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Old 08-29-11, 06:06 AM   #1
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Gmsr???

This does not look good...A number of the roads on the various courses are flooded and bridges are out...

Irene has played havoc...Anyone heard anything yet??

And yes I know it's only Monday morning
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Old 08-29-11, 07:27 AM   #2
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I would imagine an e-mail will go out today. Roads aside, I can't imagine getting the support that is needed of the local police/townspeople when they're going to entirely preoccupied with everything that is happening.

We shall see...
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That is a very good point...

This race will be down the list of priorities...As it should be...First and foremost will be public safety...
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Old 08-29-11, 07:56 AM   #4
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here's a link to the current closures and other road conditions

http://511.vermont.gov/main.jsf
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Here's a link my wife found this morning....

Does not look good at all...I can not comprehend devastation like that....I've never had to deal with nature's fury...

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/a...text|FRONTPAGE
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FROM: The Green Mountain Stage Race
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Hello GMSR Competitor,

I am writing to update you about the 2011 Green Mountain Stage Race. As many of you know Vermont experienced significant flooding as a result of hurricane Irene. The Mad River Valley area was impacted by the flooding with 6+ inches of rain in 18 hours.

As the storm just passed early this morning we are only now able to get out and assess the road conditions. We are working with both the state Agency of Transportation and local road crews to determine the degree of damage and the projected repair schedule.

I know many of you are traveling from great distances to compete in this year‚s race. I will provide you with updated information about the event as soon as we have it.

While we would like nothing more than to put the event on, we will only do so if we can do it safely. At this point I plan to send out an e-mail this evening (Monday, August 29th) to update you on our plans for this year‚s race.

Thank you for your concern and positive thoughts.

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Thanks for the info
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I would say it's a definite maybe.

I think the race means a lot to everyone for a variety of reasons. Crews are working very hard already but it is a pretty good mess.

Our road is undercut more than 50% in spots - down to about 6 feet in width - supposed to re-open today though. These work crews are good.
http://www.youtube.com/patonbike#p/a/u/0/P-m6guYRGZ0

Lots of pics:

http://www.valleyreporter.com/index....4173&Itemid=38

The river rose like.. 30 feet in spots or something... I'm just guessing but it went from a meandering river to smashing against the side of bridges. Really crazy.
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FROM: The Green Mountain Stage Race
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Hello GMSR Competitor,

The subject line of this e-mail says it all. The race is on! There will be some changes as a result of the flooding, but we are planning for 4 days of racing.

Stage 1 will be on the Warren time trial course as planned. Stage 2 will be on the Hinesburg circuit race course that we raced on three years ago. Stage 3 will finish at the summit of the App Gap. The route getting to that finish will be different than in previous years but it will be a challenging course. Finally, Stage 4 will be run on the usual Burlington criterium course.

While central Vermont and the Mad River Valley have been impacted by flooding the host towns are excited to welcome racers back to the area for the 11th year and are working hard to be sure everything is ready for racing on Friday.

Thanks for your patience during the aftermath of the flooding. Look for an additional e-mail about the race once registration is closed.

We have extended registration until Wednesday at 10:00 AM. If you know of people who have not had power or have been waiting to find out if the race is on, please let them know that it is.

Looking forward to seeing you later this week.

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Yup!

Now to make sure our rental house in Warren is still standing, undamaged and accessible...

BTW anyone from the area here know if you can access route 100 off the I-89 through Waterbury?? I know the area was knee deep under water yesterday morning...
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Yes you can go down 100 from waterbury.. that is what everyone is going to have to do since Granville is pretty much shut down. Rochester, the town belowit, I think is basically a virtual island. Where about is the house?
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It's off of Lincoln Gap Rd...I believe first gravel road on the left after Rt. 100...The owner has confirmed that it's there, undamaged and has access...

We had debated on coming from the south or north, well before the storm, and decided on the northern route since I-90 across NY is a toll highway and we'd be faced with a lot of back road driving. Now it turns out it's basically are only option...

Still can't believe the race is a go, considering the photos and video I have seen...

