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    it really IS all about the bike (bike porn & race rept)

    'cause right now it sure as h3ll isn't about the rider!

    but first some porn...

    AN the evil glowing-eyed feline stalks the porn box...


    mmm....carbon


    t?


    the king...


    the ideal spot for the throne...


    wellllllldddssssssssssssss.........


    flip the switch


    through the tunnel?



    what's in a name?


    reflections in glass


    my dream bike (if i was a guy she'd be my dream girl but i'm not and girls aren't really my thing....not that there's anything wrong with that. ;-))


    specs:
    Titus Racer-x ti frame, custom geometry
    Fox rp3 rear shock
    gruppo: full XTR w/ sti dual control shifting & hydraulic disc
    Thomson elite seatpost
    wtb laser saddle
    Chris King headset
    Ritchey os stem (90 mm, +5)
    Easton EC90 bar
    Schwinn silver glitter grips
    RS SID fork (soon to be replaced with a manitou scareb)
    DT Swiss 240 disc wheels w/ center lock hub
    hutchinson python tires (pictured, currently running mosquitos)

    ******************************************

    so, being the great planner-aheader that i am i started building up my baby on thursday......just in time to race her on sunday!

    of course, things did not go as planned and i ended up at the shop until 10 pm on friday night and then back in at 10 am on saturday morning to deal with the finishing touches. what is it about me and disc brakes?! yikes, it took us forever to get those babies bled.

    many many many many thanks to Nate at Outback Bike Shop for everything. i owe you huge and if your wife has divorced you as a result of your late return home on friday night i promise to marry you once the divorce is final!

    with my new baby finished and in hand i rushed out of town to make it up to preride the course......on time. well, sorta. ok, probably not at all on time but hey, it was p!ssing rain all morning, who wants to preride in a downpour?

    ready to preride...


    yeah, the course was a little muddy. what gave it away?


    race day dawned with clear blue skies and enough sunshine to reduce the mud bogs to puddles. still, i didn't regret my decision to go with a better mud tire than the pythons i prerode on.

    women's ex lines up


    dispelling rumors


    waiting to start


    my last 2 races (sorry, been slacking on the reports, but i promise to get them up soon) have been really tough and i've been spending far more time at the back of the pack than i'd like. once is good for humility. twice begins to take a toll on the ego. and i did not have high hopes for this race. my heart just wasn't in it.

    the horn sounds and we are off. i am about midpack as we hit the single track. overall i really like this course. it is the same trail system that i raced 2 weeks ago but a different course - slightly longer with a nasty waterbar climb in the middle. although the trail has dried out some since yesterday the roots (of which there are many) are still slick and the spots where there is exposed carolina red clay can be like riding on ice (how come those spots always seem to be on climbs?!)

    we get to the first technical rooty climb and tire and line choice become key. apparently i have chosen both well as i find myself passing ursula, amylynn, and then krista (all of whom i am sure will eventually catch me). i grind up the hill and find myself in the unfamiliar territory of sitting in 3rd place behind erin (pro) and carolyn. huh! i think to myself, maybe this race won't be that bad.

    but alas, my time in 3rd is short lived and ursula soon catches and passes me (along with another girl)...then krista...*sigh* i continue on trying to ride within myself and hope that i neither cramp nor come in last.

    down the fireroad descent, there's a nice line that's formed through the tight turn...no brakes needed. the sun has dried up the orange clay-mud field that packed up my tires duing my preride. into my least favorite section of the course. it's tight & twisty, with ill placed whoop-de-dos and no flow at all. then, just to break your spirit it finishes with a vile climb up to a baking field. can you tell how much i like this section? i come through the first tight twisting section, through 2 switchbacks and am down near the lake when i suddenly bury my front wheel into a muddy spot, weight too far forward, torque the front end completely around and endo hard landing mostly on my left elbow. OW! as i'm collecting myself amylynn comes past and is gone.

    back on my bike i finish up my first lap

    coming up...


    and passing through the feedzone...


    into my 2nd lap my legs decide to join my heart in not being into this whole racing thing. my pace drops some but i continue on without getting passed by anyone except sport men. as i climb up the hill toward the feedzone someone tells me i'm in 6th. i'm unenthused but figure i might as well finish since i'm certain what doesn't kill me must make me stronger. and it could go either way on this one.

