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  1. Dirty Kanza. May 2015.

    Dirty Kanza. May 2015.
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    I've only done PBP twice, but fwiw, I think most...

    I've only done PBP twice, but fwiw, I think most randonneurs will be more efficient with a drop bag and using the controls for most things, rather than trying to ride like its a self-sufficient tour....
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    Much less scientific, but one of the things I...

    Much less scientific, but one of the things I found helpful was checking the finish times on the qualifiers for those folks I knew -- people I'd ridden with -- and then comparing with how they did on...
  4. *bump* I've got a baker's dozen registered,...

    *bump*

    I've got a baker's dozen registered, with folks coming from all over: Oregon, California, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia... If you're casting about for another rando adventure this year,...
  5. I rode up and down Ventoux 4 times on a fixed...

    I rode up and down Ventoux 4 times on a fixed gear bike 3 days before starting PBP (and finishing in 80:00) on the same FG bike in 2011. You proposed separation between an Ironman and PBP should be...
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    In my experience, you'll be faster, if that's...

    In my experience, you'll be faster, if that's your thing, the *less* self-supported you are. A drop bag in Loudeac is your friend, especially for the 84h riders (done that twice).

    Showers in...
  7. Def. worth submitting. The first perm I submitted...

    Def. worth submitting. The first perm I submitted for Ohio had a similar amount of climbing. It's been ridden a number of times, and the RBA there has run that route as a brevet, too.
  8. It's ACP. It's been in the title/caption for the...

    It's ACP. It's been in the title/caption for the event page, ... same as all the other brevets we offer.
  9. Registration is open for the Central Florida...

    Registration is open for the Central Florida 1000K. Check it out, here.
    Note that we'll also have separate 400/300/300 brevets concurrent with the 3 intended days of the 1000K. For those for whom...
  10. I've done PBP twice (and 4 other 1200s) and...

    I've done PBP twice (and 4 other 1200s) and that's the benchmark I shoot for. It's worked well for me. The one 1200K I DNF'd (Uzbekistan) -- the only ride I have ever DNF'd -- had nothing to do...
  11. Central Florida 1000K (11 October 2014)

    All--

    The details of the Central Florida 1000K are now out, and you can check them out here.

    There are no "easy" 1000Ks, but this ride is aimed squarely at those who are perhaps new to this...
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    I've started events I really care about (PBPs,...

    I've started events I really care about (PBPs, ultra races) on brand new rubber.
    Other events? Eh, whatever's on the bike works fine, but I don't let things get too worn down/out before...
  13. Never carried one. I take one to PBP, but that's...

    Never carried one. I take one to PBP, but that's only for locking up in SQY outside that huge shopping mall there.....
    On randonnees, ain't no one gonna steel any of my crappy bikes. Couple of...
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    Sticky: No. I think it's really tough to control a...

    No.

    I think it's really tough to control a bicycle without your feet on the pedals (and preferable clipped into the pedals). I have 2 kids and a wife and a mortgage and a job that I cannot show...
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    Needless to say, I'm a big fan of IRO. If their...

    Needless to say, I'm a big fan of IRO. If their bikes can take this (and that was a Jamie Roy, which was not as well received as the steel Rob Roy), then they can handle whatever you're gonna do to...
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    Since it's getting to be that time of year again...

    Since it's getting to be that time of year again in most randonneuring places, and I know we have a lot of new(er) folks here... thought this thread might be helpful.

    Current version of this is...
  17. Silk Route 1200K (Uzbekistan), 18-22 Oct 2012

    I'm headed off to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for the Silk Route 1200K this upcoming Sunday (ride starts 0800h local time (EDT +9h) on Thursday, 18 October). Though I leave Sunday afternoon, I won't...
  18. Dude, I am so pumped for you! A big, hearty...

    Dude, I am so pumped for you! A big, hearty Congratulations! on one hell of an accomplishment. You're gonna get to enjoy this deal for the rest of your life.

    P.S. -- Look forward to checking out...
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    YATQ (Yet Another Tire Question)

    Any recommendations for a 32mm (or thereabouts) 700c tire?

    Intended use: riding a 1200K in Uzbekistan, over legendarily lousy pavement. I believe all the roads are paved; just very, very poorly...
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    Completed a full series, fleche, and a few...

    Completed a full series, fleche, and a few permanents.... Good times, as always.
    Off to Uzbekistan for the Silk Road 1200K in two weeks. Details on that epic, here.
    Fixed, of course.
  21. I did a 200k on a pursuit bike running tubular...

    I did a 200k on a pursuit bike running tubular tires. It didn't make a lot of sense, but it was fun to take that bike out and light up a long ride.

    That said, I carried an extra tire and two...
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    Interesting idea. Sounds like an alleycat for...

    Interesting idea. Sounds like an alleycat for the dirt and gravel crowd.

    A different kind of event than yours, but you might check out -- http://12hoursofstpete.com/ -- in which we took the idea...
  23. Speaking of pig products: Bacon. And if JLE...

    Speaking of pig products: Bacon.
    And if JLE approves it, beer would be brilliant.
  24. You know, I started planning on 2015 before the...

    You know, I started planning on 2015 before the 2011 edition was even over.
    Heck, I was talking with some people at dinner in SQY on the Saturday night before the ride about how we all wanted to...
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    There are some very good thoughts here from...

    There are some very good thoughts here from randonneurs with a wide variety of approaches to our sport; my own are pretty close to where Nick is on all of this stuff.

    My own experience, for what...
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