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    CCCX #1 Roll-Call

    Hey Norcal!

    Just wanted to see who's planning to be at the first CCCX race of the year next weekend.
    I won't be racing this season because I'm living in Vancouver and attending UBC (lots of amazingly fun North Shore riding, but little xc training), but I'll be back for reading-week break next weekend and cheering on my dad (Bob a.k.a. caldaw) at his first real xc race!

    Hope to see some familiar faces out there, and lets hope the rain holds off on race day

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    Will be racing Beginner. First race ever..so should be interesting. Will be on Black Ano Blur LT2.

    Any advice as to tires if it is raining?
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    Agreed...make it longer. I want to know death is an option

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    I will be there too, haven't decided what bike either F/S or S/S either way it should be another great season. I am looking forward to racing in this event more than once like last year. See you there.

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    This year will be my first year racing. Will be racing beginner on my Niner JET. We'll see if I can wake my lazy arse up, since I'm not much of an "early bird".

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    i am Stay-Puff...as in the marshmallow man.....all soft and blah......no racing for me this season......just get in rides when I can......y'all can call me Stay-Puff-CHUM

    BUT...me, mini-CHUM and my better half (Fe) will be out for a few of the races to cheer (be jealous) of y'all....
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    How about

    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    y'all can call me Stay-Puff-CHUM
    I'm thinking we can come with something better than that......how about "The Chumungous"?

    I wont be attending my CCCX season opening beatdown @ expert this upcoming weekend. I'll be getting around to that little bit of comedy later this year. Do all cack up a lung for me out there on Sunday.

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    I'm hoping to be there to have my arse handed to me.

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    I'm in...Hopefully it will be as good as the TBF race this past weekend.
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    Lookin' forward to the riding!

    Just have to decide whether to punish myself totally and do SPORT 45-54 or BEGINNER.
    Leaning towards beginner.

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    I'm doing the Sierra Road time trial on Feb 14.

    http://sanjoseclassic.com/01/index.p...=article&id=22

    I think I'll enter the CEO category and crush these fat cats and their bonuses .

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    I'll be there for the DH on Mach 1st.

    I mean the "DH"...
    Meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Okie Dokie
    Any advice as to tires if it is raining?
    The terrain drains well, run your current set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caldaw
    Just have to decide whether to punish myself totally and do SPORT 45-54 or BEGINNER.
    Leaning towards beginner.
    Do beginner since you haven't done a full race before.
    And if that's too easy you can always move up after a race or 2 and not jeopardize your series points (they drop 3 this year i've heard)

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldawg
    Do beginner since you haven't done a full race before.
    And if that's too easy you can always move up after a race or 2 and not jeopardize your series points (they drop 3 this year i've heard)
    Correct. First race, everyone on the border seems to drop down. Then they move up and find their spot.

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    have fun Bob, that race is a great atmosphere. I race the "DH" so I won't be there until March 1st, but I'll be rooting you on from San Jose

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    Shane... what class are you racing for the "DH".
    Meh.

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    Yeah I'll be there, once again racing beginner. Shoulda moved up to Sport but whats a professional slacker to do? Doubt I'll come in 5th place or above.

    Should I race with the 27# Reign or 24# XtC hardtail? Hummm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoBalance
    Yeah I'll be there, once again racing beginner. Shoulda moved up to Sport but whats a professional slacker to do? Doubt I'll come in 5th place or above.

    Should I race with the 27# Reign or 24# XtC hardtail? Hummm...
    dude...didn't you "top 5" last year?.......race sport.....it's a grimacing fun time
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    dude...didn't you "top 5" last year?.......race sport.....it's a grimacing fun time
    if thats the case, then yeah, sleep in the extra couple hours.

    in 07 there was a guy in beginner cat that I don't think ever made the podium, but got 5th for the series by showing up to every race. The organizers made him move up last year.

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    Do you need a USAC license for these races?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grrrah
    if thats the case, then yeah, sleep in the extra couple hours.

    in 07 there was a guy in beginner cat that I don't think ever made the podium, but got 5th for the series by showing up to every race. The organizers made him move up last year.
    Oh man, you guys are kidding right? Thats exactly what happened ... got 5th but really only once or twice sniffed 3rd place, if that. I guess I'm technically not a beginner, just a real crappy sport!

    We'll see. I'm pretty damn sure that if I did race beginner, I'd come in mid-pack so the only thing that could sway me is the later wake up time of Sport starts. Plus the extra lap? Not sure how I could have raced the same speed for another lap without cramping. I'm really not sport material, seriously.

