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    Listen! Official 2009 24 Hours of Summer Solstice Thread

    Well, I am sure I am not the only one thinking or planning for this race now...Hence starting this thread to get the discussion, cheap shots, race plans, and general race dialogue rolling on one of the biggest events of the season.

    Who's in? Or not? With who? What are your expectations if you have any? Bombs away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    cheap shots...Bombs away!
    You corner like a refrigerator.

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    That's nothing. I corner like a toboggan.

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    pfft

    i dont corner at all...

    Quote Originally Posted by chansen
    That's nothing. I corner like a toboggan.

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    I'm in, and I expect to be tired when it's done.

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    I'm not in...
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    I'm not in...
    That's unfortunate...Other commitments? No team? What's happening?
    A bad day on the bike is better than a good day doing anything else...

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    Pfft, cornering is for suckers. Everyone knows that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

    Mrs. Monster and I are out unfortunately (we'll be paddling our butts off at a regatta in Vancouver) but I'm sure the Misfit Dance Party will roar on smashingly without us.
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    I'm in as long as my leg heals by then.

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    I'm out, hoping to show up for hot August Nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    That's unfortunate...Other commitments? No team? What's happening?
    Maybe he's doing Lake to Lake. That's where I'll be.

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    tire--d?

    Quote Originally Posted by Photograph
    I'm in, and I expect to be tired when it's done.

    don't blow another wheel mister...

    rumour has it I may join in the fun... maybe...

    depends on ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    That's unfortunate...Other commitments? No team? What's happening?
    The fact that my team dissolved is the biggest reason. I'll likely take the opportunity to send some of the funds in another direction.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

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    I am out, hoping for August as well.

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    I'm in and super-stoked about it too! I've been wanting to try a 24 hour race since I got hooked on biking last year. I'll even get to use the light set I got for my birthday. Yay! I am really looking forward to this!

    btw, if anyone has any tips or suggestions for someone who's never been to a 24 hour race, it would be much appreciated! (ie, bring both wheels for the bike, maybe a change of clothes, consider bringing a snack, deodorant, etc.) hehehehe Okay, so besides the obvious ones.....
    I love riding my bike!

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    [QUOTE=sweetfilly7]
    btw, if anyone has any tips or suggestions for someone who's never been to a 24 hour race, it would be much appreciated! QUOTE]

    Bring normal food. The last one I did, I brought mostly 'race' food (clif bars, ensures, boost, etc), which was horrible after about 8 hours. I was so jealous of all the people who brought more good food, which was still ok for racing (i.e. oatmeal cookies, cold pasta salad with lots of vegetables, cold pizza, etc). You can still use a bar or gel for laps, so I guess I'm thinking more in between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetfilly7
    btw, if anyone has any tips or suggestions for someone who's never been to a 24 hour race, it would be much appreciated!
    Bring lots of beer.... Team Speed likes Guiness in case you were wondering
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    Edit: No clue if I can ride. Possible family commitments. Willing to trade my extended family for a roster spot.
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    i'm in but presently unassigned to a team....that's pretty normal...bring on the cheap shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSpeed
    Team Speed likes Guiness in case you were wondering
    Team Skunk likes Maudite, any of the many Wellington products ( maybe SPA for mid race, with an Iron Duke to close off with), or perhaps Beau's Lug Tread Ale, if there is anyone from the Ottawa area attending who feels like donating to the cause.

    Guiness, by the way, is not beer and should be reserved for cooking meat pies with.

    I am in for solstice. Just bought a spot off a guy this weekend.
    Cheers, Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by teebor76xc
    bring on the cheap shots.
    You corner like a (drunken) refrigerator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    You corner like a refrigerator.
    This coming from the guy who looks like a chimp humping a golf ball while he rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil
    This coming from the guy who looks like a chimp humping a golf ball while he rides.
    Are you saying that I need to extend the shaving regimen across a larger swath of my body? S'OK, since I won't be at Solstice 2009 no one will need to listen to my incessant aypping on the trail, nor try to dodge my obnoxious and pushy support crew blocking the course, nor listen to my usual bevy of excuses explaining why I couldn't finish the event.

    P.S. Don't knock the golf balls until you try one.

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    Would "You corner like a refrigerator on a toboggan" be taking the metaphor too far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    Are you saying that I need to extend the shaving regimen across a larger swath of my body? S'OK, since I won't be at Solstice 2009 no one will need to listen to my incessant aypping on the trail, nor try to dodge my obnoxious and pushy support crew blocking the course, nor listen to my usual bevy of excuses explaining why I couldn't finish the event.

    P.S. Don't knock the golf balls until you try one.
    Blocking? Sure I admit to it, but only when it's the charmed one of the Misfit Cult of Kool Aid guzzlers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chansen
    Would "You corner like a refrigerator on a toboggan" be taking the metaphor too far?
    Your metaphor is unacceptable in its current state. Both the refrigerator and toboggan need to be plied with copious amounts of liquor first. If you can meet that criteria, you may have something workable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skunkified
    I am in for solstice.
    bollocks...
    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    I'm sure the Misfit Dance Party will roar on smashingly without us.
    that seals it...

    regrettably, and totally related to the diminished capacity of my attentions and the above mentions intrusions:
    the Misfit Psycles Summer Solstice Dance Party has been CANCELLED.

    for those that like to deal in minutia or read Klymson'esque ramblings DETAILS HERE

    most won't notice, some might be pleased but i assure you, this infrastructural reappropriation will allow for the general affinity of the event to increase 3.2 fold in august.

    bottom line.
    i am going to enjoy the pain of SOLSTICE and the festivus of HAN.

