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Old 08-08-12, 10:01 PM
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Hi Sean. Not a "public" dinner but I'm sure we can squeeze one more in.
I sent him a PM invite. I think the DD is trying to drum up local biz. We'll just have to buy our obligatory share of beverages....
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In case anyone didn't receive it, here's the update that the organizer emailed out last night:

"Just a few more days until the big event. Pretty much every thing you need to know is on the website: www.dairylanddare.com

Here's what's not there yet. Detours: We have two detours on the course to avoid some dangerous chip coated roads. Also some notes not on the website:
1) Approaching Mineral Point, we will route around Antoine Rd. Route will take County D to County YD to Shakerag to Soldier Park.
2) 100k+ will do TWO LOOPS of Governor Dodge State Park. There is a timing mat in the park and you will cross it twice (6 miles apart). This is because we had to avoid a dangerous downhill on Dyreson Rd. On County ZZ we will skip Weaver, Upper Wyoming, and Dyreson Rd.
3) WARNING! 200K+ Half way down Knutson Rd (downhill) begins a section of loose chip coat. We will have signage at the top to alert you, but please find this on your map and remember to meter your speed on this down hill.

Remember to text DLD2012 to 41411 for SMS notifications of course conditions / incoming weather.

See you Saturday!"
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
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You may be able to ascertain by now that I'm trying to create an event for us, with as little expense as possible. I figure if I can organize a pre-ride dinner, our own SAG, ride coordination, host housing, and a post-ride fiesta, I can build an event for us that will have its own momentum. Some of my volunteers have already said "we should do this every year." It could be, it could be.
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Neat stuff, thank you for trying to set up an event within an event. I'm going to print out one of the flyers from their site and pin it to my garage door as a reminder to get some training in for next year.

Looking forward to the ride reports.

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When is next years event?
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The 2013 Dairyland Dare will be held on Saturday August 10, 2013.
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Old 08-10-12, 08:49 PM
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I hope you guys all have a great ride, and we'll be expecting pics and reports! I intend to do this next year as well. You may need to add another row for me to your spreadsheet Robbie. Title it "Dead"...
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It looks like you guys should have good riding weather tomorrow. A little chilly at 6AM (50F), but warming into the low 70's by lunch time.

Have great ride and don't forget to post up some pics!
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The gang is pretty much here.

As I figured, we are all shapes and sizes. Some really cool bikes.
bibilobob has by far the coolest gearing setup, iab the coolest bike (wooden wheels).
There is a load of cool bikes here. conspiratemus1 has made it from Ontario.
The only person I have not seen is buldogge, I'll check with him.

We started by having a beer with iab at a great little place, and 1 person became 6 pretty easily.
Packet pickup went well, and we've got plenty of volunteers. 2 SAGs and 1 paparazzi vehicle.

The fire dept was an excellent host, and dinner went very well. The home-cooked food was good.

Some photos were taken, and I'm sure more will be taken tomorrow.
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Robbie, thanks again, I had fantastic time. Sorry I couldn't stick around after my 100k, family duties called(rather urgently!) Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing a few tales! By the way, anyone else get passed on a hill (going up)by a guy on a single speed?
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Old 08-11-12, 06:23 PM
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Oh, I forgot to mention the snapped carbon fiber seatpost that Chrome Molly and myself saw, as well as the guy in the locker room who said he destroyed his $3800 carbon fiber frame. By riding it. I have nothing at all against carbon fiber, I may even utilize a carbon fork soon, but you gotta love that steel. $3800 would buy a good number of very nice steel frames.
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Old 08-12-12, 04:26 AM
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There were some really nice C&V bikes represented. Besides elguicho's '60 Paramount, there was an '89 Paramount, and an early Traveler with fenders. A Mondonico passed me, and a nice yellow Bianchi. Two or three Treks, a Medici, a Masi. Nice mix, maybe 1% of the bikes there.

