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01-21-12, 06:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By Mtn Mike

Generally an official will let you know when...

Generally an official will let you know when you're in violation of the centerline rule and also let you know if you get a warning, a relegation, or DQ'd. It isn't always possible or safe for the...
01-16-12, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,042
Posted By Mtn Mike

This is the way it's done around WA State. In...

This is the way it's done around WA State. In fact, the "processing" is done right here in Spokane. If you wanted to save some postage and get your number faster, you could probably drive up here to...
01-08-12, 07:16 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,697
Posted By Mtn Mike

What is topview?

What is topview?
01-08-12, 07:14 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,697
Posted By Mtn Mike

I think this means that there are now two ways...

I think this means that there are now two ways that you can permit a race with USAC; 1) by being a licensed race director, or 2) by being registered as a club/team. As you know every team is...
01-08-12, 03:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,031
Posted By Mtn Mike

One would hope that the difference between Cat 5...

One would hope that the difference between Cat 5 race Starts and Cat 5 race Finsishes wouldn't be too great. One big implication here is in crits where they pull dropped or lapped riders. I know that...
01-08-12, 03:44 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mtn Mike

Wish we had that problem. How many total racers...

Wish we had that problem. How many total racers show up to an average one-day road race down there?
01-08-12, 03:43 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mtn Mike

Yeah, of course people can always do more than...

Yeah, of course people can always do more than one race as long as they're eligible and if the the scheduling allows for it. What I meant was that we will no longer combine the Masters field with the...
01-07-12, 09:29 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mtn Mike

Maybe it wont be a hard sell. We're looking into...

Maybe it wont be a hard sell. We're looking into it and I think we might go for it. The tough part is that this is a departure from the way the rest of the state classifies Masters. On the other...
01-05-12, 01:54 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mtn Mike

:lol: :thumb: That's one good...

:lol:



:thumb: That's one good solution. Okay we're getting closer to solving the problem of Masters racing. So to the original poster who is a new 55 year old racer, and asking which field to...
01-05-12, 01:13 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mtn Mike

Another option that I've thought about is racing...

Another option that I've thought about is racing all of the open Master's fields together (but still score them separately). So, Masters 40+, 50+, 60+ racing together, but scored separately. This...
01-05-12, 01:03 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mtn Mike

Wow, I'm sorry I offended so many Masters. We go...

Wow, I'm sorry I offended so many Masters. We go through the same heated discussions on the WA State list serve with the same predictable results. I know, no Master likes to be called a sandbagger,...
01-05-12, 12:16 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mtn Mike

I agree with this suggestion, and in fact that's...

I agree with this suggestion, and in fact that's what we're doing. Since the majority of those in our 40/50+ Master fields are Cat 4 or Cat 5, they are racing with the Cat 4/5's. We do have 40/50+...
01-05-12, 12:02 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mtn Mike

Messed up because the Masters can't hang with the...

Messed up because the Masters can't hang with the 1-2's? Maybe so, but we work with the population that we have. We're seeing more and more 40+and 50+ racers entering the sport for the first time...
01-05-12, 11:22 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mtn Mike

Yes some 35-45 year old's also happen to be pro...

Yes some 35-45 year old's also happen to be pro 1-2's, and yeah that group is as fast as anyone. So why don't they just race their elite category instead of sandbagging with the Masters? The fact is...
01-05-12, 10:16 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mtn Mike

Debusama, Yeah, I know what you're saying. In...

Debusama,
Yeah, I know what you're saying. In areas with smaller fields, often the Masters are grouped with the new riders. The reason is that it's more important to group riders of similar ability...
01-02-12, 06:41 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mtn Mike

Yes, in USA Cycling terminology Elite = not a...

Yes, in USA Cycling terminology Elite = not a Master or a Junior. Depending on where you race the Masters cut-off starts between age 30-40. To confuse new racers even more, the term Elite is also...
01-01-12, 11:47 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,989
Posted By Mtn Mike

I would definitely race with the Master 50+ group...

I would definitely race with the Master 50+ group as opposed to with "Elite" cat 4 or 5's. Masters racing has the reputation of being safer, presumably because older riders are more experienced and...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-11, 10:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,095
Posted By Mtn Mike

I like Conti Gaterskins; reasonable ride and...

