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    Uxbridge Icebreaker

    Has anyone been in Durham Forrest recently? Would have been interesting if the event would have been run at its usual time of the year. Does someone at BikeNXS have a crystal ball?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt 24 solo
    Has anyone been in Durham Forrest recently? Would have been interesting if the event would have been run at its usual time of the year. Does someone at BikeNXS have a crystal ball?
    What do you mean? I think they are only running it a week later this year? I haven't rode it in a few years but I always remember it being the first weekend in April. Should be a good run this year!!!

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    The dates have been all over the place the last 7 years - though it's about 2 weeks later than last year, running it around this time of year is nothing new.

    2002 - April 5
    2003 - March 30
    2004 - March 28
    2005 - April 10
    2006 - March 26
    2007 - April 1
    2008 - April 13

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    Anyone know how much snow is still left in Durham Forest? Not sure to bring out the studs or knobbies. Just starting to see some green down in the GTA. It's not that far away people.

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    I wouldn't think studs would do much unless there is a deep freeze before then. Maybe not the year for the cross bikes either.

    Whatever snow is left (and there may be lots) is likely going to be really soft. I would think that a set of big fat knobbies would be the tire of choice...2.1's or maybe even 2.3's of you can bum a set off a downhiller buddy. There just may be enough advantage gained by being able to pedal the singletrack to make up for the lost time on the fireroads. Who knows - either way, it'll be interesting.

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    I'm going to check this out! It will be my first time though - not sure what to expect.

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    Trail Conditions Last Sunday

    I was at the Durham Forest last Sunday for a cross country ski. There was about 4-6 inches of snow with a frozen hard crust on top. The trails in the south western part were closed until March 31 as they were harvesting the forest. The large machines left a mess of large frozen ruts. I broke a ski in this section and had to walk back to the truck where I did see several people with bikes heading out. I think with the warmer weather this week that the frozen crust on top will probably have turned to mush.

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    /\ Sounds horrible, haha.

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    Looks like ths snow will go quickly with the weather. The guys from BikeNXS usually put a trail report up a few days before the event. May have more mud be worse than last year?

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    Unfortunately more mud isn't exactly great for the trail system. Though I enjoy the race, running the race in the usual conditions is something I've never understood about this race.

    The MTB community preaches trail conservation, and the number one rule is that if it's muddy don't ride because we're doing greater damage the the trail. However, we don't seem to be living by that practice when it comes to races like the IceBreaker.

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    I'm wondering if running a rear fender for this would be a good idea...

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    If you're looking for a good idea, spray your tubes with a nice coating of PAM. This is a trick many WC racers use when they get to really muddy conditions - it stops them from carrying along another 5lbs of mud on the bike.

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    The crazy mud conditions of last year was the reason they pushed the event back two weeks hoping the ground would be dried up. I guess the guys at BikeNXS can't predict the weather any better than the weatherman.

    It will be interesting to see how much single track will be put in this year. If they can find it under the snow!!

    A fender is nice for keeping your back clean but one more place for mud to collect. The decsion will be cross bike or mountain bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza_Royale
    If you're looking for a good idea, spray your tubes with a nice coating of PAM. This is a trick many WC racers use when they get to really muddy conditions - it stops them from carrying along another 5lbs of mud on the bike.
    do you mean tires?

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    I don't think you have to worry about mud too much. I was up there this morning, Durham Forest is still all snow!!! packed down and Icy!!! I think the only mud we'll see is on the fire roads! The main entrance into main tract is all ice and corn snow!! I think there'll be a lot of hike-a-bike sections this year that is unless the folks at bikenxs post pone the run for a week.

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    First time racing

    Man, I signed of for this a few months ago thinking this would be a good race for someone that's never raced before. I'm doing the 25k course. My goal was just to have fun and not come in last. Is this the right race for me or should I abort now and look for another one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jman78
    Man, I signed of for this a few months ago thinking this would be a good race for someone that's never raced before. I'm doing the 25k course. My goal was just to have fun and not come in last. Is this right race for me or should I abort now and look for another one?

