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    any races in socal before winter kickcs in?

    i haven't raced at all this year and wanted to try it if possible....but I don't see any races available on the internet. anyone know of any? crits...road races....as long as it is in socal

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    As far as I'm aware all of the races are over for the year. The cross and TT season is coming up if you want to try those types of racing

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    if you ride MTB, rim nordic has a race late next month, Southridge USA.com will start it's winter season in Jan. VERY fun series, races every 2 weeks, fun but tough course.

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    Just curious, why would racing stop in SoCal? There are no seasons.

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    Baker to Death Valley may be coming up next month... http://www.californiabicycleracing.org/index.html

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    Racing has seasons so the racers dont drop dead or have their legs fall off. Also there needs to be open dates in the calender for different kinds of races. A lot of people race in a lot of different formats. Road, track, cyclecross, TT, crit, mtb. The fall and winter have some TT series. I raced at Piru Sunday to get a baseline reference to start training for next season that will start in Feb. Racing once a month out there will help me evaluate progress working up to speed training in Dec. and Jan.

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    I'm going to try to get a cyclocross race under my belt before the year is over. Then there's always a triathlon event somewhere in southern California even in the middle of winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouskid55 View Post
    Racing has seasons so the racers dont drop dead or have their legs fall off.
    Silly, that's what doping is for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indolent58 View Post
    Just curious, why would racing stop in SoCal? There are no seasons.
    We used to have races through October. I've heard a few opinions on why that isn't so anymore:
    1. People start to wind down after national and state championships
    2. The racing season starts earlier now (early Feb as opposed to late Feb?)
    3. Cyclocross took over the tail end of the season
    I don't know the real reason, as I've been out of the scene for almost 10 years now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cat6slow View Post
    i haven't raced at all this year and wanted to try it if possible....but I don't see any races available on the internet. anyone know of any? crits...road races....as long as it is in socal
    ovoleg will race you.

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    there will be cross for much of the winter, and there will probably be practice track races.
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    winter doesn't "kick in" here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpconrad View Post
    Baker to Death Valley may be coming up next month... http://www.californiabicycleracing.org/index.html
    Sounds like fun, I wanna go

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitingduck View Post
    there will be cross for much of the winter, and there will probably be practice track races.
    Speaking of track, there is a Madison on October 20th at the Encino Velodrome. If anybody wants to see people slinging each other around on bikes with no brakes in some tricky traffic, it's a blast to watch!
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    Hello cat6slow,

    The only SoCal road racing for the rest of 2007 of which I'm avare are time trials:

    http://www.socalttseries.com/

    Quote Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
    We used to have races through October. I've heard a few opinions on why that isn't so anymore:
    1. People start to wind down after national and state championships
    2. The racing season starts earlier now (early Feb as opposed to late Feb?)
    3. Cyclocross took over the tail end of the season
    I don't know the real reason, as I've been out of the scene for almost 10 years now.
    In the 1980s the road season ended with a road race and crit in Solvang at the end of September. Imagine sharing a motel room in Solvang with about 10 riders including Mark Whitehead and Steve Hegg -- not really fun. A series of mountain time trials in October followed Solvang. The last uphill time trial was typically Mt Baldy around Halloween weekend.

    Why all of that went away, I'm not sure. The season definitely starts earlier now but that may be because the of the season ending earlier.
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    There's always Everest Challenge.

    Dunno if the categories are filled up already though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    HImagine sharing a motel room in solvang with about 10 riders including Mark Whitehead and Steve Hegg
    I remember Mark in the 90's. He coached some of my competitors. He was a bit of a hot head (I think that was a nickname he earned), but Steve was a pretty mellow guy. Of course, both of them probably matured a bit between the 80's and the 90's.

    I also remember the Baldy time trial. I never liked hill climbs, so I never did that one. All I ever needed was an event that highlights my weakest point.
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    Furnace Creek 508 is coming up, but I think it sold out. Texas Time Trials are still happening, not sure what else. Check your local race calender at http://www.ultracycling.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by cat6slow View Post
    anyone know of any? crits...road races....
    Quote Originally Posted by markw View Post
    Furnace Creek 508 is coming up, but I think it sold out. Texas Time Trials are still happening, not sure what else. Check your local race calender at http://www.ultracycling.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
    I remember Mark in the 90's. He coached some of my competitors. He was a bit of a hot head (I think that was a nickname he earned), but Steve was a pretty mellow guy. Of course, both of them probably matured a bit between the 80's and the 90's.

    I also remember the Baldy time trial. I never liked hill climbs, so I never did that one. All I ever needed was an event that highlights my weakest point.
    I shared a room with both of those guys the night before our friend's wedding last year. I've known them both since I was racing juniors in the late 80s and early 90s. They are cut from the same cloth. Steve is mellow when you are having a friendly conversation, but did you ever race against him in the 90's? He yelled a lot. Funny thing is he never yelled at me, I guess because I always took my pulls... or at least was trying to take them. A couple of my friends race for the pro team that Steve directs. He still yells a lot. Mark currently coaches my best friend. Mark's nickname is "Meathead".

    As far as the race season it does end early now. Kind of a bummer, I don't think people would be so burnt out if they didn't start having races in January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markw View Post
    Furnace Creek 508 is coming up, but I think it sold out. Texas Time Trials are still happening, not sure what else. Check your local race calender at http://www.ultracycling.com
    Hi Mark,

    Furnace Creek is not a "typical" road race, nor is it really in SoCal. Certainly not for someone just getting started in racing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redal View Post
    but did you ever race against him in the 90's?
    No, they were both old guys as far as I was concerned. I raced juniors in the mid 90's. The only time I ever paid attention to Steve (if I recall correctly) was when he put out a decent pursuit time in '95. I heard plenty of Mark yelling because he was cheering on and coaching one of my closest competitors (Mike Seely).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    Hi Mark,

    Furnace Creek is not a "typical" road race, nor is it really in SoCal. Certainly not for someone just getting started in racing.
    Oh, come on, it starts in socal and ends in socal. What more could you want? We don't need no steenkin drafting.... Course doesn't look too bad from oh, the drivers seat of the support vehicle. Besides, it's a race and it's in October.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteCarbonDude View Post
    Sounds like fun, I wanna go
    Sure, it'll be fun. We'll need to come up with road support, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpconrad View Post
    Sure, it'll be fun. We'll need to come up with road support, though.
    Let's do a trial run up there, drive the coarse, leave one truck at the end, leave some water in the middle, and ride it.

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