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    Bought a Garmin 305 Bundle today... Should be here by the end of the week. New Bike, New Garmin equals lots of riding for March!!! Ill help put in some footies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urban turban
    I can meet you over by the backside of St. Joes on Alma Bridge Road. Just let me know what time. Depending on how I feel I may be able to put in two climbs.
    5:30pm, be there or be [_]

    Everyone's welcome to join. The full Soda Springs climb is ~1hr and 2400ft. We'll do a casual pace and try to do a no drop ride. Bring warm gloves and an extra layer for the DH.

    Soda Springs Rd. is like a good belgian beer; fairly smooth, doesn't go higher than 11-12% and there are some fruit notes up on top.

    I heard someone will be there attempting 4 loops. We'll cheer her/him on.

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    You guys got me motivated! I'm hitting the trails after work!

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    All I have to add is 339 ft for the weekend. Was at the first round of the Kenda Cup in San Diego and there was so much snow on the regular course that they had us ride this little CX-style circuit around the start/finish area. Unfortunately, the course was almost entirely devoid of anything resembling elevation change.

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    UKbloke. I sent a strava code your way, check your PM.

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    I figured out how to message all 75 members. Basically, an admin (urban, squashyo) can post a note. The note is displayed on the club page and an email is sent to all members.

    I sent a message to everyone reminding them to join the KOM challenge.

    Don't pop the cork yet but keep it on standby.

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    Good call on the comment. Wasn't in the competition. Rode along the ocean and only got 3500' in 47miles.
    nice work everyone

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    OK, so here's how it went:

    (door opens)
    Wife: Hey, your home early?
    Squashyo: Heyyyyy. Wow, you look amazing! Are you losing weight or something? Ya know, we should start up date night again!
    Wife: (Stares...long silence)
    Squashyo: Say, I was thinking of going for a super quick ride. Did you get a haircut, you really look terrific!
    Wife: (long pause) Dude, you went for a ride this morning. You seriously have a problem...
    Squashyo: (Grovel, pander, whine)
    Wife: Just be home by 6.

    Wasn't going to end the month on 48,500. Hit Kennedy loop...50k+ for the month. Thanks Strava and MTBR for increasing my monthly average by 10k...please rain soon...I need a break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I made my wife ride! We added 3700! Strava says I was idle for 17 days! 17 days??? Game over man.

    I saw JL at Mt. Eden road. He did not notice me since he had the eye. The eye of the tiger!
    I was halfway down Mt Eden road when I realized it was you and your wife adding on to the feet of climbing. I had to hurry back to get to work after my rather long lunch time ride to do my share for the team today. Glad you're able to ride again. Within a week you'll be back in your old shape. J.L.
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    Really wanted a rest day today but took one for the team and put 4400 more footies into the total. Not that we need it - looks like we're pulling away, unless Mission has something in reserve.

    Next month is going to be brutal

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    You guys are unbelievable....in a good way! I am inspired to ride a LOT more and hit the climbs more too. I have no idea how you all do the footies you do but I will do my best to add to it in the coming months.

    I have been a Strava member since they got started (or close to it) and I think this competition is going to drive you people insane!!! Hahaha. If I didnt know any better I would say you are all a little competitive....just a tad!!!!
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    Only got in 3500 today but it was all singletrack. Barely made it to work on time.

    As for Strava codes...they are all gone for now...I might be able to swing some more next month but I think my source is getting a bit sour at me for asking so much

    Also Francois...not sure if possible but maybe next month MTBR can put up some swag for our own KOM and QOM or something. Not that the guys at the top need any more motivation...they all crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBShane
    You guys are unbelievable....in a good way! I am inspired to ride a LOT more and hit the climbs more too. I have no idea how you all do the footies you do but I will do my best to add to it in the coming months.

    I have been a Strava member since they got started (or close to it) and I think this competition is going to drive you people insane!!! Hahaha. If I didnt know any better I would say you are all a little competitive....just a tad!!!!
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    Dude,
    Once the weather turns for the better, I'm gonna drag your butt out for more evening rides with me. It's a lot easier to motivate when you have someone pushing you.

    I just had to get one more ride in for the month. I couldn't end the month so close to 40,000', so I put in a Hwy 9 climb today to put me over. Not to bad considering that I had the flu for one week and couldn't ride at all plus the cold/wet weather the last few weeks (I had to ride in the snow on Saturday on Skyline to get from 9 to 84).

    I have a feeling I'm gonna be doing a lot of elevation in the coming months. I think it's gonna be a brutal summer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Power Play
    I have a feeling I'm gonna be doing a lot of elevation in the coming months. I think it's gonna be a brutal summer -greg
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo
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    Wife: (long pause) Dude, you went for a ride this morning. You seriously have a problem...
    Squashyo: (Grovel, pander, whine)
    Wife: Just be home by 6.....
    Love this....good stuff. Thanks for the laugh...I've been there more than a few times.


    BTW - I checked the KOM Challenge FAQ's and everyone has until two days after the end of the month to upload rides, so this thing really isn't over until 3/3. Looks like the team has a bit of a cushion right now, but I imagine Mission will keep recruiting others that haven't signed up yet.

    "You can upload rides for a particular month up to two days after the end of the month. So rides for this February, for example, will be accepted into the competition so long as they are uploaded by the end of March 2nd."

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    Pedaled the Nomad 32 mi / 8,600ft after work today... in full MTBR kit.

    I'm beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyJay
    I like your style! Welcome to the NorCal Board.
    Nice final day SparkyJay

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdubsl2
    Pedaled the Nomad 32 mi / 8,600ft after work today... in full MTBR kit.

    I'm beat.
    WTF???? HOW.......just HOW do you climb that much in a single day?? I either need to get my hands on some PED's or just give my bicycles away! I dont think I could ever do that - especially on a week day.

