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    Tour de Tykes

    So if I'm not mistaken Tour de Tykes is right around the corner. As I'm not going to race I was wondering who I would need to contact about volunteering to help. I remember hearing Bob talk about him helping. Just want to contact someone and hopefully get out and lend a helping hand.
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    Matt Mcelroy would be a good place to start. He is Danville. Matt's contact is on the MASS site here


    if he is not involved anymore, he can tell you who is.
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    or brad herrold i guess....
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    Thank you I just sent him an email. Thank you for the info
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    Does anybody know what the terrain is like at this race? I may end up taking off of work to do it! This will be my 4th race in a row and I just started this season, I am so pumped!
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    The trails are sweet, with very little rocks, though the hills are steep.
    Matt is the guy to see if you want to help out.

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    lots of climbing and not super technical, but there are couple steep loose-ish descents. This is one of my favorite races of the MASS calendar, but it is a tough course because of the climbing.

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    How long is the race, I mean hours or miles?
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    Beginner Loop 6.5 miles. Start 9:00

    Expert Loop 18.5 miles. Start 11:00

    Sport Loop 13.5 miles Start 11:30

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    Quote Originally Posted by BShow
    but it is a tough course because of the climbing.
    ...gives the locals an advantage.... I remember my first race there, the next guy in my class was like "When does this hill end?!?" on the FIRST climb.

    Same guy got a pass on me later (he was over-all slightly better condition than me), but then GAVE ME A PASS-shouting "You know this trail-I'll follow you!!!" on a long downhill... I am pretty sure we took that descent faster than most of the experts. He ended up beating me by like 12 seconds-If I hadn't known the terrain, I never would have seen the guy after the starting line.
    You better just go ahead and drop that seatpost down to the reflector... the trail gets pretty rough down there.

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    I took off work so I think I will be doing this one!
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    Was thinking about entering it .... but after seeing the comments, I'm not sure I wanna get smoked that badly. Saw the add and was looking at the info this morning.


    Would be my first race in just over 20 years.



    Wonder if I should stick with the beginner course.....



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    Due to all the rain, the race has been changed to SUNDAY the 17th
    Times should be the same, just one day later hoping for better conditions.

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    Thanks for the alert. Planning to do the beginner race and register the morning of ....



    According to WNEP's site ... Saturday morning looks better than Sunday morning. Supposed to rain all night Sat into Sunday according to what my wife/I heard this morning.



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    Great now I probably won't be going
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    Quote Originally Posted by beaverracing
    Due to all the rain, the race has been changed to SUNDAY the 17th
    Times should be the same, just one day later hoping for better conditions.
    This is awesome... we are busy Sat, but now I have a great reason to get a Sunday morning ride at one of my favorite places! Haven't raced in over two years.... barely ridden yet this spring.... should be interesting!
    You better just go ahead and drop that seatpost down to the reflector... the trail gets pretty rough down there.

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    After 3 years of doing Sport... it's time for me to step it up.

    Punching in for Elite this year after a solid start to my collegiate road season. I need the extra distance and climbing for the ECCC championship race at Penn State next weekend, so I'm down for a little masochistic suffering.

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    It's looking like the weather will be cloudy and in the 60s. I can guarantee NO DUST!!

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    after 2 seasons of 'cross, have jumped into the xc/endurance world...helpful comments and, yes, the locals have a nce advantage...i'm used to brandywine/fairhill terrain...short punchy climbs, roots and rock gardens that only hint at those i've bounced around on at french creek, mt. penn...

    just curious...anyone ever done this (race or not) on a 'cross bike?

    gonna be a long, great day...gotta get up around 3am for this one

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    Almost wondering if the races should have been today. I'm just under 1 hour east of Danville and it didn't start raining here until around 12:50-1:00


    No ... I'm not afraid of rain. But I'm not sure it would be a smart idea to try and race without hearing aids on.

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    Don't know of anyone ever doing it on a 'cross bike, but do know of someone doing the beginners loop on a beach cruiser. With coaster brake. I DO NOT recommend that. It was very sketchy on the downhills to say the least.

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    Amazingly I was able to get my work schedule changed and so now I hope the race doesn't rain out.
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    Can't get over the amount of rain we had today.


    I'm having doubts about going tomorrow (whether the race is on or not).

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    Well ... I'm back from "my" race.


    Beginner Veterans class (30-39).



    Did not go as I hoped. I suspected I would be in the battle for last place and I was partly right. The last time I had any kind of a formal race, I was 14 or 15 years old. I'm 36 now. The course was very well laid out --- but the hills were tough for me in the limited training time I had.


    The bummer was I had to pul a "DNF" Somehow in the process of a faster downhill, my front tire dislodged a rock that was a good deal larger than a softball. Promptly flew up and into my lower shin. I was able to make it to the next uphill spot where I could see I was having trouble pedaling down on that leg.


    I was at the "intersection" point of the 2 loops for the race. Over half way and 1:05 min into it. The second loop was shorter and I probably would have had an overall time of 1:40 or so.


