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    O-Cup #1: Woodnewton

    Who's getting stoked for this?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    Who's getting stoked for this?!
    I was doing just fine. And then I saw the course map: http://www.superflyracing.com/wp-con...on-o-cup-1.pdf.

    ...and, here it comes, wait for it, like clockwork....pre-race jitters!!!!!!

    What if, what if, what if, what if...

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    Have never raced Woodnewton before. I'll be riding it for the first time on Friday afternoon, if I can get away from the office in time...

    Also, I will be racing a bike with gears for the first time in 5 years (although I plan on essentially riding it like a SS)

    Does anyone who has raced here before have any pearls of wisdom for me?
    Strava made me do it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Does anyone who has raced here before have any pearls of wisdom for me?
    Pray for dry weather.
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Excited to race mountain bikes! Going up Saturday to pre-ride.

    Unglued: It's a fun course, but nothing 'extreme' in terms of elevation or technical. The climbs are punchy, they can be on the steeper side, but not long (30 m or less). You tend to power up them more than pace yourself up them.

    Technically there isn't much to worry about. Towards then end there is some fast singletrack (notably some swoops through a ravine), then the optional rock garden right at the end.

    Overall it's very similar to Mansfield or Albion (climbs slightly bigger, but not like the opener at Mansfield).

    As GM eluded to, it can be 'sticky' if it's raining. The trails are not worked in like other major venues, so they respond differently to rain (mainly they hold it more rather then shed it).

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    I'm not racing this season, but I'll head up to ride the course on Saturday, because it's so much fun!

    The swoopy ravine is super fast and the final twisty descent is a lot of fun. There is one section that can be really sticky with rain, but the rest of the course drains fairly well.

    There are no technical sections of note, but if you ride fast enough this course is terrific.

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    Thanks Cpt and GM - sounds like my kind of course....
    Strava made me do it....

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    Unless the weather gets ugly this week the course should be in great shape. A friend of mine rode it last weekend and said it was fairly dry. I rode some trails adjacent to it last night and they were perfect, just enough moisture in the dirt to enhance traction.
    I plan on pre-riding either Friday evening or Saturday, but unfortunately have a family commitment on Sunday that will prevent me from racing
    Good luck to all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Face Visor View Post
    Unless the weather gets ugly this week the course should be in great shape. A friend of mine rode it last weekend and said it was fairly dry. I rode some trails adjacent to it last night and they were perfect, just enough moisture in the dirt to enhance traction.
    I plan on pre-riding either Friday evening or Saturday, but unfortunately have a family commitment on Sunday that will prevent me from racing
    Good luck to all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Pray for dry weather.
    Woodnewton isn't the same without all the mud - MUDnewton! I loved it muddy!

    Good luck to all racing. I'll be in Tennessee for a 100 miler, ayyyeeee!

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    Does anyone know where the singlespeeders are going to be placed on the 11:45 start?

    I've never raced 'Newton but I do know I'm going to get my chubby out of shape ass kicked.

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    Both times I raced at Woodnewton it was very muddy and rainy, so it would be nice to have a dry course. Right now the weather looks great for Sunday.

    I will also pre-ride on Saturday.
    My rides:
    Lynskey Ti Pro29 SL singlespeed
    GF Superfly 29er HT
    S-Works Roubaix SL3 Dura Ace
    Pake French 75 track

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    Pre-rode tonight. The course is bone-dry. It is fast and flowy with a lot of short climbs and one real grinder in the middle. There's a big rock in the middle of the trail about 3km in which is a bit of a momentum-killer, but taking the ride-around is way too slow. The rock garden in the final km is also pretty spooky, but all in all it's a great course which will reward smoothness and fast acceleration out of the corners.

    And on an unrelated note, I appear to have caught Smarty's pre-race jitters.
    Strava made me do it....

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    Did couple of laps on the course yesterday too; man I'm rusty!!!!
    This was my first time on dirt this year and it showed......
    The course is great,love the roller coaster section, all the little "rock" features,although I looked like I was moving in slow motion in the long one.

    Climbs are punchy and will be a lot of pain by the 3rd lap, will be a real test as always.
    Couldn't really find sections to rest and recover, but that is just my low level of fitness.....

    Plus one with pre-race jitters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Pre-rode tonight. The course is bone-dry. It is fast and flowy with a lot of short climbs and one real grinder in the middle. There's a big rock in the middle of the trail about 3km in which is a bit of a momentum-killer, but taking the ride-around is way too slow. The rock garden in the final km is also pretty spooky, but all in all it's a great course which will reward smoothness and fast acceleration out of the corners.

    And on an unrelated note, I appear to have caught Smarty's pre-race jitters.
    So how does the new bike feel?
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    Lynskey Ti Pro29 SL singlespeed
    GF Superfly 29er HT
    S-Works Roubaix SL3 Dura Ace
    Pake French 75 track

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    Quote Originally Posted by serious View Post
    So how does the new bike feel?
    Faster than me...
    Strava made me do it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    Does anyone know where the singlespeeders are going to be placed on the 11:45 start?
    I heard a rumor you guys were going first.

    Raining in Uxbridge right now apparently. Gah!

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    Just got back from Woodnewton. It was a bit slick after the rain, but compared to the times I raced there, it was like night and day. I only did a couple of laps, but enjoyed every moment. The course is fast, with tons of turns. It may not be very technical, but at speed it will certainly be challenging.

    And the weather tomorrow will be freaking awesome!
    My rides:
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    GF Superfly 29er HT
    S-Works Roubaix SL3 Dura Ace
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    Just got back. Course was primo. No effects from the rain. Should be crazy awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Faster than me...

    Is that a good or bad thing?

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    Rode the 1:30 course a few times today, starting at noon. Course was tacky, fast and smooth. I think the Janelle's Revenge downhill is one of the best sections on the circuit - Not only is it a blast but I think it's really the only part of the course to get any serious recovery time. This course is full throttle pretty much the whole way through

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    What an awesome course, that is actually a fun ride opposed to some of last years courses that were roadie only.

    Love all the real singletrack and the heavy downhill switchbacks in the 2nd half - going to be a fun race!

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    Unglued...have punctured or not have punctured? That is the question.
    Last edited by Enduramil; 04-28-2013 at 02:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    Unglued...have punctured or not have punctured? That is the question.
    Not
    Strava made me do it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
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