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    Good job! Oct 31, Mt SAC Race w/lots of SS

    The MtSAC race in Walnut CA is a great race and benefits the college (Mount San Antonio college). Anyone that races regularly is encouraged to move up a class so that the beginner class is truely a beginner class. Most people abide by this.

    The awards are 5 deep and are the BEST of any race. The awards are figures of animals cut out of 1/2 steel and placed in a wood base.

    The course is a 6 mile lap course. 2 lap for beginners, 3 for sport (SS) and 4 for expert. There are some short and steep climbs, especially when you get out of the cow pature. (Be careful; the cows are NOT penned up and may walk in front of you) There is some fun single track and fire road and 1 climb that only a few experts can climb; everyone else hikes it. Nothing technical beyond perhaps a loose sandy dowhill.

    The course is on the campus of MtSAC and it would be very difficult, if not impossible to pre-ride it due to all of the fences. They open them up on race day only.

    This is one of the races in the www.SocalSinglespeedChampionships.com series and I know A LOT of new singlespeeders will be out to have a great time, too. Last year, the SS class was the largest category. It would be so cool if we dwarfted that number this year with your participation.

    You can register at Active.com for the race. It is ONLY $25

    http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1165942

    Hope to see everyone in SoCal there..... Hugh; Padre; Tevor.... etc

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    Yea.........

    I would go but the date conflicts with the Soul Ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgmtbr
    Hope to see everyone in SoCal there..... Hugh; Padre; Tevor.... etc
    Jim Gabriel
    Bummer. The wife and I would have loved to come and ride. But, we'll be riding/watching in southern Utah at the Red Bull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgmtbr

    Hope to see everyone in SoCal there..... Hugh; Padre; Tevor.... etc

    Jim Gabriel
    I'm in, registered for sport singlespeed. Just a few days after my Ph.D. qual exams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2PAAD
    I would go but the date conflicts with the Soul Ride.

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    ... and if we just ... Mt. SAC

    I may have to drive over for this one.

    Me being a member of the Mt. SAC alumni from....ummm....a few years ago! Dang, I know I graduated....what year was that, anyway??

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    i'm in...

    i have never raced before and i contemplated what class i should be in...i am pretty sure sport is where i wanna be.

    i rode briefly with a guy named Paul riding a bianchi diss last weekend. he will be in expert class. he said last year was packed with ss'ers and this year there should be even more ss people.

    see you all there, if i recognize anyone.

    cheers!!!
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    mt sac race

    I'll definitely have to give this one a try. It'll be my first time racing on my SS so it sounds like it'll be a good time if my lungs can get used to the smog again(Cal Poly Pomona alumni)

    Later

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    give me a "K" !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by gpsser
    I'm in, registered for sport singlespeed. Just a few days after my Ph.D. qual exams.
    I may have to come out and cheer you on. Or race beginner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    I may have to come out and cheer you on. Or race beginner.
    I am going to bring the family out, so they can cheer. I figured 3 laps should give them enough opprotunity to see me. No flats this time
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    Can you register the day of race?

    Quote Originally Posted by jgmtbr
    The MtSAC race in Walnut CA is a great race and benefits the college (Mount San Antonio college). Anyone that races regularly is encouraged to move up a class so that the beginner class is truely a beginner class. Most people abide by this.

    The awards are 5 deep and are the BEST of any race. The awards are figures of animals cut out of 1/2 steel and placed in a wood base.

    The course is a 6 mile lap course. 2 lap for beginners, 3 for sport (SS) and 4 for expert. There are some short and steep climbs, especially when you get out of the cow pature. (Be careful; the cows are NOT penned up and may walk in front of you) There is some fun single track and fire road and 1 climb that only a few experts can climb; everyone else hikes it. Nothing technical beyond perhaps a loose sandy dowhill.

    The course is on the campus of MtSAC and it would be very difficult, if not impossible to pre-ride it due to all of the fences. They open them up on race day only.

    This is one of the races in the www.SocalSinglespeedChampionships.com series and I know A LOT of new singlespeeders will be out to have a great time, too. Last year, the SS class was the largest category. It would be so cool if we dwarfted that number this year with your participation.

    You can register at Active.com for the race. It is ONLY $25

    http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1165942

    Hope to see everyone in SoCal there..... Hugh; Padre; Tevor.... etc

    Jim Gabriel
    I would like to apologize in advance for pussing out and bringing my geared XC weapon.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm You can register on the day of the event

    The cost for registering at the event is $30 instead of $25 before Oct 23.

    This is going to be so cool that so many are going to show up; regardless of what class they race in.
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    This is a bump up for this thread, since it is less than a week away. What is the easiest way in the the race (freeway exit). I will be coming down the 57 from Pasamadena.
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    sources say...

