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    NorCal Spring Classic

    Tomorrow.. going to be awesome! 100% chance of rain all day

    100 miles/ 9-10K' with some good dirt action.



    Starting the thread so I have somewhere to post pics and a recap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratpick View Post
    Tomorrow.. going to be awesome! 100% chance of rain all day

    100 miles/ 9-10K' with some good dirt action.



    Starting the thread so I have somewhere to post pics and a recap!
    Excellent; the spring classics are known to be particularly good when stormy and muddy. Good luck and have fun!

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    I look forward to your report.
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    Don't Forget

    And let's not forget, there's generally a solid headwind heading down the coast toward Santa Cruz during storms. Should be a slice out there.

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    This will be epic misery. I know at least 20 people doing it. Most of them will actually show up.

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    Thin, select crowd... reportedly.

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    Well, I blew it off. Looks like they are getting plenty wet.

    Reminds me of the Grasshopper Super Sweetwater last year. 50 miles of pavement, then dirt roads mixed in. It sucked on the 29er, because I got dropped by everyone on cross bikes then froze in the rain the rest of the time. Although I was golden once we got to the dirt.

    So now a weekend rest day and no idea what to do. I believe its to early to start drinking beer.

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    They are probably just finishing up with hypothermia and little healthy skin left in the chamois region.

    I on the other hand have achieved a BAC of 0.24, spent an hour on the phone with Dell tech support, beer braised and mesquite smoked short ribs, almost wiped out Costco and packed on about a pound of fat that will come in handy in a few weeks at vision quest.

    Think I will be riding tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBrider View Post
    They are probably just finishing up with hypothermia and little healthy skin left in the chamois region.

    I on the other hand have achieved a BAC of 0.24, beer braise and mesquite smoked short ribs, almost wiped out costco and packed on about a pound of fat that will come in handy in a few weeks at vision quest.

    Think I will be riding tomorrow.

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    Now that's what I'm talking 'bout.

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    Any survivors?

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    We Were Thinking Of Them

    We were thinking of them down here today in SLO.
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    Here's Marco and Ratpick arriving at the Ibis Headquarters finish line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jms View Post
    We were thinking of them down here today in SLO.
    Mike actually rode his mojo?

    this pic is prolly photoshopped

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    85 miles, 5500 feet, an inch of rain. Completed "short"course. Almost nobody finished the long course. Except krishna, of course.

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    Zen Turtle and I finished - the whole freakin' 103 miles/10K'.

    So many opportunities to abandon but we somehow kept going.

    Definitely the coldest ride I've ever done - climbing Butano Fire Road was utter misery.

    So cold that some crashed from being unable to work their brakes! Saw one guy running down the road with his bike to Big Basin because he couldn't brake!

    Copious mud - some of the most fun mud riding ever coming down off Sweeney Ridge!

    This ride definitely lived up to its name!

    Much more later. Bus back to SF, beer in hand, sleep approaches!


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    sounds awesome

    Looking forward to ride reports!

    Some questions:

    1) what gloves if any work on a day like this?

    2) from the flyer it looked liked like CX bike would be ideal. Lacking that, what would be better, a hardtail mtb or a road bike? Willing to change tires (slicks/semi slicks on mtb, or 25+?mm tires on road).

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    I can answer this for you

    Quote Originally Posted by gxglass View Post
    on a dLooking forward to ride reports!

    Some questions:

    1) what gloves if any work ay like this?

    2) from the flyer it looked liked like CX bike would be ideal. Lacking that, what would be better, a hardtail mtb or a road bike? Willing to change tires (slicks/semi slicks on mtb, or 25+?mm tires on road).
    A CX bike was the most intelligent choice for that gig.

    Unless you have really good mud clearance @ the chainstays and under the fork crown, and long reach brake calipers, you'll load up with mud to the point the wheels wont spin using a road bike, especially @ the bottom of Butano F.R......I speak from experience. You're better off with a mtb w/slicks at that point.

    On the road portions which was the majority of the ride, the road bike is a better choice, you can stay lower and not expose as much of your chest/waist to the elements, and the aerodynamics helped with the headwind I'm thinking they ran in to @ the coast heading south.

    Diving gloves work the best in those conditions.

    I'm sure it was awful out there. Hours of those kind of conditions are a recipe for hypothermia. I'm glad I missed it. Good on you for those who gutted it out.
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    jms - headwind on Hwy 1 - check.

    Zen Turtle was my savior here - he was pulling 20 mph into the wind most of the way. I took a couple of pulls out of guilt - short and pathetic


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    CX bike worked really well. If I wasn't having cramping issues from the cold I would have easily beaten way stronger roadies up Butano FR because of the mud.

    The key feature for gloves today would be waterproof. Mine were pretty good for the first half but eventually soaked through and froze my hands - but not as badly as others who lost the ability to brake from frozen fingers.


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    Good work

    Quote Originally Posted by ratpick View Post
    jms - headwind on Hwy 1 - check.

    Zen Turtle was my savior here - he was pulling 20 mph into the wind most of the way. I took a couple of pulls out of guilt - short and pathetic


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    One of my strategies in cold or wet events is to make friends with an energetic fat guy and wheel suck the life out of them. LOL! Good work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jms View Post
    One of my strategies in cold or wet events is to make friends with an energetic fat guy and wheel suck the life out of them. LOL! Good work!
    I quickly learned to love the taste and grittiness of road spray in my face


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    Well not nearly as epic as your day I participated in the Big Sur Mudrun. It was 5 miles of wet mud pits and obstacles. It didn't rain a drop but it was freezing cold. Jumping into the first mudpit took my breath away. My 5 person team had some slow runners so me and my co-worker pulled 7:30 min miles and had to wait for them to catch up. As we waited, we froze! I can't remember being as cold as that ever in my life. So if it makes you feel better Patrick and Marco, I am still digging out mud from places that will not be mentioned here. Good job on your ride today and I have always said there is something special about you and your tenacity!
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    Ratpick, I bow to use guys accomplishing such a feat! I honestly don't know how you guys do it, simply amazing. Great job to all that participated in the pain fest!

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    Absolutely awesome everyone!

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    One of these days I will be this hard core. Until then, those SLO conditions look pretty good.

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