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Old 10-25-07, 10:08 AM   #1
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DC Area Crossers: Tacchino Ciclicross Nov 4 -- Leesburg VA - Register Now!

Lithuania, dirtyphotons, the other BikeRackDC'ers and other DC Crossers.

I expect to see you all out at the Squadra Coppi Tacchino Ciclicross on Nov 4 in Leesburg.

Register now for a chance to kick my *****!!

Here is the info:

When: Sunday, November 4th
Where: Leesburg, VA; Ida Lee Park
What: Squadra Coppi Tacchino Cross. Massive suffering. Fun.

Hey everybody: c'mon down to Leesburg on Sunday, November 4th for the Squadra Coppi Tacchino Ciclicross, so we can put una battitura vicioza on you. Hey, you didn't think Team Cinzano let up on Dave Stoller in the off-season, did you? Heck no, they broke his heart at the big 'Cross race too.


The Tacchino is brought to you by Squadra Coppi, the same club that steals your heart and breaks your legs year after year by putting on the Giro di Coppi. So you know going in it will hurt you bad, but that only makes you love it more.



"Tacchino" means turkey in Italian. Il Tacchino is a the second course in a MABRAcross weekend smorgasbord of cyclocross suffering. Go ahead, we're all friends here. Have a couple helpings. Our friends in The Delaware Cyclocross Coalition of Delaware are staging the Wayne Scott Cross in Fairhill, MD on Saturday the 3d. Mmmm... tasty first course.



Then on Sunday the 4th, you can come out to Leesburg and get stuffed by the Tacchino! We've got an interesting course with lots of flow - rolling hills, sweeping turns, a couple hairpins, and some memorable slippery off-camber turns. It is a balanced course that rewards power but also rewards good bike handling. It will be a fun course for experts and intermediates, and also a great course if you are looking to whip out the mountain bike or borrow a ride to try 'Cross for the first time.



This BikeReg.com MABRAcross event features five separate races and runs from 9:00 am until 3:30 in the afternoon, with the showcase Elite/Professional race starting at 1:30. The 3/4 women will have sole posession of the course starting at 9:00, and it's all racing from that point on.



It's not just about you though. If you haven't been to Ida Lee Park before, it's a very spectator-friendly venue, and a great place to have a family picnic and watch cross. This may help you test yourself in two races in one weekend without having to test your family's patience. There are two outdoor playgrounds, and we will have a Li'l Belgians Race at 1:00 PM, which is free. Kids can ride any bike in the L'il Belgians Race, but must have a helmet.



And, for a perfect recovery activity, Ida Lee Park sports a fantastic fitness center with a pool, jacuzzi and shower facilities, available for a modest fee. The pool has lap and free swim areas, so this is another activity that is kid and cross-racer friendly. Treat yourself and the pit crew to a well-deserved recovery swim after the ride.



Downtown Leesburg also has many restaurants and shops, and the Leesburg outlet mall is nearby. Not that anybody would ever get bored at a cyclocross race, but it's nice to know in case you and the support crew need to find some place to spend your winnings.



Registration is available through BikeReg at http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=5409 . We are looking forward to seeing you there.
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Old 10-25-07, 10:27 AM   #2
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ill be signing up next week.
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Old 10-25-07, 10:31 AM   #3
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stoke. anybody wanna barbecue?

p.s. i "reported" this thread, hoping to get a mod to change the title to VA instead of PA
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Old 10-25-07, 10:41 AM   #4
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p.s. i "reported" this thread, hoping to get a mod to change the title to VA instead of PA
I know bugger all about US state borders, but I'm trusting dirtyphotons here. Fixed.

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Old 10-25-07, 10:54 AM   #5
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If my directeur sportif a.k.a. wife gives me persmission to race that day, then I'll be there representing The BikeRackDC attack in Leesburg.
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Old 10-25-07, 11:36 AM   #6
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thanks juha!
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Old 10-25-07, 12:07 PM   #7
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Oops. Thanks for the correction....
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I don't think I'll be making any of the races that weekend.

Unfortunately, because the following weekend I will be in Chicago.
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Old 11-02-07, 12:43 PM   #9
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73 prereg's in the cat 4 race. cant wait!
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two from racing union in the 35+. see ya
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slight chance i might race the c and b race tomorrow.
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slight chance i might race the c and b race tomorrow.
Go for it. The guys you are finishing with in the Cs would be in the mix in the Bs as well.
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so i swapped my 42 ring for a 39 ring in prep for this race but now I am worried that 39x18 is going to be too small a gear for me.
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I'll be there for the C men's race; blue & silver Cannondale w/brown Cinelli cork ribbon and a Bike Rack jersey. Hope to see and meet you all at the race, good luck to everybody...
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Great race, Coppi. Thanks for putting this together.

That short, bumpy section going up to the "boulders" was the toughest spot on the course IMO.

Great day of racing.
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that was a brutal stretch but so was the hill going up to the finish line.

i had a very hard time at this race even with smaller gearing. The turkey wouldnt give me a high five during the race either.
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Second that on the kudos to Squadra Coppi for putting on a fantastic race, including that well-designed race course. A lot of people said it was hard, but there were also some section which were super-fun to ride, especially the "Mt. Ida" climb, the boulder zig-zag at the top, and the ripping-fast descents on the backside of the course.

And of course, you have to make mention of all the great people who come out to race and cheer on these events. The announcer described 'cross as a big family picnic, and the vibe in the air was incredible. The Coppi Turkey was a lot of fun, he took the "threats" in good stride ("hey, next lap, I'm coming around with a carving knife", "Yo, you're dinner in two weeks, buddy").

Though, alas, it was a dry, dusty affair. Oh how I dream of soaking rains and the kind of mud that slathers a Belgian like a swamp monster...
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Thanks for a great event Squadra Coppi. As always a tremendous course with first class organization. The Killer B's were the longest 45 minutes ever!
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great race. pretty brutal on the ss but as my dad reminded me that's no one's fault but my own

taking next weekend off, the girlfriend's been pretty understanding about me racing every weekend, but everybody has their limits.

thanks coppi, thanks racers, see you all at states!
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