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newjunior 12-03-13 01:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Beaker (Post 16284652)
Fremont is pretty much guaranteed ice-free. Early bird road race.....not so much.

I live in fremont and most days I ride with nothing but warmers shorts jersey and a base layer. Not necessarily in that order.

Racer Ex 12-03-13 04:07 AM

You guys need to HTFU. Why, back in my day...

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/si/dam/asse...-image-cut.jpg

LtDan 12-05-13 12:52 PM

Used to race Norcal many years ago. Got a question. The Dunnigan road races started going west up the hill and then south. There was an area before the downhill the road was literally ground up to a gravel road. It was nasty with gravel and loose pavement. Did they ever fix that stretch of road?

Racer Ex 12-05-13 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by LtDan (Post 16303844)
Used to race Norcal many years ago. Got a question. The Dunnigan road races started going west up the hill and then south. There was an area before the downhill the road was literally ground up to a gravel road. It was nasty with gravel and loose pavement. Did they ever fix that stretch of road?

You realize you're asking about road conditions 8 months before the race?

I did it two years ago and don't remember a gravel section, but then the crop dusters were spraying us, it was stupidly hot, and I quit after 1.5 laps because the air quality was horrible.

hack 12-05-13 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Racer Ex (Post 16303961)
You realize you're asking about road conditions 8 months before the race?

I did it two years ago and don't remember a gravel section, but then the crop dusters were spraying us, it was stupidly hot, and I quit after 1.5 laps because the air quality was horrible.

Raced it this past year, I dont remember any gravel. I don't remember going west up a hill and then turning south either. The only real turns to the south were after coming out of the hills heading east or at the very start of the race, but in the flats. Route may be different now.

caloso 12-05-13 05:03 PM

Dunnigan has been clockwise for as long as I remember. And while the road surface is crappy in places (it is a VeloPromo race after all), I don't recall any gravel. Are you possibly thinking of Leesville Gap?

LtDan 12-06-13 07:09 PM

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Originally Posted by caloso (Post 16304674)
Dunnigan has been clockwise for as long as I remember. And while the road surface is crappy in places (it is a VeloPromo race after all), I don't recall any gravel. Are you possibly thinking of Leesville Gap?

We used to park at the trailer park and ride out to the start and would go counterclockwise going west then south then turn east and returning up the I-5 frontage north back to Dunnigan. Of course, that was a Leibold race. One of our juniors (Team City) crashed and was hit by a pedal over his ear and if it wasn't a Mom following the group who called 911 and stopped to help him till and ambulance from Woodland took him for stitches, it might have been pretty bad for Manny... Of course this was in the early nineties.....

mattm 12-16-13 01:08 PM

Good article about the Early Bird series: http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/page/t...4#.Uq50iY29Kc0

It's comin up soon!!

Jandro 12-16-13 02:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Beaker (Post 16295898)
But it's not Patterson Pass!

Yeah yeah. Patterson* road race.

aaronmcd 12-31-13 02:11 PM

I got online to register for the Early Birds, and noticed they have "Cat 5 under 30" and "cat 5 30+".

Well... I'm 29, so racing age will be 30. Not sure if it matters which one I sign up for? Anyone know?

hack 12-31-13 02:25 PM

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Originally Posted by aaronmcd (Post 16370737)
I got online to register for the Early Birds, and noticed they have "Cat 5 under 30" and "cat 5 30+".

Well... I'm 29, so racing age will be 30. Not sure if it matters which one I sign up for? Anyone know?

Go for 30+. They'll base it on racing age. If there is an issue, they can address it day of. If you have your racing license for 2014 it will only display your racing age (30).

If you do all the early birds, you should be done with 5's, right?

aaronmcd 12-31-13 02:30 PM

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Originally Posted by hack (Post 16370786)
Go for 30+. They'll base it on racing age. If there is an issue, they can address it day of. If you have your racing license for 2014 it will only display your racing age (30).

If you do all the early birds, you should be done with 5's, right?

