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    The Official O-Cup #3/Canada Cup Hardwood Thread

    I know it's not until the 31st but I feel compelled to remind everyone that the last day for the entrance discount is Sunday. (Well, that and I can't rightfully participate in the Spring 8-Hour thread AND it's my turn to start one of these "Official" threads.)

    Who's in for yet another copy of Big Six in their musette?
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    The course is open for pre-ride, I was there yesterday.

    Also, Hardwood rules in the middle of the day midweek, there was 1 other guy there riding.

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    Ill be there...

    Looking forward to a DRY fast race.

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    i will be riding up...rain or shine or hail...
    i need to leave at 5am...lets hope for an early sunrise.
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    Then there were 3 others riding yesterday, pretty crowded eh!
    Really nice course, it's got it all!!!. Fast first half then the climbs kick in. Some real nice nice technical treats. Some real tight trees in the new trails for those of us from the wide bar family, watch your pinkies!! Liked the 4 foot boulder hurdle (how strong is your front end?). No Boneshaker for the 9.30 race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunc
    No Boneshaker for the 9.30 race.
    Aw crap! Not even half-a-boneshaker like last year? How am I supposed to achieve one of my early season goals of cleaning it at the O-cup?
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    No Boneshaker!!!

    I'm not a fan of this trend of making the sport categories easier. We already have less technical courses than many I've ridden on elsewhere.

    If newbies to the sport don't like the technical parts they can always get off and run the difficult part (that's what I did when I was a novice).

    I've already emailed the organizer at Hardwood to make my feelings known. I think he needs to hear this from more riders if we want to keep the sport category course intact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supertrekkie
    I'm not a fan of this trend of making the sport categories easier.
    this is like hearing there is no santa claus...
    before we lynch the very kindly Glenn at Hardwood have we CONFIRMED via confirmation that BONESHAKER has been removed?
    it was there last year. and the year before...and so on.

    also...SPORT cat's race later (11:30), ergo, I assume their course WILL include that section...just an uniformed thought.
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    when you came across the parking area flat/feed zone? the 9.30 and 8.30 turned up the hill first, the 11.30/1.30 climbed up by the little bridge and went up to boneshaker.
    The challenge and the crowd should be part of it. You can walk it if need be, but it is a buzz to go down it with the crowd watching. Like Albion and the Green Monster/Meenie, you got to feel the it. Never looked forward to it but sure missed it after it was gone.

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    Clarification:

    Pure OCup format:

    0830 beginner etc, races are always shorter and less technical.

    0930 and 1130 races are the sport catergories and the course is the same for both.

    1330 races aare expert/elite and often have an extra twist here and there, depending on race location.

    In a Canada Cup format:

    0930 races are ALL the sport categories (0930 and 1130 combined)

    1130 is Elite categories (they require their own race due to UCI rules)

    1345 Expert race categories

    I had email conversation with Glenn at Hardwood and he confirmed that the sport categories will not be doing the half boneshaker as in the past. From our communication I sensed that he could be swayed if he heard from enough sport riders who would like it to remain in the course. I understand that his motivation for taking it out was that it scared off potential newer riders.

    I understand the motivation for taking it out but I don't necessarily agree with it. All I'm saying is that I see a trend of making courses technically easier which I personally don't like. Novices can either run the difficult parts or ride in the beginner categories.

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    With or without Boneshaker, the Canada Cup course is considerably more technical than Mansfield and Albion. That is good enough for me.

    Having said that, I prefer to ride through Boneshaker, because I am a sucker for all the cheering from the crowds. For extra points I will even do upper Boneshaker. Lord knows I need the points.
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    Wait, what is the boneshaker?

    I've been to HH a million times and am not familiar

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    The big rock garden at the front

    visible from the chalet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supertrekkie
    Clarification:

    Pure OCup format:

    0830 beginner etc, races are always shorter and less technical.

    0930 and 1130 races are the sport catergories and the course is the same for both.

    1330 races aare expert/elite and often have an extra twist here and there, depending on race location.

    In a Canada Cup format:

    0930 races are ALL the sport categories (0930 and 1130 combined)

    1130 is Elite categories (they require their own race due to UCI rules)

    1345 Expert race categories

    I had email conversation with Glenn at Hardwood and he confirmed that the sport categories will not be doing the half boneshaker as in the past. From our communication I sensed that he could be swayed if he heard from enough sport riders who would like it to remain in the course. I understand that his motivation for taking it out was that it scared off potential newer riders.

    I understand the motivation for taking it out but I don't necessarily agree with it. All I'm saying is that I see a trend of making courses technically easier which I personally don't like. Novices can either run the difficult parts or ride in the beginner categories.