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    I don't think anybody is going to tell you not to race. Just try to get in a few good rides before then, so that you don't suffer too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jman78
    Man, I signed of for this a few months ago thinking this would be a good race for someone that's never raced before. I'm doing the 25k course. My goal was just to have fun and not come in last. Is this the right race for me or should I abort now and look for another one?

    THANKS
    I've only ridden this one once before (back in 2000 I think) I did it cold from a person who hardly rode at all before this event!! It's a blast. You'll have a great time, no question about it!! Don't worry about the coming in last part. Finishing is the first thing! and finishing last is better than having a DNF next to your name!

    If you want I can pace you, Just PM me and we'll find a spot to meet!

    BTW: I hope you have toe spikes for your cycling shoes!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jman78
    Man, I signed of for this a few months ago thinking this would be a good race for someone that's never raced before. I'm doing the 25k course. My goal was just to have fun and not come in last. Is this the right race for me or should I abort now and look for another one?
    THANKS
    This was my first race also.....10 years ago. I remember being nervous too. Since then i have probably raced at least 75-100 times(still get abit nervous). Yeah, i'm slow but its about pushing "my" limits. You seem to find extra strength when your in a race.

    I would highly recommend this race. I wouldnt abort it. If your not sure, just take your time and have fun.

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    All right, I'm pumped and ready to go!! Thanks for the encouragement.

    Since I'm doing the 25k race, is it necessary to bring an extra chain,tubes,pump, and tools, or should I just bring my water bottle and hope for the best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jman78
    All right, I'm pumped and ready to go!! Thanks for the encouragement.

    Since I'm doing the 25k race, is it necessary to bring an extra chain,tubes,pump, and tools, or should I just bring my water bottle and hope for the best?

    I would bring a few spare chain links, a chain breaker, spare tube, pump, multi tool, and water.

    If something major happens, there will be marshalls on the course to make sure you get back to the starting line.

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    New question here.

    Does anyone know if this race will be run regardless of the trail conditions?
    Have they postponed in the past?

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    If I recall correctly, it was postponed two years ago when we got hit with a pile of snow the night before the race. Some people didn't check the website that morning and ended up driving all the way there only to find out that it was a no go.
    Bummer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by racergurl
    If I recall correctly, it was postponed two years ago when we got hit with a pile of snow the night before the race. Some people didn't check the website that morning and ended up driving all the way there only to find out that it was a no go.
    Bummer!
    That would suck.
    It's over a 2 hour drive for me and I am signed up for the race.
    I guess I'll have to check the website before leaving.

    If anyone hears if it is postponed or possibly could be please post up.

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    Weather forecast is calling for a sharp dip in temperatures on Friday possibly accompanied by some snow. I'm not looking forward to that...

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    This will probably be my tenth Icebreaker in a row and it'll probably be one of the snowiest ones ever. Prepare for a lot of walking. Stuff that might normally be rideable will probably be pretty chewed up and unrideable by the time any of the 25k riders get there.

    Last year I did it on a cross bike but I think this year it'll be the single-speed 29er with 2.3s.

    It was my first race ever too and although it's become more serious over time, it's still really laid back and fun. If you're riding with a buddy or as part of a group, there are lots of places to regroup.

    Try to avoid taking any bananas at the feed station, you still have a lot of climbing to do once you get there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoote
    Weather forecast is calling for a sharp dip in temperatures on Friday possibly accompanied by some snow. I'm not looking forward to that...
    I wouldn't worry about snow, the weathernetwork is calling for rain on friday and saturday. that with temps above 10 all week should make it a very soupy muddy run!!!

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    Looks like the race is a go. BikeNXS has updated their site with some trail conditions. Right now they are saying the course will be a bit shorter because of the snow. Logging roads mainly unless the singletrack clears.

    Either way its going to be very muddy. They are calling for rain and plus 4 for Sunday. Should be lots of fun!!!!

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    Anyone have simple directions to get there from Toronto?

    Also, A good friend of mine could use a ride from Barrie to the event - If anyone is able to help us out, it would be appreciated!

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    With the conditions in mind I'd more or less decided I was going to leave the cross bike at home for this one, but with the removal of the singletrack sections maybe it will again be the ideal choice. Any thoughts from people familiar with the race/area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefanb
    Anyone have simple directions to get there from Toronto?