    looking & feeling miserable


    i crawl through my 3rd lap and eventually roll through the finish. thrilled to be done i spin for a bit before joining everyone to be social. i ended up 7th, losing 6 minutes between my 1st and 3rd lap. not exactly a stellar performance but marginally better than my race 2 weeks ago.

    the good news is that i love my new bike!! it does everything i wanted it to do and more. the only thing that it doesn't do is get rid of the pain in my lower back but i'm beginning to think this a problem inherent in the rider and not the ride.

    at dinner i notice i've got a bruise on my knee from my crash on lap 1. chad looks at it and says 'what is that?!' then everyone else has to look at it as well...

    what is that imprint?


    bets were that it was the imprint of the topcap on my fork but when i looked closely later the patterns didn't match. so what was it?

    hmmm...check out the endcap...


    the only thing missing is the word "schwinn"! ouch!! what a souvenir!

    rt
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    Mmmmm...TITUS!!

    Welcome to the club! I still love my Hammerhead

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    Sweet Jesus!

    Now I'll go read the report...

    What's going on *rt*? You overtrained already? Still lingering lung crusies? Or just got the racing 'blahs'? I was thinking you'd be off and running down there, snapping women off your wheel from the word "go"! Hup! Hup! Hup! JK, though I'd have to say it took nerve (one personality trait you've got covered, I suppose) to race a bike with so few hours on both it and you. I'd be a nervous wrek with such a radical change in steeds! I bet once you get some saddle time you & the Titus will come out smokin' fast.

    None the less, great bike & pix, fun write up too. With that strong start, I'd have thought you'd reel in the few others ahead... but some days it's just not meant to be - especially after getting a bar end tat! Now go read my Socorro report already!

    PS Might try flipping the stem back over, or putting a spacer or two UNDER it, bringing your position up a bit - you look all aero'ed out, road position-style there! Might help your back.... I had a similar catharsis with my recurring shoulder cramps on the mtn bike. I'll sacrifice the aerodynamics in a mtbike race so that I can survive the 2-5 hours of pedaling!
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    I see a pattern here:
    1- 'I'm out of shape whoah is me excuse', new bike, blah blah blah
    2 - still kick ass in the race
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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*

    ready to preride...


    rt
    PS This pic is sure to trigger a whole lot of Titus/*rt*/mtbr fan mail & tongue-waggling! Is it going on the Titus site? :-)
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    "my last 2 races have been really tough and i've been spending far more time at the back of the pack than i'd like"

    Its that white helmet. You need to go back to the yellow one. Way to hang in there though.

    PS--Pretty bike, but I prefer the Surly.
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    WoooHooooo!! Nice bike *rt*!! It's a beaut. I'll show you my new SS bike soon
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    There's something still missing...

    Yep, it's still missing the ultimate go-fast accessory - bar-end tassles. Definitely needs tassles.

    Nice bike, though it looks better since you got it muddy.

    Hasta,
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    That really is a schweeet ride!
    I've been having the same thing with my lower back, I end standing for 1/2 the race. Getting the major massage to loosen up the tight back muscles, hope it helps.
    I thought you were real sick just a few weeks ago? It takes a long time to get to 100%,It's a long season take care of yourself! You will be on the podium again soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*

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    Pretty darn nice Titus

    my only experience is with the Loco I got for Faye Light and fast), but I'm sure all that XTR and light stuff and lesser travel will make you a rocket, er rockettete, pick one.

    I'll be watching for 1 podium after another *rt*, Jim

    does this mean it's OK for me to start looking for a new bike too?

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    Hey! That's my bike!

    ... but I have to win the lottery first. I've been drooling over the RacerX for years now. I want one BAD! Niiiiiice!

    I see you even went with Ti and custom geometry... you don't mess around, do ya! What are you going to do with the rest of your lottery winnings?

    Nobody is going to mistake your bike for mine. Your's fits a 100-ish pound 5'2" gal, me... 5'11" 192# doughy mufugger with freakishly long arms. I can touch my knees without bending over. Okay, no I can't but you get the idea.

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    Great race report......as usual!!

    It's a shame things didn't go your way. You can at least take solice that you like the new ride and you didn't get injured.

    I'm looking forward to your next RR.

