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    Tour of Pelham

    Registration opened today! Who's doing it??

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    If I'm racing that weekend, it will definitely be at Hilton Falls instead. I would rather tackle the rocks there, than cruise down some farm roads.
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    ToP may not be a spectacular mtb race, but I'm guessing it'd be a blast on a cross bike. I'm thinking about it, but the entry fee is a bit steep for such a small/grassroots event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoote
    ToP may not be a spectacular mtb race, but I'm guessing it'd be a blast on a cross bike. I'm thinking about it, but the entry fee is a bit steep for such a small/grassroots event.
    I don't think $30 is too bad for a race and a pancake breakfast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    If I'm racing that weekend, it will definitely be at Hilton Falls instead. I would rather tackle the rocks there, than cruise down some farm roads.
    Attaboy! Im definitely looking forward to this race too.. ive used it as my winter training benchmark for the last 5 years.
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    Post the link to the race so others can check it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy
    Post the link to the race so others can check it out
    First thing i looked for! They havent posted details yet.. but when they do, they'll be here:

    http://wowmtb.com/WOW/Events.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy
    Post the link to the race so others can check it out
    website links are on the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PUBCRAWL
    website links are on the list.
    2008 Race Schedule
    The link on your list for the Hilton Falls time trial does not go to the WOW site (it goes to the conservation area's website), which will have most of the information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    The link on your list for the Hilton Falls time trial does not go to the WOW site (it goes to the conservation area's website), which will have most of the information.
    Not sure if you actually read the website that I've linked to or not...
    it states "Call Hilton Falls to register and for more information."
    So it looks like you have to call to get registered...???

    Does anyone know if W.O.W. is organizing this event or is it through Hilton Falls?
    W.O.W.'s website has it under "Events By Our Friends", so it looks like it is not their event.
    Spokes N Slopes website has a dead link to a W.O.W. page for this event.

    The most information available at this time is the Hilton Falls Conservation website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PUBCRAWL
    Not sure if you actually read the website that I've linked to or not...
    it states "Call Hilton Falls to register and for more information."
    So it looks like you have to call to get registered...???

    Does anyone know if W.O.W. is organizing this event or is it through Hilton Falls?
    W.O.W.'s website has it under "Events By Our Friends", so it looks like it is not their event.
    Spokes N Slopes website has a dead link to a W.O.W. page for this event.

    The most information available at this time is the Hilton Falls Conservation website.
    2 years ago, i remember mailing in my entry. The form was posted in PDF format. Last year, the flyer was again posted in PDF on the WOW site, and I was able to email in my entry.

    In reference to who runs it, I think it is mostly the guys at Spokes'n'Slopes that make it run, with the participation of the conservation authority.


    PS, if anybody is interested in the tour of pelham, go to www.laketolake.ca for the details.
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    I'm not sure about racing in this one, it's sneaking up too fast and all this ice and snow is ruining my ride time.
    However, you can be sure I will be there...pointing a big camera lens in your face

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    I've been giving it some more thought... I'll wait until the pre-reg deadline approaches and check the weather and how I'm feeling. If I'm not racing I'll be there to help out and try to get a ride in anyway.

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    Any recommendations for 'Cross tires for the Tour of Pelham: knobbies or semi-slicks?
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by 800-lb-gorilla
    Any recommendations for 'Cross tires for the Tour of Pelham: knobbies or semi-slicks?
    Cheers
    I'm thinking studs. I would think that the trails would be still icy.

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    If anyone's on the fence about registration, early registration closes April 1st - no pancake breakfast after that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2WD
    If anyone's on the fence about registration, early registration closes April 1st - no pancake breakfast after that!
    Yeah, I'd encourage people to enter; it should be a great event. I'm not racing, but I'll be telling you all where to park your cars (or something like that) and then marshalling or sweeping the course I think. See you next weekend!

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    I'll be riding my bike out there, but not racing, just as a spectator.
    I'm bringing my camera - does anyone know the course so I can find a good place to get some shots?
    If you see a short guy on a yellow Norco pointing a huge camera at you, be sure to make a silly face.

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    Rob, if you show up a bit early to the start and ask the organizers I'm sure they can point you to a few good places for photos. The course map will likely not be available before since it may change based on conditions.

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    Will do, thanks!
    I am going to have to find you first anyways, so I can give you the cash I owe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2WD
    If anyone's on the fence about registration, early registration closes April 1st - no pancake breakfast after that!
    So, is there day-of registration?

