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Old 09-16-07, 10:46 PM   #1
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Baker to Death Valley Road Race

This was mentioned in a couple threads, but I figured why not one more...

The race is set for 10/28 and goes 80 miles or so from Baker to Death Valley. The flyer has the course info, as well as info for the climbs (yes, it isn't flat).

http://www.californiabicycleracing.o....bike.race.pdf

Is anyone else doing it?
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This was mentioned in a couple threads, but I figured why not one more...

The race is set for 10/28 and goes 80 miles or so from Baker to Death Valley. The flyer has the course info, as well as info for the climbs (yes, it isn't flat).

http://www.californiabicycleracing.o....bike.race.pdf

Is anyone else doing it?

Its probably a bad idea but I really want one more race this year to get my upgrade to cat 4, so I may do it. Have to talk to the wife first...
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I'm in!

(Well, if lobbing water bottles from the feed zone counts...)
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I'm too slow to race right now......maybe in March I'll be ready. I'll also be doing the MTB winter series at Fontucky in Jan.
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Old 10-18-07, 09:59 AM   #6
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I'll still be out that way for DV Double the day before. Maybe we'll get to see you finish.
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I'll still be out that way for DV Double the day before. Maybe we'll get to see you finish.
Hey Vance... we can hang out at the Feed Zone together!

Although I must admit, my anticipation of "fun" was somewhat curtailed. I was informed that I simply hand over the bottles to the rider, not aim and throw them at moving targets.

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I didn't realize you were being serious about working the race. Do you know which station?
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I have no idea what I'm doing. Sonia can't make it so I'm JP's workmule for the day.
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I have no idea what I'm doing. Sonia can't make it so I'm JP's workmule for the day.
Could you take care of me too
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And you might as well come up a day early and take care of the poor double victims...
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If I can, I will. I'm such a sucker for you b@stards.
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If I can, I will. I'm such a sucker for you b@stards.
Can Sonia and WCD's wife split the hourly charge?
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I'm in the same situation as umd, one or two races short of an upgrade from the Vs, and would really like to start next season as a IV.

Problem is nobody local to me, that I know of, is doing it. I don't really want to foot the gas/lodging bill solo, and don't know how I'd get back to my car after the race, so I'll probably have to skip it.

There's a CX race that weekend that I can do instead. Too bad CX races don't count as a "mass start" for purposes of your Cat IV upgrade.
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Old 10-18-07, 02:04 PM   #16
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Isn't 80 miles excessive for a cat 5 race?
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I was really hoping to do this even though I knew I wouldn't be in race shape. However, I found out that the Casino night fundraiser for Brea Olinda High School's girls basketball team is the night before. My stepdaughter is a freshman and will be starting on Varsity this year so I was informed that my attendance is a must. I really don't feel like driving to Baker late at night or early in the morning. Chris is an awesome promotor and I like to support what he does. Now that I hear Happytime is going to be in the feedzone, I'm really sorry to miss it. John do me a favor and be sure to tell Chris or Vera that I am sorry to miss the race and I will be there for sure if they put it on in the spring.
Regarding the Cat. 5 upgrades- If you guys can show that you belong in the 4s and have any upgrade points from 4/5 races, I'll bet they will process your upgrade with a combo of 9 starts and some points from 4/5 races. I know two guys that they have done this for in recent years. I haven't heard of them being super sticky on the 10 starts if you have some points.

BTW 80 miles is pretty far for a Cat 5 race but it is point to point and I think they are trying to minimize costs and use 1 start and 1 finish.
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Regarding the Cat. 5 upgrades- If you guys can show that you belong in the 4s and have any upgrade points from 4/5 races, I'll bet they will process your upgrade with a combo of 9 starts and some points from 4/5 races. I know two guys that they have done this for in recent years. I haven't heard of them being super sticky on the 10 starts if you have some points.
Well I have no upgrade points, just 9 races. They denied me an upgrade with what I have, so one more race and they have no choice...
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Regarding the Cat. 5 upgrades- If you guys can show that you belong in the 4s and have any upgrade points from 4/5 races, I'll bet they will process your upgrade with a combo of 9 starts and some points from 4/5 races. I know two guys that they have done this for in recent years. I haven't heard of them being super sticky on the 10 starts if you have some points.

BTW 80 miles is pretty far for a Cat 5 race but it is point to point and I think they are trying to minimize costs and use 1 start and 1 finish.
Seems to me they're being sticklers.

3rd at Boulevard, 5th overall at San Dimas, 6 total races, and holding a semi-pro NORBA license wasn't enough for an upgrade earlier in the season. Haven't done any road racing since San Dimas except for Everest Challenge, so I'm still only up to 8 total.

CX races probably don't count for anything, on the road, either.

Shoulda done a couple crits I guess.
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Hi,

My teammate and I are basically in. We just need to figure out the car logistics. I have another friend who is probably going with his wife so we can probably bum a ride with them back to Baker. All of us will be in the 30+ 1/2/3 race.
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My teammate and I are basically in. We just need to figure out the car logistics. I have another friend who is probably going with his wife so we can probably bum a ride with them back to Baker. All of us will be in the 30+ 1/2/3 race.

Cleave, glad to hear you'll make it. It looks like we may have 6 going.
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I was really hoping to do this even though I knew I wouldn't be in race shape. However, I found out that the Casino night fundraiser for Brea Olinda High School's girls basketball team is the night before. My stepdaughter is a freshman and will be starting on Varsity this year so I was informed that my attendance is a must. I really don't feel like driving to Baker late at night or early in the morning. Chris is an awesome promotor and I like to support what he does. Now that I hear Happytime is going to be in the feedzone, I'm really sorry to miss it. John do me a favor and be sure to tell Chris or Vera that I am sorry to miss the race and I will be there for sure if they put it on in the spring.
Regarding the Cat. 5 upgrades- If you guys can show that you belong in the 4s and have any upgrade points from 4/5 races, I'll bet they will process your upgrade with a combo of 9 starts and some points from 4/5 races. I know two guys that they have done this for in recent years. I haven't heard of them being super sticky on the 10 starts if you have some points.

BTW 80 miles is pretty far for a Cat 5 race but it is point to point and I think they are trying to minimize costs and use 1 start and 1 finish.
I'll mention it to Chris when I see him. Is anyone else from SC Velo going to be there?

Happytime's going to help out with the race, do you know if she can drive a support vehicle and also work the feed zone, or is it too hard to do both?
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Silly question... how do we get back to our cars from the finish?
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Silly question... how do we get back to our cars from the finish?
You've got a bike...

If Happytime's driving a support vehicle (my minivan) it's got a rack for 4 bikes.
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