    I dont even know if I could do that in a week!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Power Play
    Dude,
    Once the weather turns for the better, I'm gonna drag your butt out for more evening rides with me. It's a lot easier to motivate when you have someone pushing you.

    I just had to get one more ride in for the month. I couldn't end the month so close to 40,000', so I put in a Hwy 9 climb today to put me over. Not to bad considering that I had the flu for one week and couldn't ride at all plus the cold/wet weather the last few weeks (I had to ride in the snow on Saturday on Skyline to get from 9 to 84).

    I have a feeling I'm gonna be doing a lot of elevation in the coming months. I think it's gonna be a brutal summer

    -greg
    Yeah - I was bragging about recruiting you so I DIDNT HAVE TO ride that much!!! Time to step it up I guess, I feel like a big wuss compared to these monsters!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBShane
    Yeah - I was bragging about recruiting you so I DIDNT HAVE TO ride that much!!! Time to step it up I guess, I feel like a big wuss compared to these monsters!
    You don't know it, but you recruited me to get you out and riding more. You think you can drag me into this addiction and come away unscathed?

    -greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdubsl2
    Pedaled the Nomad 32 mi / 8,600ft after work today... in full MTBR kit.

    I'm beat.
    Even with me on my 2nd lap, him on his 4th, he's pretty fast. Good job man. Must be tough to get out of the van to head up Soda for the 4th time! Yow.

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    That's funny Josh. Nice running into you at the dam. Hope you made it home by 6pm.

    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo
    OK, so here's how it went:

    (door opens)
    Wife: Hey, your home early?
    Squashyo: Heyyyyy. Wow, you look amazing! Are you losing weight or something? Ya know, we should start up date night again!
    Wife: (Stares...long silence)
    Squashyo: Say, I was thinking of going for a super quick ride. Did you get a haircut, you really look terrific!
    Wife: (long pause) Dude, you went for a ride this morning. You seriously have a problem...
    Squashyo: (Grovel, pander, whine)
    Wife: Just be home by 6.

    Wasn't going to end the month on 48,500. Hit Kennedy loop...50k+ for the month. Thanks Strava and MTBR for increasing my monthly average by 10k...please rain soon...I need a break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyJay
    I like your style! Welcome to the NorCal Board.
    Thanks sparkyJay. I'm hoping this spring is a lot nicer (drier) than last so I can get back into the groove. This was a pretty slow month for me, so hopefully things will pick up soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I figured out how to message all 75 members. Basically, an admin (urban, squashyo) can post a note. The note is displayed on the club page and an email is sent to all members.

    I sent a message to everyone reminding them to join the KOM challenge.

    Don't pop the cork yet but keep it on standby.

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    Anyhow I managed another 5,498 feet today. I felt great; could have gone and done Soda Springs for an additional 3,000 feet if there was a way for me to refill one of my water bottles, and perhaps had another 500 or so calories of snacks to munch on. All in all, I feel as though my February contributions were sufficient, all things (*cough* heavy-ass bike with 9 pound rear wheel *cough*) considered, and also missing one week due to the flu. Tomorrow I will aim high—if Santa Teresa is open tomorrow, I will just loop up and down and up and down and up and down all day long, as they have full restrooms and a place to fill up on water with. I could in theory rack up 8,000 feet before getting tired.

    In summary, I hope this is it— I hope we did it. We sure rode our asses off. Let’s make every month matter. Unemployed people such as myself have the upper hand, but don’t let that be the only reason to ride.

    GOOD WORK, EVERYONE!
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    last rides for February

    Had to go big today after coming up short a few times this week. Got 7000+ on a double summit adventure on Mt Diablo. Not quite dead yet, I changed bikes and went into Briones searching for more footies. Found another 1800+ and then just hit the wall. Cold and tired, I went home before they even closed up for the night.

    OK, thank God that February is over and in the books. There is no way that I can keep up that pace for another month. I will continue to log my rides in the competition, but I don't plan to take every opportunity to ride. I would really like to see the names at the top of the chart rotate somewhat each month just to keep things fresh.

    The mtbr juggernaut is really gaining steam! So who has what it takes to make a run for the top of our chart in March? Step right up and see if you have the right stuff. I wish all competitors well and may the most determined rider prevail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBShane
    WTF???? HOW.......just HOW do you climb that much in a single day?? I either need to get my hands on some PED's or just give my bicycles away! I dont think I could ever do that - especially on a week day.

    I dont even know if I could do that in a week!!!
    Try 8,752 on a heavy bike. In the snow. In the freezing cold. Without proper cold weather attire. It will eat you alive and make you wish you hadn’t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    In summary, I hope this is it— I hope we did it. We sure rode our asses off. Let’s make every month matter. Unemployed people such as myself have the upper hand, but don’t let that be the only reason to ride.

    GOOD WORK, EVERYONE!
    Way to go team! So does anyone know for sure if they give away a barrel of beer every month? Mmmm, I sure hope we get some of that. Good job to all riders who put an effort into this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ratpick
    Nice final day SparkyJay
    Saved a little for the end.
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    I looked through MTBR's rides today and am absolutely blown away by what people put in as a last day effort. When I was heading up my first climb tonight, my thoughts were if we didn't win Feb, it wasn't going to be from lack of trying.

    Well done, and big props even if we end up 2nd on March 3rd and Strava's fat female cyclist has sung.

    We should feel lucky February didn't end on a Saturday...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    Try 8,752 on a heavy bike. In the snow. In the freezing cold. Without proper cold weather attire. It will eat you alive and make you wish you hadn’t.
    I have a nice light CF 29er that I just bought and I STILL have no intention of doing anything of the sort! I am just a measly human - you are another species altogether!
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    The month isn't quite over yet, so who knows what may be posted, but as of now, we are only 47K behind Mission for the year. Another big month like this and we could take the Overall lead.

