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    Early Birds?

    Anyone going to Early Birds tomorrow?
    Can you pass the test?
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    Maybe the later ones. Two weeks off the bike, no to mention not having a bike at the moment, does not translate to good racing experience.
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    I've done my time; got my upgrade. I might show up for the EB RR.

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    I'll be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
    Maybe the later ones. Two weeks off the bike, no to mention not having a bike at the moment, does not translate to good racing experience.
    Ha ha. Try two months!

    I'm mainly going for the clinic. The races are just practice anyway so phhht, nothing to lose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 'nother
    The races are just practice anyway so phhht, nothing to lose.
    Just remember, there's nothing to win, either! Nothing wrong with trying to win but, in the end, don't do anything stupid at the end and keep your eyes open for other folks doing stupid things at the end. Don't think you're going to come from umpteenth position and power home for the win. If I remember correctly, corner number two is the one that gives riders the most problems, as there is a median strip on the roadway you turn onto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveE
    Just remember, there's nothing to win, either! Nothing wrong with trying to win but, in the end, don't do anything stupid at the end and keep your eyes open for other folks doing stupid things at the end. Don't think you're going to come from umpteenth position and power home for the win. If I remember correctly, corner number two is the one that gives riders the most problems, as there is a median strip on the roadway you turn onto.
    Yeah, no doubt. Don't worry, I'm not gonna be sprinting for 50th place

    Thanks for the tip on turn #2. I do not remember that from last year but I had limited experience there and most of it was with my tongue hanging out trying to catch my breath
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    Quote Originally Posted by 'nother
    ... with my tongue hanging out trying to catch my breath
    That's definately going to be me today.

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    Well, saw my teammate toshi out there today, and a few other friends. Platypus I don't know what you look like, were you in 35+ or the other 5s group?

    Great day for it! Planning to go back next week and as much as I can throughout the series...
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    I was in the 35+ race. I hung on to the pack for about the first 10 minutes, and then sat out a lap to let the pack lap me. I jumped back in, and hung on till about 4 to go when I ran out of gas. The final 3 laps I was suffering like a dog. You may have seen me, I was in a plain grey jersey.

    edit: I don't have any recent pictures of myself handy, but here's a little older one: http://www.oxide.org/unix/pics/yoda1.jpg

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    so, are y'all gonna be going out for next weekend? I'll be there for sure.

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    I am planning on it, but need to work out some scheduling issues (kids/babysitting) first, so I'm not 100% certain yet.

    I would also like to get a lung transplant before returning. ugh!
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    Which race were you in, 'nother? The 35+ race had one nasty sounding crash (at least there was only one that I saw while I was in the pack).

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    Yeah, I was in that 35+. I was just behind and to the left of the crash...close enough to smell the distinct odor of melting rubber Per mentor's instructions, I didn't look to see who or what, just kept on going (it was right before the first corner so we were setting up for that. It did sound pretty nasty, but I didn't hear any ambulances or anything.

    I was riding a blue-green Jade bike, wearing Webcor/Alto Velo jersey + black armwarmers.
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    oh hey, I think I remember the bike.

    You might have seen me rejoin the pack just before the crash then - sounds like you and I were right near each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by platypus
    oh hey, I think I remember the bike. .
    It's the only one around these parts

    Give me a shout (well, if it's safe to do so!) if you see me next weekend.
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    I soooo hate you guys right now. Can't wait untill my new bike gets assembled.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
    I soooo hate you guys right now. Can't wait untill my new bike gets assembled.
    Dude: beg, borrow, or steal a bike and come on down!
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    the folks at the work noontime ride aren't happy with me now, since I'm pushing the pace instead of noodling along.

    This weekend's goal, don't get dropped until at least 2 from the end.

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    mission accomplished on that one - albeit at the cost of the race getting stopped due to a bad crash.

    I'm on the road all week on a business trip so no riding for me at all this week. Hoo boy is EB#3 gonna suck.

    Who's in?

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    I'm out for #3; prior commitment that day. I'll be back for the last 2, though.

    Platypus: B ride on Saturday as a warmup?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 'nother
    I'm out for #3; prior commitment that day. I'll be back for the last 2, though.

    Platypus: B ride on Saturday as a warmup?
    Is it still a hammer fest?
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    which, the B ride? I've never noticed it being a hammerfest when I've gone on it. 'nother I can't make the B ride this week - I'm on a plane all day Saturday flying back home from CT (where I'm marooned on business this week).

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    Cool! How often do they put these series on? I'd like to learn how to race and stuff. sounds like fun, although I'd be the guy way in the back that everyone is lapping. But I'd still have a ton of fun!
    This day will be over... one of these days!

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    check the link in the first post.

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