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    I spy...

    nice bike you got there...and those bike and you pics are sure only fuel the already large *rt* fan club. In the race lineup,i spy a pink rigid fork...and a singlespeed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    ...........PS Might try flipping the stem back over, or putting a spacer or two UNDER it, bringing your position up a bit - you look all aero'ed out, road position-style there! Might help your back.... I had a similar catharsis with my recurring shoulder cramps on the mtn bike. I'll sacrifice the aerodynamics in a mtbike race so that I can survive the 2-5 hours of pedaling!
    I agree with Glen on this one; it certainly can't hurt. I'd flip the sten over and put a couple of spacers under it. Your back will thank you.

    Nice pics; you're so cute in the before & after ride photos. :^D

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    So, do you think you'll get used to racing with camelbak?

    Sweet bike. We both run similiar set-up on our bike (240 disc/Python, RP3, CK, EC90) so I can imagine how fast your Titus feels. Let me know how you like the dual-control shifting. I think the rapid-rise derailleur will drive me nuts...

    Nice write up.

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    I can look at women wearing giant diamond rings, and not feel anything.

    But to have a Ti Racer X *and* to be among the expert women.....that's envy like no other!
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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    we get to the first technical rooty climb and tire and line choice become key. apparently i have chosen both well as i find myself passing ursula, amylynn, and then krista ..
    I know it's not about the bike and I'm sure your good line choice, tire choice and stellar technical riding skills played a major role in your kicking butt on this tech hill..... but I ride a Hammerhead 100x and you've gotta credit the RX rear end here a bit as well. It just sticks and stays active, clawing its way up this kind of stuff.


    Very, very nice ride. The bike and the race.

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    I like dirty pics...

    err...pics of dirty bikes. Looks like a sweet new ride that you have. And, judging by your smile, it looks like you had a great time breaking it in.

    Happy riding
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Faustus
    There's something still missing...

    Yep, it's still missing the ultimate go-fast accessory - bar-end tassles. Definitely needs tassles.
    Pink tassles would be a perfect match for the glitter grips.

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    Nice report and pics RT, as said I can't believe you went into that race riding a bike that you only finished putting up the night before. Way to stick with it, once you get some hours in on that baby and "meld" with it I'm sure you'll be up front in a race or two.


    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    PS This pic is sure to trigger a whole lot of Titus/*rt*/mtbr fan mail & tongue-waggling! Is it going on the Titus site? :-)
    Sweeeeeeeeeet bike, guess I'll be the first to say the rider matches the bike.
    BTW I think that bike classifies as a dream bike "drool"


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    ...........PS Might try flipping the stem back over, or putting a spacer or two UNDER it, bringing your position up a bit - you look all aero'ed out, road position-style there! Might help your back.... I had a similar catharsis with my recurring shoulder cramps on the mtn bike. I'll sacrifice the aerodynamics in a mtbike race so that I can survive the 2-5 hours of pedaling!
    I agree with Glen on this one; it certainly can't hurt. I'd flip the sten over and put a couple of spacers under it. Your back will thank you.
    I agree, I tried a 100mm stem from the 120m that came w/ my bike AND flipped it over but it was giving my neck grief from craning to look up and make sure I don't run into anything/anyone. Was great for the round the island -58miles- road ride weekend before last (tucked down and cranking away) but sucky for on the trail, I since flipped it back over and dropped 5mm of spacers from under the stem and even wit a ride around the yard it feels better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    must...meet...girl...who...rides...

    Got any sisters *rt* ;-)

    Great writeup and pics! Keep up the hard work and you're season will surely improve!

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    My dram bike as well...

    Quote Originally Posted by Christine
    I can look at women wearing giant diamond rings, and not feel anything.

    But to have a Ti Racer X *and* to be among the expert women.....that's envy like no other!
    Very well put. I couldn't agree more.

    So RT you went with disc's. Are they overkill or worth it? Being a little thing too I would love to hear your impressions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    'cause right now it sure as h3ll isn't about the rider!

    rt
    Funny, I don't see either a FOX or Manitou shock on that bike...

    Backordered?

    Looks grea!. It's like a mountain bike, only smaller

    How long do you have to ride for Titus until you can retire and just take that thing out for fun? Sounds like you could use a vacation.

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    Sweet!

    Nice Bike Porn and Race report RT! Man that ride makes me want to give up the steel SS and go FS again. Well almost.
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