    Of course, I don't think Mission is going to take losing February (if, in the end, they do) laying down.

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    Marco and I hit sierra rd 3x again tonight. It was as hard as I though it would be. I completed my monthly goal but really wanted to add to the team total. Marco has been really adding up the miles- impressive!! I was going to try for an even 6k but was running out of time and I was cold to the bone. I did manage to take almost 30 seconds off my descent time down Sierra. A few times I started to get sideways and was skidding towards the guardrail . I survived and got home. I downed a Shiner Bock beer and it is nighty night for me. Hope we did it. I managed 27.2K for 9 rides. Not too bad. Good job everyone. Oh I also took an Ambien so I better stop typing before I start friending hot girls and my wife see. Josh, your post made me laugh. Sounds exactly like the tactic I used to buy the GPS unit. They know we do it but they fall for it every time. You get to keep your man card.

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    Good ride! I managed 6297ft with my 1.5 climbs up suncrest.

    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    Marco and I hit sierra rd 3x again tonight. It was as hard as I though it would be. I completed my monthly goal but really wanted to add to the team total. Marco has been really adding up the miles- impressive!! I was going to try for an even 6k but was running out of time and I was cold to the bone. I did manage to take almost 30 seconds off my descent time down Sierra. A few times I started to get sideways and was skidding towards the guardrail . I survived and got home. I downed a Shiner Bock beer and it is nighty night for me. Hope we did it. I managed 27.2K for 9 rides. Not too bad. Good job everyone. Oh I also took an Ambien so I better stop typing before I start friending hot girls and my wife see. Josh, your post made me laugh. Sounds exactly like the tactic I used to buy the GPS unit. They know we do it but they fall for it every time. You get to keep your man card.

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    Dude. You all are a little obsessed. Stop riding so much and go spend time with your kids and families. BTW, I added 300 feet yesterday.
    Can we talk tires now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratpick
    The month isn't quite over yet, so who knows what may be posted, but as of now, we are only 47K behind Mission for the year. Another big month like this and we could take the Overall lead.

    Of course, I don't think Mission is going to take losing February (if, in the end, they do) laying down.
    Unless they are communicating in some other way than through their Google group, the conversation regarding this competition has gone quiet on their side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Law
    Dude. You all are a little obsessed. Stop riding so much and go spend time with your kids and families. BTW, I added 300 feet yesterday.
    I like to multitask, so I just picked this up last weekend:


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    Quote Originally Posted by urban turban
    Unless they are communicating in some other way than through their Google group, the conversation regarding this competition has gone quiet on their side.
    I kinda hate to say this, cause I really love coming to this thread and being inspired, but as a former intelligence analyst I have to say sudden cessation in communications techniques and protocols seldom signals anything you want to see from the enemy/threat.

    Not sure how cut throat you guys want to play it, but I'd suggest a secure forum for known participating members for any further comms...unless of course you know how to play the counterintel game and know how to screw with them...always the more fun option, IMHO

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    I'm really proud to be a part of this team. Everyone made big efforts to move us straight to the top this month. Special recognition goes to MrCrash and sparkyJay who, at this moment, sit in 15th and 19th respectively for the February mens competition. As Steve Jobs would say, "Incredible.. amazing... unbelievable... awesome!"

    The KOM challenge has definitely pushed me to ride much more than usual. I looked over the past year of lazy inconsistent riding and calculated that I averaged a little under 10K of elevation per month. This month I did a tad bit more. I think the graph explains it much better.


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    Wow, what an incredible final push and that on a Monday.
    Here's the 5000+ feet club for Monday (hope I didn't forget anyone):
    Justin Williams 8662
    Sparky Jay 7244
    Marco Bold 6297
    Paul Marshall 5608
    Leopold Porkstacker 5498
    Mark Hansen 5538

    For March we're not even showing up yet in the standings. Maybe we're a bit tired? Listen to Shiloh and take some time off to spend with your family.

    Paul: KOM title on the descents is NOT worth dying for. Skidding close to the guardrail or crossing into the other lane are signs you're going too fast. Please be safe.
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    It is official - mtbr.com won the February KOM! There's a shout-out on the Strava blog to Patrick and "In Search of Footies" too!

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    Email notice that I just got. I'll call him later this afternoon. What do i say?? Helps me out. How do I hold back the tears?

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    I'd like to chat with you and do an email interview for the blog about the Challenge, how your team got motivated and whatever other cycling stuff of interest.

    THX & best regards,
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    how your team got motivated == we heard there was beer involved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Wow, what an incredible final push and that on a Monday.
    Here's the 5000+ feet club for Monday (hope I didn't forget anyone):
    Mine was split between a few rides.

    Morning: 1,827
    Evening: 2,609
    Late Evening: 778

    Finished up my evening ride around 10 PM, and saw I was 178 or so feet out of 15th place. So I threw my gear in the dryer for 10 minutes, saddled up and did that last 778 feet:

    Total for the day: 5,214

    My @ss wants nothing to do with a bike saddle for the next couple of days. Thinking of going swimming...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Here's the 5000+ feet club for Monday (hope I didn't forget anyone):
    Yes, my contribution was over 5000 feet.
    fc - 2200 feet
    wife -1500
    son - 800 up fremont older
    daughter - 400 on alleycat
    dog - at least 150 feet chasing squirrels.

    Please be more thorough next time.

    Ok, just kidding. But here's the good part. My wife picked me up from the airport at around 11am.
    fc: "Great to see you. You ready to ride for KOM?"
    wife: "yeah but we only have an hour and half."
    fc: "ok let's take the car and the roadbikes to the base of mt. eden road then so we're not wasting BS time on flat roads.
    wife: "sure. But I don't like climbing."

