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    Tour of the Catskills

    Who's doing it and which category? I'm planning on racing the 1/2 with a few of my teammates. I just upgraded to 2's about a month ago, and looking at the pre-reg list and course descriptions it looks like I'm in for quite a race.

    Any advice from those who have already done it is appreciated.

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    why yes you are in for quite a race....GOOD LUCK!

    I will ask Patrick my teammate. He has done it a few times.

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    Oh boy! That's a fun one...Bring your climbing legs
    "On the other hand riding down a hill at 55 MPH wearing (essentially) women's underwear and a Styrofoam cup on your head is the epitome of rational life-extending decisions." - RacerEx

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoboIsGod View Post
    Who's doing it and which category? I'm planning on racing the 1/2 with a few of my teammates. I just upgraded to 2's about a month ago, and looking at the pre-reg list and course descriptions it looks like I'm in for quite a race.

    Any advice from those who have already done it is appreciated.
    do you have a cassette with a 32t cog?

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    i did it a few years ago. it was the highlight of my season back then. i'm not that strong but still managed some top 20s (in the 4s) which i was really happy with. but it's a really, really hard race. devil's kitchen is the hardest climb i've ever done. and the third stage that year was actually harder as a stage than stage two was. it's a good race, but just prepare yourself for what you're in for. i won't be making it this year because I can't afford it, but i wish i could!

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    did it last year.. definitely a climber's race

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    I'll be there in the 4s. For anyone who did it last year, they swapped stage 2 & 3 this year (2 is Airport Road now, 3 is Platte Clove). Also the course is harder this year than last, because stage 2 has a long (30 minute) stairsteppy climb back in that was out last year due to road construction.
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    Dang, this sounds like it will be tough. I'm running a standard crank (53/39) and am planning on using an 11-28 cassette. You think that will be enough?

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    get a compact.

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    was in. now am out due to crash today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoboIsGod View Post
    Dang, this sounds like it will be tough. I'm running a standard crank (53/39) and am planning on using an 11-28 cassette. You think that will be enough?
    depends on your cadence preference. long stretches of 12% (at least a mile) means that most will be going at 7-8mph. 34/26t is "even" in the sense that 7mph is ~70rpm

    if you have a PM, you can probably estimate how much you can put out and the associated speed.

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    I used a 32 last year and even that felt tough. the 12% sections have a lot of 20% ramps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
    was in. now am out due to crash today.
    Boo! What happened? [edit] I read your post about the crash in the other thread. I'm glad you're not too badly banged up, get well soon!

    I ran 34/25 last year and am going with 34/28 this time. For me, at least, Airport Road and Platte Clove are climbs where success equals just surviving.
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    I'll be in the 4s. I'm running a compact with an 11-28. I'm not investing in new equipment just for this race, but I know guys going to compacts with 32s.
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    Bahhhh. Maybe I'll see if I can snag a long cage derailleur and cassette for the race.

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    I've used a 32T cassette with a normal cage 7900 RD

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