    The Hilton Falls All Weather challenge status is up in the air, so, if the event does not run, I'll consider doing this race. They make a decision on the Hilton race on Wednesday - after online registration for the Tour of Pelham closes.

    Or, maybe this weekend will just suck for racing, and i should not bother with either?
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    ToP does have day of, but you don't get the breakfast after. I think the course will be tailored to conditions and will be a good race regardless of conditions (there is not much "off-road" - the only singletrack will be behind the morningstar mill I'm told - the course is mainly dirt roads, etc.)

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    Ok, I registered for the ToP. I see a few names I recognize on the confirmation list. See ya Saturday.
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    HEY ALL!!! I'm not on the list, but I am racing the ToP!! Woo hooo. First race of the year.

    Zed - I think the best spot for photos is coming out of Morningstar Mill.

    This should be a very fun event, but the guys up front are gonna be rocking like a hurricane! Warm up well boys and girls because it's gonna be a hammerfest from the start
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddakin
    HEY ALL!!! I'm not on the list, but I am racing the ToP!! Woo hooo. First race of the year.

    Zed - I think the best spot for photos is coming out of Morningstar Mill.

    This should be a very fun event, but the guys up front are gonna be rocking like a hurricane! Warm up well boys and girls because it's gonna be a hammerfest from the start
    Warm up? Waste of energy. I think I will nap near the staging area. The first 5km will be my warm up. The guys at the front will do their thing, and I will do my thing.
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    A hammerfest it will be - those guys never stop riding for the winter, and they're damn fast! The forecast is looking good for the weekend

    First race for me will be the Icebreaker next weekend - I'm pumped for that one, but that's a different thread...

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    I really want to do this, but fear a lot of flat terrain which is going to be a spin fest on my singlespeed. Please tell me there is lots of climbing and interesting terrain and I will come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace
    I really want to do this, but fear a lot of flat terrain which is going to be a spin fest on my singlespeed. Please tell me there is lots of climbing and interesting terrain and I will come.
    The is lots of climbing and interesting terrain. Trust me. I have done this race zero times.
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    Climbing - lots, according to those I've talked to. Interesting terrain... well, not so much, but it shouldn't be too bad. Gear higher than you would for singletrack on the singlespeed.

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    32 x 18 on my 29er SS (equal to 32:16 on a 26er), is what I normally run. Only stuff other cog I have available is a 16t. Not sure if dropping 2 teeth on the back will be enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace
    32 x 18 on my 29er SS (equal to 32:16 on a 26er), is what I normally run. Only stuff other cog I have available is a 16t. Not sure if dropping 2 teeth on the back will be enough?
    That sounds low to me, but what do I know

    I totally understand your concern. Spinning at insane rpms down a slightly downhill dirt road might not be worth $30 to you.
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    Course description? Hilly or not?

    Anybody have any clues or recollections of the course?
    I know the club guys willl be out marking the course tomorrow night after 4pm.

    But does anybody have any experience or heard any rumors of the course?

    Here is my guess and some of the things I heard.
    I heard it goes south on an overgrown lane at the top of Orchard Hill rd. by the Herb Farm. Probably up to hansler rd. over to Hollow rd.
    I heard mention of McSherry Lane to Cataract rd and out to the rail bed just north of HWY 20. From Cataract rd. heading east under the 406 to Holland rd. over to the service road by Allenberg bridge and along Lake Gibson to the red barn on Beaver dams. Then maybe back under the 406 along Lake Gibson to Decew house. Single track around to the Lake Moodie , To the Grist Mill Trail.Then I also heard up Decew rd to Faywell Dr to Seburn rd. From there maybe to Cataract to Holland across to Roland almost to Effingham rd then somehow over to 16 rd and eventually ending at Agape Valley.

    Just my best guess.

    If anyone can confirm or deny that would be great.

    Jeff maybe if you have some free time after helping Tim and the club out, You can post details? That would be even better.

    I am going to be using the cross tires. They seem to cut through the mud better. Instead of plowing it and picking it up.
    I will be pushing a pretty big ring for the rd sections. All day Big Ring buffet!

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    Paris to Ancaster like gearing!

    NSPACE
    You should totally come out! Then I won't be the only SS there.

    But first put on a 42t ring. I was out there the other day and 42X16 was the right combo for me. I don't imagine there will be any hiking.
    But some of the hills almost broke my legs. It was awesome

    Come on down!
    Better yet bring the Steelwood with knobby tires. That will do just fine.

