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Tales from Da (Mt.) Hood - Prologue

Old 05-30-07, 11:44 PM
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Tales from Da (Mt.) Hood - Prologue

So we did the big run from the land of debauchery and sin to the banks of the Columbia, previewing some of the upcoming race along the way. Tomorrow’s stage one has plenty of bite, 4 times up Hill Mc Nasty to the Cooper Spur Ski Resort. The hill lends itself to the "attack you like you burned my house down" mentality.

The downhill ought to be interesting, timid descenders beware, and overly aggressive descnders bring your body armor. Not technical in the Mt. Hamilton Medivac contest sense, but still hair ball enough to get behind in your steering and have scars to show your grand kids.

Also drove the final bits of stage three. Simply horrific. The race ends with a bunch of high single to low double digit climbing before you do the overpass loop and a two mile bleed from the eyeballs climb to the Mt. Hood Ski Resort parking lot.

Ski resort parking lot.

Say it again.

Ski resort parking lot.

Now say it after 84 miles and two hard prior stages.

I have fear. This is one scary finish...it's a full on Pro stage. BJM's time will be interesting to compare to us lowly tres.

I was cramping just driving up the thing, so when we hit Hood River and got checked in I went for a spin to take a look at stage two, the Gorge TT. It finishes on an awesome bit of road. Mix of climbs and descents through a park on near perfect pavement with a view of the gorge that you better not get distracted by, because there’s a pretty heavy penalty if you miss the road. Especially in the Moeser Tunnels. Imagine bombing down the semi darkness of a 14 foot wide piece of "tunnel", open except for 12 x 12 concrete posts every ten feet on one side, and rock wall with the same posts on the other.

At 40 MPH.

This is one sick race.

Stay tuned.

Addendumb dumb:

After I finally got the Innernets thingy working I hit Cycling News to check out the Giro. Di Luca...who woulda thunk it? Next year we'll be hitting the online casinos to bet on anyone named Schleck and you know what? He may be nuts. He may be arrogant, and a whiney little eye-tie. But on a bike...you gotta love Gibo.

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Old 05-30-07, 11:58 PM
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Good luck and have fun! (I just checked the folks who signed up- you'll have Pro Mtn. Biker in your midst)
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Old 05-31-07, 12:04 AM
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Yeah!!! What we would do on BF without any Vino race reports??
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Originally Posted by obra3
Good luck and have fun! (I just checked the folks who signed up- you'll have Pro Mtn. Biker in your midst)
And some folks were saying I'M the sandbagger....
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Originally Posted by Vinokurtov
And some folks were saying I'M the sandbagger....

*coughcoughyouarecough*
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thanks for sharing...eagerly awaiting the race reports!
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I may never be gutsy enough to actually try to race the Mt. Hood series, but I'd sure love to come and spectate next year.
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there are some local guys doing pretty good in the pro race, one was in the break yesterday. looks like a challenging course.
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