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Old 08-13-07, 11:18 AM   #1
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Red Rider and Velodiva are Awesome!!!!

My hat is off to Red Rider and Velodiva, both proud members of the Fifty plus community. They are both strong, intelligent, beautiful women not afraid of challenging themselves to new levels of physical endurance. This Sunday they both competed in the Esparto Time Trial. Both were doing this for the first time. Both did exceptionally well for a first effort. Both took on a challenge and competed against women their age. In case no one realizes it, that was an 18 mile, out and back with a technical turnaround. Not only did they have to ride their guts out for 18 miles but they did it each alone, competing with their bodies, the bikes, the weather, the clock and their minds. They had to figure out how to ride hard without blowing up and have enough left to go all out at the end. Not an easy thing to do. I consider myself lucky to be married to Red Rider and a friend and riding buddy of Velodiva. I am proud of you both.

You girls rock!
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Old 08-13-07, 11:24 AM   #2
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Congratulations to both! It had to be tough competing against those younger women.
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Old 08-13-07, 12:46 PM   #3
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Rock on! It does take guts to put it on the line against a stop watch. I too should be so bold. But I'd use a calendar for my time.

REALLY, well done.
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Congratulations! You two are an inspiration to me.
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Awesome performance and a righteous tribute. Very good.
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Bl**dy women- Showing us all up.

Well done to the pair of you but I reckon its time that you slowed down a bit and let the rest of us catch up.

Will be posting about this later on but you have just given me some inspiration to get out a bit more And reach a goal that I should have done ages ago. See the link below to see what I mean.

Once again- well done.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...99#post5059399
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Old 08-13-07, 01:14 PM   #7
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Well ridden, well written.
I'm generally fearless at challenging myself on my bike...but I could never
muster up the courage to race or run a time trial!
My hats off to you YOUNG ladies.

Congrats all around
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Old 08-13-07, 01:25 PM   #8
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It is written: this thread is (not really) worthless without pics.
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Pictures are definately a must. Well done Ladies
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Tip of the hat to the time trial ladies!

Time trials are for those at a higher level of biking than I . . . I can't imagine going all out for 18 miles, let alone doing it with other riders equally motivated to go faster!
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Old 08-13-07, 02:27 PM   #12
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Pics...we have pics.

I, as Velodiva's manager and bike slave, was responsible for equipment and media. Coaching...forgetaboutit. She never listens to me.

Setting up bike on trainer...





Parking at race...well, she did not have to put anything up her nose to clear out her nasal passages where we had to park.



Starting line...I walked to the starting line to take pics. I was as nervous as if I were going to the line to race.



In the start house. I saw the big guy with the beard at the checkin table. And he got to hold the ladies. What is he up to back there?



Right after start...



Down the road...

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I'm impressed, but not surprised.
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My goodness, they look so sleek & fit that I suspect they could drop me even when they are on a trainer.
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My goodness, they look so sleek & fit that I suspect they could drop me even when they are on a trainer.
+1. She really IS a diva! Great shots.
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Old 08-13-07, 03:28 PM   #18
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Scary, mean-lookin', drop-dead gorgeous, intimidatin', fit'n'lovely, time-trialin' megacyclists. Please don't hurt me.
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Red Rider pics coming. Stay tuned.
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Great, great job ladies!! I think it's just terrific you'd step out of your comfort zone and try something very challenging like that. When you're on the East coast, I'll reserve you two FREE slots to ride in our Time Trial at Lowes Motor Speedway. Closed course, only 10 miles, no technical turns, and young studs will hold your bikes at the start!!!!
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First, a bravo for the guts to race the clock.

But a question as to why no aero bar ?. I only use mine on flat'ish courses, or on a course where a headwind is going to see serious reductions in speed, but don't use it on hilly courses.

From the photo, the course looked flat and I know that with some training time and a bit of adjustment in position, you gain a mile to mile and half per hour speed advantage. Certainly more advantageous then a heavier and hot, but aero helmet and semi-disc wheels (nice wheels though).

Something to think about.

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Great, great job ladies!! I think it's just terrific you'd step out of your comfort zone and try something very challenging like that. When you're on the East coast, I'll reserve you two FREE slots to ride in our Time Trial at Lowes Motor Speedway. Closed course, only 10 miles, no technical turns, and young studs will hold your bikes at the start!!!!
Yea yea...now I will be packing up a bicycle in the carrier for a plane trip. Didn't that holder look like a ZZ Top guy?
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Awesome job, ladies. Sorry I missed you (I was lookin' for those red Sidis, but got too distracted with warmup, nerves, etc.). And since the Masters 45+ guys went off last, you all were probably leaving about the time I got done.

Will you all be at the Dunnigan Hills Road Race this Saturday?
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Didn't that holder look like a ZZ Top guy?
I'm not positive...but it could be DG in disguise.
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