    Here's how my 2008 CCCX races went, with my placing and minutes back of first place:
    1: 9th place, 20 min back
    2: 7th place, 20 min back
    3: 13th place, 17 min back
    4: 14th place, 10 min back
    5: 17th place, 22 min back (day after doing Boggs III)
    6: 5th place, 9 min back
    7: 5th place, 11 min back
    8: 7th place, 10 min back
    9: 7th place, 6 min back

    And I am in worse shape now than I was at the final race. I'm worried racing Sport could mean getting lapped! Not to mention all the crazies from the 45-54 sport age group. That would seriously suck.

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    hmm.. I can agree with your reasons to stay in beginner. Might want to ask.

    Just mentioning that one case. I only spectated last year, and when I saw that guy racing sport, I was semi-surprised (no offense to him), then he told me about Kieth making him upgrade. I'm not sure what shape he was in, but seemed to know the organizers pretty well.

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    Racing is stupid!

    I don't want to race anymore. It's stupid and a waste of time etc. Just kidding. Those are the excuses I use to placate my angry inner voice

    Actually I'm still getting over a injury that has had me off the bike for the last 9 weeks. The good news is that I was able to start riding again this last weekend. The bad news is I did well in Sport last year so I have to move up to Expert. I foresee a lot of suffering in my future

    Everyone have fun this weekend. See you in a month or so.
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    As a new racer any suggestions as to clothing if it is raining? I imagine leg warmers and arm warmers might be used if it is cold but any other suggestions? I dont have much experience riding in the rain...actually none at all. It just does not rain that much!
    Originally Posted by XC62701
    Agreed...make it longer. I want to know death is an option

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    My rain strategy is to hope less people show up.

    (I probably wouldn't change much for rain. You seem to have the temp thing sorted)

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    I'm going, along with my girlfriend Lisette (PinkSkink). She's a newly upgraded "Cat 2" so this will be her first sport level race. I'm looking to stretch the legs and learn how to ride my xc bike again before the first US Cup race. Since I have to wait just like everyone else for the carbon goodness shipment to arrive in Santa Cruz, I'll be rocking the gold Chameleon for the time being.

    If you're in the beginner race, I should get there in time to cheer you to the finish, and for the sports I can heckle the whole time.
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    This will be my first XC race in 4 years. Heck, it's my 3rd race. My handy cap is this cold I caught. I have a fever and I've been coughing myself dizzy for a week. ugh
    I'll be in the beginner class for 39 yo men. I'm hoping to do at least 7 of the races.

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    Racing Sport class 35-44 for the first time.

    I'm pretty much ready to get my arse handed to me on a silver plate with a slice of lemon and a shot of tequila (these are friendly races after all...)

    Hopefully Keith will ask me to go back to Beginners after a couple races...

    This will also be the maiden voyage for my Blur XC (never been raced before)
    Will be fun...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoBalance
    And I am in worse shape now than I was at the final race. I'm worried racing Sport could mean getting lapped! Not to mention all the crazies from the 45-54 sport age group. That would seriously suck.
    Don't worry, you won't get pulled if lapped. And you'll do one place better than you think since Russ (gobike69) moved up. BTW, I'm not one of the aforementioned crazies.
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    I'll be there in Sport 19-34. Like everyone has said, it will be a nice wake-up call to the world of pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prettym1k3
    Shane... what class are you racing for the "DH".
    I'll be in sport 19-34 it looks like. I turn 35 this year but not until right after the spring series ends. Anyone know the protocol on this one? In USA cycling I would race 35-44 class but not sure about the cccx rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanedawg
    I'll be in sport 19-34 it looks like. I turn 35 this year but not until right after the spring series ends. Anyone know the protocol on this one? In USA cycling I would race 35-44 class but not sure about the cccx rules.
    For most races I've entered, your racing age is the age you reach by Dec 31st that year.
    Meaning you'd be 35-44.
    Check with the CCCX guys on that one though.

    Can't wait to hopefully do some of the CCCX DH races when I'm home in May!

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    Is the area where the course is run accessable on days other then races? I dont see trails marked out in the area where the race was held previously. Was going to be in the area tomorrow and might swing by to ride the course if possible. Thanks.
    Originally Posted by XC62701
    Agreed...make it longer. I want to know death is an option

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    Hey, is it safe to say that this event is rain or shine?

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    Yep the area is accessable on other days as well. There are dozen of trails criscrossing the area and the actual race loop is always different though.
    I don't think the race has ever been cancelled due to rain.

    We're heading into the mountains for some skiing and will miss the first CCCX race.

    Good luck Menso, Lisette, Team Integrate and other MTBR riders.

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    Sorry to hear you wont make it JL. Was looking forward to seeing you again. Hopefully you make the next races.

    have fun in the snow...I headed to Tahoe the 21st.

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    Originally Posted by XC62701
    Agreed...make it longer. I want to know death is an option

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    Yeah, Shane... I think you move up to 35-44. I might be wrong, though.
    Meh.