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    Aren't riders allowed to upload February rides until March 2nd (at least)? Maybe we should hold off with the celebrations until we're sure Mission doesn't spring a surprise on us.
    What about a ride and pot-luck bbq party at Santa Teresa Park or Steven's Canyon Park for team mtbr.com?
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    Thanks for the advice JL. I appreciate the care, I really do. Just so you know, I added a bit of drama when I wrote that. I do like to go fast but I also have family to report to so they keep me in check. I won't risk my life (most of the time) to get a record. That is my excuse for the uphill KOM's. I can say I didn't get the record because I was afraid I might blow a gasket or two. I know, I am not fooling anyone.
    As for the team effort, all I can say is wow!! Lots of miles put in yesterday and last night. It did get me thinking that there is a bar graph missing from the Strava site. Right by the miles logged and elevation graph, there needs to be "resentment of your spouse/significant other" meter. We might win the month competition but we will all end up living in a one bedroom apartment with weekend visitation of our kids. Luckily for me my wife and daughter are super supportive. I will make it a point to spend some time with them this weekend for sure. They actually kind of got into the competition and asked me where our team standing was at.
    They never made the "Slowster"

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    Jl- sounds like a good plan to me. We could organize a big Santa Teresa group ride and BBQ after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Email notice that I just got. I'll call him later this afternoon. What do i say?? Helps me out. How do I hold back the tears?

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    I second the beer thing. But here's why we won:




    Besides a solid base of ~20,000 ft riders, we had a significant contingent of +50,000 ft freaks that Mission didn't have...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
    Mine was split between a few rides.
    Morning: 1,827
    Evening: 2,609
    Late Evening: 778

    Congratulations to you, MrCrash, for finishing at the top of the chart. Over 71,500 feet of ascent in one month.

    Haha! Yup, I was watching. I saw your morning ride and hoped that you would be done for the day. I wasn't about to spend my evening riding uphill forever and hoping that I was gathering more footies that you (probably) were. I was cold and tired so it was tough enough passing your last known ride. The moral of the story is to get all you can during the month and go big when you can.

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    Justin Williams 8662
    Sparky Jay 7244
    Marco Bold 6297
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    7244 - Diablo
    1836 - Briones (night)
    9080 - Total (new PB)
    Now I know why I feel so thrashed today and no, I probably won't ride at all today. Probably.

    Now, did someone say something about some beer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElHombre
    I second the beer thing. But here's why we won:

    Besides a solid base of ~20,000 ft riders, we had a significant contingent of +50,000 ft freaks that Mission didn't have...
    A scholar and a cyclist...

    What are the green and purple lines?

    Also, when did we join this challenge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Also, when did we join this challenge?
    I think it was 2/10 or 2/11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    A scholar and a cyclist...

    What are the green and purple lines?

    Also, when did we join this challenge?

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    The green and purple lines read as: e.g. 80% of all mtbr.com riders have climbed a total of 30,000 ft or less. The 'lower' or more to the right this curve lies, the better (implies that a higher percentage of riders have climbed higher totals)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElHombre
    I second the beer thing. But here's why we won:




    Besides a solid base of ~20,000 ft riders, we had a significant contingent of +50,000 ft freaks that Mission didn't have...
    Seems like the dataset is shifted 1 to the right, horizontally. There shouldn't be any riders at 80kft, nor should there any Mission riders above 50kft for Feb.

    When I look at the YTD data for our team, I'm dumbfounded by the number of folks over 50kft. Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urban turban
    I think it was 2/10 or 2/11.
    Nice. This thread is actually the launch of our effort and the timestamp is:
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    Message originally posted by francois on 02-12-2011 at 07:33 PM:
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    It makes the effort even more impressive considering we only had 16 days. We should make a movie about the battle within the battle. What are some of the scenes? What's a good title?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Seems like the dataset is shifted 1 to the right, horizontally. There shouldn't be any riders at 80kft, nor should there any Mission riders above 50kft for Feb.

    When I look at the YTD data for our team, I'm dumbfounded by the number of folks over 50kft. Wow.
    An Excel idiosyncracy... it didn't let me put the labels right under the tickmarks.
    Found the fix and replaced the graph...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyJay
    Late Evening: 778

    Congratulations to you, MrCrash, for finishing at the top of the chart. Over 71,500 feet of ascent in one month.

    Haha! Yup, I was watching. I saw your morning ride and hoped that you would be done for the day. I wasn't about to spend my evening riding uphill forever and hoping that I was gathering more footies that you (probably) were. I was cold and tired so it was tough enough passing your last known ride.
    When I got home to learn I'd been knocked from the top spot, I was pretty happy that I already had 2,600 or so footies I hadn't yet uploaded! You had me worried enough to hold off on my last upload until around 11:45 - didn't want to give you a chance to counter

    The was an IMPRESSIVE final day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
    You had me worried enough to hold off on my last upload until around 11:45 - didn't want to give you a chance to counter
    Do your footies even count for MTBR, roadie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdubsl2
    Do your footies even count for MTBR, roadie?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
    When I got home to learn I'd been knocked from the top spot, I was pretty happy that I already had 2,600 or so footies I hadn't yet uploaded! You had me worried enough to hold off on my last upload until around 11:45 - didn't want to give you a chance to counter
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukbloke
    It is official - mtbr.com won the February KOM! There's a shout-out on the Strava blog to Patrick and "In Search of Footies" too!
    Ha.. that's funny.. see, to impress the Strava team you don't need to climb 5K+ in a day, just go up and down small hills a lot and think of a funny title for the ride :-)