    Quote Originally Posted by gpsser
    This is a bump up for this thread, since it is less than a week away. What is the easiest way in the the race (freeway exit). I will be coming down the 57 from Pasamadena.
    210 E to 57 S
    Pass I-10, exit Temple
    turn right(west), pass CalPoly, over the hill to Mt. SAC
    look for signs/course on your left.

    go get 'em tiger.

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    Thanks, I'll bring the floral socks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gpsser
    Thanks, I'll bring the floral socks again.
    *bump....

    besides the socks...do you have plans to add another SS to the stable? I know about the fixie.....but will the Specy be the go to bike forever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    *bump....

    besides the socks...do you have plans to add another SS to the stable? I know about the fixie.....but will the Specy be the go to bike forever?
    Ohh, I always have plans, but plans they remain until I have means. Mrs. Gpsser says I have a minion that needs looking after. It's just a temporary grad school thing, or until I break it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gpsser
    Ohh, I always have plans, but plans they remain until I have means. Mrs. Gpsser says I have a minion that needs looking after. It's just a temporary grad school thing, or until I break it.
    Well, you made quick work of your last fixie... maybe you'll be as "unfortunate" w/ your SS. A nice Unit would be very cost effective... or perhaps a Seven as it's an "investment."

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    I'll probably be there...

    No money to go do the Soul Ride and I might as well finish out the SoCal SS series...

    See you guys there.

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    Where can I see a map of the course? I am familiar with running cross country at Mt. SAC (Poop-out Hill) but the dirt is less than 3 miles, so how do they create a 6 mile loop?

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    O.K. gearing question here.

    Quote Originally Posted by jgmtbr
    The course is a 6 mile lap course. 2 lap for beginners, 3 for sport (SS) and 4 for expert. There are some short and steep climbs, especially when you get out of the cow pature. (Be careful; the cows are NOT penned up and may walk in front of you) There is some fun single track and fire road and 1 climb that only a few experts can climb; everyone else hikes it. Nothing technical beyond perhaps a loose sandy dowhill.
    So, if I have been running a 34:20 or 32:18 to do the long climbs in the San Gabes, can I gear down a bit say 32:17, or should I just stick with what I know?? What is everyone else running?
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    gearing...

    i have heard from a couple of people, who have raced there the past couple of years, that the course really isn't ss friendly. the climbs are pretty steep. i was thinking of gearing down too. i guess it'd be faster in the flats, but have to hike the steep climbs.

    i hear the cow pasture should be nice to ride thru...lots of nice pot holes from the cows, covered under grass. that should be fun for a rigid ss'er like me. i'm guessing it will be even worse with all this rain???

    i still haven't decided what class to register for, sport or beginner. i have never raced, but can ride a good 9-10 mpg on rides with some decent climbing. the two guys i have spoked to said i could do ok in the sport class, but suggested to race beginner since i have never raced.

    hmmm...decisions, decisions. now, if i can only get my daughter and wifey to get over their flus, maybe i can make it out there!!!

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    I think...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kam
    i still haven't decided what class to register for, sport or beginner. i have never raced, but can ride a good 9-10 mpg on rides with some decent climbing. the two guys i have spoked to said i could do ok in the sport class, but suggested to race beginner since i have never raced.
    that they lump all the singlespeeds into the sport class.

    As for gearing I'll be running 2:1 'cause my vice is broken so I have nothing to clamp the freewheel removal tool into to remove the freewheel that's on there. I've found that chainwhips and/or wrenches just result in frustration and skinned knuckles.

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    cool...

    that makes it alot easier to decide!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TrevorInSoCal
    that they lump all the singlespeeds into the sport class.

    As for gearing I'll be running 2:1 'cause my vice is broken so I have nothing to clamp the freewheel removal tool into to remove the freewheel that's on there. I've found that chainwhips and/or wrenches just result in frustration and skinned knuckles.

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    hope it's not muddy...

    After this week's rain, I hope it dries out enough by Sunday so its not a big mudfest. Yeah I know of some you guys in the Northwest and Eastern part of the US and the UK laugh at us SoCal riders during our so called "Stormwatchs", but my 2.1 Continental Explorer tires won't cut it in the muddy stuff.

    As for gearing this weekend, I'll be running my usual 32x17 since I'm to cheap to buy anything else at this point (also applies to tire reference above).

    Later all

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    Mt Sac.

    I'll be there if I can shake this cold, or whatever the hell this virus is. I raced the course a couple of years ago on a tandem. Its not really that hard of a course. I will be running the same gear I used all this season, 34x19, it seems to work great about everywhere.

    See you all there!

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    Should be 3 dry days before the big extravaganza

    Quote Originally Posted by 1fgrider
    After this week's rain, I hope it dries out enough by Sunday so its not a big mudfest. Yeah I know of some you guys in the Northwest and Eastern part of the US and the UK laugh at us SoCal riders during our so called "Stormwatchs", but my 2.1 Continental Explorer tires won't cut it in the muddy stuff.