Kind of feel guilty that we are taking people away from the efforts necessary to get people back on their feet...Or maybe the need for normalcy is what they need...Either way we're going to try and bring some stuff down with us to help....Water, food, etc....Gotta do something...
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you could check this out.. it is a lot to take in!
http://www.facebook.com/MRVpostIrene

maybe one of the best things you can do is just come and support the local businesses.

I'll be curious to see what the queen stage course will be like.
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you could check this out.. it is a lot to take in!
http://www.facebook.com/MRVpostIrene

maybe one of the best things you can do is just come and support the local businesses.

I'll be curious to see what the queen stage course will be like.
That we will do!
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any idea whether it's possible to get to the Sugarbush area by taking 17 through Bristol and Lincoln and over Lincoln Gap?
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I am not sure... asking around. Would you take the thruway to the free ferry @ Chimney Pt? my parents just asked if they could come through Rutland/Killington!

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I don't know that you can come that way. It's not clear if these are updated frequently enough to be reliable because I thought the new stage 2 is on Route 116, which is showing as closed on this map:

http://crisislanding.appspot.com/?cr...ooding_vermont
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Well they are saying there's a small detour around 116/17 that you can get through there (after all, the race will be going through that intersection on Saturday)...

I am not sure how getting to the ferry from the thruway will be.
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I don't know that you can come that way. It's not clear if these are updated frequently enough to be reliable because I thought the new stage 2 is on Route 116, which is showing as closed on this map:

http://crisislanding.appspot.com/?cr...ooding_vermont
we drove most of the circuit course last night. There was a detour @ the bottom of 17 (baby gap) that has some road repair - not sure the status. Was able to drive 116 to hollow road and then bottom of 17 to bristol on 116 so the only part we didn't see was 116 between 17 and hollow road.

The even if they repair the bottom section of baby gap, that descent during the circuit race will be tricky as the road surface isn't in great shape in spots (not from the floods). Please keep very alert on the way down.
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OK So if you find yourself with extra time not knowing what to do, if you go here:
http://www.facebook.com/MRVpostIrene

Check the events and just show up at any of the places needing assistance
http://www.facebook.com/MRVpostIrene?sk=events

For $$$ donations to help flood survivors, the general consensus seems to be
http://www.mrvcommunityfund.org/
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after the last email I am going to chance it and attempt to get there via VT-17 over App Gap. It's true that 511vt says that a large section of VT-17 is closed (too large to be detoured) but I am assuming that Gary knows something that is not being posted on 511vt.

My route will be:

NYSthruway/Northway to just above Glens Falls, 149 to Fort Ann, 4 to Fair Haven, 22A to 17 and hope for the best.
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oh that seems like a good idea. Let us know how that goes.

If anyone needs anything ... parts, bike stand, laundry (I dont have but can point in the right direction), let me know or we'll help figure it out. The bike store here is CLOSED sunday so you don't have a lot if you break crap Saturday morning/afternoon.
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the route turned out fine.

TT was tough. I felt strong, but my 16:26 was only good enough for 39th in the masters. The eventual winner started :30 behind me. Needless to say, I did see him at one point.

Stage 2 is far from here. They are telling us to drive over App Gap and up 116 to get there, but I think I am taking the long way up to I-89 instead because all of the morning races will be on 116 in that direction. Google says it's only 10 minutes longer.
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nice job. Thanks for the tips on that route also.

15:50 for me which is my best time, also put me 42nd out of 85 or something. I think I could knock 20 seconds off that if I gave it a harder effort. I almost was confused, with my vo2max efforts/tapering seeming to work, I still wasn't sure if I could hold XYZ watts on the climb but I think I could have gone a bit harder.

Today was a disaster, with tons of crashes in the final 5k or so. I managed to avoid them all . I moved up 2 places to 40th. Will be real curious to see how tomorrow goes. I'd like to try to be in the front 1/3 by the time we kick up the final 2.75 miles but it is tough to move position much at all once we get going. Even if not, I'll get up there, but I'm sure I could yield 30 seconds by not being in the front of the pack at the base of the climb. The run in to the climb will be tough I think (from 116, to Gore road I think).

I hate to say it but stages like today make me not really want to do this race.
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not as bad as my disaster. I got shelled on the first KOM and spent over two hours in the wind. I am going home.
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