    Huge fun being a part of this for Feb.. let's bring it in Mar too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Nice. This thread is actually the launch of our effort and the timestamp is:
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    Message originally posted by francois on 02-12-2011 at 07:33 PM:
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    It makes the effort even more impressive considering we only had 16 days. We should make a movie about the battle within the battle. What are some of the scenes? What's a good title?
    Even though we had only 16 days of competition, we still managed to upload a lot of old rides, even for January. We're within a few thousand feet of taking first place overall.
    Unbelievable how many of you rode on March 1 already. I took the day off.
    Rain is forecast for this weekend. Santa Teresa will be too wet to ride. CCCX race #3 is on Sunday.
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    Freakin’ GPS went all kooky shortly after making the route back Woods Trail to Alma Bridge/Priest Rock/whatever from Kennedy today. I even went back up and around St. Joe’s, and it didn’t log about 800 feet of ascent. Perhaps it was letting me know it was pretty disappointed that I would go and ride in such sh¡tty weather. Had some screaming side winds that almost blew me off my bike, such that I had to ride downhill in pussy mode, super-slow. At the end of the ride, back near 60 feet altitude, it was still registering over 1,500 feet. Oh well, will have to try again tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Santa Teresa will be too wet to ride.
    Santa Teresa was technically too wet yesterday (Tuesday), but I rode up and down her muddy backside, and then went back around again for sloppy seconds anyway. Had a serious cleanup job afterward.
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    Idea - a group discount on MTBR gear for those in the KOM contest. I love my new RBR gear and I'd really love an MTBR set!

    It might incent increased participation too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratpick
    Idea - a group discount on MTBR gear for those in the KOM contest. I love my new RBR gear and I'd really love an MTBR set!

    It might incent increased participation too!
    Definitely interested Proud to be a part of the team - you all are a bunch of climbing savages!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
    Definitely interested Proud to be a part of the team - you all are a bunch of climbing savages!
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    What kind of beer?

    The bigger question is what kind of beer we should get as the prize. For Jan, they kicked in $100 for a keg. That eliminates Pliny, and a few other of our favorites. I recommend Drakes IPA. Very good drinkable beer, and no distributor involved, so reasonably priced. We may need to kick in a bit more, but it should fit the bill. A keg is 120 pints, so two beers each.

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    Ok, here is an email interview. Please answer any of these questions asap. I'll compile and summarize them.

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    MTBR.com are the Studio Velo KOM Challenge Club winners for February. We’re talking with Francis Cebedo, founder of mtbr.com, about the club and how the KOM Challenge has helped make the riders a tighter group.

    1. KOM Challenge: Francis, hearty congratulations to the mtbr.com team. You guys really put the legs down to put a late surge over the runner ups, San Francisco’s Mission Cycling, last month’s Club winners. Was the determination level pretty intense during those last few days?

    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?

    3. KOM Challenge: Tell us about some of the team members? With 65 members I’m sure you have a few characters that really stand out in the crowd? (ages, background, gender, employment, etc)

    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?

    5. KOM Challenge: Gents, what’s the off-road experience like in the San Jose and South Bay area? Is there a lot of access? Restrictions? User conflicts?

    6. KOM Challenge: Francis, what’s the mtbr.com website’s main focus? How does it contribute to the sport? What does mtbr.com mean to your members?

    7. KOM Challenge: Do you see mtbr.com encouraging your users to form other regional teams?

    8. KOM Challenge: Any particular beer you want in the keg you guys have earned?

    9. KOM Challenge: What surprised you the most in this experience?
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    1. KOM Challenge: Francis, hearty congratulations to the mtbr.com team. You guys really put the legs down to put a late surge over the runner ups, San Francisco’s Mission Cycling, last month’s Club winners. Was the determination level pretty intense during those last few days?

    About half the members went absolutely insane: they abandoned their families, stopped looking for work or, if they had a job, rode deep into the night, and climbed 5k, 6k, 7k feet everyday for the team. The other half continued their regular bike commutes or recreational rides, but they still contributed to our success.

    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?
    I think it's about 50 - 50 road and mountain. When the trails are muddy we don't ride them (as much) and take the road bike to climb the local hills instead.

    3. KOM Challenge: Tell us about some of the team members? With 65 members I’m sure you have a few characters that really stand out in the crowd? (ages, background, gender, employment, etc).

    Broad spectrum of ages: 20 - 55? Except for a few (from Colorado and elsewhere?) they were all from Nor-Cal (down to SLO). Most of us know each other only by our mtbr handle: SparkyJay, MrCrash, DutchBiker, but that is sure to change after the victory party.

    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?

    5. KOM Challenge: Gents, what’s the off-road experience like in the San Jose and South Bay area? Is there a lot of access? Restrictions? User conflicts?

    There's some great single track riding in the a few parks (El Corte de Madera, Soquel Demonstration Forest, Santa Teresa Park), but others have only (what we consider boring) fire roads (Almaden Quicksilver, Sierra Azul and all of the East Bay). We'd like to see some more single track opened up to legal bike riding in places like Mission Peak, Sanborn Park, La Honda, etc. Some of these parks have 30 year plans to allow cycling but progress is at a snail's pace. Also, we understand the need for the 15 mph speed limit in busy parks, such as Fremont Older, but would like to see that lifted in the more remote places. Quite a few of us have received $300+ speeding tickets from radar gun wielding park rangers.

    6. KOM Challenge: Francis, what’s the mtbr.com website’s main focus? How does it contribute to the sport? What does mtbr.com mean to your members?

    mtbr.com connects mountain bikers who have a shared interest in the sport locally. It is a great resource to organize group rides to explore new terrain, such as the vast Henry Coe State Park, or to ask questions about anything from where to buy Pliny to advise on best trails to ride when visiting the area. Occasionally, some will boast about their performance in races or, worse, about their KOM status on a particular Strava segment or, the worst, about their son's biking achievements.

    7. KOM Challenge: Do you see mtbr.com encouraging your users to form other regional teams?

    NorCal is by far the largest user group/community on mtbr.com. A competition between regions would only work if Strava limited the teams to, say, 20 people. Right now anyone could join the mtbr.com team and help us win the competition. Maybe Strava can rethink this for next year, limiting the team size, and considering having teams with only women, or where everyone is 50+.

