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Old 09-20-09, 08:42 AM   #1
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Hats off to YMCA

Thanks for the water bottles and encouragement man.
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How was Sugarloaf? We missed you guys out at Swampman today. Needed more horsepower.
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i brought 72 bottles of water and 12 cokes to the feed zone
gave every single one away and now have more friends than I ever needed

the P123 only raced 100k, but guys were shellacked within an hour between the heat and constant gradient changes

wish I was racing, sort of...
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i'm still grateful to a guy, who i wasn't very fond of previously, who handed me a bottle filled with flat, cold coke right before i had to climb Mt. Wachusett, at Fitchburg, many, many moons ago.
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How was Sugarloaf? We missed you guys out at Swampman today. Needed more horsepower.
It felt like the worst day of my life. But I finished the damned thing.

I didn't even want to look at my bike today.
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The 'private' feeders at Everest really helped me. I don't want to know how much water I took on.
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The 'private' feeders at Everest really helped me. I don't want to know how much water I took on.
I wouldn't be surprised if you got a bottle of ice water from my wife at some point
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Ken, was YMCA the guy that gave me the coke and water after the race? If so thank you very much. That is the first coke (without anything else mixed in ) that I've had in several years. It was much appreciated. Also Ken, the support was awesome. Big thanks to your entire team.
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Sugar Loaf was the hardest race of the season for me. Under-hydrated, under-geared (39-21), and I wanted chuck my helmet by the second lap. The heat was getting unbearable.

If Ken (probably a different Ken) is on the board, I'd like to say thank you again. My front tire spontaneously deflated while standing at the start. I walked off the line ready to change my flat and have the race turn into a training ride. (can you even participate if you miss the neutral start?) A voice calls out, "hey you wanna use my wheel?" Hmm, ok. Awesome. Never met Ken before, but we traded wheels right there and I was still able to race.

I hit a new high speed of 52.7 mph without even pushing down the hill. That was intense. I did not know FL had hills steep enough/long enough to do that.
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I hit a new high speed of 52.7 mph without even pushing down the hill. That was intense. I did not know FL had hills steep enough/long enough to do that.

Tailwind days down Sugaroal are always above 50, whether you want to or not. I've hit 90kph (55-56mph) on it, but had to spin out and tuck, then spin out again at the bottom steepest part and tuck once more for top end.

I heard a lot of guys talking about hitting new max speeds down it. A friend hit 54mph and said he'd only been over 50 once.
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Ken, was YMCA the guy that gave me the coke and water after the race? If so thank you very much. That is the first coke (without anything else mixed in ) that I've had in several years. It was much appreciated. Also Ken, the support was awesome. Big thanks to your entire team.
I was in yellow shorts and no shirt/shoes.
Had a big yellow Flanders flag flying out the back of my truck.
Just trying to look Euro-redneck.

btw - you guys hear those guys doing rifle firing practice in their back yard field, just after the right hand turn onto Sugarloaf Road? Scaring the crap out of every city-boy on a bike as they pedaled by. Not on purpose or anything of course.
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I was in a yellow shirt and no shorts/shoes.
Had a big yellow Flanders flag flying out the back of my truck.
Just trying to look Euro-redneck.

btw - you guys hear those guys doing rifle firing practice in their back yard field, just after the right hand turn onto Sugarloaf Road? Scaring the crap out of every city-boy on a bike as they pedaled by. Not on purpose or anything of course.
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Old 09-21-09, 05:58 AM   #15
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This is tropical Florida for gosh sakes.

I wear a shirt and shoes on date night. Otherwise...
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I wear a shorts and shoes on date night. Otherwise...
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Ken, was YMCA the guy that gave me the coke and water after the race? If so thank you very much. That is the first coke (without anything else mixed in ) that I've had in several years. It was much appreciated. Also Ken, the support was awesome. Big thanks to your entire team.
That was Rob who handed you the coke. Congrats for finishing, that was not much fun, I can't wait for next year.

The "other" Ken was the sadist who organized it. He also organized the 80 mile single loop RR out that way a few months back. Seems like a nice guy, except when he puts together a race course..
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The "other" Ken was the sadist who organized it. He also organized the 80 mile single loop RR out that way a few months back. Seems like a nice guy, except when he puts together a race course..
He is a very nice guy.
Lives with his family in the house right next to the church parking lot.
Is an Orange County Sheriff, so has good pull to get these courses.
And a decent racer to boot, having raced since junior days.

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I crapped out after lap 3. No way in hell could I have gone on it was so hot. Tell you what though, I have never seen so many people say f-this and call it a day so early in the race... less than 20ish 3's completed the whole thing. I headed back to the feedzone (right across from the rifle range) and assumed water duties with a couple of people we knew.

My teammate managed 4 laps and someone tried to hand him a beer as he was nearing the finish line.

FTR- the 80 mile Lake County race was cake compared to this.
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I never saw so many fit, strong, good riders abandon a race before. At one point in my race a guy in my group abandoned the peleton, cut over across the center line, coasted straight to a spot of shade, dismounted, and simply sat down smack dab in the middle of the road shaking his head.

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P.S. The one time I looked, my speedo read 58 mph coming down that damn hill!
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Another Sugarloaf victim here. I was riding combined 35/45 + field (about 70 riders). Made it up Sugarloaf with the lead group twice, then got a massive cramp on the back side of the course trying to bridge a small gap. Had to get off and stretch and abandoned shortly after that. Even without the cramp I wouldn't have survived the heat for much longer--temp was about 92F and humidity about 50%.

My Garmin said 54.8 mph off Sugarloaf. Kudos to Kristen Losasso (women pro) who rode with us and came in about 4th or 5th overall.

Heat aside, a fantastic course. I haven't raced a lot in Florida, but it reminded me a lot of the famous Morgul Bismark course from when I used to race in Colorado.
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I never saw so many fit, strong, good riders abandon a race before. At one point in my race a guy in my group abandoned the peleton, cut over across the center line, coasted straight to a spot of shade, dismounted, and simply sat down smack dab in the middle of the road shaking his head.

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my speedo read 58 mph coming down that damn hill!
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Another Sugarloaf victim here. I was riding combined 35/45 + field (about 70 riders). Made it up Sugarloaf with the lead group twice, then got a massive cramp on the back side of the course trying to bridge a small gap. Had to get off and stretch and abandoned shortly after that.
Were you the guy lying in the grass that I gave two bottles of water to. There was a Sheriff talking to that person as well. Bad place to stop, not sure how he got going again. Right in the middle of short wall. Cramps don't allow for waitng a minute, eh?
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Were you the guy lying in the grass that I gave two bottles of water to. There was a Sheriff talking to that person as well. Bad place to stop, not sure how he got going again. Right in the middle of short wall. Cramps don't allow for waitng a minute, eh?
Nope -- wasn't me. Fortunately I suffered my humiliation alone. But if you were the ASV guy who was handing out water bottles to one and all, then you should receive the Sugarloaf Angel or Mercy Award (or something like that)
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But if you were the ASV guy who was handing out water bottles to one and all, then you should receive the Sugarloaf Angel or Mercy Award (or something like that)
I'll take cash
Somebody's gotta pay for all that water and more importantly my billable time
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