What I saw, and I guess it's due to the terrain, was not a bunch of modern bikes, but a bunch of expensive modern bikes. While I normally see lots of modern bikes, the DD seemed so bring out the upper levels in the lines. Cervelos, Pinarellos, Looks, upper-level Tarmacs, Madones out the wazoo, Ridleys, Felts, BMC's, Blues, Orbeas. Wheras in my neck of the woods, it's often a Specialized/Trek convention, it's the 1000-1500 level bikes. The DD seemed to have, in many cases, a floor level of 2500.

I'll get my pics together and work on some posts.
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Riders of the day:

iab, 150K on a 42/24 with wooden wheels and old-timey everything, hand shifting.

conspiratemus1, 200K, apparently easily done. Amazing.

For me, a double: it took me twice as long as a 100k normally does. Any thoughts of "get the 100K under your belt early, then go for the extra 50K" ended on the 2nd hill.
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Old 08-12-12, 05:07 AM
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While the weekend didn't turn out as planned for me, I had an incredible time meeting all of you guys.

The area is probably beyond compare for beauty, but it did remind me a little of the foothills of the Bavarian Alps.

So much to see and do!

The generosity of Rob's family and friends was touching and will be remembered.

The whole event was a winner and I've already installed next year's date on the family calendar.

I could easily see this turning into a great event for C&V guys, a real can't miss.

Fun to see all the bikes, but Iab's really knocked me out.

Actually, the bikes from all of the C&V guys were super cool.

Thanks again to Dave and Rob for getting this show on the road.

One more thing, I loved Bibliobob's Medici and can't wait to make a few modifications to my Zullo. I'll use his blue and yellow Medici as a road map. That's the one I'll bring next year.
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Well...Timing and a cranky 6yo conspired against hanging out with everyone. I did run into Robbie, El Guicho, and BiblioBob out on the course. We were together just long enough for Robbie to jinx my chain.

I ended up doing the 150k...hats off to iab for completing that route with that bike and that gearing! ...a better man than me!!

Sooner or later Grady and I will ride together, if one or the other of us can hold our old bodies together on the same ride!
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What an awesome ride! Thanks to Robbie and his family for hosting us, feeding us and watching out for us on the road. Their hospitality was amazing.

The ride really kicked my a$$, I wished I had a triple on every hill but I loved it. I'm actually craving hills now, I guess I'll have to visit Wisconsin more often.

The c&v bikes were all cool, masi, medici, cinelli... but the best part was meeting the forum members. I couldn't stay to hang out at Tony's Tap afterwards but I will definitely be going back to Mineral Point next year with the family to spend the whole weekend.
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Great day for a ride with some great people. Thanks to RobbieTunes for bringing together a perfect event. Award winners were RobbieTunes for putting on the show and conspiratemus1 for doing the 200 on his Mariposa.

Dinner at the Mineral Point firehouse the night before. People chatting. Looking at some of the bikes.















Our fire fighter hosts.



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The riders.





The spread. Just like a relish tray from a supper club. You gotta love Wisconsin.











Da Packaaaas!!!!



My Plate. Pasta with Cornish pasties, the local delicacy. I ate too much.

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Old 08-12-12, 10:27 AM
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Dinner time.





The ride. Start at sunrise.



Some hills and some scenery.









First rest stop.



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Looking down.



Looking up.



Governor Dodge State Park rest stop.



More scenery. First pic has Blue Mounds in the distance.













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More scenery.



End or ride. I don't know why they were smiling. I was in pain and it shows (last pic is me and the bike).











Post ride at Tony's Tap.





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Great pictures Iab. Great job and congratualtions to all for participating in the Dairyland Dare. I cannot wait until next year when I can join in on the ride. It was a certainly a pleasure to meet you all and I certainly look forward to seeing you all again. Cheers to Robbietunes for a job well done and the effort spent on making this a wonderful get togeather! I am sure there will be many more to come!!!


Cheers

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My group had a great time -- thanks to Robbie for organizing the dinner, SAG, etc. etc. He and his family are very gracious hosts.
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An amazingly enjoyable weekend. Lots of fun, and I'm fairly certain that the turnout will grow substantially next year.

