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Battenkill 2013. The BF Team?

Old 03-28-13, 06:17 PM
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I"m in, racing w 3/4 on Saturday.. running 25mm Conti four Season, a little heavier tire, but hopefully will get through without flatting... if you read the web site, they recommend every rider carry a spare tube, etc to repair a flat...
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Old 03-28-13, 07:41 PM
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I am in for the 35+...passed on the cat 2, since I got a late start this year. I didn't think I was ready for a80+ mile rr just yet. I am running some 24 Pave's on 303's. I figure if I flat out, ill race the 30+ on Sunday.
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Old 03-28-13, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by notwist View Post
thanks for the update. aside from the softer dirt, how were the general road conditions?
The raked dirt pretty much dominated any impression of road conditions. The rakes bring up golf ball sized rocks along with the soft dirt, you can see it especially in this video from the other day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IRLhiaxExM . On the other hand, the rakes do fill in the potholes, so maybe it's a wash as far as pinch flat risk. It does make the going slower and harder though. We did have one guy flat out of 6 of us, which is more or less in line with the 10% average for the race.

Be especially careful of turns off of dirt roads onto paved roads, because a lot of loose dirt gets pushed into the intersection and it's a popular place to wash out. Mile 15.8 (end of the Juniper Swamp dirt descent) is an especially bad corner.


Originally Posted by jabbahop View Post
The key is how much car traffic the road gets after the grading. If it gets a good amount, it gets packed down quickly. The bigger issue is if we get significant rain between now and the race. That can create nasty potholes and muddy conditions - especially on the sides which get less traffic to pack things down. Either way - beware of loose stuff on the sides.
I hope you are right and it gets packed down well. There is still plenty of time, but there is not much traffic on these roads. I think we saw about 4 cars on dirt roads all day.
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Old 03-28-13, 07:58 PM
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Out.
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Old 03-28-13, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
Out.
wise choice.

nothing dumber than paying a boatload of cash for a novelty race, except maybe paying an even bigger boatload of cash to travel across a continent to do a novelty race.
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Old 03-28-13, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
wise choice.

nothing dumber than paying a boatload of cash for a novelty race, except maybe paying an even bigger boatload of cash to travel across a continent to do a novelty race.
Or paying a coach to be a Cat 4 breakaway specialist...
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Old 03-29-13, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
Or paying a coach to be a Cat 4 breakaway specialist...
I was a Cat 4 breakaway specialist with a coach.

Acorns and oaks.
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Old 03-29-13, 12:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
I was a Cat 4 breakaway specialist with a coach.

Acorns and oaks.
But for how long???
Exception to the rule,,,
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Old 03-29-13, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
But for how long???
10 races.

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Exception to the rule
I guess that means the rule wasn't a very good one.
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Old 03-29-13, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
Or paying a coach to be a Cat 4 breakaway specialist...
watch it, fatso

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I was a Cat 4 breakaway specialist with a coach.

Acorns and oaks.
funny, i'm in the exact same situation. now if i can rack up a palmare that is a tenth of yours, that'd be swell.
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Old 03-29-13, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post

I guess that means the rule wasn't a very good one.
it helps to be an ugly version of her.

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Old 03-29-13, 04:31 PM
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it never ceases to be amusing how worked up some people get about how others spend their own money.

if there weren't "fools" in the world, we'd have very little in the way of commerce or services.

what i see in this thread missed the point that 99.9% or more of the world thinks that spending ANY money on racing a bike is stupid. we really don't need to beat up on one another's choices.
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Old 03-29-13, 04:46 PM
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So back on topicish, I'm looking at being in particularly terrible shape for Battenkill, but still planning on racing the 4 field. Anybody fancy a small group off the back with me?
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Originally Posted by tetonrider View Post
it never ceases to be amusing how worked up some people get about how others spend their own money.

if there weren't "fools" in the world, we'd have very little in the way of commerce or services.

what i see in this thread missed the point that 99.9% or more of the world thinks that spending ANY money on racing a bike is stupid. we really don't need to beat up on one another's choices.
calm down.
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Old 03-29-13, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
I was a Cat 4 breakaway specialist with a coach.

Acorns and oaks.
I'm a little acorn.


quacky didn't you not long ago attribute your success to excellent coaching?
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Old 03-29-13, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
calm down.
don't become a relic over there (or here, as it were)! ;-)
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Old 03-30-13, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by tetonrider View Post
it never ceases to be amusing how worked up some people get about how others spend their own money.

if there weren't "fools" in the world, we'd have very little in the way of commerce or services.

what i see in this thread missed the point that 99.9% or more of the world thinks that spending ANY money on racing a bike is stupid. we really don't need to beat up on one another's choices.
Truth.

Battenkill is a fun race. Straight up. It runs on surfaces that we rarely get to race on, even though they are in fact roads. There are enough dirt road sections to make them a true strategic element of the race. On the other hand, there's a race around here (a good race, too!) that throws in half a mile of dirt each 22 mile lap so they can call it "Hell of the South," (could be much worse, they could've called it "Berlin-Roubaix" or something like that). It's easily cut out without changing the race much, too, it's just a short loop off the main road, which the race returns to only 1.5 miles later. Now THAT is a novelty element. Battenkill is a different kettle of fish.
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Old 03-31-13, 07:17 AM
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Still dreading that I signed up for this race. Will be racing in the 4E field.
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Old 03-31-13, 02:33 PM
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Im looking forward to this race! And the little vacation to see family friends at the same time. I'm in the Cat2 field!
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Old 04-02-13, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
Out.
Dang. I was looking forward to meeting.
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Old 04-02-13, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
Dang. I was looking forward to meeting.
Planes fly west too
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Old 04-02-13, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
Dang. I was looking forward to meeting.
you practically drove past him (actually you probably were 5 minutes away!) when you went out to the EC last year. you drove out from LA, if memory serves.

bummed R.Ex won't be there; he's good people.
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Old 04-02-13, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Colonelmom View Post
I"m in, racing w 3/4 on Saturday.. running 25mm Conti four Season, a little heavier tire, but hopefully will get through without flatting... if you read the web site, they recommend every rider carry a spare tube, etc to repair a flat...
i've used conti 4 seasons, 25s, with latex tubes. it was a good combo.

on carrying a spare tube, i havent, but one of my team mates flatted last year, something happened where he missed the wheel van and ended up outside the race caravan. he ended up knocking on a door and getting a ride from a resident on the course. kind of funny story.

good luck to everyone racing, i really like battenkill. it's a fun, fun race that demands a lot of you. wish i was in it but just not in the cards for this year.
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Old 04-02-13, 11:39 AM
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I am reticent to say this as it means it's going to happen this year, but I've never flatted at Battenkill, and have raced it like 5 times on 23c's. Pro2's, Mondo Pros, and GP 4000s. I wouldn't overthink it.
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Old 04-02-13, 11:59 AM
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trying to elide between 4000s and gatorskins. both 23c. my gatorskins have more miles. buying new ones isn't in the cards. have a sinking feeling i'm going to flat either way.
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