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  1. There's alot more on this than is being...

    There's alot more on this than is being considered or stated here. Local cyclists (perhaps not tri-geeks, though), are quarreling with state police about this stretch of roadway. According to CA...
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    I thought there was some sort of sprint to be...

    I thought there was some sort of sprint to be had? That would explain riders all over. Happens in the best of races. This was not a paceline/TT training ride. Why does everyone insist that riders...
  3. Thread: Clyde Racing

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    Don't take too much out of it. What if he's just...

    Don't take too much out of it. What if he's just doing an LSD ride? Or maybe his job is to sit in the wind for 2-3 hours, and not follow a wheel, while you can feel free to sit & draft. Of course, if...
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    I noticed the "Racer" group doesn't say anything...

    I noticed the "Racer" group doesn't say anything about actually entering a race, just going fast & getting stronger. :)
  5. Thread: Clyde Racing

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    Hopeless? No, of course not. But make sure...

    Hopeless? No, of course not.

    But make sure you've got some fast paced training rides around you in order to get ready. You can train by yourself all you want, doing intervals 'til you're blue in...
  6. Thread: Clyde Racing

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    Depends on how you measure/define "success". ...

    Depends on how you measure/define "success".

    When I raced 5s & 4s, I could finish top-5 with good effort. Got 2nd once with alot of effort (finishing behind another rider, who I have learned...
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    Congrats. Well done. Most people get dropped in...

    Congrats. Well done. Most people get dropped in their first race. Good job.

    No it's not stupid. It's one of the reasons for Cat5: learn what your strengths are. Can't do that unless you...
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    FWIW, granted, I ride road, not cross or MTB, but...

    FWIW, granted, I ride road, not cross or MTB, but my carbon clincher wheelset cost around $700 (been awhile--can't remember exact).

    They've been my longest lasting wheelset I've ever ridden...
  9. +1 I don't remember last time I ever trued my...

    +1 I don't remember last time I ever trued my carbon clinchers.

    Potholes do scare me, but the carbon rims seem to have faired much better than an aluminum wheel the 2 or 3 times I've really nailed...
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    They're called "sports equipment". That might get...

    They're called "sports equipment". That might get you past. But you have to do it on both ends of the trip. I had one guy on my return leg charge me a full $250, negating any savings I had on the way...
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    Have to watch the ToC website for time schedules....

    Have to watch the ToC website for time schedules. Races are usually timed to end around 4pm or so. So watching them go by GMR/GRR intersection would be 12:00 -- 2:00 or something. Last we went, it...
  12. Charts? Calculators? Garbage. The calculator...

    Charts? Calculators? Garbage. The calculator above said I needed to run my 23c rear wheel at 194 pounds! Ha! (The first said over 300 pounds!) The chart had me exceeding 154 pounds and it wasn't even...
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    Better training methods, from a younger age,...

    Better training methods, from a younger age, better athletes, more of them. It's not a motivation thing: it's a "level playing field", physically. The human component has been approaching its limits...
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    Yes.

    Yes.
  15. Who gets an invite to any race has been a source...

    Who gets an invite to any race has been a source of some friction. Herein lies some of the confusion.

    The race promoters (those who basically own the race) maintain that they can invite whomever...
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    If anyone tells me that carbon bikes aren't for...

    If anyone tells me that carbon bikes aren't for big guys (like the idiot female rider I once encountered early in my cycling career v2.0), I immediately sprint away from them and never ask any advice...
  17. Couple things: Racing is expensive. Not only...

    Couple things:

    Racing is expensive. Not only do you have the initial outlay, but it can cost $100 or more every week for registration, transportation, etc. Get hooked up with a junior development...
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    Um... why were you "covering breaks"? Was that...

    Um... why were you "covering breaks"? Was that the team plan? To keep the race together for a final sprint? If not, don't "cover" them, bridge up to them, instead.

    You were on the front alot. But...
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    Just because they look the same, doesn't mean...

    Just because they look the same, doesn't mean they're identical.
    Just because they have the same features doesn't men they're identical.
    Just because they weigh the same doesn't mean they're...
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    Go back to the bike shop you visited and buy from...

    Go back to the bike shop you visited and buy from them. They put time (money) into you, to let you learn the difference in bikes. It would be offensive to take what you learned from them and spend...
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    DO NOT overlap your front wheel DO ride...

    DO NOT overlap your front wheel
    DO ride predictably (no sudden movements left, right, forward or braking hard & fast). Ride only as close to the person in front of you as you are comfortable. Any...
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    Ha! Good one. Me? Compete? Ha! I race, but I...

    Ha! Good one. Me? Compete? Ha!

    I race, but I consider it a success if I've been active: closed breaks, bridged, attacked, etc... AND not gotten dropped until the last corner or two. But actually...
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    That's what I was thinking. I don't know how far...

    That's what I was thinking. I don't know how far along Ridge Route riders would be allowed to go. In fact, couple years ago, when we got to the GMR/GRR intersection (we had come up the front-side of...
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    The postponement of the ride caused me to start...

    The postponement of the ride caused me to start thinking (usually not a great thing, I'll admit, but...)

    It may be too far away, so perhaps another Clydesdale Assault on GMR (as multiple rides had...
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    You're confusing what base is for and how to...

    You're confusing what base is for and how to train it. In your race, I'd be willing to bet you had no trouble responding to the acceleration out of the first or maybe even second corners (or more?)....
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