For starters, the hospitality shown by Robbietunes, his family and friends can't be overstated. His parents welcomed us into their home and were perfect hosts. His sister and brother-in-law led the charge to provide dinner and ride support for us, and had lots of help from other folks in Mineral Point. A big thanks to Rob, as the weekend would not have been nearly as enjoyable without....

iab and Conspiratemus1 definitely get the props for best ride performances. iab rolled and shifted that Frejus through 150k of supremely challenging terrain, and Conspiratemus1 drove in from Canada to prove that a steel Mariposa could own the 200k category. Skip left us at the first rest stop and we never caught up to him again..... ElGuicho hammered right up those hills on his '60 Paramount and made it look easy.

GoMango, Hodgykins weren't able to ride, but it was great that they came down anyway. Good to hang with them, and it was great to see Grady's Kvale. It's a beauty. It was great to meet ScottJonScott, EMerlin (fyi, he's very generous with buying beer ), Chrome Molly, svtMike and co., and Bulldogge. Look forward to getting to know them better next year. Unfortunately, Barrettscv's bottom bracket crapped out and he had to bail at the 50 mile mark. He's a strong rider and would've been up there hangin with Conspiratemus1 otherwise....


As for myself, I win the prize for worst mechanic. I added the granny ring this past week and adjusted it for the minor inclines of Chicago. Different story on the steep hills of Iowa County, and I dumped my chain 8 times. Still, I was happy with my ride and look forward to doing it again. 100k was just the right amount of suffering for me.....

Some crappy cell pics...

Robbie Tunes and El Guicho leading the charge up the hill after the last 100k rest stop:





A shot from early enough in the ride that I still had the energy to snap a photo of the scenery....



Barrettscv and Robbie prior to the start of our wave....



The tasty tray of Pasty, courtesy of Robbie's sister:

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What this thread needs is more bike porn;

BiblioBob's





Robbie's





El Guicho's





Skip Montanaro's



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David rode his gently restored 1933 Frejus road bike in The Dairyland Dare this weekend. David and his bike completed 150Km.









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Great to see the photos. Next year I'm definitely bring my family. I don't want to get dragged away early again! I'm looking into the WI triple crown for 2013...
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Just home now, car unpacked, laundry done, stuff ready for work tomorrow,... and still glowing with the enjoyment of the weekend. The 200 km was NOT easy. I was gritting and grunting and chuffing on all the hills and during the very few times I could hang onto (and once or twice sort-of pull) a carbon-fibre paceline. But it was just one of those days where all that effort translates into a decent amount of actual power that moves one forward and upward, so it was a very good day for this old guy's mitochondria. I'm thrilled beyond words with the award of the framed event poster, iab's handiwork.

But what made it so special, and worth the long drive on a short timeline, was getting to meet the steel-bikes-and-steel-men crowd on this forum. Robbie's family who hosted us in Mineral Point are like the kind of extended family I wish I had. I felt privileged as a stranger to have shared that little glimpse into their lives.

Oh, to the tally of broken expensive bike bits encountered on the ride, need to add: 10-speed chain snapped on the first big hill about 20 minutes out of Dodgeville. A whole bunch of people rode right past him, ignoring him, but since I had a chain tool and spare links I thought, well, let's see if we can help. (I even had some 9-speed Quick Links since they're in the tool bag anyway for the tandem.) But of course it was a 10-speed chain and I didn't know if you can use a generic chain tool to drive rivets on it without ruining the chain. He had no spares of any kind whatsoever, so we agreed to leave him for the support people to rescue.

I don't know if it's the chip timing that makes so many people obsessed about not losing time, or is it the fact that your entry fee off-loads to the SAG team your obligation to help other cyclists, but there seemed to be a lot less of the "You good?" spirit on this ride when riders were stopped. Maybe it's because nothing on modern bikes is fixable anyway???

(By the way, if anyone knows if you can rivet a broken 10-speed Shimano chain back together as a temporary fix without using the special one-time rivets, please let me know.)
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