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    Knoxville Double .. anyone?

    After completing Grand Tour, I feel I have more doubles in me. However, Mt. Tam is just a bit out of my league, White Mountain is at high elevation, and then there's Knoxville. I being coerced to do Knoxville. Looks like it is doable, so just wondering who else is in for this? It's at end of September, plus they have the CTC Awards Breakfast the following morning. So who's in?

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    Congrats on getting back into a double success streak!

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    I'll be there as I have over the past 10 years, providing road support for the public ride. Or, as we sometimes call it, "pushing the rat through the snake" [think 'flow chart']. I've been doing the same on DMD lo these many years also. Those of us on "staff" will ride the course the Saturday prior to the public ride. KNX has only two real tedious sections, from the end of the ratty pavement on Knoxville-Berryessa Rd., up past the old gold mine and on into Lower Lake. And then, after the lunch stop, the run up Siegler Canyon/Loch Lomond Rd. and on over Cobb Mountain. Lower Lake is pretty much always the warmest spot on the course and since the bulk of the riders hit that stretch between noon and 1600, they're getting the worst of the sun's rays. Just hydrate, and set a comfortable pace. We don't have any cutoff times once you're past CP2 at Lake Berryessa, and will stick with any rider who is still moving towards the finish. So, once you've passed the lunch stop and still want to continue, we'll be there to support you.
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    I did it last year. It is a great ride. Unfortunately this year it is the weekend before the Furnace Creek 508. I don't want to be doing a double, then FC508 the next weekend and then a 600K the third weekend. I'll just do the later two.
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    LanceOldStrong and my own bad self signed on to help. Look for us somewhere near Point Reyes Station at a water stop.
    Me, I'm avoiding all that endless climbing.

    EDIT: I am confused. We're riding Knoxville, working Mt. Tam.
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    Thanks for all the great comments. Looks like I'll ride this one solo too. Grand Tour gave me the confidence to do another double. I may be lacking good judgement here, but from all the comments here, it looks like I'm doing Knoxville. Plus, there's the CTC Awards Breakfast the next morning. Yippee!
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    To clarify:

    cccorlew and I are riding The Knoxville Double and we would be happy to have you join us.

    We are volunteers at Mt. Tam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjfitz View Post
    --SNIP-- I don't want to be doing a double, then FC508 the next weekend and then a 600K the third weekend. I'll just do the later two.
    I run the Shoshone TS. What's your totem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 200miler View Post
    I run the Shoshone TS. What's your totem?

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    Team Blue Whale. Were you running SAG on the DMD? I was working the Patterson Pass water stop this year and i think we talked there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong View Post
    To clarify:

    cccorlew and I are riding The Knoxville Double and we would be happy to have you join us.

    We are volunteers at Mt. Tam.
    Cool. We should hook up for the ride.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjfitz View Post
    Team Blue Whale. Were you running SAG on the DMD? I was working the Patterson Pass water stop this year and i think we talked there.
    Spot on! I've been part of Quack staff since '99, working both DMD and KNX. Fuzzy Mitchell was [and still is] my mentor when I started; not a bad way to get into the biz.

    Yeah, I remember the Blue Whale now!
    Memory is supposed to be the 2nd thing that fails; I don't remember the first! Guess I should start making my mental notes on Post-its!
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    I'm thinking of doing the Pope Valley - Berryessa - LochLomond - Cobb loop, as a training ride. But is there food and/or water along the route to refill? Thinking about doing that this weekend, but not sure. And by all means, if anyone wants to do this with me, the more the merrier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    I'm thinking of doing the Pope Valley - Berryessa - LochLomond - Cobb loop, as a training ride. But is there food and/or water along the route to refill? Thinking about doing that this weekend, but not sure. And by all means, if anyone wants to do this with me, the more the merrier.
    Well, I was doing it that weekend with Cccorlew and Mililpony so I am glad you can join us. Check your email for details
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    How many miles is that loop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessZippy View Post
    How many miles is that loop?

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    87.5 the way I figure it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessZippy View Post
    How many miles is that loop?

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    Ron,

    Are you already signed up for KNX?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    You thinkin' about coming, or is this just a tease?
    I was thinking about it, but I'm not sure we're up for that kind of distance. My longest rides this year have been 56 miles. And other than Tricia's b'day ride, they have only occurred in between swimming and running. But I enjoy riding with the group that's forming...

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    Signing up right now
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    Ron,

    Are you already signed up for KNX?
    Are you thinking of doing it? My friend Lynn from LA is coming up to do it, so that's prompting me to do it too ... even if it may be a little over my head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessZippy View Post
    I was thinking about it, but I'm not sure we're up for that kind of distance. My longest rides this year have been 56 miles. And other than Tricia's b'day ride, they have only occurred in between swimming and running. But I enjoy riding with the group that's forming...

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    So, that's yes??

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    Are you thinking of doing it? My friend Lynn from LA is coming up to do it, so that's prompting me to do it too ... even if it may be a little over my head.
    No, I was just going to try and convince you to do White Mtn with us, if you weren't signed up for Knoxville

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyLilPony View Post
    So, that's yes??
    No, decided after a bit of discussion, it would be too much suffering. We haven't been riding much lately, but we do have a great new storage shed and the garage is now a useful space. Oh, and I have some awesome planter boxes too.

    Keep us in mind for something in the 40 - 60 mile range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    No, I was just going to try and convince you to do White Mtn with us, if you weren't signed up for Knoxville
    Oh, well there's always Bass Lake in October. If I survive Knoxville, I might toy with that idea, unless someone can knock some senses into me.
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    Knoxville Double: One week away.
    I know I'm in, as is LanceOldStrong. Who else?
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