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Old 09-14-09, 07:18 AM   #1
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TX Tough

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Tx Tough

Thursday night is the Pro/1/2 crit

Sunday is the family ride in downtown Dallas. Looks like it is going to look of fun.
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Old 09-14-09, 07:21 AM   #2
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For those of you in the Dallas area - it's worth the trip down to the AA Center / Victory Park.
- American crit riders are the best in the world, and all the big names are going to be here
- Several beer tents will be set up
- It's for a good cause - Children's Medical Center
- World class bike racing, under the lights, at a super cool venue, with local TV coverage! Come on down and make some noise!
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ask the Euro's - they readily concede that nobody races crits faster than the Americans.
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[Edit] Not to be a jerk, it sounds a great event and for a great cause, but

By what standard are American crit riders the best in the world?
Because we have the "The Bomb" and "Democracy". If people don't like us we will bomb them with democracy

Regardless of who is better it is going to be tons of fun. I plan on making it Thursday night, not sure about Sunday.

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Old 09-14-09, 10:33 AM   #5
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Fomerbrit - come on out to the races, I'll buy you a watered-down American beer and we can debate!

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I'll be there Thursday.
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I'd love ot be able to compete. I've raced some outlaw crits in CA with current/ex pros and cat 1-2s and they were fun fun fun.
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Fomerbrit - come on out to the races, I'll buy you a watered-down American beer and we can debate!

cheers
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I've developed a fondness for Shiner Bock personally Hardly watered down that!

Not sure if I can make it, need to check the kid's schedules you know!

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I was there last year. It was cool.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afd347sy1DQ
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I was there last year. It was cool.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afd347sy1DQ

How is the parking? Did they open up the AAC lots?
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If I remember right, I stopped on the way home from work, and did use the AAC lot- might have had to pay $5 or something. The main spectator place was down on the opposite end of the course, I was up on the AAC-parking lot end, although I did make the loop by the time I was done.

Photo hint: Good light during practice and at the start, dark shortly afterwards.
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I'm confused by the web site. Where and when is the dallas event?
(Feeling stupid )
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don't be, they didn't do much of a job making info accessible
I know about six people who got bummed for a sec because they missed it because they though it was on the 11th (all that was found was last years info)

http://www.txtough.org/default.asp?contentID=67
there's a link, you'd think they'd have the sense to make it the first only temporarily clickable banner image rather than the third
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The Katy Trail dead ends on the course. Ride your bike down from somewhere else. The Katy Trail is lighted at night. Plenty of room to roam around on your bike next to the course. DART opened the green line yesterday which now services Victory and the stop is less than 100 yards from the course.

It was interesting last year. Not really crowded at all.
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We were going to attend the RBM group riding workshop, but have decided to take a trip to Victory Plaza and catch the races.

Sounds like lots of fun, and I seriously doubt that there will be much of a crowd...
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Racing is Thursday 9-16 (tomorrow). Racing starts at 6:40 pm.

Map to course and parking here:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...,0.013797&z=16
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Racing is Thursday 9-16 (tomorrow). Racing starts at 6:40 pm.

Map to course and parking here:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...,0.013797&z=16
Thanks for the map.
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We were going to attend the RBM group riding workshop, but have decided to take a trip to Victory Plaza and catch the races.

Sounds like lots of fun, and I seriously doubt that there will be much of a crowd...
Pretty good crowd but really spread out except for the pit area. Last year I was able to ride around the course without dabbing on any of the sidewalks. Maybe 1000 people there last year?
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With the weather supposed to be T-storms this evening, will they still race?
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With the weather supposed to be T-storms this evening, will they still race?
It will rain

They will race

I will be there


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it's a pro bike race... they race rain or shine.
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Landis is going to be there

Go Floyd
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Landis is going to be there

Go Floyd

Hmmm. That alone might make me want to go. Thanks!

I believe in Floyd.
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Hmmm. That alone might make me want to go. Thanks!

I believe in Floyd.


A couple of laps after I took the above pic of him, I yelled "Go Floyd!" as he passed by. He surely wasn't expecting it, because he sat up and looked in my direction.

He spent most of the early part of the race in the back of the pack, but worked up as high as 5th towards the end. During the final 5-6 laps or so, he'd dropped to the back of the pack again.

I was impressed with how well it seemed to be organized.
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great event, was very impressed. crowd was really big, especially considering the rain.

and, TX homeboy takes the win, 2nd year in a row.
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