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Old 05-04-07, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by riskus
people really have that hard a time changing sides?
A couple folks mentioned to me that the dirt section was much cleaner this year. I didn't find it too horrible to change sides.
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Old 05-04-07, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by riskus
people really have that hard a time changing sides?
Depends on how much loose crap there is between tire tracks at any given part of the gravel road and how adept the rider is at riding through loose crap....
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Old 05-04-07, 09:22 AM
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There are some 'tricks' to riding the gravel section, of which some are easier said than done and for which experience generally helps. And, of course the varying conditions that come with any race play a huge part.

One thing is you have to be fairly comfortable at following somebody over a rough surface when you can't see the holes and undulations that are going to jar you. You don't have to follow as close as you would on paving but you still want to be drafting. Add to that if there is a lot of dust you can't see crap so you have to have a reasonable comfort level putting your wellbeing in the hands of the guy who is in front of you and at the front of your line. It's good to give a little extra space in case you have to do something crazy like dodge a fall because you are going to need room to do it. It's a good idea to try to ride 'loose', that is without a death grip on the bars. Riding a large gear and riding light in the saddle (sit, but sit lightly by supporting some of your weight on the pedals while pedaling) will allow the bike to move around under you and keep the big jolts from hurting as much.
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Good luck, Gents!
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Good luck, Gents!
Thanks! For I will definitely need some serious luck.....
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Old 05-04-07, 11:24 AM
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So, No Racer, I bought tufo tubular clinchers to put on my wheels for this poolesville road race. I tried to mount them over lunch, after 45 minutes and several things I'll probably need to see a chiropractor for, I'm no closer to having them on the wheels than I was yesterday at this time. They dont fit around the rim.

What's the secret password to get these things on?
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Old 05-04-07, 03:14 PM
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i am so looking forward to this that i almost shaved my legs!
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Originally Posted by riskus
i am so looking forward to this that i almost shaved my legs!
Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Do it!
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Old 05-04-07, 03:22 PM
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Here's a quicky routeslip route that I made up of the circuit...

https://www.routeslip.com/routes/35804
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i think i did 20 laps around that course these last two weeks. I have the map burned into my brain at this point.
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Originally Posted by riskus
i think i did 20 laps around that course these last two weeks. I have the map burned into my brain at this point.
Hehe... Well, I'm going to go take my -19.8 TSB and go for a half hour recovery spin.
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i dont even know what TSB is but i just got back from a quick 45min ride myself. my chart thing says -17.1 is that good or bad?
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Originally Posted by riskus
i dont even know what TSB is but i just got back from a quick 45min ride myself. my chart thing says -17.1 is that good or bad?
That's bad. Supposedly you're at "peak" form when your TSB is a positive number.
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You and me both, budday...
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Originally Posted by MDcatV
So, No Racer, I bought tufo tubular clinchers to put on my wheels for this poolesville road race. I tried to mount them over lunch, after 45 minutes and several things I'll probably need to see a chiropractor for, I'm no closer to having them on the wheels than I was yesterday at this time. They dont fit around the rim.

What's the secret password to get these things on?
Hey, MDcatV, did you get them on?
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Btw, someone on the Team BBC discussion board stated that BikeReg had scheduling errors. You guys may want to check to see whether your race was affaected.
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Originally Posted by NoRacer
Btw, someone on the Team BBC discussion board stated that BikeReg had scheduling errors. You guys may want to check to see whether your race was affaected.
I'm sure everyone who is registered got it, but just in case for the waitlist crowd...

Originally Posted by NCVC e-mail
FROM: 2007 Poolesville High School Road Race
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* * *IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT* * *

There was a discrepancy between the information on BikeReg.com and the
race flyer regarding the afternoon race times. The corrections have been
made so please re-check the correct time for your race.

The official starting times for the afternoon races are:

12:30 Noon - Men's Pro/1/2/3

12:40 PM - Men's 3/4

12:45 PM - Women's 3/4

Thank you,

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good luck everyone!

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^^^ +1. Rubber side down, everyone.

Cross your fingers for the rain to hold off till the end of racing!
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