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    32x16 might be ok if you like spinning. 100 rpm will get you to 27km/h on the flats, and that gear should be more enjoyable on the hills than anything bigger. It's up to you if you feel the need to go faster or not...

    Quote Originally Posted by McGyver29er
    Here is my guess and some of the things I heard.
    You know more than me, but I heard mention of some of the same. You've at least named many of the roads that will be used, if not the correct sequence

    I don't know that I'll have time to go out and help with marking the course tomorrow, but if I do I'll report back here (likely with GPS track if I get a fairly continuous lap on it).

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    Oh Ya!

    Let the Carb loading begin!

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    **** I don't have a big ring for my MTB, 32T is all I have.

    My options:

    Find a bigger non-ramped 104 BCD ring.
    Find some dirt cheap CX tires for the Steelwool.
    Spin like mad.

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    Course description

    Alright gentlemen. I wrote a preview story about the race for the newspapers tonight so I've got a great idea of the course. The organizer explained it all to me.

    But, in the interest of being fair to everyone, I better not reveal it

    Sorry boys and girls. Basically expect a good mix of road, dirt roads, gravel and a small amount of singletrack mixed in.

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    Thank you for your contribution to this thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by ddakin
    Alright gentlemen. I wrote a preview story about the race for the newspapers tonight so I've got a great idea of the course. The organizer explained it all to me.

    But, in the interest of being fair to everyone, I better not reveal it

    Sorry boys and girls. Basically expect a good mix of road, dirt roads, gravel and a small amount of singletrack mixed in.

    Dan
    I'm really looking forward to Saturday. The weather might be nice too.

    btw Dan, if you really wanna smoke me good, I think this is your chance. Will you take the opportunity?

    ps, what bike will you be riding? You don't have a CX do you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace
    Find some dirt cheap CX tires for the Steelwool.
    I'll lend you some cross tires for the race, if you want to install them morning of and give them back after. Just let me know if you actually want to do that.

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    HA HA....Ryan I better beat you Saturday or else I'm selling all my cycling stuff to take up golf I'm feeling really good with lots and lots of base miles under my belt. And yes I've got a CX bike so I'll be riding that. This is my one chance to beat you before you start smoking me on the trails!

    The only downside is that I have to drive to Cleveland tonight. I probably won't get home until about 2am, which means not much sleep tonight. But I did sleep well last night and they say the Thursday night sleep is the most important before a Saturday race. I guess we'll find out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddakin
    And yes I've got a CX bike so I'll be riding that.
    I'd like one of those.

    Anybody wanna buy a ghetto 1988 Pinarello for twice what it is worth so i can afford one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    I'd like one of those.
    I would lend you mine, but not many people are short enough to use my bikes
    I may not be able to make it out to take photos; it is looking like I might get stuck with a lot of work, but good luck to everyone and most importantly, have fun and get muddy

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    Hear ye Hear ye! Read all about it!

    Hey Guys,
    I just came across this link.
    http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/A...auth=DAN+DAKIN

    Great job Dan!
    Keep up the good work.

    See you there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGyver29er
    Hey Guys,
    I just came across this link.
    http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/A...auth=DAN+DAKIN

    Great job Dan!
    Keep up the good work.

    See you there!
    Nice find McGyver. They certainly will have some fast guys fighting for the win!
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    Quote Originally Posted by McGyver29er
    Then I won't be the only SS there.
    Well, you won't be the only one there, even if you're the only SS racing. I'll be riding my SS, 44x17, to/from the start and around the course if I end up riding a sweep or to a marshall location or something. See you all tomorrow!

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    Well...I have decided to come ride. This will be my first adventure to this region for riding.

    jmoote...you would really lend me some tires??? That would be awesome!!!

    I will bring my Steelwool (and mtb in the event that you don't get this in time), but I am thinking my Steelwool with cross tires (since there is clearance) @ 44x16 would be much better than running 32:16 on my 29er.

    Regardless, I am coming and will be riding on whichever bike. Even if I have to spin like made and come in last place.

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    nspace, I'll bring the tires. I'll be wearing a St. Catharines CC jersey (though maybe a jacket covering it up at times) and if I'm with my bike it's a Trek 8000 with drop bars and orange brake housing - pretty hard to miss.

