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Tokeneke: what's the skinny?

Old 07-26-09, 01:46 PM
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Tokeneke: what's the skinny?

looks a tad too hilly for my fat ass, but seeing as i'm in town, i'm curious.

has anyone done it before?
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while i'm at it, has anyone done the three village tour?
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Yes, it's hilly. It starts with 6-7 miles of down hill & flat, then a couple of small climbs, & gradual grades. Another downhill, then a 2 mile long steady grind up to the start/finish.

I'd like to do 3 village, but will have just got back from vacation, so may not be able to fit it in.
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interesting. might be a way to bookend my trip.

3 villages appeals - it's less than an hour away from my family's beach house. what kind of course is it? rolling? hilly?
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I had been thinking about this race, but I'm still a 5. No interest in driving that far from Boston to race 22miles
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I'll be doing both Tokeneke and 3 village.

Tokeneke's supposed to be a good course. A few teammates have been down there to scope it out.

So it might be hilly. Big whoop.

You might as well race

Then we can go Eli Cannon's and have some good brew!
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
I'll be doing both Tokeneke and 3 village.

Tokeneke's supposed to be a good course. A few teammates have been down there to scope it out.


So it might be hilly. Big whoop.
i haven't been on a proper hill since may 21st.

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You might as well race ; )

Then we can go Eli Cannon's and have some good brew!
you're too young to get into a bar.
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b, I've raced both relatively succesfully. Tokeneke tends to be an attrition/survival race - finishing climb is pretty substantial and there's a few others to make you hate yourself. Add the fact that most of the field is waiting for the end of the season and it tends to be a grinder.

3 Villages has one long gradual climb then meanders a bit, pretty fun course, as a lot of different kinds of riders can thrive on it if they ride it properly.
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thanks pinky.

looks like i'll definitely do 3 villages. just need to decide on which field i'll race in.

not sure about tokeneke. a combo of lack of climbing, lack of dietary discipline due to the lack of climbing, and jet lag might not make it the best race for me to do.

we'll see.
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damn.. both of those look tempting.. I've done the Berkhamsted loop once before.. but not at full speed.

never raced before.. so i'd be a bit nervous about the downhill section on the other side
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Anything you want to tell us, Botto? You're acting rather.......cordially.

Let me guess - you're in love?
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Will I see you at Prospect this Saturday morning?
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Tokeneke looks fun but I'm racing on Governor's Island.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
you're too young to get into a bar.
Na-uh!

Heck if you do tokeneke, I'll buy you the first round!

PS: If you can do threshold work on flat ground, then you can do it on the hills.

You don't have to climb hills all the time, to be good at climbing hills.

Duke of Kent said it best...
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Originally Posted by Pablo. View Post
Will I see you at Prospect this Saturday morning?
seeing as i'll still be on the other side of the atlantic, no.

Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
Na-uh!

Heck if you do tokeneke, I'll buy you the first round!

PS: If you can do threshold work on flat ground, then you can do it on the hills.

You don't have to climb hills all the time, to be good at climbing hills.

Duke of Kent said it best...
not quite the same thing.
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S/F of Tokeneke is about a 30? minute bike ride from my house. If you go fast.

The first set of hills is tough, short wall, then a longer medium hill, then a less steep long hill. Reminds me of a stretched out Steps of Gimbles in the long ride.

I got lapped on the course when it was the CT State RR. Lapped like I lost 1+ hour. This was when I was 40 lbs lighter than I am now, and I could still sprint and stuff. I won't be doing the race.

I did give the best wheel change ever there:
https://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...new-wheel.html

If you see me jump out of the wheel van, run or wait for an awesome tow.

I may or may not be doing the 3 village thing. There's a crit in there somewhere which I may do.

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50mph tow? Yikes!
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I still have no idea who the guy was. Dark blue kit, white lettering, maybe white vertical stripes in the middle (like a "mechanic's shirt"). Based on design, possibly one of the CRCA sub-teams. I wish I could hear his side of the story.

We broke 50 before he let go. We were driving someone else's Isuzu Amigo SUV so it had no pickup. I'm pretty sure he had to brake really hard when he "bridged" to the field.

He absolutely blew by the official's car, a convertible. I mean blows by at something like 45-48 mph. The officials' heads all snapped back at us. We grinned and waved.

It was hilarious It's one of the few stories where I actually smile and giggle when I think about it and I laugh when I tell it.

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After a 50+ mph tow, I would require changing more than just a wheel.
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I'm out of town for Tokeneke, which is probably good because the last time I did it, it nearly killed me. If I'm healthy by then, I'll do 3 villages.
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No Tokeneke for me although I have a lot of teammates heading down. I am off to Buffalo for a crit weekend, more my thing.
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[QUOTE=pinky;9358460]b, I've raced both relatively succesfully. Tokeneke tends to be an attrition/survival race - finishing climb is pretty substantial and there's a few others to make you hate yourself. Add the fact that most of the field is waiting for the end of the season and it tends to be a grinder.

QUOTE]

I'm ready for some attrition (read: eatting a lot).

I'll be racing 3's. Any one else??


CANT WAIT TO SUFFER!!!!!!!!!

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The Cat 4 race is filled. I would REALLY like to enter - if you or someone you know registered for the Cat 4 race and cannot make it - please PM me.
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Good luck to everyone doing this!

It's gonna be fun
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Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
It was hilarious It's one of the few stories where I actually smile and giggle when I think about it and I laugh when I tell it.
man, I'm giggling here as i read about it...
50 is spooky enough when I've got both hands on the bars and am not up against a car - that's hilarious.
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