I like Conti Gaterskins; reasonable ride and reasonable puncture resistance. I ride gravel roads all the time on my 700 x 25 Gators with no problems at all. That being said, no matter what kind of...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-11, 10:38 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,217
Posted By Mtn Mike

210 lbs at the moment. That's the same as when I...

210 lbs at the moment. That's the same as when I finished undergrad 13 years ago, and about 30 lbs less than when I finished grad school 9 years ago. I'd like to get down to my racing weight of 190...
11-29-11, 11:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,121
Posted By Mtn Mike

Thanks for posting! Nice finishline. And that...

Thanks for posting! Nice finishline. And that swing music goes quite well with the heard of Cat 4s going around and around :lol:
11-27-11, 01:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,121
Posted By Mtn Mike

:eek:

:eek:
11-27-11, 10:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,121
Posted By Mtn Mike

Here are a few pictures of our finishes for...

Here are a few pictures of our finishes for reference.

Here's a bad picture of the finishline at one of our crits.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7143/6412000657_d825819a1f_z.jpg

And here's...
11-27-11, 08:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,121
Posted By Mtn Mike

This looks a lot like our finishes. The line of...

This looks a lot like our finishes. The line of cones is a nice touch, but would take a long time to set up for what they are. I know what you're saying about banners restricting with width. Another...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-11, 11:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,277
Posted By Mtn Mike

I guess it's to obvious to ask why you don't want...

I guess it's to obvious to ask why you don't want another Open Pro? The DT Swiss 465 is a very similarly speced rim and has an ERD of 599mm. If your spokes were slightly short, the 465 might work, I...
11-26-11, 09:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,366
Posted By Mtn Mike

Studded if you expect to ride mostly in icy...

Studded if you expect to ride mostly in icy conditions, non-studded for everything else.
11-26-11, 09:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,092
Posted By Mtn Mike

Any petroleum based or hydrophobic type oil/lube...

Any petroleum based or hydrophobic type oil/lube should be fine. If we were talking about a high end race bike or a bike in need of tight drive-train tolerances, there are probably specific lubes...
Forum: Foo
11-26-11, 08:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 594
Posted By Mtn Mike

:lol: Or maybe he goes from forum to forum...

:lol: Or maybe he goes from forum to forum posting off topic banter. Oh well, I'll take ownership of the thread.

edit:BTW, there are lots of ham forums.
Forum: Foo
11-26-11, 05:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 594
Posted By Mtn Mike

Ditto. I was into CB in high school and almost...

Ditto. I was into CB in high school and almost became a ham. Then the standard life changes happened.
Forum: Foo
11-25-11, 11:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 594
Posted By Mtn Mike

I'm 36 years old and do both. I like my new...

I'm 36 years old and do both. I like my new technology and like ham radio too.
11-25-11, 10:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,092
Posted By Mtn Mike

How about a tarp to keep the rain and snow off?...

How about a tarp to keep the rain and snow off? In anycase, keep the drivetrain and cables lubed. Expect rust on the steal bolt heads, but thats no big deal. If you are able to do any disassembly, it...
Forum: Foo
11-25-11, 09:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 594
Posted By Mtn Mike

I hear that quite a bit! True, the average age of...

I hear that quite a bit! True, the average age of a ham is up there.
Forum: Foo
11-25-11, 09:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 594
Posted By Mtn Mike

Reviving an old thread after a search. I got into...

Reviving an old thread after a search. I got into ham radio 2 years ago. I got into the hobby for many reasons, two of which were bicycle related. We use ham radio operators for emergency...
11-25-11, 08:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,121
Posted By Mtn Mike

Cool, thanks for the input everyone.

Cool, thanks for the input everyone.
11-25-11, 11:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 649
Posted By Mtn Mike

I've been bad about posting on the forum, but...

I've been bad about posting on the forum, but I've been riding quite a bit lately. I'll shoot you a text next time we head out. Sorry for the hi-jack.
11-25-11, 11:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,121
Posted By Mtn Mike

A tent for the officials adds to the visibility...

