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    Hamilton Endurance Ride - July 11th

    EDIT: Due to many requests, ride is now SUNDAY July 12. Same time, same place.

    Back by popular demand, we are going to try for round 4 of the hamilton endurance ride on July 12th. No OCUP's, no marathon series, no relay races, no excuses not to come out. Here's the previous attempts. Serious rain has played a role in all of them so far, here's hoping.

    Round 1:

    Hamilton Endurance Ride - Sat May 17

    Round 2:

    Hamilton Endurance Ride - July 19 - Round 2

    The skinny

    Where: We meet in the Metro Grocery store parking lot, 9:00 am, Saturday July 11th. This is at the corner of Upper Gage and Fennell in Hamilton.

    What to expect: I'm brining in more trail for your dollar (which is $0, good deal). I'll be mixing this up, expect the first 30-40km to be completely different. If all goes well, we'll be riding ~ 100 km and climbing ~ 1300 m. The pace will be steady, but not blistering with a couple stops. We'll likely finish in ~ 7-8 hrs given normal group dynamics. We'll try to break for water at ~2.5 hours and then hit a store at ~ 5 hrs. However, be prepared for at least 3 hours of self supported riding.

    The route: We'll be riding sections of singletrack connected by rail trail, double track, paved waterfront trail and some road.

    Post ride: I'll provide some eats and treats (aka BBQ, chips, pasta salad and BEER) if you can make it to the end. (We won't strand anyone, don't worry)

    If you have an questions, fire away.
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    You know, I am not much for these long rides, but the good company that came with the one last summer has me thinking I'd be silly not to join. Here's hoping school/work doesn't pile up too much in the next week...

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    Bah, I usually work Saturdays. I'll look into it.
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    gotta see what is on the go for next Saturday but i will put myself in as a maybe.

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    I don't think I have anything plan for next Saturday. I will update later on this week

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    Hey Jeff, would Sunday work instead of Saturday. It would just work better for me + Ryan doesn't work on Sunday. Just an idea...

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    Sunday is possible for me. If that works better for people we can make it happen.

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    Sunday??

    I will double-check to see if I can adjust my schedule, but I think I currently have a conflict for Saturday. Sunday (12th) would be most excellent if that is doable. Here's hoping Sunday gets the group nod, but I'll try to be there either way.

    Any rough outlines on the percentages for road/gravel/double-/single-track we may expect?

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    If it ends up being sunday I will more then likely join, I guess it also depends if the new whip shows up in time.

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    Alright. Since many people are requesting, I have no problems. Ride is now officially on for Sunday July 12th. 9:00, same meeting place.

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    Ok, I think that will work better for me. I should be there for another round.
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    I am also in. Hope I get my Brain shock back by then. If not I will be riding my freeride bike and try to keep up. See you all there

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    I wanted to do one of these last year with you guys but the distance was to much for me then. I think I can handle it now since my fitness is way better then last year.

    I'm going to try and make it out, I'll pack a map just in case things turn south and I'll ride back solo or take a short cut.

    Should we bring any treats for the BBQ? Yes I think we should.

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    I'm in. Order me a medium casket. Grey would match my bike well.

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    I'm in, can I bring others along? I'll be riding a more of a xc bike instead of the big dh bike
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    Guests are always welcome. The more people, the more the suffering is dispersed?

    Lukey, is the coffin to drag behind you to give the rest of use a chance to keep up? Even if you are doing an epic the day before.

    Finally, unless you have dietary restrictions, I'll just be throwing some simple burgers and sausage on the BBQ, nothing special, nor overly expensive, so I wouldn't worry about leaving it in your car all day.

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    I'll try my best to make it. Hopefully the weather cooperates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor
    Lukey, is the coffin to drag behind you to give the rest of use a chance to keep up? Even if you are doing an epic the day before.
    That thing? That's my lunchbox.

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    Forecast isn't looking very good for this weekend:

    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/caon0289

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    Quote Originally Posted by macming
    Forecast isn't looking very good for this weekend:

    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/caon0289

    Well, I'll be so bold as to say, I can't be much worse than the past 2 times we've tried and that only made us stronger and hungrier.