    First, thank you Garage Monster for the reminder about registration saving.

    Second; I much prefer racing at 11:30 vs. 9:30, especially after a long drive from Niagara. Oh well, Hardwood is fun.

    Third. Taking out the boneshaker for sport categories? W.T.*! They should add the whole d*** thing to the sport categories, not take away the half that we had. Is this their way of telling me to upgrade to expert or something?

    Ok, so it's just a short little section, and probably not worth getting real upset about, as the course is probably still pretty awesome, but I much prefer a technically challenging course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    Second; I much prefer racing at 11:30 vs. 9:30, especially after a long drive from Niagara.
    Long drive? I'm the one doing all the driving

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    I hope they don't remove boneshaker from the 9:30am races! Some of the courses seem so tame in terms of technical sections. Especially after watching some videos from the UCI of the world cup XC courses in other parts of the world. I agree with rkj about adding the whole thing, that would be really awesome. I had never ridden boneshaker until the first lap of the Canada Cup last year and managed to figure it out amidst a pack of other riders, so it cant be THAT sketchy.

    Looking forward to this race! I think with the revised start time for the SS category, the first lap will be a little less congested if the course is anything like last years. I recall the first lap being like a train through the singletrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedfoto
    Long drive? I'm the one doing all the driving
    Ok, long "car ride." Either way, it's going to be an early morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace
    I had never ridden boneshaker until the first lap of the Canada Cup last year and managed to figure it out amidst a pack of other riders, so it cant be THAT sketch.
    Same here, my previous mtb experience consisted of riding around dundas valley and doing the albion and mansfield o-cups before I hit the boneshaker. It was a little bit of a shock seeing it, but riding it really wasnt so bad.

    I also dont understand the argument for taking it away from the sport racers: if its taken out to prevent turning away new riders, then take it away from the beginners. Correct me if I'm wrong, but sport is for riders with some racing experience so new riders would not be in that class unless they think very highly of their skill/endurance level. This would mean that a) they have enough skill/endurance from general riding and are fine over the boneshaker or b) itll be a wake-up call and they will realize they should be riding beginner instead of sport

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    This is my first year riding the 9:30 category.
    The bone shaker has been on my mind since last year when I decided I wanted to upgrade.

    I attempted it 3x last year in practice and failed miserably all times.
    However the more technical course is one of the reasons I upgraded, so whether I'm confident enough to ride it before the race or not, I think it should be on it.

    Otherwise its a off road race on trails?
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    nspace: I think with the revised start time for the SS category, the first lap will be a little less congested if the course is anything like last years.

    What is the revised time? I agree that last year it was a mess.

    bbgobie: I attempted it 3x last year in practice and failed miserably all times.

    Practice it, but if you are in doubt just run it during the race. It may not be pretty, getting injured unnecesarly is less pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbgobie
    I attempted it 3x last year in practice and failed miserably all times.
    EXACTLY my experience...BEFORE the C-cup a few years back...

    i went into that race replaying the disasters that were and lo when the crowd was screaming "go peter" "you are my hero peter" it just happened...i TOTALLY forgot what i was doing (despite the bodies everywhere) and i got it done.

    boneshaker doesn't make me so much as flinch anymore, rigid or otherwise.

    the downhill course at the ss worlds last summer was 10x worse...i also FAILED repeated attempts to clear it in 'practice'...then the big day...instead of cheering those monkies were pelting 'walkers' with beer cans and dousing fallen riders in various fluids.

    suffice it to say i destroyed that one too...all because i forgot i was on it...
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    Got out to hardwood today, did 4 laps of the course.

    Typical hardwood fare.

    I did the boneshaker each time without crashing, but my chop, hack and skid style was anything but pretty.

    The rest is typical of the last few years with a few new turns here and there. Plenty of roots and line choices everywhere. Definitely an MTB'ers course.

    Now this is the one and only time you'll hear me say this, but a lil rain might do some good, as plenty of brake divots are beginning to form on some of the descents, and its plenty dusty.

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    I was at Hardwood Saturday and also did 4 laps. They changed the course a little bit from last weekend, but still no Boneshaker for Sport class riders. For the last lap I decided to run through Boneshaker but the lower entry was completely tapped off. I entered at upper Boneshaker. Scary, but not as hard as one would imagine. Lower boneshaker is a little harder, I think.

    Anyway, I think the midweek rain will help, because the course is getting dry. But it is a great course with a nice combination of technical sections and hard climbs.
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    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/city/..._metric_e.html

    Mud tires for the race? It looks like a full week of rain before the race, and then some more rain for race day.

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    Oh yay. After Tennessee, I've already ridden through enough mud for TWO seasons. Cripes!
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