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    Perfect! I will be wearing an orange and black Misfit Psycles jersey with a dark blue Steelwool bike. It should be easy to find since it won't have any tires on before we meet up

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    Wow what an exciting finish!

    That was a pretty cool event.

    The part I liked was the last 200m.

    I thought Dan was going to be having a sale on his many bike associated items and taking up golf.
    I had the best seat in the house to watch the action unfold.
    When I passed you Ryan I thought you had him beat.
    You must like his company and competition and you didn't want to see his family suffer through a bad case of golfitis.
    Ryan,
    Did you let him pass or was it Dan's fear of giving up cycling that gave him the extra boost to pass you?
    Great ride guys!
    Am I correct in thinking we finished 12th, 13th, and 14th? Or was it a tie cause you guys were so close at the finish?

    Kudos to you NSPACE!
    Can you say monster mash? 44X16 pretty tough in them hills and all that muck.
    Awesome job!

    Great Job on the volunteering side of things, Jeff.
    Did you happen to find the lung I lost out there? I think it was on the hill on Barron road where I blew it out.

    Just a quick race for me.
    I think I was the last one there and the first one out.
    I had family responsibilities or I would have stayed and hung out with everyone.


    P2A should be just as fun. Hope to see ya'll there!

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    Results?

    Anybody know where to find the results when they are posted?

    I had to leave real quick so I didn't get a chance to see how everyone did.

    I wonder if they will be posted on the St.Catharines CC web site?

    If anyone finds knows can you please post?

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    http://www.laketolake.ca/topresults.php

    Nothing up yet.
    That was a fun day!

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    No results online so far, but they were posted if you hung around. I'm sure they'll be online (OCA website and/or laketolake.ca) eventually.'

    Great race from everyone here, especially you two on singlespeeds. I counted one other racing (a Specialized Tricross SS) which makes you guys 1st and 2nd of 3 singlespeeders

    I was running 44x17 and glad I didn't try to race that. I never would have made it - the mucky spots really held me from being able to power through. I rode that last little bit of farm road and singletrack between Metler and Effingham (where I was marshalling) and it was a tough go. I'm going to try 44x20 to see what kind of stuff I can ride with that - I'm trying to dial it in as my commuter/fun bike.

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    Congrats to the ShortHillBillys Girls!
    2nd and 3rd place finishes today.

    The race was fun and thanks to all those who were involved in putting it together and helping out to make it a great day.

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    RKJ - Do you know for sure where you finished? I'm getting kind of frustrated that the results still aren't up.

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    CptSydor -27, ddakin-28, RJK - 29

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    That was a blast, and really glad I am came out to this one. Awesome event to start off the season.

    Tthanks to Jeff for lending me the CX tires, really nice of you and they worked out great. I definitely need to get some tires like that.

    McGyver, nice to see you again, and looks like you did quite well. Congrats! I think this was my also first time meeting Ryan, it was nice to meet with you and chat before the race.

    Report...

    I had to go to a bookbinder in St. Catharines yesterday morning, to get a huge project bound for my thesis. Now due to my thesis, and another course which was concluding at the same time, I have pulled a total of 3 all nighters in the last 7 days. One of which was on Thursday night into Friday. Well, by the time I was posting here the night before the race, I had been awake since Thursday @ 8am, and continued to be until 4:30am.

    For some reason it wasn't until late Friday when I made up my mind to do this. Why I don't know???

    Wake up at 7am, pack car, get to the book binder by 9:30. We have a meeting to talk about the project. He gives us some semi-confusing directions to Pelham. A couple wrong turns, no food in the tank, and no money, we have about 20 minutes until registration closes.

    Make a mad sprint to the bank, grab a bagel with cream cheese (this will make a second appearance in my report). Finally end up on effingham rd. or whatever it is called, which may just be the craziest windest road I have ever driven on. Finally we get there in time... now to find Jeff.

    My cell phone is dead, and I have never met Jeff before. I am real worried the whole time that I may be too late for this all to happen. To my suprise I turn around with only a few steps out of the car and Jeff is there with some CX tires. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My friend Ryan and I pull out some F1 pit stop style tire changing skills and get the Steelwool all set up, register, and bomb down to the start finish. Exhale....we made it.

    Minutes later, the race starts and I get thrown into a race on a bike I have never done anything but commute on, have never ridden it off road (or ridden any CX bike for that matter) and it is armed with a leg numbing 44x16.

