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    Anyone Else Doing l'Etape on Saturday?

    Anyone else registered? Banditting? Roadside taunting of us lumbering behemoths with rivers of sweat rushing from our fat rolls as we trudge up the switchbacks?

    I'll be in my usual La Vie Claire colors, but sporting a triple this year, so I can sit-n-spin up those switchbacks at the end.


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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    Anyone else registered? Banditting? Roadside taunting of us lumbering behemoths with rivers of sweat rushing from our fat rolls as we trudge up the switchbacks?

    I'll be in my usual La Vie Claire colors, but sporting a triple this year, so I can sit-n-spin up those switchbacks at the end.

    Maybe next year. Gives me another year to train and pick up a bike w/ a triple. : )

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    I'm doing L'eTwoyearolds B'day party on Saturday. Maybe next year for me too.

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    Uuuuunnnnlucky. The weather looks good, and it should be pretty up there after the current rain.

    At least you won't be there to trounce me and I'll have a whole year to get ready for you.

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    I'm staying at the Ontario Airport Sheraton again this year. Got really lucky because I made the reservation months ago and got a good price before they moved the start line right across the street .
    Makes a lot more sense for them too. Montclair was a little cramped, and there's beaucoup parking & hotels around the airport & convention center. Heck, the place was a ghost-town last year.

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    I'm in. Somehow I need to do 25k of elevation in the next five days, and Etape will go a long way towards that goal. Debating with myself right now, whether I can afford an hour or two of light exercise today, or I need to rest till the event.

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    Won't be riding it but I got an e-mail for this and am sort of tempted to go. It's the SRAM/Zipp ride experience tomorrow in Ontario. Edit, can't seem to link to it right, the info is listed on SRAM's site:

    http://www.sram.com/events/2012/ride-experience
    Last edited by Dunbar; 04-26-12 at 12:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugenek View Post
    I'm in. Somehow I need to do 25k of elevation in the next five days, and Etape will go a long way towards that goal. Debating with myself right now, whether I can afford an hour or two of light exercise today, or I need to rest till the event.
    Glad to hear it Eugene. Saturday will get you almost halfway there. One hour of light spinning won't hurt you. (I'm going to too.)
    I'll probably have dinner at Rosa's Italian Restaurant (next door to the Sheraton) on Friday night. Are you rolling in Saturday morning, or are you up for meeting for dinner?

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    an hour or two of spinning is rest...
    the races i've done the worst in have been the two or three that i didn't get a chance to ride the day before, for me it's mandatory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    Glad to hear it Eugene. Saturday will get you almost halfway there. One hour of light spinning won't hurt you. (I'm going to too.)
    I'll probably have dinner at Rosa's Italian Restaurant (next door to the Sheraton) on Friday night. Are you rolling in Saturday morning, or are you up for meeting for dinner?
    Thanks, but my plan is to drive there, get the packet, check in at the hotel, and hit the sack.

    If anybody wants to register at the last minute but too cheap for Sheraton, Red Roof Inn is about two blocks from the starting line and they have rooms for $50+tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugenek View Post
    I'm in. Somehow I need to do 25k of elevation in the next five days
    Dude, you are a machine. Great work, I can't believe how close you are to that totally ridiculous goal!

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    Ha. I can't seem to fall back far enough to the point where it would be obvious that I won't make it, and I can't get ahead and get it over with before the deadline. By the way, check this out: http://cosmocatalano.com/strava/club_leaders/1488/

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    My brother and I have signed up for the suffering. I started doing some climbing rides about 6 weeks ago and think the ride will go ok, but I sure wouldn't mind if the temperatures were projected to be cooler than the low 80s. At least the weather should be nicer than it was two weeks ago. At that time there was snow starting around the village and continuing up to the lifts. Even on the days it wasn't raining or snowing, there were some chilly descents from the top of the climb.

    I hope the event goes smoothly while everyone has a safe ride and "enjoys" the experience.

