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    I have not been to Rock Hill before. Does anyone have suggestions for getting there from Los Angeles? How about bike transport? What airlines are good for taking the bike with me, as opposed to shipping it there? Any help would be very much appreciated. I would usually drive my RV there, but this year I don't have the extra 10 days required for the round trip, and still have vacation time left to go to Manchester.

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    It is a long drive to Manchester.

    You can check out luggage forward. Also, USAC has partners for luggage shipping. I used a shipping company for 2012 Nats in Trexlertown. It worked out pretty good but was expensive.

    IMO, the two best air carriers for bike cases are Jet Blue and Southwest. All the rest are a lot more expensive for bike cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho3 View Post
    ........... How about bike transport? What airlines are good for taking the bike with me, as opposed to shipping it there? Any help would be very much appreciated........
    One member of my club ships his bike by FedEx rather than taking it with him. I'm not sure where he ships it to (he is in Europe so can't ask); but maybe you could ship it to your hotel or to a FedEx office for pick up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 700wheel View Post
    One member of my club ships his bike by FedEx rather than taking it with him. I'm not sure where he ships it to (he is in Europe so can't ask); but maybe you could ship it to your hotel or to a FedEx office for pick up.
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    I use Kinek a lot, usually only a couple of bucks to hold a package for you (not sure many hotels would take a bike box before you get there)

    SC in the middle of July sounds...warm.

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    Thanks for all the information. I've never shipped my bike before, but the times they are a changin' so maybe I will this time. And yes, July in SC sounds not only warm, but really, really humid as well. I'm spoiled training at the Velo Sports Center in Carson; sure wish we could have the Natz here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtrob View Post
    SC in the middle of July sounds...warm.
    Last year's elite nats were in early or mid august in South Carolina, and yes, they were unpleasant. There were morning sessions and evening sessions to avoid the heat of the day, but the morning and evening sessions were still extremely unpleasant. I drank and drank and drank, and I ate bananas and had electrolytes and all that ****, but I was just never pissing. It was so hard to stay cool. They had big fans in the infield. Everything was awful. The air was thick and sludgy. It was hard to breathe. It was hard to sleep. It was hard to want to race.

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    Trexlertown in the summer of 2011 was awfully hot as well. I wish that in those cases they would consider holding races before noon and after sundown, even if that means racing after midnight. This benefits both the athletes AND the officials.

    Don't forget that many racers hangout in the infield for hours waiting for their events. There is no AC, just shade (if you bring your own). In the Southeastern US, it can be over 100 degrees in the shade.

    I'd rather race into the wee hours of the morning than have someone suffer heat exhaustion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queerpunk View Post
    ............. The air was thick and sludgy. It was hard to breathe. ............
    Humid air is less dense than dry air so less aero drag. But humid air contains less oxygen so harder to breath. Also I'm guessing that humid air makes it harder for your body to cool though sweating.

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    Master's Natz in 1996 (I think) were in San Diego. I made the mistake of sitting around in the infield under some shade after my kilo and then having to do a flying 200 in the early evening. Needless to say, I was way off my best, being sunburned and dehydrated. That's why I drive my RV to races now, so I have somewhere I can sit and relax. I am still working out my plan for Giordana, but I am sure it will include lots of ice, water, and Heed. I too would rather race late into the evening. A couple of years ago at Colorado Springs it was over 100 every day, and we had to have the entire days racing finished by 6:00 pm for some reason. High heat, low humidity and thin air was not a great combination, although the lowered air resistance did make for several PR's. It still was a good party!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho3 View Post
    Master's Natz in 1996 (I think) were in San Diego. I made the mistake of sitting around in the infield under some shade after my kilo and then having to do a flying 200 in the early evening. Needless to say, I was way off my best, being sunburned and dehydrated. That's why I drive my RV to races now, so I have somewhere I can sit and relax. I am still working out my plan for Giordana, but I am sure it will include lots of ice, water, and Heed. I too would rather race late into the evening. A couple of years ago at Colorado Springs it was over 100 every day, and we had to have the entire days racing finished by 6:00 pm for some reason. High heat, low humidity and thin air was not a great combination, although the lowered air resistance did make for several PR's. It still was a good party!
    I made a similar mistake in TTown in 2011. I had Flying 200 and early sprint rounds in the morning session then later sprint rounds in the evening session. It was my last event of the week, so I checked out of my hotel that morning and figured that I'd just hang out in the infield for a few hours between sessions. BAD IDEA. I stayed hot all day and I suffered that evening. I should have paid the $80 for another day in my hotel room and napped in the air conditioning. I trained all year only to screw up trying to save $80.

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