    I'll start seriously looking at the forecast Friday night. If it looks completely horrible we can cancel or re-route day of to prevent suffering and trail damage.

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    i'm in

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    Ahhh... nice long ride - good stuff! Throwing any ski hill ascents in the route? Jeff, there better not be any hike-a-bike!!! See you all sunday!

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    Looking forward to Sunday. So far the weather look good and I should get my shock back today. I just "jinxes" everything so my shock will get lost in the mail and it will snow on Sunday. See you all there anyway. Jeff, I will bring some beer and let us know if you need anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcr1
    Looking forward to Sunday. So far the weather look good and I should get my shock back today. I just "jinxes" everything so my shock will get lost in the mail and it will snow on Sunday. See you all there anyway. Jeff, I will bring some beer and let us know if you need anything else.

    I didn't want to be the one to say it, but yeah, weather looks great right now. Here's hoping nothing happens to your shock JC.

    Rode close to half the route last night and will ride the other half today. Managed to get two of the best sections of singletrack in the area brought into the ride. One is tight, fast, flowy and the other nice and technical. Something for everyone! Oh yeah, I've thrown in a couple more climbs.

    For complete giggles, there will also be two jersey's available during the ride. I have identified 4 climbs and 4 sprints where we can have a little competition (ie. safe) for those who wish. 3, 2 and 1 point will be available for the first 3 people 'across the line'. Person with the highest point total will be crowned king of the mountains or(and?) the top sprinter. There will be a bike related prize for each.

    Looking forward to Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor
    For complete giggles, there will also be two jersey's available during the ride. I have identified 4 climbs and 4 sprints where we can have a little competition (ie. safe) for those who wish. 3, 2 and 1 point will be available for the first 3 people 'across the line'. Person with the highest point total will be crowned king of the mountains or(and?) the top sprinter.
    Awesome! I'll be there for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor

    For complete giggles, there will also be two jersey's available during the ride. I have identified 4 climbs and 4 sprints where we can have a little competition (ie. safe) for those who wish. 3, 2 and 1 point will be available for the first 3 people 'across the line'. Person with the highest point total will be crowned king of the mountains or(and?) the top sprinter. There will be a bike related prize for each.

    Looking forward to Sunday.
    Haha, that's wicked.
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    As of right now I am without a fork, but that may change later today... so I'm still a maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoote
    As of right now I am without a fork, but that may change later today... so I'm still a maybe
    What happened to your fork?
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    I have an extra 26" fork you could borrow. needs the crown thingy on it though and it sucks. I guess you're talking about your True North 29 though, right?

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    Yup, the 29er. I managed to crack the steertube (steel!) which is kind of amazing. Sounds like I'll be able to borrow a fork in the meantime, so I may be good to go afterall.

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    Alright boys. Just got in from a little more scouting. Looks like I can't re-route (or add) as much as I would like. Me riding solo with all the extra trail, no breaks except to fill bottles a couple times (<5 min) and I was looking at close to 8 hours over the past couple days.
    I've still go some new stuff planned, but we'll be sticking to a ride more similar to last year.
    On the good news, I think I can route out a 100 miler if any one wants in!

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    Latecomer meeting point?

    OK...so my bud wants to do the ride. He needs to meet us mid-route as he can't get to the starting point by 9AM. Could you suggest a latecomer meeting point that we would be passing by at around 10 or 10:30AM? Ie., trailhead, parking lot, road crossing or someplace he could wait for us along the route?

    Thanks, looking forward to the ride!

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    Hey Luke

    I've got the route passing by Train station on the rail trail in Dundas Valley twice. I would guess we'll be coming through there at 10:15-10:30, then 30 minutes later. Might be a good spot as we'll come through twice. (First time from the exercise trail, second time coming from the west on the rail trail).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor
    Hey Luke

    I've got the route passing by Train station on the rail trail in Dundas Valley twice. I would guess we'll be coming through there at 10:15-10:30, then 30 minutes later. Might be a good spot as we'll come through twice. (First time from the exercise trail, second time coming from the west on the rail trail).
    Great! That should be a perfect place for him to park and wait around for us and we should be able to find each other easily.

