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Old 09-21-07, 12:11 PM   #1
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Who is racing Charm City this Sunday?

2 days to go!

I know there are bunch of mabra people on here.
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i'm stoked. although i slept on pre-registering, hope there's spots left. i emailed the organizer to make sure.

we'll have a good few members of team bike rack there.
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Old 09-21-07, 01:18 PM   #3
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just received confirmation that there are spots left in the men's cat iv race.
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Old 09-21-07, 01:26 PM   #4
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me me me!

i'll be in the masters race at 11. you'll know me by the squealing of my front brake.... oh wait, that's not really a distinction at a cross race
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Old 09-21-07, 07:05 PM   #5
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how many single speeders do you think will be there?

ill be the dummy on the san jose with a beard in the 4 race
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also a dummy, also on a singlespeed also will have a beard in the 4 race (you aren't riskus as well, are you?)

heading out now to ride the course, i'll post a description if i can later.
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also a dummy, also on a singlespeed also will have a beard in the 4 race (you aren't riskus as well, are you?)

heading out now to ride the course, i'll post a description if i can later.
lol. the name change throws me every once in a while as well.
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Old 09-22-07, 08:05 AM   #8
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shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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Old 09-22-07, 10:17 AM   #9
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I'll be there.
C race. black surly SS. proteus jersey
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ok, course report.

it's dry. it sprinkled a little bit while we were riding and there was some dew on the grass but i'd expect a fast course with very little mud.

i'll use this video for reference.

the run up is not steep at all. according to vpower, the way they make you run is to put a hurdle at the bottom of it.

this course has several turnarounds. one of them is a the top of a hill, and you hop over a wooden barrier (about 18 inches tall) then around a tree and back over the barrier. you can see it at the 45 second mark in the video. those guys are hopping right over it, but i'm short so i was actually stepping on it and then over, like the kid in the ncvc jersey a bit later. it's about ten inches deep, so watch your shins if you jump it and it's old and wood, so it'll get slippery if it gets wet at all.

the sand pit is just two volleyball courts. you get a really good look at it at 2:55 in the video. there's a hairpin turn in the middle of one court so it seems like you'll have to dismout forthat. the sand itself is deep in the middle but actually ridable (although the sounds my bike made after i rode through were not happy sounds).

and then there's one hairpin turn down by the road that goes straight down and up a short but steep hill. still not sure if i'm gonna ride or run it, we'll see how the tape is laid out.

getting there wasn't too bad. the directions on the flyer kind of suck because they tell you how to get there from the north side of the baltimore beltway.

google maps took me up the bw parkway and then up a few one way streets to get to the park. not a bad route, but you can't go back the same way.

from the bw parkway:

Continue on N Paca St 0.2 mi

Slight left to stay on N Paca St 75 ft

Continue on Mcculloh St 2.0 mi

Turn right at Gwynns Falls Pkwy 135 ft

Sharp right at Pimlico Dr 0.3 mi

Turn left at Swann Dr 0.2 mi

Turn left at Mansion House Rd 0.3 mi

google maps/directions call mansion house road duck pond dr, but i promise you the sign says mansion house. park on the side of the road (not the grass) and you should see registration.

to get back i actually went out the other side of the park and kludged my way back to 95. but from this map it seems like the better way would be to take druid hill ave. (one way, parallel to mculloh) to a right on mlk, then there's an exit for russell street. then right on paca, and that'll turn into the bw parkway south.
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Old 09-22-07, 12:34 PM   #11
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thanks for the report
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I'll be there tommorow for my first CX race ever, and my first bike race in 15 years. I'll be in the Men's beginners/C-class/Cat IV, or whatever they call it. Either way, it's the field that goes off at 10:00 AM. Be sure to cheer for the guy on the blue and grey Cannondale CX with the brown Cinelli cork ribbon on the handlebars.
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Old 09-24-07, 07:28 AM   #13
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man, that was fun.

I saw Lithuania there on his San Jose. Nice job, dude.

I wrote a race report here
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Old 09-24-07, 08:37 AM   #14
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^ah, it's nice to put bf faces to dcfixed faces (i'm john on there)

i had a great time, picked off a few guys who i probably shouldn't have and even surprised myself a little. looks like they're only posting the top 20 which i didn't crack but i was pretty pleased with my race.

it definitely felt like a friendlier scene than road racing and i'm looking forward to my next one.



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Old 09-24-07, 08:39 AM   #15
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oh yeah, nice to meet you lithuania
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man, that was fun.

I saw Lithuania there on his San Jose. Nice job, dude.

I wrote a race report here
ah you spotted me near peak suffering.

great report too. I loved that guy in the skeleton suit. I wonder where you get something like that.

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Old 09-24-07, 08:46 AM   #17
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oh yeah, nice to meet you lithuania
same here. You guys have some pretty cool kits too.
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same here. You guys have some pretty cool kits too.
yeah i like em a lot. unfortunately we have to buy em, but i'm trying to get em at cost for the team at least.

see you out soon.
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They goofed up the results in the Men's C race. I was listed as 59th but I crossed the line ahead of my teammate (who they have as 11th) and ahead of a bunch of othet guys I know who theyt listed in the 30's and 40's. Irritating.

Anyway, I rode behind a guy with a BikeRackDC jersey and finished maybe two or three places behind him.

Was that you dirtyy photons? Who did you guys have in the C race wearing the kit and where did they finish?

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Old 09-24-07, 11:29 AM   #20
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where did you see results posted that deep?
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coulda been me, we were all in the cat iv race. i did the best of my team, and still was probably around 30th. what team/bike were you on?

i'd also like to know how i placed. don't think i was top 20 but i feel like i did pretty well.

oh, and here's a good one

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They posted them originally at the race. But they were a joke and generated many complaints, so then they only posted top 20. The guy in the Coppi jersey behind Riskus was listed as finishing 11th I think. Initially they listed him as 14th and then they kept changing it.

I was ahead of this entire pack in the picture and I finished 59th...

Funny....
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dirtyphotons and ghostman, you must have finished very close to each other because I was around both you guys with about 2 laps to go when I started to fade and I saw you together from a distance.
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ghostman, this isn't you behind my bulbous gut is it?



edit: and yes, my jersey is tucked into my shorts. it's how i roll (not really).
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yep thats him

know i just need to figure out how to steal that bike
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