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Old 08-18-09, 08:18 PM   #1
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What you riding in the HH

Prob will not get a chance to see any of you at HH, but what are you going to be riding, so I can keep an eye out?

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Old 08-18-09, 08:24 PM   #2
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When you get 12,000 bicycles together, they all start looking the same and looking for "the red one" is futile. With that in mind, I suggest we all get chicken hats to wear on our helmets for easier recognition: http://www.stupid.com/fun/CHAT.html

Anyway, I'll be on Ol' Yeller there in the avatar picture, starting at the back and staying there.
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Old 08-19-09, 01:24 AM   #3
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My avatoar is from last year's HHH. I will be riding the same red track bike with no name.
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Old 08-19-09, 08:12 AM   #4
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I'll be on a red/black/silver giant defy2 with look red look keo sprint pedals and smp pro saddle. But that's like saying i'll be in the corolla in traffic...
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Will be on a silver litespeed with a yellow (blue sleeves) Gardere MS 150 jersey...

Cliff, you riding with anyone? I have a few guys getting together...
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I plan to drive up from Lewisville that morning and ride my 2007 Scott CR1 Pro (dark carbon frame with yellow accents).
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I'll be riding the white pony.
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Old 08-19-09, 03:37 PM   #8
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Will be on a silver litespeed with a yellow (blue sleeves) Gardere MS 150 jersey...

Cliff, you riding with anyone? I have a few guys getting together...

I know a few people who claim to be going, but expect them to find an excuse not to go between now and then. I won't be keeping last years pace though, not even close. Haven't done any long rides since the Ouachita Challenge in April. I may be lucky to survive.
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I may bail this year. I just learned they're not letting bents start 5 minutes ahead, and I don't know that I want to be in a mass start with 12k idiots (present company excluded) who will just get in my way anyway and be unsafe. I hate to do it, though.
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I hear you. Last two years I've seen care flight land. That's two years too many. I am trying to explain to my 3 first timer friends what the rules are:

-Always stay toward the front of a pace line
-hold your line
-go wide when passing, and check your blind spot.
-for goodness sakes make sure your bike is in very good shape to minimize mech probs
-when stopping, pull all the way over to the right and signal that you are doing so...

They think I'm nerdy for sending them these rules, but they haven't yet ridden with 12K riders...
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Old 08-20-09, 05:54 AM   #11
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First timers and you are putting them in a paceline? That's kinda dangerous isn't it?
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They're not new to cycling, it is just their first time to the Hotter N Hell. They are used to pace lines and group riding, but what you tend to find at the HH100 are massive mini-pelotons, which is where many accidents happen. I tend to try and stay at the front of those if I'm in one.
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one other rule,
don't expect to make any time in the first 5 miles. Expect delays and to
put feet down often.
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I'm riding a black Scott CR1 Team and probably wear my St. Arnold jersey.
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Old 08-20-09, 11:44 AM   #15
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Just work it like traffic clogged on the freeway. If you try to tailgate (er, draft), get in too much of a rush, squeeze through tight spots, etc., you're asking for trouble. Just roll a long a few minutes and it all gets spaced out where you can ride like you want to.
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I've talked to several different people in the last couple of weeks that admit getting out on the course to start early instead of going off the start line. One lady came in wanting new lights so she can see before it gets daylight. I mentioned the dangers of being out before tha pros and the fast 100 milers started. She just said "no biggie" I have done it for several years. I wished her luck.
Everyone, let your newbe friends know that the big wide run to Iowa Park goes down to two lanes within the first 5 miles without much warning. I've seen alot of bumps and bruises in that section of the ride.
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Old 08-21-09, 07:20 AM   #17
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Look 595 69 year old guy in a red jersey. 30-ish gal on a Scott CR-1 contessa most likely in an agressive frog jersey.
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Old 08-21-09, 08:40 AM   #18
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So, with all these warnings... is it any worse than the Hou-Aus MS150? I mean, I remember it being clogged, but never put my feet down in the first 5mi.

Just curious... I really want to ride the HHH, but it won't happen this year.
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I'll be on a silver Windsor, white helmet and Texas: the Great State jersey. The best place to look for me will be at mile 98 - I'll be the guy with a beer in his hand.

Good luck all. Looks like they're calling for scattered thunderstorms right now. Hope that improves a bit.
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Yeah, we want general rain, not the scattered stuff.
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I hear you. Last two years I've seen care flight land. That's two years too many. I am trying to explain to my 3 first timer friends what the rules are:

-Always stay toward the front of a pace line
-hold your line
-go wide when passing, and check your blind spot.
-for goodness sakes make sure your bike is in very good shape to minimize mech probs
-when stopping, pull all the way over to the right and signal that you are doing so...

They think I'm nerdy for sending them these rules, but they haven't yet ridden with 12K riders...
did you warn them they'll be walking the first mile?
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I'll be riding a blue Trek Pilot and wearing a (bright!) yellow Houston Bicycle Club jersey. I'm driving up on Friday and am going to just camp out Friday night. Didn't feel like messing with a hotel this year.

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Old 08-24-09, 08:59 PM   #24
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I made the dreaded mistake of starting about 4 blocks back on the start. It was my first HHH and a friend said we had to start further back to appreciate the spectacle. We didn't cross the START line until we had appreciated the spectacle for 45 minutes.

Then there was the time I started with the front wheel on the start line. There was still a gozillion people in front of me on the road after the cannon went off and a cast of thousands at the first two rest stops.

The best way to find people is to have a designated corner to meet on. Cell phones are also a tremendous help since it is dark when people start getting into position and all that is visible is a sea of helmets and bikes.
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We'll be riding BOB---the Big Orange Burley. If you see it you can't miss it. Bright orange with a Softride beam for the stoker, plant bike superflash on back.

I had planned to start with the "Keepers". When wifey registered and we decided on tandem she did the same, even though we only plan a shorter ride. Last year I started moving right off the start with no problems from the second block.
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