    8. KOM Challenge: Any particular beer you want in the keg you guys have earned?

    I'll let others decide on that one, but I like Blue Moon or Widmer Hefeweizen.

    9. KOM Challenge: What surprised you the most in this experience?

    How caught up the riders were in this competition. Some of us even send their wives out to ride more climbing feet, others went for night rides in the cold and rain or went for 8000 feet epic rides up and down fire roads. I think we climbed close to half a million feet in the last three days of February.

    But it was a blast. Never felt this good and we're all going to do it again in March.
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    9. KOM Challenge: What surprised you the most in this experience?

    For me it was how much it made me want to ride again. Having ridden a lot in my 20s I lost that passion to my career and family. Today I am facing 40 yrs old and this has re-awaken my desire to turn the cranks and makes me realize that I can fit riding in with my daily life and that keeping myself in good health; while it may take time away from both family and work it extends the likelihood that I will have both longer in my life. (having an amazingly supportive wife helps)

    Being a data geek I love that Strava is able to show me the numbers as they pile up. I love seeing complete strangers times on the trails I ride, I love being able to mark myself against others and also against myself. Even if I never have a top time on a KOM climb I can track my personal progression and feel that I have accomplished something worthy of the time and effort I am putting into turning these cranks.

    P.S I think we should donate the winnings to MTB charity, anything that supports trail access or gets kids out riding. We can self fund a keg right? Between 60 of us that is less than $2 a piece to get a keg and considering our members are scatter it makes some sense.

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    This KOM challenge certainly made/encouraged me (and I think others) to ride when normally I would have ridden my trainer or not at all. The weather has been less then spectacular of late...and to see people riding at night in the cold...in snow during the day was inspiring. It pushed me to ride one day in rain-snow-hail. And I loved it.

    And like to point out that Noelle (2wheelinchipmunk)..who started mtn biking only last year...was the top woman and is kicking butt this month too. She is simply a maniac and I predict she will be with the top of mtbr for March.
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    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?

    I can tell you that all that climbing was difficult. Family obligations and work were really getting in the way so it was quite a few night rides for me. On the last day to help push our team and to meet my monthly goal, Mboldt and I braved the cold and did Sierra Rd repeats until 1030pm. Going up the third time and my legs being fatigued from all the weeks riding, there was one thought that was going through my head. I know that there are other MTBR KOM guys and gals riding right now doing the same thing we are. We were the only two guys on that road but we weren't alone in the effort to take the win. I knew there were some other crazies going up soda springs rd several times and it gave me some motivation to keep going. A bennefit of all the riding was the increased stamina and weight loss. I dropped more unneeded weight and my climbing has gotten much faster. The only regret I have is not getting a GPS earlier.
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    1. KOM Challenge: Francis, hearty congratulations to the mtbr.com team. You guys really put the legs down to put a late surge over the runner ups, San Francisco’s Mission Cycling, last month’s Club winners. Was the determination level pretty intense during those last few days?

    Everyone was very determined to win. Many of us were putting in huge rides day after day. Toward the very end there were some who would ride in the morning before work and then again after work to nab some extra elevation.

    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?

    A majority was done on mountain bikes. Many people resorted to riding on the road when the trail conditions got bad, but most of the club members primarily ride dirt.

    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?

    The KOM Challenge motivated me to ride much more than usual. I'm not very fast, so gaining KOM titles on segments is not very motivating at this point in time. With the KOM challenge, endurance plays a much more important role than speed. That alone pushed me to climb four times more than I averaged per month in the past year. The challenge also brought together some of us who have conversed over the forum but never ridden together.

    5. KOM Challenge: Gents, what’s the off-road experience like in the San Jose and South Bay area? Is there a lot of access? Restrictions? User conflicts?

    Besides the lack of singletrack as mentioned by JL, it's hard to complain. We have access to a lot of trails that provide a variety of terrain and scenery. Sure there are some areas where mountain bikers may not see eye to eye with land management, but overall we have a lot to be happy for.

    6. KOM Challenge: What does mtbr.com mean to your members?

    The mtbr.com forums are a community. Many of the members are close friends who ride together. It's a great place to get advice, connect with other riders, and get off topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?
    Only a few rides were done on my road bike. When I did ride road I almost always went for my hardtail mountain bike. I'm far more comfortable with disk brakes and large tires on the descents.

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    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?
    I joined the team partly to see just how far I could push myself before I break. A person can not really know their own limits until they have tested them, they can only guess. This competition doesn't test physical strength as much as sheer determination. I am not a strong rider as most will pass me on the climbs, but I can climb all day so it worked out perfectly for me.

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    1) That if you do a ride when your legs already hurt they will stop hurting and you will have fun.
    2) When you are near the top of the chart motivation is much easier because you are trying to catch the guy in front of you and avoid being caught by someone behind you. This is especially true when you read about how everyone is riding in rain, snow and wind.
    3) Biggest surprise: I didn't know I was this competitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
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    1. Yes, pretty intense.

    2. I hope so.

    3. There is this one real loser who rides a 47.8 pound bike with a 9 pound rear wheel, who insists riding heavy bikes up hills are the way to go.

    4. It helped me realise that I am capable of cranking out many 4,000+ foot rides pretty much back to back.

    5. The only real access restrictions are weather-related (except for Kennedy/St. Joe’s), and the only real conflicts are the 6 - 8" deep horse hoof gouges that mess the trails up.

    6. We are building a fighting force of extraordinary magnitude. We forge our tradition in the spirit of our ancestors. You have our gratitude.

    7. One team to rule them all.

    8. Something strong and Belgian would be nice, however, a hearty double IPA, or an imperial stout would fit the bill nicely.

