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Copperopolis anyone?

Old 03-25-07, 06:52 PM
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Copperopolis anyone?

Anyone doing Copperopolis in two weeks? Also, for the guys/gals that have done it would you run your race wheels or training wheels(carbon/tubulars or aluminum/clinchers)
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Old 03-25-07, 06:54 PM
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I wouldn't do that race unless I was a pro with everything paid for. Looks like a race that will test the limits of your equipment 10 fold compared to a normal race.
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Old 03-25-07, 07:22 PM
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why on earth would you say that?

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Old 03-26-07, 12:22 PM
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I've sent in a entry for the 35+ 4/5 race at Copperopolis. I'm planning on running my most bomb-proof wheels, which happen to be my training tubulars. I'll be running Conti Sprinter Gatorskins on them, and (providing there's a wheel truck) putting a couple of wheels on the truck.
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Old 03-26-07, 12:26 PM
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Wow! I've heard the stories about it, but haven't seen pix until now. That is some seriously bad road.

I won't be racing it; not because of the road but scheduling. Though, I'm not sure if I'd do it anyway. I do have a set of Open Pros that would hopefully hold up for it but man, that just looks nasty. Good luck, platypus -- Go Green!
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Old 03-26-07, 12:30 PM
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I've done Copperopolis the last three years and will be there again (4 laps this year!!??). It is a GREAT climbing course, but the road surface on the descent is quite bad. My "race" wheels are Ksyrium Elites. I use them at Copperopolis since they are quite sturdy. I might run 25mm or even 28mm tires to help a bit with the rough descent. Be sure to get a good warm-up as the main hill is pretty early in the lap.
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Old 03-26-07, 12:43 PM
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I did the 35+ 4/5 race last year. I've never seen so many flat tires in a race!

I used my training wheels last year (Bonty Race Lites) and they were fine.

I'll be back this year in the 35+ 1/2/3 and will not risk my Zipp 303's (carbon tubulars). I'll be using my new training wheels, Williams Wheel System 19's (aluminum clinchers).
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Old 03-26-07, 02:51 PM
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how bad is the descent? Is safety in the pack a concern? Will the group be pretty strung out at that point? I can handle bad roads by myself, but I wonder if I should sit this race out b/c the group dynamic + crappy roads + fast descents.

Thoughts? I'm a 5 and I'm already registered but have no problem pulling out and getting a credit from VPromo.
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Old 03-26-07, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by brianappleby
how bad is the descent? Is safety in the pack a concern? Will the group be pretty strung out at that point?
I didn't think it was unsafe, but we were pretty strung out by that time. The descent is about 15 miles into the loop and after the 2 hills, so it should be pretty strung out if guys are pushing hard.

I was in a small group both times on the descent. I would not want to be in a pack on there since you really want to have a clear view of the road and room to move over a bit. I remember bunny hopping over a few large potholes at about 40mph last year.
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Old 03-26-07, 03:01 PM
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I'll be in the 4's, PizzaMan make sure to put the hurt on Vino(someone needs to) on the climbs. It sounds like training wheels are the way to go.
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Old 03-26-07, 04:06 PM
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Wow... I haven't seen pictures of this race before, that first one looks awesome.

I can't wait for this race, looks like a good climbing course.



Pizza man, How do you like the williams wheels?? The price:weight is almost too good to be true... "strong,light or cheap, pick two" williams picks 3??
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Old 03-26-07, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by jrennie
I'll be in the 4's, PizzaMan make sure to put the hurt on Vino(someone needs to) on the climbs. It sounds like training wheels are the way to go.
I'm in the 45+ 1/2/3. Pizza will be racing many dog years below that.
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Old 03-27-07, 07:45 AM
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I'll be there in the 4s. I only have one wheelset, so I suppose I'm using that.
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Old 03-27-07, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by HillMut
Wow... I haven't seen pictures of this race before, that first one looks awesome.

I can't wait for this race, looks like a good climbing course.



Pizza man, How do you like the williams wheels?? The price:weight is almost too good to be true... "strong,light or cheap, pick two" williams picks 3??
I really like the Williams wheels. They're great for the price and the customer service is incredible.

Too bad Vino won't be in my race, but to steal his line, I plan to try and toss a grenade into the pack on the first big climb.
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Old 04-01-07, 01:16 PM
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There's an outside chance I can do this race. I'd really like to but it'll cost me a fair number of spousal chits to race the day before Easter (egg hunts galore).

Anyway, what gearing are you using? I have a standard double and a 12-26 cassette I could use.
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Old 04-01-07, 05:04 PM
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12/25 but I'm one of them there sissys that runs a compact
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Originally Posted by caloso
There's an outside chance I can do this race. I'd really like to but it'll cost me a fair number of spousal chits to race the day before Easter (egg hunts galore).

Anyway, what gearing are you using? I have a standard double and a 12-26 cassette I could use.
53/40 11/26.

If you think you might be hurting late in the race, having the 29 as a bailout might not be bad, or a 38 small on front.
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