    As for gearing this weekend, I'll be running my usual 32x17 since I'm to cheap to buy anything else at this point (also applies to tire reference above).

    Later all
    I'll be running 24,34,46 up front and 11-32 rear
    Sorry guys, (really I do have a single speed.)

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    D*mn. Missed it.

    Overslept this morning and didn't much feel like rushing out the door and hurrying to get there at the last minute.

    So I paid penance by washing all my bikes today.

    How was it? Mudfest?

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    Wrong day, it's tomorrow, the 31st. Hope you make it.
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    race pix

    Mike aka 1FGrider waits for his chance to kick some aSS
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    two racers on On-One il Pompino SS 'cross bikes
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    Q. - What's yellow and green and covered in dirt?
    A. - a banana on a rigid IF singlespeed.
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    Superman needs gears. Wuss.
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    Ken aka gpsser tears up the course
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    the Hulk and his dad, gettin' mad
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    congrats to all racers!
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    Nice meeting you out there HW. FYI, I got third in the beginner SS class, but I think there may have only been three of us anyways. I had a lot of fun though. Looking forward to the next race.

    Later

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    Nice job. So how many laps did you guys do?
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    We (Beginner SS) did two laps. It was my 1st race & I had a great time.

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    Results

    That third lap in sport SS did me in. My legs were starting to cramp at the end, but I did manage to finish in under two hours.

    Results from the so-cal board:

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpsser
    That third lap in sport SS did me in.
    I did two laps in an hour & a minute. If I had to do a third lap it probably would have taken me an hour & fifteen minutes for the third lap alone.

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    3rd place trophy

    Ah, the coveted third place (out of three entrants) Mt. SAC Fall Fat Tire Classic quail trophy. A crowning acheivement. A glorious tribute to the blood and sweat left on the cow patties of Walnut, CA.

    Mental note to self.. "Next time, start at the front of the pack instead of hanging back to see how things sort out!" I got stuck behind gearies who dropped their chains on the first climb and I even had to dismount when a rider flatted about 50 yards from the start line.

    Even though I finished third, I still had an awesome time competing and finishing above FS gearies on my rigid SS

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    flaked

    Just wasn't in the cards for me to race this weekend.

    After first confusing the dates on Saturday and thinking that was the race day, I planned to make it Sunday.

    Cut to Sunday morning, my second chance: Alarm goes off. I hit snooze. Goes off again, hit snooze again. At that point I basically just decided my heart wasn't in it (It's too frickin' late in the season. I've had enough racing for a while...), and I was gonna sleep in a bit and make the planned 8 o'clock mtn. bike ride at nearby Hulda Crooks Park instead.

    So I sleep until about 7:30, hop on my bike and cruise over to where we were supposed to be meeting, and nobody is there. So I call my buddy Matt. Not only did I forget about the time change (So I'm actually there at 7:00. Which means I could have "slept in" and *still* made the race.), but everybody had bailed on the ride anyway, and Matt was gonna have to go into work. So he couldn't make it.

    Well, Hulda Crooks kinda sucks on a singlespeed (unless you enjoy hike-a-bike), and the original plan was just to make our way through there on the way over to Box Springs Cyn., but I don't know that route, or those trails so I turned around and headed back towards home and my neighborhood coffee shop to get some coffee and something to eat while figured out a new ride plan.

    As I'm sitting there the local roadie crew shows up, so I decide I'll go home (Home, from the coffee shop, is only about a 5 minute ride away.), switch bikes and do a road ride instead. So I do that, and 33 miles and one nerve-wracking paceline later (No matter how much road I ride, I still can't seem to get comfortable in a 30 MPH double-paceline.) and as we're heading back to the coffee shop my buddy Matt rolls up on his mountain bike. He's headed across town to his in-laws house on the way to go ride Crafton Hills

    So I have more coffee, hang out for a bit, head home, switch bikes (again) and head off across town to meet up with Matt for a ride; mountain bike this time. We take off at a leisurely pace up the Crafton Hills fire road.. Despite the leisurely pace I still suffer on the climb. Didn't drink enough food and water on the road ride 'cause it was "just a little 30-miler" and I wasn't planning on being on the bike for another couple hours. Gotta admit, sometimes it'd be nice to kick back and spin. Maybe I'll put a 34x20 "winter" gear on. After the climb we descend some newly rain-rutted steep singletrack, followed by twisty rocky singletrack through the flood-wash, and a few miles of road back home.

    Odometer on the mtn. bike when I get home reads 35 mi.

    So I flaked on the race, but got almost 70 miles in anyway.
    Suppose it coulda been worse...

    -Trevor

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