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The 2013 Texas Rando Stampede Thread

Old 01-16-13, 11:00 AM
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The 2013 Texas Rando Stampede Thread

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I received an email yesterday that started off with "Howdy Stampeders! This email is to confirm your registration to The 2013 Texas Rando Stampede."

Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is anyone else planning to ride the event? I see the two Olsen guys are in as is a rider that I finished the LC with - Larry G. My riding partner is listed as "not confirmed" yet and I see one BF name that I recognize also. I'll let him volunteer his name if he wants.

I'm excited - when I was stationed in San Antonio from late 1977 to 1980, I rode every Sunday with a great group of local riders. I've kind of lost track of them over the years but fond memories of our rides through the hill country remain. It'll be fun to travel some of these roads again!
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I'm in along with several other Seattle Randonneurs. The challenge will be getting ready for a 1200 by May 1st.
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Well, I know you'll do the ride report more justice than anyone else!
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I want to do this for some reason
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Originally Posted by unterhausen
I want to do this for some reason
The Lone Star members I know are great to ride with. Plus Vickie Tyer has been on all 3 1200k's I've done and she told me to do this one. Can't argue with that. :-)
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I finished ToC with Vickie. If she told me to do something, I'd have to consider it seriously.
Only thing is, she got one of those rolling lawn chairs.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen
Only thing is, she got one of those rolling lawn chairs.
That makes her my kind of rider!!!

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Originally Posted by unterhausen
I finished ToC with Vickie. If she told me to do something, I'd have to consider it seriously.
Only thing is, she got one of those rolling lawn chairs.
Recumbentitis is like a disease. In case it actually IS a disease, you might want to keep your distance, lest I find you staring longingly at my LCWW (Lawn Chair With Wheels, for those not up to date with Unterisms).
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Originally Posted by unterhausen
I finished ToC with Vickie. If she told me to do something, I'd have to consider it seriously.
Only thing is, she got one of those rolling lawn chairs.
I finished the Colorado High Country with her last July and her neck was killing her. Anyway, some of my best friends are bent ;-)
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I'm not signed up for it yet, but probably will- been kind of holding off to finalize some other plans.

Vickie was on our 300k brevet last Saturday, and I'll probably see her on a perm this coming Saturday.
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Unfortunately 'bents don't always help with neck problems on 1200k's. Interesting to see if it helps hers.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen
Unfortunately 'bents don't always help with neck problems on 1200k's. Interesting to see if it helps hers.
I'd imagine that it depends a lot on the seat angle and the exact nature of the neck problem. And level of 'bent adaptation too (if talking about a very reclined seat).
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I think she has the same bike as you do
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Originally Posted by StephenH
I'm not signed up for it yet, but probably will- been kind of holding off to finalize some other plans.

Vickie was on our 300k brevet last Saturday, and I'll probably see her on a perm this coming Saturday.

Great - looking forward to seeing you again...
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Application is in.
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We might show up to volunteer....I just don't know at this early a date.
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The reports about the road conditions in the last running of the event scared me off.
Heard the Chip Seal was brutal.
Got a tender tush ya know
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Chip seal is highly variable, and depends on how new it is, how big the gravel they used was, what bike you're on, and what tires you have. But consider that our top rider just managed to do a Mondial-In-One-Year on this ol' chipseal, and all three of the current "Galaxy Award" winners and 14 of the "Mondial Award" winnders did it on this chipseal.
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Originally Posted by k7baixo
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I received an email yesterday that started off with "Howdy Stampeders! This email is to confirm your registration to The 2013 Texas Rando Stampede."

Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is anyone else planning to ride the event? I see the two Olsen guys are in as is a rider that I finished the LC with - Larry G. My riding partner is listed as "not confirmed" yet and I see one BF name that I recognize also. I'll let him volunteer his name if he wants.

I'm excited - when I was stationed in San Antonio from late 1977 to 1980, I rode every Sunday with a great group of local riders. I've kind of lost track of them over the years but fond memories of our rides through the hill country remain. It'll be fun to travel some of these roads again!

Hmmmm, maybe I'l look into this. In Texas and meets one goal I have this year of a longer multi-day road trip.

Thanks

Edit: I looked at the requirements and oh well, I don't meet the requirements of having done the brevets in the past. I've only done a 200K and another 250 mile ride in a day/half but it was not an official event. Maybe in the future

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Hmmmm, maybe I'l look into this. In Texas and meets one goal I have this year of a longer multi-day road trip.

Thanks

Edit: I looked at the requirements and oh well, I don't meet the requirements of having done the brevets in the past. I've only done a 200K and another 250 mile ride in a day/half but it was not an official event. Maybe in the future
Actually, you've got time to do the rides if you're interested. For brevets specifically:
Tomorrow- 400k, Houston. I'll be there.
March 2nd- 400k, DFW
March 9th- 600k, Houston
March 30th- 300k, 400k Austin
April 6th- 600k, DFW
April 13th- 300, 400k- Houston, 208k, DFW
All prior to the 15 April 2011 deadline. So you can start from zero and do a full series prior to the deadline without leaving the state.
If it's fairly certain that you CAN do the ride, it'd be worth a call to Dan to discuss. The point of the qualifying rides is not to make people jump through hoops to prove their worthiness, it's to try to get people in the ride that can do it okay. It helps if you can follow a cue sheet and ride without a follow car and ride in bad weather, and so for some of those, randonneuring experience specifically would be handy. Part of the Stampede route is hilly, and we had headwinds both ways last year, so it helps if you've ridden in those kinds of condition.

Just FYI, when I did the Stampede two years ago, when I signed up for it, the longest ride I had ever done was a 300k, and I had only done one of them. So I did the whole qualifying series after the first of the year. More importantly, I just rode the heck out of my bike that spring, had done a couple of 600k's by the time Stampede rolled around. But even then, it was a tough ride for me- I had some issues with knees and saddle and hands that I just hadn't had on a 600k.
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Here's a training idea. On March 16-17, Lone Star Randonneurs has a 600k. On Monday, the 18th, some of us will take a vacation day and ride a 300k. That'll be 900k in 3 days, as opposed to 1200k in 4 days for the Stampede. It may be two of us on the Monday ride, may be a dozen, but feel free to join in. The Monday pace will probably be "relaxed". (IE, "slow").
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Tracking the riders!

We start the Stampede on Wed at 0700. You can follow our suffering....err...progress at https://sites.google.com/site/texass...rider-progress
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Hope the winds are a bit more fair to you guys this time opposed to last. There is always what I refer to as the Dan Driscoll "Love Train," if they can only keep their pace more reasonable at the start.

Looks like they cut out LaGrange since the town was closed down in the middle of the night 2 years ago. Bummer.

The ride into New Braunfels on the 2nd day is certainly a highlight of the trip.

Good luck to all!
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Looks like StephenH dnf'd. Like to hear the tale.
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I heard they are heading into a headwind at this point
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