    Also, A good friend of mine could use a ride from Barrie to the event - If anyone is able to help us out, it would be appreciated!
    Easiest way to get there is to take the 401 to Salem rd in Ajax. Turn left and go north on Salem to Highway 2 (there's a Canadian Tire on the corner) Turn right onto Highway 2 and travel east until you get to Lakeridge Rd (there's a Petro Canada on the right side). Turn left and go north up lakeridge until you get to Highway 21 (there's a salt igloo thing on the right side of the rd) Turn left and head east on Highway 21. about 5 minutes later you'll see Uxbridge consession 6. Turn left there. You can't miss it, there's a sign for Durham forest.

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    That was my first time riding in the Durham forest today- that was pretty darn challenging, but a lot of fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2WD
    That was my first time riding in the Durham forest today- that was pretty darn challenging, but a lot of fun!
    You mean your first time hiking in Durham forest?

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    So how was the race today?

    I decided to skip it due to all the rain that we had recently. Thought it would just be a mud bath. Went shopping and spent my money on a new pair of shorts, biking gloves, and a new front tire. Hmmm, okay would have been cheaper to do the race.

    How did everyone do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth
    You mean your first time hiking in Durham forest?
    Hahaha......I wasn't hiking though - I was jogging

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    Most importantly...I didn't get hurt!! There was so much snow that I think I hike-a-bike'd over half of the shortend course!! Some spots had up to 8 inches of "corn snow" and other spots were mud pits!! Lots of fun but no way to move at race pace! it took me 1h40 to do the 20k loop that was the short course. Fun but slow!!

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    Well...

    I completed it and that was my goal. Pretty sure we finished deep in the bottom half for the 1 lap. The back road uphill was ridiculously long and the snow covered trail was a disaster - hit 60km/h on the back downhill...BUT it was worth it - muddy face and all.

    When do results get posted?

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    Great job to everyone who braved the conditions.. at least now we have an update for how things are looking like at Durham
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    I wore my gps yesterday. The cousre was 19 km long and there was roughly 4.5-5km of hike a bike drag a bike. That was the 4th time I've done the Icebreaker. This was definatly the hardest because of the dismount time. Still fun though

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    Good race yesterday.
    The condition on the Tour of Pelham were way muddier but without all the snow and ice we had yesterday.

    Congrats to 2WD on her 1st place finish!
    You go Girl!


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    Classic Icebreaker! It was fast and the weather was awesome. Even the dismount sections were quick, relatively speaking. I was a little disappointed that you couldn't ride the bridge but the rest of the bobsled run was unusually easy.

    In the end, I went with 42mm tires at 40 PSI on the 29er and it seemed to be a good compromise.

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    My shoulder is swollen from carrying my bike.. that can't be a good sign! That was a bad first impression of the race for me. It felt like I was carrying my bike for half the race! I think I had bad luck getting stuck behind slower traffic in the snowy sections though as well. There were some sections I probably would have ridden had I not been stuck behind 10 people all walking.. I didn't have the legs/lungs to get past them on foot! :P

    I got 10th place singlespeed though, which is alright considering it was my first time doing the Icebreaker, my first race singlespeed and my first race on the bike (Bianchi Roger ss 'cross).

    I worked HARD getting up that last series of climbs on the dirt road and passed a lot of people. Then when we hit the next woods section we all got bunched up and most of the people I passed caught me again. All that work!

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    hey all

    I finally had a chance, after a laptop crash to post photos from the race

    http://metaedge.ca/gallery

    Prints are available for anyone who is interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metaedge
    hey all

    I finally had a chance, after a laptop crash to post photos from the race

    http://metaedge.ca/gallery

    Prints are available for anyone who is interested.
    nice shots.

    I like this one: "ankle deep mud anyone?"

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    I had to get off the bike and pull with all my strength to get the front, skinny tire out of the mud; and when I did this crazy bubbling sound came out of the ground for a couple of seconds, I thought I struck OIL.
    Thats me btw, and I flatted the front tire in this muddy section, I had to change the tube on the side of the road. My first race and I have to say I had a great time, going to do it next year again. See you all the the Paris to Ancaster race on Sunday, 70% chance of rain another day of great conditions.

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