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Old 02-10-12, 08:13 PM   #1
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2012 Ride the Rockies

I am planning to sign up over the weekend--for the raffle. I will probably sign up as a team, without temammates, but if anyone is interested, let me know as if you go as a team, if one member gets in, the whole team gets in. It is a way to improve the odds. The course looks good this year, and I would only be repeating Independence Pass--which was a blast 5 years ago (on the fixie). This year I plan to take the folder-- something about riding these things on atypical bikes. At any rate, if anyone is interested, let me know and I will send you the pertinent information-

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I just looked it up when I read your post. The route looks great this year -- going through Rocky Mt Nat'l Park and into my home town of Fort Collins. I'm tempted to go in for the lottery. But ride it on a fixie? -- I doubt that I could, and I'm entirely sure I wouldn't want to try :-) A folding bike would certainly get lots of looks, although I've heard that RtR has been done on a unicycle ...
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when I did it in 2007 I remember talking to a guy who was moaning about having been passed by a fixie going up Independence Pass (that was me) and then later on by a guy on a unicycle! The unicycle apparently rode up Independence Pass and then got a ride down--I never saw him, but from what I heard he did part of the route on the unicycle. It was one of those with a big wheel.

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I registered as an individual. How can I get to be part of a team? I have no idea how good my chances are in being selected either way.
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Old 02-14-12, 07:07 PM   #5
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not sure how you can change it, but try using "buelito's team" and the password is "BF50" Hopefully we will both get in (I will take my 50+ jersey)

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Thanks! I sent a request to the administrators to get on buelito's team.
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I am on buelito's team now.
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This looks like an amazing ride. But with a $400 fee, expenses and a cross-country trip, it's not something I'll be able to do anytime soon...
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Here's is a training plan I found in a magazine for this same ride...

http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness...ning-Plan.html

I am trying it out, and it is kind of tough. But no full judgement yet, as I just started.
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I am on buelito's team now.
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I am not sure I will have luck with the lottery. I am really excited about leaving for Cape Town on March 6; so, I can ride the Cape Argus Pick and Pay. After I get back I will get serious about Ride the Rockies if I get selected to participate.
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Buelito's team was accepted in the lottery. We are Riding the Rockies. I will need to start planning and doing some more training after I finish the Cape Argus.
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How does Ride the Rockies compare to the Bicycle Tour of Colorado?
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I haven't ridden either; so, I can't make a judgement.
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I received a confirmation email and my name is listed as being accepted. I looked for "Buelito" and didn't find it. I assumed if one person on a team gets accepted the whole team gets accepted.

I have a compact double. Maybe I need to get an 11-34 cassette, since I can't do mountain training. I think they even make a 36 cog for my 10 speed cassette.
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It took me a while to get my hotel reservations completed. I need to figure out If I will drive from Houston or fly. My wife isn't to crazy about driving the Corvette during the day when I will be riding. I suspect we will fly and rent a car in Denver.
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We are in! I am doing the indoor camping route-- which has worked well in the past. Training is essential. As far as bikes-- I have done it 3 times-- on 3 different bikes-- first time was on a regular geared 2x8 road bike, with a low gear of 39/25. It worked fine. Second time (yes, I am crazy) was on a fixed gear bike -- with a 48/17-- that was tough-- mainly on the downhills. The third time was on a compact double-- with a low of 34/25. Being a little different, this year I will be taking my folder-- a dahon speed P8.

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How does Ride the Rockies compare to the Bicycle Tour of Colorado?
I have done RTR three times-- and from people I have spoken to, the routes of the two tours are pretty comparable. Often they overlap in terrain as well.

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We are in! I am doing the indoor camping route-- which has worked well in the past. Training is essential. As far as bikes-- I have done it 3 times-- on 3 different bikes-- first time was on a regular geared 2x8 road bike, with a low gear of 39/25. It worked fine. Second time (yes, I am crazy) was on a fixed gear bike -- with a 48/17-- that was tough-- mainly on the downhills. The third time was on a compact double-- with a low of 34/25. Being a little different, this year I will be taking my folder-- a dahon speed P8.

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How do you train for the climbs? It is amazing to me that you can do Class 1 climbs on a fixie or a 39/25.

I think Dahons are fantastic, but won't they be a little scary going down a mountain at 50 mph?

Send me a PM with your contact info so we can stay in touch.
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