    Kind of exploded off the start, was pushing real hard. Ratio didn't seem too bad. My brakes suck so I am tad worried about my ability to brake quickly on the opening downhill. Regardless, the level of fun experienced bombing down that series of hills took my mind off of stopping. I was hanging in quite well until about the 17th km, around the reservoir on a gravel path.

    This is where the bagel reared its head. I guess the lack of sleep, preparation, and undigested breakfast decided that it was time to find a new home, outside of my body. Puked a few times, took a bit of a breather, and pressed on, slowly working my way past all of the people that just passed me. Felt really great after getting that out of my system,

    Couple climbs toward the end that REALLY sucked the life out of me and put me back on my feet with such a high gear-ratio. Handling the CX style bike off road was a really unusual experience but I slowly started to get the hang of it.

    At about the 27/28 km mark, going over some bumps, the ride started getting a little harsh. I found out my rear tube had a slow leak, and everytime I stood up to sprint, or absorb an impact, I could feel the rim grazing the ground. I knew I was VERY close to either pinch flatting, or running out of air in that sucker. At this point I still thought the race was 35 km, I kept asking people on the sidelines if they had a pump or something. No luck. Of course I was happy to find the finish line within minutes before the tire went completely flat.

    What a great way to start off the season. Great workout pushing the big ratio. My body is sore today. I slept from 3pm to 8am. I am well rested. Time for the "tour of essay" (which is my last paper for university and is due tomorrow!).

    Here are a couple snaps of the setup, nicely taken by my buddy Ryan (he was riding a white Santa Cryz Blur classic).

    Rushing to remount the front wheel:


    Steelwool all decked out in CX tires thanks to Jeff. Worked awesome. Talking to another SSer out on the trail, he had suggested 42x18. I think I can find a ring for this crank a little easier:


    Tired after the race w/ bike


    Meeting up with Jeff after the race to return the tires:


    KO'd and drooling on the way home


    There are some more photos on Ryan's Flickr set:
    http://flickr.com/photos/ryanstrive/...7604399949800/
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    What a great little race

    Quote Originally Posted by McGyver29er
    That was a pretty cool event.

    The part I liked was the last 200m.

    I thought Dan was going to be having a sale on his many bike associated items and taking up golf.
    I had the best seat in the house to watch the action unfold.
    When I passed you Ryan I thought you had him beat.
    You must like his company and competition and you didn't want to see his family suffer through a bad case of golfitis.
    Ryan,
    Did you let him pass or was it Dan's fear of giving up cycling that gave him the extra boost to pass you?
    Great ride guys!
    Am I correct in thinking we finished 12th, 13th, and 14th? Or was it a tie cause you guys were so close at the finish?

    Kudos to you NSPACE!
    Can you say monster mash? 44X16 pretty tough in them hills and all that muck.
    Awesome job!

    Great Job on the volunteering side of things, Jeff.
    Did you happen to find the lung I lost out there? I think it was on the hill on Barron road where I blew it out.

    Just a quick race for me.
    I think I was the last one there and the first one out.
    I had family responsibilities or I would have stayed and hung out with everyone.


    P2A should be just as fun. Hope to see ya'll there!
    I definitely had a great time yesterday. These little local races are awesome. Over the past few years, I have met a lot of cool people, and even developed some rivalries. Going into a race where you know the competition is much more fun than racing against random strangers. It helps you find that little extra bit of motivation to keep pushing hard. The fact that it was close to home is great as well.

    Personally, I was very happy with how much energy I was able to find. I thought Dan and his skinny tires would be long gone from the start. When I caught up with him later in the race, I knew we were going to be in for a battle. We exchanged places many times in the later part of the race. I felt me an my mountain bike had a bit of an edge on the off road parts, and said "yay for mountain bikes" as i passed dan at the bottom of that sketchy leaf covered downhill. But shortly after, we hit the road, and it was "yay for road bikes." I knew that one was coming. At this point, I was determined to stay with him. The Cpt' also caught up with us, and we continued to push our way through muddy fields and up the last climbs.

    By the time we passed over the two logs across the trail, I had a bit of a gap on dan, and started to think i had a shot at taking the win. One problem though. Road finish. I checked over my shoulder, and he was in sight. Next time I checked, he was a little closer. Before I knew it, he was right behind me. At that point, I knew I was screwed. Dan and his rodie tactics know how to finish a race. It was a perfectly executed sprint. He rushed by me on my left, but McGyver was in front of me blocking me in.