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    Not doing it this weekend, but I did the ride a few weeks ago when one of the local clubs (California Triathlon) was doing a free guided preview of the course with full SAG support and rest stops. The climb up to the Baldy Ski Lifts was pretty brutal. The last 3 miles is no less than 10%. The last 2 were between 12-15%. First time I ever felt like I needed another couple of gears (smallest gear I had was 39/28). Got to a point where I was at my limit and barely moving at 3.5-4mph. Next time, I'm taking a compact.

    What makes that ride so hard is that you already have 4-5k feet of climbing in your legs before you even get to the village. Pace yourself early in the day as much as you can. Take lots of gears, or really really good legs, preferably both

    That ride really puts into perspective what the pros can actually do. Come May when I see those guys flying up that climb at 10-15mph and I remember I was barely able to keep from falling over, it will just confirm to me that super men still exist!

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    I'm in and will be gunning for the La Vie Claire colors as they were ahead of me last year. I am showing up Saturday morning. In reality, my goal is to complete the climb from BV to the lifts without stopping; I think I stopped at half the switchbacks last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSMaxwell View Post
    I'm in and will be gunning for the La Vie Claire colors as they were ahead of me last year. I am showing up Saturday morning. In reality, my goal is to complete the climb from BV to the lifts without stopping; I think I stopped at half the switchbacks last year.
    What time did you finish last year? I was 5:53:59, 146th place, despite getting tunnel vision and walking twice on the switchbacks. You may take me this year, as I'm not in last year's shape. But I have two secret weapons ready for the switchbacks this year:

    1) I'm going to get enough water, (even if they don't have any at the &$^#$ Azusa aid station like last &$^#$ year and I have to fill my bottles from someone's garden hose.) And

    2)

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    You decided to skip the cables, chain and pedals to save weight for when you push?

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    I plan on having what Armstrong calls a "no-chain day."

    She's all built up now and shifts better than even my 7800 doubles.

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    Nice!

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    A great day all around. 6:37:52. Slower than last year, but the course was longer with a bunch of garbage riding in the beginning. I stopped at all the water stops save two (East fork, middle GMR) due to the temps. Whatever, it sure felt a lot better.

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    Great work JSMax! You beat me by a good 5 minutes. You finished 127th, I was 143rd.
    Don't beat yourself up about being slower than last year, we rode an additional 2-3 miles (and caught every &#^% red light on Vineyard).
    It was a tough ride, but fun! Those switchbacks were murder, but at least they had water at the Azusa aid station. Definitely looking forward to next year!

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    Fun ride, for the most part. Stopped being fun somewhere around mile 65. And I don't have the words for the last four miles. But, overall, it wasn't THAT hard, I had plenty of energy left.

    I kept seeing Bill Walton. We were in the same group coming into Azusa, I made up some time climbing back, but I think I saw him no more than a mile from the lifts as I was descending. Somehow he lost over an hour on the last mile. I wonder if he's all right.

    I have a simple rule for "when I'm doing OK", which is, I'm doing OK if, towards the end of the ride, I'm still surrounded by guys on Cervelos. This time it held: there were two Cervelos in a group of ~5 riders in which I got back to the village.

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    Which wave did you leave with Eugene? I left with the third.
    Sorry I missed you. I had to leave the post-ride pasta party after only one plate because I had to get my dog bag from the puppysitter.
    Still can't believe you did hill repeats afterward--I was groaning on anything that wasn't downhill on the way back to the start line.

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    So Chris, how was the triple? Was it worth it? Did it help your knees/legs? Do you think it was faster or slower? (Definitely faster than walking!)

    The last hundred yards to that cul-de-sac are slow painstakingly slow. I look up over and over and seem to get no closer. Then done.

    I think there was a lot less carnage on the final climb this year. Less entrants over all and a higher percentage of DNF this year, I think.

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    This ride is on my next years "bucket list"

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