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    Fixed it for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    regrettably, and totally related to the diminished capacity of my libido, not to mention a precipitous decline in my basic cognitive skills:
    the Misfit Psycles Summer Solstice Dance Party has been CANCELLED.
    BTW, you corner like lukewarm borscht.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    Fixed it for you.



    BTW, you corner like lukewarm borscht.
    if you can't be handsome, be useful. thanks for the mods.

    and corner?

    pfft.

    that's what people lacking superior destructive mass do as they retreat from foresterial adversaries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    bollocks...

    that seals it...

    regrettably, and totally related to the diminished capacity of my attentions and the above mentions intrusions:
    the Misfit Psycles Summer Solstice Dance Party has been CANCELLED.

    for those that like to deal in minutia or read Klymson'esque ramblings DETAILS HERE

    most won't notice, some might be pleased but i assure you, this infrastructural reappropriation will allow for the general affinity of the event to increase 3.2 fold in august.

    bottom line.
    i am going to enjoy the pain of SOLSTICE and the festivus of HAN.

    viva Lepper!
    Translation,

    I got a wicked deal on Bovine mammary stimulants.

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    cancelled? FTW?

    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    the Misfit Psycles Summer Solstice Dance Party has been CANCELLED.

    oh common... first time might be in for said 24 hour race and the party is cancelled? now I don't get to wear my sequins shorts? dern...
    sequin shorts.jpg
    boo...
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    I knew you couldn't be there and not race Dave. Glad to hear we will be seeing you on the course after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetfilly7
    I'm in and super-stoked about it too! I've been wanting to try a 24 hour race since I got hooked on biking last year. I'll even get to use the light set I got for my birthday. Yay! I am really looking forward to this!

    btw, if anyone has any tips or suggestions for someone who's never been to a 24 hour race, it would be much appreciated! (ie, bring both wheels for the bike, maybe a change of clothes, consider bringing a snack, deodorant, etc.) hehehehe Okay, so besides the obvious ones.....
    If you are on a relay team take the number of laps you think you may do and multiply by two. That will give you enough gear changes for the laps. Nothing really dries there, especially if it rains like last year.

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    apparently you have seen me ride! Anybody seen a course map yet? nothing posted on chicoracing.com ...i really want to preride saturday.

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    If I do that, the metaphor police will come after me like ninjas, descending from helicopters.

    Damn, I wish I could ride in this one. Ah well, there's always HAN.

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    Map is up!

    Jouko

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapsa
    Map is up!


    but what does it mean? man, I will have to go and pre-ride this tomorrow... this will be my first 24 hour race...
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    Super fun, fast course!! Just rode two laps tonight. Beautiful evening for a ride.
    High on Life

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    how long is the lap

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    Average Joes will come in "a bit" over an hour, fast people will come in just under the hour mark and the fastest lap honour will probably come in at high 40 mins.

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    I'm in. Team Cog Wild
    BTW, I took 2nd place in the freezie chug last year. : )

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    Course is fast really fast. Top riders will see 40 minute flat laps.

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    i have no idea wat a 24 hour race entails, but im assuming you switch off ater every lap???

    oh and id like to give kudos to the druken refridgerator on a tobogan comment...made me spill my drink...

    perhaps a gt snow racer comment is in order...they have a steering wheel, but you still cant corner with them...

    heh

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    Hope the weatherman is wrong about this weekend. Looks like crappy weather. Won't this be the 3rd soggy Solstice in a row now? Rain Wed, Fri, Sat and Sunday.
    Glad I decided to wait until Hot August Nights.
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    Too early to trust forecasts.... they are only a guess until 48 - 72 hours prior.

    The last 3 years we had a few showers, last year a little rain, but overall the weather has been quite good. You can't expect perfect weather over 2 days!

    This year's course is designed to hold up well in rain, so if we do get some it will still be a good event.

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    Me and my buddies wanted to get into this. Was abotu to register and our second week into training for the August hot nights and he broke his bike. ripped off the rear derailleur with a log and bent a lot of spokes.

    No money to repair. I'm tyring to convince him to get a new bike too.. but that's not going to fly... hope i can find new teamates....

    our team of 5 went to 3 in a matter of weeks... maybe next year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by porsche22
    our team of 5 went to 3 in a matter of weeks... maybe next year...
    That means you still have one rider too many. The same thing happend to us in our first year. We were going to be a team of 5 and dropped down to 2 in a mater of weeks. The following excuses were given.

    1) My wife is going to have a baby.
    2) We sort of lied to our other friend and told him we had a 5th... didn't really just a few that were interested
    3) When our buddy found out there was only 3 of us he cried that it was too tough... so he dropped

    With that we were left with two of us and a pair of miner lights for the night laps. We had a blast and haven't missed one since. Stick with two its way more reliable and chicks dig it...lol or so we tell ourselves at 3 am.

    Hope to see ya there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chicoracing
    Too early to trust forecasts.... they are only a guess until 48 - 72 hours prior.

    The last 3 years we had a few showers, last year a little rain, but overall the weather has been quite good. You can't expect perfect weather over 2 days!

    This year's course is designed to hold up well in rain, so if we do get some it will still be a good event.
    Any of your 24 hour events are great no matter what the weather. I'm just getting old and wimpy.
    With the current weather forecast, it's bound to be gorgeous and sunny all weekend long.
    High on Life

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    Quote Originally Posted by racergurl
    Any of your 24 hour events are great no matter what the weather. I'm just getting old and wimpy.
    With the current weather forecast, it's bound to be gorgeous and sunny all weekend long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    suckup.

    That's me.

    Seriously though, I don't want to discourage anyone from going and missing out on the race of a lifetime.
    Can't we have a little smiley face thats kissing an a$$ on here?
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