    I was not upset at all, but rather thrilled that me and my fat tires came across the line at essentially the same time. Plus, as an added bonus, this result leaves the door open for another sequel, since dan will not be quitting cycling for golf.

    The course contained lots of "interesting" terrain. Although the trail sections were not that long distance wise, the mud slowed you down enough so than we spent a fair bit of Time on the trails. It took a lot of effort to maintain about 7km/h . There was even traces of snow left behind by that nasty winter - which we seem to be finally escaping. It's been a while since I have seen mud like that, and it definitely is interesting.

    So, it seems like everybody here managed to pull off a very respectable finish, with many of us coming across the line at almost the exact same time. Great job everyone. nspace, it seems like you had more challenges than many of us to overcome, but you pushed that steelwool across the line in a very respectable time as well. And jmoote, we must respect your efforts as well. Thanks.

    Oh, and I must add, that the post race food was fantastic. Fluffy pancakes, tasty sausages, yummy eggs, all topped off with juice. MmmMmm good.

    So, in conclusion, I had an awesome time, with some awesome people. The Tour of Pelham was a great way to open up the 2008 season.

    ps. the drool picture is hilarious. Probably describes how a lot of us felt after the race.
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    Great race reports guys. I'm glad you all had fun, and nspace was able to race the Steelwool on my tires (which would otherwise have been hanging at home anyway.

    That drool pic is pretty damn funny, but I have a feeling I will be doing that later this afternoon. I made up for my (mostly) non-riding Saturday with a 110+ km ride with the club (including many of the fastest folks from the race yesterday). Needless to say I'm tired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoote
    That drool pic is pretty damn funny.
    Yeah, another vote for the drool pic

    It made me laugh....been there done that.

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    Great race!

    Wow...that was a complete blast. Way more fun than I was expecting.

    So first off I'll lay down my excuses As I told anyone who would listen before the race, I worked all day Friday and then as soon as I was done a buddy of mine and I hit the highway and drove to Cleveland to pick up some kids bikes. We got there are 8pm, rode the indoor park for a little bit and then packed up and headed back. We pulled in the driveway around 2am and I was still away at 2:30! Then of course my darling 4 month old baby woke us up at 7 am, so it was a short sleep. I spent the morning getting the CX bike ready and then my neighbour came over to as me to help him load a 37-inch TV into his car...Yipeee

    But, with that said, I knew I was just out to have a good time (and beat Ryan). At the line I knew I would be able to stay away from most of the MTBers for a while and I knew I had a lead on Ryan. Unfortunately I went very hard with a couple other guys trying to catch a group in front of us going down Cataract and I blew up in the trails behind the Old Mill. By the time we started going up toward the gravel path around the reservoir I was hurting bigtime.

    That was the first time Ryan passed me. With those words of me selling my gear ringing in my head, I desperately tried to hold his wheel through the gravel and then through that nasty mud. Unfortunately he pulled away in the woods and I didn't see him for a while.

    Finally, after that really weird half-paved road thing I caught MCGYVER29er. After both agreeing how tough the race was (somehow making us both feel better I think), we started working together and hauling guys in. Once we saw Ryan up the road we pushed hard and caught him and a guy he was riding with.

    We just sat on his wheel and then once I had caught my breath a bit I looked behind me to the guys with me and quietly said let's go. We blasted past Ryan and the other guy and tried to build a gap, but Ryan managed to stay on.

    From then on it was back and forth. Every time we hit a trail Ryan passed me. Every time we hit a road, I caught back on. The worst part though was turning off Metler into that farmer's field. I had a lead on Ryan, but I had to hike the bike for about 10 metres to get through some mud. When I did that, my right calf cramped up. As I was trying to get it back to normal, Ryan passed me again and he stayed away for a while. I honestly thought he had me beat, but when we turned left onto Kilman, I could see him up the road and it seemed like he was struggling a bit up that last hill.

    Finally as we crested the hill I got on his wheel and we could both see the finish line. As he said above, I waited until he was right on McGyver's wheel and then I pulled out to the left, and sprinted past him. It's definitely a road tactic. You know the guy is going to have to wait for you to go by before he can sprint because you're in his way, so basically you've got a bike-lenght advantage and he is stuck going at the speed of the guy in front. (I love road racing ... especially the sprints

    I was still worried he would catch me though because he seemed to have way more juice than I did. I didn't let up until I looked back and realized I had him by maybe a bike length or so.

