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    Spring Prairie 2009-Course description?

    1) so, whose racing in the "out-of-towners" cats? What about the "townies" cats?

    2) I know there are hills. For those that have raced it can you offer some detail as to the "big ones" and a general description of 2 miles to the finish.

    thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slim_77 View Post
    1) so, whose racing in the "out-of-towners" cats? What about the "townies" cats?

    2) I know there are hills. For those that have raced it can you offer some detail as to the "big ones" and a general description of 2 miles to the finish.

    thanks!
    I didn't race last year. I drove up there intending to race. As I was pulling in, they stopped the race that had been going on because the rain was so bad people couldn't see. So, I didn't bother.

    I did drive the course, though. I'd say that hill is long and nasty. Not sure where you ride, but I recall it being much longer and much more of a leg buster than anything around the Chicagoland area. I believe it starts off fairly steep but is not quite as nasty the higher you climb.

    If I recall correctly, the last two miles would be a fairly flat/straight into a 90 degree right hand turn that would be the base of the climb.

    Hope that helps.

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    word. thanks.
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    This is tomorrow. Everybody should come. It will be AWESOME!

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    Anyone want to carry a bike cam in the road race? I'll get 1hr 30mins of video from it.

    Heading off to Winfield in a bit, but will prob. shoot this one on Sunday.

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    This doesn't do the grade justice, needless to say people are working coming over the top. I lost the group (twice) in the last 200 meters of the climb (that's me at 4:38).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVUQdyrSBf8
    (click the little HQ tab under the video box for a much better image)

    I'll likely be off the back early again! I recall the rest of the course being pretty flat (by non-Ill standards) with a quick descent on the "backside."
    It's a fun race. 53 and rain should make it feel like an April race again.

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    Race hurt a little bit. Leg cramps hurt a lot.
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    Off the back as expected, but I finished. One of my buddies jokiling called me a "pure climber" (210 pounds obviously is not). My retort: "Pure Klondike Bar."

    Got some nice support from fellow BF'ers spectating on the climb. Thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPradun View Post
    Race hurt a little bit. Leg cramps hurt a lot.
    I had problems with cramping today too. I hear a lot of that in our field, I don't think we're used to races that long, and I know I wasn't expecting it to be so warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frunkin View Post
    I had problems with cramping today too. I hear a lot of that in our field, I don't think we're used to races that long, and I know I wasn't expecting it to be so warm.
    60's ???



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    It was only in the 60's. Hmmmm I need a new excuse. That camera was waaaayy to heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPradun View Post
    Race hurt a little bit. Leg cramps hurt a lot.
    race wasn't too bad; the final hill hurt a lot--every time.

    We put our guy across first in the 4/5 race. He crushed the hill and won by a nice gap.
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    Anyone have pics?
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    I've got one 2ghz computer grinding on video, another 3ghz computer working on a huge batch of stills.

    Give us some time man!


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    sorry John, I hope I don't come across as impatient!

    I know everyone on the forum (and at the races) are super grateful for all the work you do. Ignore me--I just don't have enough real work to do today!
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    I finished the Spring Prairie video. Frunkin carried the cam ... and WHOOOO he's an animal!

    I hope you like fast rock music.

    Will post the link as soon as it's available. Having trouble with the Twilight file. Will keep working on it.

    Pix will upload after the vid.

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    Video posted at the top of my page: Peloton-Pix.Com

    Tell me what 'ya think.

    Kinda stuck with the rest until I free up some memory in the HD.

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    The video is pretty awesome, and I'm in it! Just a little though, I'm the second guy that comes around Frunkin after the "Get it on!!!" bit and then I take off with the Wheaton guy. It's a shame you didn't get any footage of the last few laps though, they were brutal.

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    Sweet bridge @ 2:20.

    The video doesn't really capture the true slope of the hill. It's steep.
    Bring the pain.

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    The Climb seems longer watching someone else do it.

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    Sweet video! I was the dude from GDVC in the orange top and blue shorts. I led the group up the neutral start, also there on the descent passing everyone at 3:30, on the climb at 4:00min. It almost looks like I was climbing well...that's too funny.

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