    9. The last-minute teamwork of many members going out on the last day and cranking up some insane altitude numbers.

    That’s my take on the situation.
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    1. KOM Challenge: Francis, hearty congratulations to the mtbr.com team. You guys really put the legs down to put a late surge over the runner ups, San Francisco’s Mission Cycling, last month’s Club winners. Was the determination level pretty intense during those last few days?

    There were some huge numbers being logged in the last three days of the contest - that sort of says it all!

    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?

    I'm normally 50/50, but last month I was about 20/80 (mtb/road). The rain kept me out of the dirt, and it's more convenient for me to get footies on the road bike. As soon as it dries up, I'm back in the dirt!

    3. KOM Challenge: Tell us about some of the team members? With 65 members I’m sure you have a few characters that really stand out in the crowd? (ages, background, gender, employment, etc)

    The biggest thing for me is the absence of a wife / kids / full-time gf. I have the time that others don't!

    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?

    A lot of us race at some level, so we're pretty competitive. I think Marco (who ironically isn't on the MTBR team), said it best - "If there's a guy next to me pedaling, it's on. Can't help it."

    It was a lot of fun working with everyone to help put the team on top. I'm looking forward to riding with the guys I haven't ridden with yet!

    5. KOM Challenge: Gents, what’s the off-road experience like in the San Jose and South Bay area? Is there a lot of access? Restrictions? User conflicts?

    As an East Bay resident, I wish I had better access (lived closer) to that South Bay singletrack. In these parts, it's pretty much either fire roads or pavement.

    7. KOM Challenge: Do you see mtbr.com encouraging your users to form other regional teams?

    I don't think Southern California even knew what Strava was. And check JL's last comment in this thread - if someone did that to us in the NorCal forum, it would be WAR:

    MTBR.COM on KOM on Strava

    8. KOM Challenge: Any particular beer you want in the keg you guys have earned?

    Not a beer drinker, but you'd never know it by my physique...

    9. KOM Challenge: What surprised you the most in this experience?

    I'm surprised it took JL this long to get a GPS and join Strava

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    3. KOM Challenge: Tell us about some of the team members? With 65 members I’m sure you have a few characters that really stand out in the crowd? (ages, background, gender, employment, etc)
    total *****in' rock stars from Mars

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    Just a couple little things...

    1. KOM Challenge: Francis, hearty congratulations to the mtbr.com team. You guys really put the legs down to put a late surge over the runner ups, San Francisco’s Mission Cycling, last month’s Club winners. Was the determination level pretty intense during those last few days?

    It was pretty inspiring checking the Mtbr.com KOM at Strava thread, seeing what freezing cold ride in the dark, pelting sideways rain people were doing next. Like someone recently said - We are only on one drug, and that is MTBR!

    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?

    70/30, mountain bike on the dirt and cyclocross bike well, everywhere. I don't own a road bike.

    3. KOM Challenge: Tell us about some of the team members? With 65 members I’m sure you have a few characters that really stand out in the crowd? (ages, background, gender, employment, etc)

    Yeah, us women kinda stand out in this crowd. All 3 of us! Or, maybe there are 4? Oh yeah, and I'm employed.

    5. KOM Challenge: Gents, what’s the off-road experience like in the San Jose and South Bay area? Is there a lot of access? Restrictions? User conflicts?

    We have some wonderful trails open to biking in the south bay. There are a few congested spots on fair weather weekends, but they are easily avoided. I'd say 99% of the other users I encounter on the trails are really friendly or don't care that I'm there. I make an effort to be nice.

    8. KOM Challenge: Any particular beer you want in the keg you guys have earned?

    I think the people who put in the most footies should get to answer this one....
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyJay
    I am not a strong rider as most will pass me on the climbs, but I can climb all day so it worked out perfectly for me.
    Sounds a lot like me! I saw ratpick's 30 minute time up Sierra, at the start of an 8,000 foot day. If I pin it, I summit in about 37 minutes.

    I figure a few things proved to be critical in letting me get my numbers:

    1) No family / full-time gf to look after
    2) A reasonably light road bike, with a compact crankset and an 11/28 cassette
    3) Living at the bottom of a 1000 foot hill with gentle grades
    4) Powerful lights

    Also, route selection. It looked like lots of guys were going for big numbers on long, sustained climbs. I looked for elevation on shorter, gentler grades. It's sort of like doing sets of 2 sets of 10 versus 1 set of 20 lifting weights - in the end, I'll feel less burned and get bigger numbers with those sets of 10.

    Just got back on the bike this morning after taking a few days off. I think I'm going to a 3 days bike / 3 days run schedule, so my numbers won't be as big. But I should still have plenty to contribute

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    Dios mio, it's beautiful outside. At my desk working faster than a crack fiend so I can get out and ride this afternoon. Looks like another road ride, my LBS is still rebuilding my baby's bottom bracket after the beating it took at the race last weekend...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFChristo
    Dios mio, it's beautiful outside. At my desk working faster than a crack fiend so I can get out and ride this afternoon. Looks like another road ride, my LBS is still rebuilding my baby's bottom bracket after the beating it took at the race last weekend...
    I got in a short ride this morning... I saw at least 20 other bikes out on the trails in LG before 7:15 AM. it is just about perfect out there. Go ride if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
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    I'm surprised it took JL this long to get a GPS and join Strava
    Yes, funny! I'm surprised myself. I didn't think GPS tracking and in particular Strava would be so interesting. My stopwatch was doing just fine on Seven Springs loop, but now I realize there's a whole world of competition out there. However, to keep with jms request for humility I promise not to post my KOM titles on mtbr (too often) anymore. I know there are lots of much faster riders out there anyway, so it's just a matter of time before I'm middle of the pack again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
    Sounds a lot like me! I saw ratpick's 30 minute time up Sierra, at the start of an 8,000 foot day. If I pin it, I summit in about 37 minutes.
    That's nice to hear. I get a lot of motivation looking at what y'all are doing on the climbs so nice to see I can provide some too Being able to isolate and compare times on climbs is a great feature of Strava.