    You know, I really did just expect this to be a fun little ride with nothing too much in the way of being competitive, but it turned out to be one of the most fun races I've ever done, just because of how much riding and racing I got to do with guys I know! Ryan man - you've got some sick power, especially for someone who's not on the road. Congratulations on a good race. You really did deserve to beat me. I outsmarted you at the end, but you outrode me in that race, that's for sure!

    That was awesome guys! I look forward to more of those as the year progresses.
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    Great write up!

    http://www.laketolake.ca/topresults.php

    Results seem to be posted, but only the top 20... I hope they are adding more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace
    Great write up!

    http://www.laketolake.ca/topresults.php

    Results seem to be posted, but only the top 20... I hope they are adding more.
    I also don't understand why they would only post top 20.. not like it takes any less effort to do so than post all of them.

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    Yeah no doubt. I emailed them about it but haven't heard anything back.

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    Unfortunately it's this kind of thing that makes people not want to return to a great event.
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    Yeah for sure. The event was awesome and as someone who didn't pre-register, I missed out on the breakfast (which is totally cool), but the least I'd expect for my money, in addition to the race itself, is some full results afterwards. I'm by no means fast, but part of the fun is to see how badly your friends beat you and vice versa, and to have a time to beat for next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace
    Yeah for sure. The event was awesome and as someone who didn't pre-register, I missed out on the breakfast (which is totally cool), but the least I'd expect for my money, in addition to the race itself, is some full results afterwards. I'm by no means fast, but part of the fun is to see how badly your friends beat you and vice versa, and to have a time to beat for next year!
    Yeah, I felt the same way back in 2004 when I did it, but I still think it's a fantastic race and I hope to do it again if they continue with it. At least you know your time and the time of those in the top 20.

    Maybe full results are still forthcoming?

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    Here's my tale of woe:

    I really got in touch with my inner fred today. Started off last night by having to steal a bottom bracket off the TT bike and bolting it up kind of late and figuring it'd work OK. Late start today, family had to bail at the last minute so did the quick drive to Canada alone. Got to race with maybe 20 mins to start, finally got suited up with about 7 minutes to warm up, no worries until the chain starts skipping. Upon inspection one of the pins was half way out, oof. Back to car for a chain tool, having no luck with the repair. Rode toward start line with 3 mins to start and bike isn't working at all. Figure I have to do the repair right and remove a link and press the link back in the old fashioned way. I'm funbling around and dropping stuff and it's start time now. I hear the motorcycle and here comes the race, and there goes the race. I finally get the pin in and shove the tool in my pocket and jump in around 75th. place. The first 5 miles are on some twisty, hilly dirt roads and the people back here are riding like granny, so I put my head down and just kind of weave my way through the squealing brakes. After about 10 minutes of chasing I see what looks to be the lead pack maybe 100m off the front, so I ride across the windy gap and finally make it up there. The pack was going kind of slow (hence my being able to catch them) because there were two riders on the same team as the one rider off the front, a real strong cyclocrosser who wold stay gone for the duration. I'm spanked from chasing, so I sit in the group and have a drink and take stock. We hit the first trail section and I'm in second spot, doing OK through the woods behind another cyclocross star.

    We hit a gravel uphill and I decide to run it, which turns out to be a really stupid move, so I drop two place right there. We hit a really slippery muddy icy section of trail with off camber clay and icy snowmelt, I make a few more mistakes and drop back to 6th. We hit the roads again and I chase back up to 5th, he's sitting on my wheel in the winds but I don't care at this point as we are out of contention anyway.

    After a spell, we hit the last off road section of the day, where I get a rear flat. I ask a volunteer how much further and it's just a click and a half, so I just ride it in on the rim, Almost wiping out in front of the OPP officer on the last corner. I manage to drop another place on the run in and finish 7th.

    On a positive note, the snow tires and snow thrower are put away, let the season begin.

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    Awesome, shame about the early mechanical problems but looks like it worked out in the end! Who's nice black Camry is that behind you?

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    I'm partial to the Cav right behind me w/ the vanity plates--I'm a Buick owner myself though.

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    Many of you will be pleased to find that the results have been updated.

    http://www.laketolake.ca/topresults.php
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    Quick I'm-almost-done-work comment: awesome race. I'll definitely be back next year. I had a terrible stomach for most of the race, yet I had a great time despite it. That says a lot. I'm a total sucker for these kinds of point-to-point (or single lap) races.

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