    As for the aforementioned 100-miler route...I think I will know exactly how interested I am at about 5PM Sunday.

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    Alright, the bike is good to go so here's hoping my legs are too. The route sounds great, and is sure to be a challenge if it's anything like last year. I'm bringing a buddy along, so add 2 to the count.

    Jeff, looking back at photos from last year I noticed you were the only one without a camelback. I normally don't use one (really dislike the feeling) and am planning on using bottles. Do you think 2 or 3 bottles should be good between stops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoote
    Jeff, looking back at photos from last year I noticed you were the only one without a camelback. I normally don't use one (really dislike the feeling) and am planning on using bottles. Do you think 2 or 3 bottles should be good between stops?

    Jeff, I know the feeling, not a big fan of camelbacks. I'd suggest three bottles, which is what I always bring on my rides longer than 1.5 hours. I'm a heavy sweater however. We'll likely not go more than 2 hours without a fountain, however, you never know if you, or maybe someone else might need it.

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    Right on. 2 large bottles on my frame and a 500 mL in my jersey should do it. With hydration planned, it's on to food...

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    Hey Jeff M, why are you planning food and hydration? If it's anything like the last ride don't waste your money it's all coming out anyway.

    As for the route, I am up for anything. Everybody, make sure you come prepare so you don't run out of water. Hope to ride more Waterdown trail this year. It should be a great day, can't wait to get back on my 29er after 3 weeks off. Gotta go set up the new brain now

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    Jeff, there might be some banana left from last year! (JCR beat me to that one)

    FYI to everyone. replenishing food will likely only occur once at a convenience store. Selections of high performance foods might be minimal and potentially harmful if you haven't done much eating at 4-5 hours of tough ride. Make sure you are well equipped with a good 1000 cal of food that you are confident you can stomach.

    We are looking at a pretty serious ride here. 11 - 15 people. Not to mention good weather. This is going to be fun!

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    Count me in... Anybody need a lift to the hammer from st.kitts area ??? Jeff, J.C.???

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    Hey Derek, I will need a ride if possible. The wife and kids are going up to the cottage so I am all alone. I will FB you my address.

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    Hey, at least a third of us on 29ers too - sweet

    Don't worry guys, I will be bringing a few bananas, and keeping them inside this time.

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    jmoote, I was just looking at your name subheading, are you dutch/belgian by any chance?

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    Nope, just a cyclocross nut. Belgium is where it's at, from October to February

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    My uncle just called and said they have golf ball sized hail in Ancaster. It seems re-scheduling for Sunday was probably a good idea.

    The trails might be a little wet tomorrow still, but none the less, I'm really excited for the ride.
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    There was definitely some heavy precipitation this morning, but it's had all day to dry up. I suspect conditions will be fine, with the odd wet spot. It has to be better than previous attempts which included heavy rain throughout part of the ride.

    I too am looking forward to the ride - see you folks at 0900

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    Any survivors?

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    hahah, well, my wheel is a non-survivor, that's for sure.

    Thanks so much to Luke and the bunch for helping get it rolling again, and for waiting. Apologies to Jeff for taking you out. Your directions were good enough to get us back without getting lost and with minimal hassle. I am looking forward to the reports and photos from the remainder of the ride.


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    Garmin data

    Great ride, thanks to all.

    Here's the ride data:
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    From my house, it was 108km, 3700 vertical feet climbed, about 6 hours moving. Shave off a wee bit if you're measuring from the official start point.

    CptSydor laid out an amazing route. Some stuff I've never seen before, and the trails were in great shape despite yesterday's deluge. Great weather. Fantastic group. Photos coming.

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    Pretty graphs

    I made a diorama of the ride, see?

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    Elevation profile:


    Speed vs. Distance:

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