Yep! Then I'll have to start placing haha.

hack 12-31-13 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by aaronmcd (Post 16370800)
Yep! Then I'll have to start placing haha.

Nice, I found the transition to be pretty easy. Similar speeds, a slightly tigher pack, breaks still don't stick, and races are maybe 5-10 minutes longer. Sit in, work a bit, then sprint.

aaronmcd 12-31-13 07:16 PM

Yep, they emailed back and said 30+. But that means I can do both training races if I want :)

Beaker 12-31-13 09:53 PM

Yeah, I jumped in with the U30 group a couple of years back as a spry 40 yr old. No one seemed too concerned at reg since the "results" aren't recorded.

hack 01-22-14 10:52 PM

Been down and out sick this week, so bored and thinking about racing and watching countless race videos.

Who all is coming out to Cal Aggie on Saturday?

edit: at least the Tour Down Under is on the TV.

mattm 01-23-14 12:00 AM

I'll be there! Excited to do a real race.

Also been enjoying the tdu, finally bike racing is back on tv!!

cmh 01-23-14 12:05 AM

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Originally Posted by hack (Post 16433538)

edit: at least the Tour Down Under is on the TV.

What channel? thx

hack 01-23-14 12:10 AM

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Originally Posted by cmh (Post 16433607)
What channel? thx

NBC Sports...not sure if all carriers offer that channel though.

veloboy971 01-23-14 07:27 AM

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Originally Posted by mattm (Post 16433604)
Also been enjoying the tdu, finally bike racing is back on tv!!

Same here! but wishing San Luis had better coverage, one of my peeps is tearing it up down there!

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Originally Posted by hack (Post 16433613)
NBC Sports...not sure if all carriers offer that channel though.

If you're into torrenting, cyclingtorrents.nl is awesome :thumb:. Usually HD coverage uploaded everyday with commercials stripped out. Only downside is you have to be forward thinking and download it before you want to watch it ;)

save10 01-23-14 09:35 AM

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Originally Posted by hack (Post 16433538)

Who all is coming out to Cal Aggie on Saturday?
.

my first race will be RK 1. x 2 starts

also doing interval workouts on the trainer at night is getting really old right now

hack 01-23-14 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by save10 (Post 16434253)
my first race will be RK 1. x 2 starts

also doing interval workouts on the trainer at night is getting really old right now

Nice.

Are you familiar with the route/course? I wasn't, so I drove it on Sunday on my way home from early bird. It isn't too bad, a bit of a climb coming in to the finish, but nothing too extreme. The only part that may be problematic is the turn into the finish/bump. It's pretty tight, off camber, with a steep drop down a shoulder and barb wired fence on either side. I imagine people will be gearing up pretty hard coming into the turn as there is about 300m to the finish from there. People may be strung out a bit though from the climb coming in to that turn though.

cmh 01-23-14 11:31 AM

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Originally Posted by hack (Post 16433613)
NBC Sports...not sure if all carriers offer that channel though.

Thanks - I think I get NBC Sports.

mattm 01-23-14 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by hack (Post 16434427)
Nice.

Are you familiar with the route/course? I wasn't, so I drove it on Sunday on my way home from early bird. It isn't too bad, a bit of a climb coming in to the finish, but nothing too extreme. The only part that may be problematic is the turn into the finish/bump. It's pretty tight, off camber, with a steep drop down a shoulder and barb wired fence on either side. I imagine people will be gearing up pretty hard coming into the turn as there is about 300m to the finish from there. People may be strung out a bit though from the climb coming in to that turn though.

Yeah it's the backside of the Wente RR course from what I can tell - luckily the easy part!!

So the finish is on the top of the "bump"?

hyperlitenerd 01-23-14 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by mattm (Post 16434766)
Yeah it's the backside of the Wente RR course from what I can tell - luckily the easy part!!

So the finish is on the top of the "bump"?

Thats what it would seem like. It is a good steep kicker. Hopefully they open up that stretch of road for the finish. If not you will need to be top 5 through the corner to not get boxed out.

Ends shortly after patterson and cross roads
route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3951556


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