the same time. guess you're a little irritable. typical symptom of over-training.
He needs a little of the Snuffleupagus brand taper
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Old 09-03-07, 05:21 PM   #8
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my first race, EVER!!!!
I 'm pretty frickin excited, but I have a head cold right now, kind of sucks. I did an 80 mile ride yesterday, today it'll probably be 45 with sprints, and tomorrow I'm going to put in a hard effort, over-unders maybe, day after that (Wed) I'm going to do a 10 mi RR thursday another hard effort, friday off and saturday a short ride with sprints, then Sunday its on
Lotta hard efforts real close to race. Good luck.
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Old 09-04-07, 08:44 AM   #9
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overreaching BS.... you have no idea how much I ride this is a taper
You are going to be spit off the back.
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Old 09-04-07, 10:43 AM   #10
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Be confident but not so cocky. That's a tough little crit course, narrow with one semi-nasty hill. It's fun though.
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Old 09-04-07, 10:58 AM   #11
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I think I am going to take a ride down there this weekend to race.

acape how would you quantify the nastiness of the hill? Is it short and steep or long and shallow? Big ring or small ring? 12-21 gearing good enough for it?
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I think I am going to take a ride down there this weekend to race.

acape how would you quantify the nastiness of the hill? Is it short and steep or long and shallow? Big ring or small ring? 12-21 gearing good enough for it?

I've only raced the course once. The hill is by no means a killer, I'd say 1/4 mile or shorter, and not overly steep either. What I thought made it tough was that it came almost immediately following a 90-degree corner and I seem to recall the first upward pitch (20 yards or so) being pretty steep, so you don't have much momentum going into it.

I did drop to my small ring, but only because I tend to spin better that way and would prefer to have the option to go lower if I had to slow down for some reason. Most guys I think hammered it in the big ring.
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Old 09-04-07, 12:24 PM   #13
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are botto and Dr. Pete the same person?
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Old 09-04-07, 02:34 PM   #14
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I think I am going to take a ride down there this weekend to race.

acape how would you quantify the nastiness of the hill? Is it short and steep or long and shallow? Big ring or small ring? 12-21 gearing good enough for it?
53/17 was the lowest I used I think...MAYBE my 19.
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Old 09-04-07, 05:22 PM   #15
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That hill's a joke. It's less than the one Northbound on Main St. heading away from downtown, just before Hokie House. Even so, be at the front- a lot of guys go backwards on it.

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Old 09-04-07, 07:37 PM   #16
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Jeffrey, best of luck man. I hope your first race goes better than mine did.

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Old 09-04-07, 09:12 PM   #17
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I will be there for the cat 4 race. Also I just found out today that the Tour of the Oaks in Elon is on for Saturday. So I'll be doing that too, hoping to get the result I need to cat up.
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Also I just found out today that the Tour of the Oaks in Elon is on for Saturday. So I'll be doing that too, hoping to get the result I need to cat up.

Where is it going to be held? Ace like last year, or will it be an 'acutal' downtown crit in Elon? How 'bout prereg?
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thankfully it will actually be in Elon this year. don't think there's any online prereg, but no one seems to know about it anyway.
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thankfully it will actually be in Elon this year. don't think there's any online prereg, but no one seems to know about it anyway.
http://members.tmug.org/cchapman/toto/toto.html
Including, apparently, the mayor, Jerry Tolley.

I just got word that Tour of the Oaks, to have taken place in Elon tomorrow is not going to happen because the mayor just found out about it today.

FYI. Thought I might save some of you a trip.
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Including, apparently, the mayor, Jerry Tolley.

I just got word that Tour of the Oaks, to have taken place in Elon tomorrow is not going to happen because the mayor just found out about it today.

FYI. Thought I might save some of you a trip.
Well it may be too late for people now, but I found out late last night that it's moved to ACE, same schedule.
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Old 09-10-07, 06:47 AM   #22
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Thanks to everybody who did come out. We (Franklin Street Cycles- we hosted the race) didn't have quite the turnout we would have liked due to a number of factors, but we put in a long day running the races, so we were glad to have everybody who did show. Next year we're going to try to put something on in Chapel Hill or pretty much anywhere other than Elon.

[EDIT] This post is in regard to TOTO/Ace.

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Old 09-10-07, 07:54 AM   #23
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The Carolina Cup course was definitely a nice course. I enjoyed it. Very fast with some nice sweeping turns. I can't believe the Pro/1/2 race was two hours There is no way I could have ridden that track for two hours straight!
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So how'd you guys do?

In retrospect, I shouldn't have nancy-boy'ed out...but meh...
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So how'd you guys do?

In retrospect, I shouldn't have nancy-boy'ed out...but meh...
See my report here: Race Report - Note to self...listen for the bell

I was really disappointed on one hand, but on the other, felt good that I might have had a shot at a win had I not been a total idiot.
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