A tent for the officials adds to the visibility of the finish and adds professionalism, IMHO. As an official at other promoters' races, a tent is a nice courtesy and makes the job easier in rain or...
11-25-11, 09:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 649
Posted By Mtn Mike

Addition to my original post to better answer the...

Addition to my original post to better answer the OP's question; I've never "rode to ski", but do lots of winter riding.

I would start with non-studded tires. The only time studs are of any...
11-25-11, 08:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,121
Posted By Mtn Mike

Thanks Brian, looks good. Do you know if that...

Thanks Brian, looks good. Do you know if that section of the road is open to traffic during the race? There could be issues with a tall truck or farm equipment going under the overhead truss. We have...
11-25-11, 12:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,121
Posted By Mtn Mike

Interesting point. I've never thought about being...

Interesting point. I've never thought about being "too grassroots" to move to a more elaborate finishline. My thought was that racers will enjoy finishing at a cool finishline. I'm just brainstorming...
11-24-11, 07:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,121
Posted By Mtn Mike

Yeah, I like the look of 2-3 strips too. For...

Yeah, I like the look of 2-3 strips too. For modern cameras it really doesn't make a difference, but I still like the thicker look. What about scaffolding, fencing, and banners? Anyone?
11-24-11, 03:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 649
Posted By Mtn Mike

Hey Steve, you wanna MTB at Riverside sometime? I...

Hey Steve, you wanna MTB at Riverside sometime? I now have both of my mountain bikes working again. I've been out to RSP a few times this week already.

Winter content: yeah we should head up to...
11-24-11, 10:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,121
Posted By Mtn Mike

Promoters - Finishline Status?

Let's see the finishlines at your club/team races. Anyone got any pictures? My group promotes grassroots racing in Eastern Washington. I want to take a step beyond the standard of duct tape and two...
11-23-11, 09:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 649
Posted By Mtn Mike

I've always thought about doing that in Spokane...

I've always thought about doing that in Spokane (Mt Spokane or 49 Degrees North). The roads are always well plowed and I wouldn't hesitate to take my mountain or 'cross bike. But what scares me more...
11-23-11, 08:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 633
Posted By Mtn Mike

I've had the Lake MXZ-300's for over 10 years...

I've had the Lake MXZ-300's for over 10 years now. I love them and swear by them. I recall hearing every few years that Lake is discontinuing these shoes, only to find out that they're simply...
04-06-11, 07:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 487
Posted By Mtn Mike

Ronde van Palouse - this Saturday 4-9

The 2nd annual Ronde van Palouse is this Saturday, April 9th.

http://www.spokanerocketvelo.com/images/stories/Ronde_van_Palouse_2011/The_hardest_race_in_the_Inland_Northwest_-_small.jpg

More...
01-16-11, 09:41 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,090
Posted By Mtn Mike

Sunny and 47 degrees on our ride yestarday. We...

Sunny and 47 degrees on our ride yestarday. We did a 40 mile loop west of town. Sorry no pics.
09-20-10, 06:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,709
Posted By Mtn Mike

I've hiked on parts of the JWPT near Rock...

I've hiked on parts of the JWPT near Rock Lake/Ewan WA. I'm planning an overnight cycling outing down there later in the fall. Unfortunately I have no idea what to expect on the portions other than...
09-20-10, 06:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,224
Posted By Mtn Mike

North Division Bicycle Shop get's my vote! All of...

North Division Bicycle Shop get's my vote! All of the shops mentioned have good people. Two Wheel Transit downtown is another good shop.
04-12-10, 09:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 811
Posted By Mtn Mike

Thank you for coming out! The Ronde' was a big...

Thank you for coming out! The Ronde' was a big success. I've heard a lot of positive feed back about the race, and that probably means we'll do it again next year. By the way, results are posted here...
04-06-10, 10:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 811
Posted By Mtn Mike

yeah we had some pretty epic weather for...

yeah we had some pretty epic weather for Flatlands. Hoping for 60 and sunny this saturday! See you there :thumb:
03-05-10, 07:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 811
Posted By Mtn Mike

You need a USA Cycling license, available at...

You need a USA Cycling license, available at usacycling.org, or cat 5's can buy a one day license for $10 on the spot.
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