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Any Vassar collegiate RR reports?

Old 04-29-07, 08:44 PM
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Any Vassar collegiate RR reports?

C'mon, I need to hear how you liked the NP area. The course took you over climbs that I do nearly every day.

How'd you ECCC guys do?
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Old 04-30-07, 07:20 AM
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I don't recall Vassar having a cycling team. Is this really their team kit?



I'm ashamed for my alma mater.
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Old 04-30-07, 08:55 AM
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Yeah, their kits are ugly as sin.

I guess nobody here raced that one, ehh?
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i was supposed to race (drexel) but friday afternoon i blacked out unknowingly and have been in and out of the hospital...boooooo

apparently the RR was quite fun, some big accidents on the descents and tons of cool climbing....i wish i coulda been there
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The course was awesome! Penguin, I'm jealous. I love the rolling river hills that I call home, but ripping downhill through sharp switchbacks was awesome!

Loved the second climb, first one was pretty close to what I have around home (same steepness and length) but I don't have anything like the second climb around (8 mile grinder).
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Originally Posted by dan.lavelle
i was supposed to race (drexel) but friday afternoon i blacked out unknowingly and have been in and out of the hospital...boooooo

sorry to hear that man, hopefully it is anything too serious (don't put that much EPO in the syringe next time )
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As a first time racer (long time lurker here) all I really have to say is "ouch."

Absolutely gorgeous ride though- would've appreciated it even more if I wasn't hanging on to a break for dear life!
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Originally Posted by domestique
The course was awesome! Penguin, I'm jealous. I love the rolling river hills that I call home, but ripping downhill through sharp switchbacks was awesome!

Loved the second climb, first one was pretty close to what I have around home (same steepness and length) but I don't have anything like the second climb around (8 mile grinder).
Those switchbacks are awesome

Did you guys actually climb all the way to Lake Minnewaska, or did you just stay on 44/55?
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I wan't paying attention, but I do recall going over under a bridge looking thing at the top. we reached the top of what I thought was the final stretch and then went downhill for a little bit to climb for anothre 1/2 mile (if that). I believe it was the very top.

Here was the route.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?clien...c9382029&msa=0
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ahh, that's not it. The climb to Lake Minnewaska would have been right at the top of that 8 mile grinder. Its about 2/3rds of a mile at around 10%. Would have made for a great hilltop finish...
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin
ahh, that's not it. The climb to Lake Minnewaska would have been right at the top of that 8 mile grinder. Its about 2/3rds of a mile at around 10%. Would have made for a great hilltop finish...

I would have loved a hill top finish... I suck on descents and got caught by the pack halfway down. Either way, I hope they do the course again next year. By far one of the more memorable races this season.
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It would have been cool for sure. I could suggest it to the organizer for next year...there's a decent sized parking lot at the top. Problem is, the road to the top isn't that wide, so if you park up there you'd basically be stuck till the end of the day...
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