    Considering I only had a week notice and wasn't really "training" for it ... I'm not upset. Just disappointed I couldn't finish.


    So ... when & where is the next race ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailBound29er
    So ... when & where is the next race ??
    French Creek??? I might be going to that one.....

    Sorry to hear about the DNF... last time I raced 2 years ago, I had a flat WAYYYYY out near the power line crossing. That was long walk back. Even a DNF makes for a good story, though.

    I was roughly mid-pack Beginner 30-39 today.... was having serious doubt this morning about my own mental sanity, but I am very glad I did it.

    If any of the race organizers are following this, THANK YOU. I had a blast. Really couldn't have been any better given the weather conditions.
    You better just go ahead and drop that seatpost down to the reflector... the trail gets pretty rough down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Six Pack
    I was roughly mid-pack Beginner 30-39 today.... was having serious doubt this morning about my own mental sanity, but I am very glad I did it.


    I kept saying to myself "What the hell did I get myself into" to the point where I couldn't shake it out of my head (like a radio jingle that doesn't leave your mind).



    THAT drove me up the wall.



    Sounds like we were in the same class/group. I'll look up the French Creek info and need to figure out a training plan that is longer than 1 week.




    Still ... good fun. And yes, the organizers did a good job. Props to them.

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    hopefully you'll be back riding soon

    sorry to hear about a dnf,
    i raced last year for the first time. 2 flats first race, 2 flats the second race and a flat that caused a dnf. the cure was a new bike. i will race 30-39 beginner at granogue which should be the next race 5/1.

    don't worry about training for us mid to late packers we just ride races for fun, no sandbaggers or a-type personalities.

    i hope your injury is minor.
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    I flatted about 3-4 miles out from the finish.

    Would have finished somewhere around 17-18th in Elite, ended up with 21st.

    Time for tubeless. I've lost far too many positions in the past year to pinch flats.

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    The trails held up remarkably well for all the rain. There were a lot of limbs and trees down in the morning (before anyone raced they got picked up), and one big dead tree fell during the day. By the end of the day, a lot of the trails were completely dry. Good turn out considering the weather, though the beginner field was pretty light.

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    Great race, got 1st place in the beginner 13-15 junior class and my second podium of the year so far.
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    Next MASS race is Granogue BTW...

    Zillon, I think we rode together for a while. Raced Elite too. Got 17th. The top guys are too fast for words...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailBound29er
    So ... when & where is the next race ??
    Check out www.masuperseries.com. Tour de Tykes is part of that series, and the MASS in general is one of the best MTB series' in the country. Aside from MASS, there is a Mid Atlantic regional series and th Hudson to Highland series that are within day trip range as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAmtbiker
    Next MASS race is Granogue BTW...

    Zillon, I think we rode together for a while. Raced Elite too. Got 17th. The top guys are too fast for words...
    What kit were you wearing?

    I tossed myself into Elite this past weekend simply for the training, otherwise I would've probably done Expert. I have a regional collegiate championship race coming up this weekend and I needed to put in some serious effort.

    Still not sure if I'm going to run the full MASS series this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zillon
    Still not sure if I'm going to run the full MASS series this year.
    They're all good, competetive races... even if you don't do them all, you should definitely hit some if you've got nothing else going on that weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rad Rider 415
    Great race, got 1st place in the beginner 13-15 junior class and my second podium of the year so far.

    good job! i wish i started early on in my cycling career, but i am a late-comer to racing...keep it up!

    i've been putting in the rides, practicing some climbing in my neck of the woods (media, pa....brandywine/woodlawn....white clay creek...etc)...i surprised myself and pulled a 3rd Place for my beginner cat slot (40-49)...doing it on a Giant Yukon FX....about to get a slightly lighter, more plush fork, but ultimately hope to have a new ride next year. i may never get that kind of finish again, but it's all fun no matter the result. just do your best. and fuel up right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BShow
    They're all good, competetive races... even if you don't do them all, you should definitely hit some if you've got nothing else going on that weekend.
    Oh, I know. I ran the majority of the series last year, I'm just not sure whether I'll have the time this year to dedicate towards training or racing on weekends.

    I graduate in May, so my life is about to get a little crazy for a few months.

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    My kit is pretty much all black.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zillon
    I graduate in May, so my life is about to get a little crazy for a few months.
    Yeah but after May, won't you have nothing to do but race your bike? Also, who says that you actually need to train to do MASS races? Just show up and have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAmtbiker
    My kit is pretty much all black.



    Yeah but after May, won't you have nothing to do but race your bike? Also, who says that you actually need to train to do MASS races? Just show up and have fun!
    Job, girlfriend, apartment searching - I've got plenty to do.

    I am seriously considering the Wilderness 101 this year, though - hoping things work out and I'll be able to race it.

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    Do it... It's fun. Don't consider it. Just register now so A) it's cheaper and B) you force yourself to do it.
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