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Old 05-08-14, 02:47 PM   #51
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David, I'm in, pending marital approval. We've got this new place in South Haven, MI, which by July might be consuming a lot of our time...
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Holy cow....my library has the book! I am shocked.
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David, I'm in, pending marital approval. We've got this new place in South Haven, MI, which by July might be consuming a lot of our time...
Great.

I have been waiting for cirque to finish before promoting this event more. I'll do a hard push after up until the start of June. Then I'll need harder commitments.
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I'm definitely in if Robbie is in, and I'm prettying sure he is.
Retired a week ago yesterday, have been putting in some big miles each week and developed some Secret Gearing for my ride!
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Saw this story mentioned on the Classic Rendezvous list this morning: Gino Bartali: The cyclist who saved Jews in wartime Italy
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Beat me to it. Nice article. Bartali reminded me of a gent I knew.
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With only 2 months out, are you looking for an event in the Midwest on July 19/20 with a bunch of other vintage bicycle enthusiasts? Look no further my friend.

Not as classy as Cirque or BAMF, but we make it up with panache and chutzpah. Friday night we celebrate Saint* Gino’s 100th birthday. Homemade gravy and pasta and other treats. Refreshments. The great company of people who love bicycles.

Saturday we ride in the great Midwest cyclist mecca called the driftless area. Chicago’s failed Olympic plans had the road race going through here. And at the halfway point, a brewery tour of one of the finest microbrews Wisconsin has to offer.

Of course at the end of the ride there will be grilled bratwurst, grilled corn, refreshments, and other delights. Yak it up with the other bike nuts. Look at bikes. Pick your favorite and in addition to a people’s choice award, there will be the first ever (as far as I know and I don’t know much) Varsity class award, best low-end bike.

And if you have bike treasures to unload on some discerning collector, bring it along, there will be plenty in attendance.

Pictures of the route: Centenario Bartali Ride

Pictures of the venue: Centenario Bartali Food

Pictures of some of the swag just for attending: Centenario Bartali Show

More info: Centenario Bartali

More pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/681231...7640638185174/

And all for only $60/rider. But you need to register by Saturday, June 7. How? Email me, just that simple.




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I would call the Varsity Class award something like The Plebeian Prize. I think that is a good idea to have a common mans' award.
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Nah, I'll stick with Varsity for now. Everyone knows it is a boat anchor, and if someone wants to rock a boat anchor, that's cool.

I thought about Huffy, but there were some fine bikes branded Huffy. No need for confusion.
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Man, this is going to be SO MUCH FUN!
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Considering how we Merckxed the young folk in Lynchburg, could be fun. I'll see if I can track down the kid with the Surly, His name was Ted, 23 years old, a steel nut. I have wife approval, need to get work approval, and that's it. Maybe I'll bring my new bike.
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Will be there with the new custom rig and something else more vintagish (gotta decide what). This will be fantastic.
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(gotta decide what).
Why stop at one?

Bring them all!!! Hire a u-haul. We want to see them.
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You realize, of course, that with this ride being TWO MONTHS away, that phrase could take on a whole new meaning.

Possibly multiple times...
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I failed to mention, on either May 31 or June 1, depending on weather, I will pre-ride the route to check it out. If interested in joining, shoot me a message and I'll fill you in on details.
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A 60 mile long roller coaster, sweepers, gorgeous scenery and no traffic. If on the fence, I highly recommend to contact the host asap.

iab: The scout route was terrific! Thanks again for the invite. Time to grab a Spotted Cow and chill
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Nice day for a ride yesterday, pictures can be seen here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/681231...7644544711937/

The ride was a little tough on a few riders. 2 routes will be made available in July. The alternative will be 7 miles shorter and eliminates 4 significant hills.

Last chance to sign up is Sunday June 8. Contact me if you are interested.
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I'm ready. Figure if I can climb Thunder Ridge I can manage just about anything. Plus found a period correct 48/34 (or 28) crankset for the Faema.

Bring it on!
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If you are in good shape, it shouldn't be a problem. I purposely never dropped below 49 gear inches yesterday as my bailout in July will be 47 gear inches.
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Now wouldn't this be fitting
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Nice route photos Lab. Wish I was closer, I'd really like riding that route
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48 hours people. Last chance. Registration closes Sunday night, 7pm cdst.
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Man, I am so excited about this ride!
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I'm sure that most of you are but, for anyone who's not familiar, Bartali was the chief rival to Coppi. We'll never know how good he really was, as WWII interrupted the prime of his career (he won the TDF in 1938 and 1948).

Perhaps more importantly, he was known for having saved the lives of many Jews during the war, by smuggling forged documents in the seat tube of his bicycle. His fame (and military assignment as a bicycle courier) gave him the ability to ride past checkpoints in the Tuscan countryside and to deliver the documents where they were needed.

If this interests you at all, I highly recommend:
On the subject of Road to Valor............

Bicycling to Amersfoort: A World War II Memoir - Robert Graef - Google Books

and

Maine woman resisted the Nazis on beat-up old bicycle - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
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I know most people will be busy on Friday, or on Sunday, but if there's time, I'd like to drive the hour to this trail and ride the tunnels. Road bikes will be fine here, the Rails to Trails in this area are pretty hard-packed. Any input welcome, since I just found this in Bicycle Times and thought it would be interesting. Figure an hour there, hour and a half riding, and an hour back, make it a 4-hour sojourn. I ran a lot of these backroads in my youth whilst chasing a particular girl from Baraboo....
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