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Old 12-11-05, 08:16 PM   #1
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For people who're going to the NAHBS in march

If you're planning on attending the North American Handmade Bicycle Show that Don Walker is putting on in March you should also plan on riding in a little race on the 4th. It'll be from SF to the show in San Jose so plan on some mileage. Some of the exhibitors have already expressed interest in donating prizes, so there'll be some stuff to win too.

I know it's still pretty far away, but I thought I'd give everyone a heads-up and gauge interest. The route of the race is pretty flat, with only two hills to speak of. It's pretty much my old commute to work, with an extra 5 miles tacked on the end, so about 60 or so, depending how you route it. There will be manned check points along the way, with water and stuff. Should be fun.

Hope to see you there!
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Awesome, I am in!
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i'm in.

bring it!
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Old 12-11-05, 08:26 PM   #4
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Me as well, Yamaguchi better be there.
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that sounds like a good time. down el camino the whole way or what?

for me it'd be a caltrain up to SF and ride back home..
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Then you should call him and ask him to attend. Maybe if he knew he has a "fan base" he would be more apt to appearing... just a thought.

As for prizes, I know about 5 builders have commited thus far, I am sure most all of them will.

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I am emailing him right now.
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Durn! March 4th is Monster Track 7 in NYC.
www.monstertracknewyork.com
We could use some custom frame prizes !!
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i will be there an already start making flight and hotel set up.

Forgot about Monster Track. I was racing it, well not anymore.

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that sounds like a good time. down el camino the whole way or what?

for me it'd be a caltrain up to SF and ride back home..
Nope, you can do that, but the checkpoints won't be on El Camino. The route I take has a lot of San Antonio, California/San Mateo, Old County Road, Middlefield, Arques and N First.

Hope you can make it out.
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Is the race fixed only? I will totally be there either way.
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I am so in for a 60 mile fixed only race to San Jose...I guess that means no more chocolate for the rest of the season, though...
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Seriously. I'm definitely making it out for the trip, just need to figure out if I'm too slow for you speedy folks
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I am so in for a 60 mile fixed only race to San Jose...I guess that means no more chocolate for the rest of the season, though...
are you nuts? eat as much chocolate as you can, you're gonna need it for that ride.

i'm planning on eating nothing but potatoes, pasta, broccoli, and beer for for the month leading up to the race, then burning it all off during the brutal trek down there.
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Nope, you can do that, but the checkpoints won't be on El Camino. The route I take has a lot of San Antonio, California/San Mateo, Old County Road, Middlefield, Arques and N First.

Hope you can make it out.
Ah that's great. So... fcking ... there
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Is this like most other races where sketing* is legal?

*at least I think that's what I remember it being called when you grab onto a car a catch a free ride.
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100km isn't that long. and with no hills? all-out sprint. gear up, mother****ers.
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Old 12-12-05, 09:28 AM   #17
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100km isn't that long. and with no hills? all-out sprint. gear up, mother****ers.
Very true. I would do this ride in about two and a half to three hours before working eight hours, and I'm pretty slow. I expect people to beat that time easily.
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"sketching" or whatever the kids call it can get super ****ing dicey on a fixed gear. it's fine for garbage city riding where they aren't going much about 25-30, but once you get spinning like a ****ing fiend at higher speeds, it's total doom. that said, you have to do it.
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Is this like most other races where sketing* is legal?

*at least I think that's what I remember it being called when you grab onto a car a catch a free ride.
skitching?
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Skitch or whatever, ride a wheelie all the way if you want, but ride the whole way, don't take the train. Just make the checkpoints and get to the end.

I want to see 46x17, Ostro, Harryhood and a few of the other regulars commit to this as well. I'm calling you out guys. Hell, if there's enough interest we should do a ride down there one of these weekends, it's not hard, it's actually a lot of fun. Ask Karmical, he's done the ride with me.

I'll publish the checkpoints beforehand so that out-of-towners can map out their course. There will also be a 'suggested route' handed out the day of the race. So don't fake on it if you're unfamiliar with the territory, it's pretty easy to navigate. I did it the first time at 5am with a sheet of paper that had the streetnames I was taking and no map.
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yeah i would definitely like to do a few training/dry runs on a saturday morning
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I am a total lamer...but if you guys do a "test run" I would love to hop in here in Santa Clara, if nothing else to say hi.

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Out of curiosity, is this a fixed only race?
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Don has mentioned that he'd like it to be track/fixed bikes doing this race. So it will probably be fixed only, unless there's a big enough contingent of geared bikes that show up, in which case it'll be dual category. Although, in this race, a geared bike *definitely* has an advantage. There are some hills, just not more than two of what I consider to be hills.

Also, for those who want to do a dry run, let me know what Saturday you want, I'm totally down. I love making this ride, especially with other people.
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