    My times are just the result of long-term unemployment (today is the last day of that - new job on Monday) and a commitment to use the time to get stronger. Oh, and no kids

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    Overall leader now!

    Pop open the champagne: we just took first place for 2011 overall climbing feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ratpick

    My times are just the result of long-term unemployment (today is the last day of that - new job on Monday) and a commitment to use the time to get stronger. Oh, and no kids
    Congrats Patrick. Hope that works out well for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Pop open the champagne: we just took first place for 2011 overall climbing feet.
    Freakin’ sweet!!!

    Keep up the good work, everyone!
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    I can't wait to be back on the bike adding footies, Sorry that I have been absent from the challenge for a couple of weeks. Unexpected sad things happened and I ended up in MD for a little bit. However, my little contribution was not even necessary! This is going to be a big, amazing year... go team!
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    Porkstacker holding down the #2 spot in Men's Overall!

    That Strava userpic is killin me

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
    Porkstacker holding down the #2 spot in Men's Overall!

    That Strava userpic is killin me
    Just doin’ my thing. Until I find a job, I cannot think of anything else to do.
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    Porkstacker- I saw you today while I was driving to ST Joes. I saw the fat tired bike and knew it was you right away. I yelled "PORKSTACKER" but you were busy balancing on those big wheels at a red light. I then went on to absolutely kill myself on St Joes. I pegged myself as hard as I could go. Gave it the full beans. I had to drop the bike and walk around so mt heart didn't explode! I was spent. I did one short lap again but just had nothing left. I have never ridden so hard ever in my life. I accomplished my goal and got 3rd in one segment and 2nd in another. One other thing I am planning on. I am going to take a day and devote it to Sierra Rd repeats. I am going to do as many as I can. I know the one guy did it 16 times. Not sure when this will happen but I am super motivated to give it a go. I will do it sometime before the 10k demo ride. What a great day it was outside today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic
    I can't wait to be back on the bike adding footies, Sorry that I have been absent from the challenge for a couple of weeks. Unexpected sad things happened and I ended up in MD for a little bit. However, my little contribution was not even necessary! This is going to be a big, amazing year... go team!
    The best thing about coming back from injury is.... even crappy rides feel AWESOME!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    Porkstacker- I saw you today while I was driving to ST Joes. I saw the fat tired bike and knew it was you right away. I yelled "PORKSTACKER" but you were busy balancing on those big wheels at a red light. I then went on to absolutely kill myself on St Joes. I pegged myself as hard as I could go. Gave it the full beans. I had to drop the bike and walk around so mt heart didn't explode! I was spent. I did one short lap again but just had nothing left. I have never ridden so hard ever in my life. I accomplished my goal and got 3rd in one segment and 2nd in another. One other thing I am planning on. I am going to take a day and devote it to Sierra Rd repeats. I am going to do as many as I can. I know the one guy did it 16 times. Not sure when this will happen but I am super motivated to give it a go. I will do it sometime before the 10k demo ride. What a great day it was outside today.
    Holy carp, that's fast!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    Porkstacker- I saw you today while I was driving to ST Joes. I saw the fat tired bike and knew it was you right away. I yelled "PORKSTACKER" but you were busy balancing on those big wheels at a red light. I then went on to absolutely kill myself on St Joes. I pegged myself as hard as I could go. Gave it the full beans. I had to drop the bike and walk around so mt heart didn't explode! I was spent. I did one short lap again but just had nothing left. I have never ridden so hard ever in my life. I accomplished my goal and got 3rd in one segment and 2nd in another. One other thing I am planning on. I am going to take a day and devote it to Sierra Rd repeats. I am going to do as many as I can. I know the one guy did it 16 times. Not sure when this will happen but I am super motivated to give it a go. I will do it sometime before the 10k demo ride. What a great day it was outside today.
    Wow, guess it was a pretty intense trackstand, I didn’t hear you. I always trackstand instead of unclipping, since I get a better reaction time off the line when the tree goes green.
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    Anyone up for some Kennedy-Woods-St. Joe’s action tomorrow morning? I am thinking 4,000+ feet. Any takers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    Anyone up for some Kennedy-Woods-St. Joe’s action tomorrow morning? I am thinking 4,000+ feet. Any takers?
    Latest weather report for Los Gatos tamale is only 100 % chance of rain in the morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient rascal
    Latest weather report for Los Gatos tamale is only 100 % chance of rain in the morning.
    Smart money is on LP to ride anyway! That man is driven.
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    I'm racing CCCX tomorrow.
    Mission Cycling put in some good rides today and are back in the lead by 10,000 feet.
    Go team mtbr.com!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyJay
    Smart money is on LP to ride anyway! That man is driven.
    Soar's wants out tamale and my bike is locked up in the car ready to go. Usually just leave her locked and loaded after a Saturday ride. Kennedy tamale if not tooo rainy and wet. Got some sprinklin going on now though in Santa Clara
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    I’m thinking about being at the Top O The Hill intersection trailhead starting point no later than 9:00AM tomorrow morning. Anyone fancy meeting up there? Yes, the rumours are true, rain will not deter me, I am used to having to hose down the bike (me as well) afterward. I will be riding to/from the starting point, so I will be warmed up… but on a heavy-ass bike once again. Bonus for me though, I scored two (2) 24"x3" Nokian Gazzaloddis off of eBay for only $81 (including shipping!!! ), mounted a new one on the back wheel today (running a 26" front/24" rear setup), so I should have better traction on the slippery gooey stuff.

    Looking forward to tomorrow. PM or post here if you are interested in meeting up. I plan on starting up the Kennedy trail no later than 9:10AM, so look sharp—BE sharp.

    Oh yeah, I’ll be the guy on the monkeybutt (zero suspension) bike with fat tires/wheels, will be in appropriate Fred attire.
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