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    Yikes, I'm seeing Rain Rain Rain on the horizon. Oh well not a problem in the sand I guess, just dont use those brakes cuz the sand will chew up your pads!

    How do you take pictures with expensive cameras in the rain, I wonder? Going to bring mine along but don't want to destroy it.

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    I'll be in sport SS. This will be my first XC race ever. Let's hope I'll survive...

    Still trying to figure out what gearing to use... Is 36/17 (on 26 inch) too optimistic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaulois
    ....Still trying to figure out what gearing to use... Is 36/17 (on 26 inch) too optimistic?
    nope.....you should be good.....it's a *flattish* course (around 500 footies per lap)....i pushed 32:16 for last years season...and i'm pretty soft...
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    Hey guys,

    I've never raced before but this is something i'm interested in. How technical is the DH beginner race? Are there any trails in the south bay that is comproable so i can get a sense of the track and difficutly? UCSC trails? Demo?

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    Rain or shine i will be there for my second race of the season. I am looking forward to hearing my brakes grind.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBAlex
    Hey guys,

    I've never raced before but this is something i'm interested in. How technical is the DH beginner race? Are there any trails in the south bay that is comproable so i can get a sense of the track and difficutly? UCSC trails? Demo?
    The DH courses are easier than any of the trails you mention. It's more like racing down Seven Springs in Fremont Older. The thing is, since the trail is clear of hikers and uphill bike traffic you can carry waaaaay more speed. There's nothing really technical, just good high speed cornering practice. Also, pedal everywhere you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gaulois
    I'll be in sport SS. This will be my first XC race ever. Let's hope I'll survive...

    Still trying to figure out what gearing to use... Is 36/17 (on 26 inch) too optimistic?
    Hey I was in the same position as you last year! First XC Race, sport SS.
    I used 33/18 on a 29er which translates to roughly 32/16 on a sixer. And I definitely could've used more gear in a lot of places. There were a few climbs where it was a pretty hard push, but I easily could've dropped a tooth or 2 in the back and benefited from it 90+% of the time (i.e. all the flat sections where I could've gone faster). so just try it out and make changes throughout the season as you see fit. Generally the races alternate between longer and flatter, and shorter and punchier. Not always predictably though.

    Good luck and have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldawg
    Hey I was in the same position as you last year! First XC Race, sport SS.
    ....
    you also took first in SS for the series....won every race (minus 1 i think)......and pretty much destroyed almost everybody in the Sport class....gearies...age....didn't matter.....all on a 29lb+ bike.....rigid 1/2 the time.....on a course *not-so-great* for singlespeed....

    you were very...very...evil to chase.....think i lasted a whopping 3 minutes in your wake once before i went completely anaerobic....dammit.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menso
    The DH courses are easier than any of the trails you mention. It's more like racing down Seven Springs in Fremont Older. The thing is, since the trail is clear of hikers and uphill bike traffic you can carry waaaaay more speed. There's nothing really technical, just good high speed cornering practice. Also, pedal everywhere you can.

    Great thanks for the response menso.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menso
    The DH courses are easier than any of the trails you mention. It's more like racing down Seven Springs in Fremont Older. The thing is, since the trail is clear of hikers and uphill bike traffic you can carry waaaaay more speed. There's nothing really technical, just good high speed cornering practice. Also, pedal everywhere you can.
    Oh snap if they every had a race down 7 Springs I'd SO be there! I've ridden that trail more times than... more times than I've ridden every other trail combined I'd bet.. gotta love living 4 miles away from FO

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    you also took first in SS for the series....won every race (minus 1 i think)......and pretty much destroyed almost everybody in the Sport class....gearies...age....didn't matter.....all on a 29lb+ bike.....rigid 1/2 the time.....on a course *not-so-great* for singlespeed....

    you were very...very...evil to chase.....think i lasted a whopping 3 minutes in your wake once before i went completely anaerobic....dammit.....

    you da man.....
    Aw you're makin me blush man! thanks haha
    But it's not like I was tellin him to gear up or anything! The gear he's got is jussst higher than what we were running, so he should be fine.
    I wonder what would've happened had I gone up a gear or 2... could've been interesting on one of the flatter courses :-)

    Damn I'm bummed I'm missing out on the series this year! Hopefully I'll do some of the DHs in May/June though.

    So Chum, you coming out this weekend or is little chum due real soon?

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    Sport Men 19-34. Look for me in Orange and Black BEAVER gear like I always wear. (OSU)

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    Quote Originally Posted by worthy_4242
    Rain or shine i will be there for my second race of the season. I am looking forward to hearing my brakes grind.....
    What category you racing? Sport Clydes or?

    I'm going to do beginner again. If I come in top 3 in the first 2 races I'll move up.

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