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Old 04-23-09, 03:52 PM
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Quabbin Road Race

Anyone going?

I will be there but obviously not in racing mode. I will be the on site fotog. The local team Spooky/Kenda/NCC will be representing and I am there to take some shots.

Let me know and I can take your pic for the suffering thread.
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Old 04-23-09, 03:56 PM
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I think you meant this link for the race team:

http://www.tenetracing.com/
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Old 04-23-09, 04:05 PM
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With a predicted record temperature of 90 degrees, there will be a LOT of suffering.
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Old 04-23-09, 05:15 PM
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Previewed it on Sunday. Hard.
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There for the now pro-3, it oughta be a grand asskicking, but thanks to Norton not giving us an f-ing feed, at least we'll all be suffering together....
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Old 04-23-09, 05:30 PM
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Wish i could. Too tired/broke to make the trip.
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Old 04-23-09, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by 92degrees View Post
Previewed it on Sunday. Hard.
What about the road surface, particularly in the section now mentioned twice by MikeNorton?
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Old 04-23-09, 06:22 PM
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I'll be there in the 4/5's, it'll be brutal.

My first road race FWIW.
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Old 04-23-09, 06:31 PM
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As he mentioned there's a fairly short section of broken pavement -- mostly in the form of cracks that run in the direction of travel. I don't think it will be a problem as long as you are aware and watch your line. Just before Ware there were a few good holes that took my group by surprise.
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Old 04-23-09, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
I think you meant this link for the race team:

http://www.tenetracing.com/
Yep, Tanks Mon

See you all there. I'll be the one in a knee brace on crutches with a Nikon D200. Say hello.
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Old 04-23-09, 07:40 PM
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I'll be racing Cat 4, so be sure to get my pic! I'll stop by and say hello.

The lack of feed looks especially stupid now. There were some comments here a couple of weeks ago to the effect of "a feed zone in an April RR is unnecessary and/or stupid." (Paraphrased). Uh-huh. I guess whoever it was that said that doesn't understand New England weather. Predicted high of 88. Hoh-lee crap. I was probably on my own anyway, but still. Humidity is predicted to drop below 50% by 10 AM or so, so it won't FEEL as bad as it could, but you will find yourself sucking down a whole lot of water. Be careful out there, folks.
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Old 04-24-09, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by pinky View Post
There for the now pro-3, it oughta be a grand asskicking, but thanks to Norton not giving us an f-ing feed, at least we'll all be suffering together....
Me too... I'll have the racerbak on hopefully not getting dropped.
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Old 04-24-09, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Hocam View Post
I'll be there in the 4/5's, it'll be brutal.

My first road race FWIW.
you picked a helluva first race. ever heard of 12 mile training crits?

EDIT: ah, you meant ROAD race nvrmnd
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Old 04-26-09, 03:23 PM
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Great Day especially if you didn't have to ride the course. Lot of the riders bonked. Most from lack of fluids. There was hardly a tight pack in any of the categories except the Pro-3. The Pro-3 field actually finished before the Pro-3 breakaway group due to a shortcut that they took.

Here are a couple of images from the day.





Pro Field Start


Spooky Team


Pro Break Group


Pro Field


Grolby Start


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Old 04-26-09, 03:45 PM
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Great Day especially if you didn't have to ride the course. Lot of the riders bonked. Most from lack of fluids. There was hardly a tight pack in any of the categories except the Pro-3. The Pro-3 field actually finished before the Pro-3 breakaway group due to a shortcut that they took.
Enquiring minds want to know. What happened?
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Originally Posted by 92degrees View Post
Just before Ware there were a few good holes that took my group by surprise.
There was a crash here, I came by well after, but before the ambulance arrived. It was a definitely a "surprise" type of surface; very fast, and then some little whoops and holes. The worst place? About 30 meters from where the riders were down.
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Grolby Finish
Oh, the embarrassment! For the record, I rolled over the line, collapsed in exhaustion, and then both of my hamstrings suddenly cramped incredibly violently. So you're seeing me rolling over and digging my toes into the ground, trying to extend the muscles as much as possible. Just incredible amounts of pain in that photo. You couldn't have shown me crossing the line, at least, eh Greg?

My right hamstring is still achey.
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Oh, the embarrassment! For the record, I rolled over the line, collapsed in exhaustion, and then both of my hamstrings suddenly cramped incredibly violently. So you're seeing me rolling over and digging my toes into the ground, trying to extend the muscles as much as possible. Just incredible amounts of pain in that photo. You couldn't have shown me crossing the line, at least, eh Greg?

My right hamstring is still achey.


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Originally Posted by celticfrost View Post
Enquiring minds want to know. What happened?
The motorcyle lead took a wrong turn and guided them through downtown Ware. It cut three miles off the route and put them in front of the break away. It must have been a sight downtown with all the traffic lights and the heavy afternoon traffic.
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The motorcyle lead took a wrong turn and guided them through downtown Ware. It cut three miles off the route and put them in front of the break away. It must have been a sight downtown with all the traffic lights and the heavy afternoon traffic.
Oh no! I'm trying not to laugh because the guys in the break must've been pissed!!

Busting your butt in hot weather (w/ no feed stations?) all for naught. That sucks.
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Some photos I took of the day ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42rOorOPYgU
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Here's 92 Degrees finishing in 92 degree weather.

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Wow, I don't look nearly as bad as I felt!

You know what's funny, is I looked down with maybe 6 or 7 miles to go and realized that I had that seatpack attached to my bike. So I hauled a completely useless 1 1/2 lbs of tubes and tools (didn't take my pump) for the entire race. Super PRO.
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