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    Is anybody going to SS-A-Palooza on April 25th in New York this year? I am heading down from Maine (hopefully with a couple of other local cats too,) and it should be a great time. 250 cap on the race, two 14 mile laps, and beer.

    http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=9691

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    Yep.

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    See you there.

    Get your friends to enter right away. The race is filling up quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeney
    60; it's the new 40!
    If you're 60, I won't be the oldest guy there. "Far out"
    Old enough to know better. And old enough not to care. Best age to be.

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    That's great to hear that you all are going. This will be my first race of 2010, and my first race since getting back into biking last year. Looking forward to it big time. Any of you race last year? Any advice since this will be my first time riding there, and I won't be able to preview the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang
    That's great to hear that you all are going. This will be my first race of 2010, and my first race since getting back into biking last year. Looking forward to it big time. Any of you race last year? Any advice since this will be my first time riding there, and I won't be able to preview the area.
    I did this race last year, and am signed up for this year as well. It was a really fun event, I think it was the only race I did last year. The course is pretty flat with some short power climbs here and there. Mostly smooth singletrack with some rocky sections thrown in. It is a great place for singlespeeding. Last years race was 2 10 mile laps and it took place im May. I am a little worried about the longer race and earlier date. I am still waiting for the trails to dry out, havn't ridden dirt in months!

    Oh well, it'll still be fun with beer and dogs after the race.

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    I'll be there First race ever ...28 miles

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    I just saw on the Climb websight that SS a palooza is sold out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeney
    I just saw on the Climb websight that SS a palooza is sold out.
    I wouldn't doubt it. There was only 8 spots left when I last checked yesterday.

    I'll be there First race ever ...28 miles
    It's mostly flat from what I have heard so I wouldn't sweat it. With your adrenalin pumping it'll be over before you know it.

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    I'll be there with a few other people from the Albany, NY area. It's a super fun race- the first one was really something with some dudes running insanely huge gears. I think Montalbano won pushing something larger than 2:1 just to get a good position off the line! I wouldn't call Stewart flat though. Rolling is a better description- plenty of short steep grunts and a few longer climbs. Ask anyone who raced the Dark Horse 40 course on SS last year- definitely not flat.
    Check out some of our local hills: CDRC (Capital District Road Climbs)

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    Yo Dub, I hope you are right with the adrenaline!

    I just want to finish with my faculties in chec!k! I'm currently set up with 32:18, but thinking moving up a notch to 19? Any suggestions...especially for someone just coming out of winter hibernation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxtrot
    Yo Dub, I hope you are right with the adrenaline!

    I just want to finish with my faculties in chec!k! I'm currently set up with 32:18, but thinking moving up a notch to 19? Any suggestions...especially for someone just coming out of winter hibernation?
    I ran 32x20 all winter, but was running 32x18 last year. A buddy of mine did this race last year, and he normally runs 32x20. He said that if was to do this race again (he is not) that he would switch to 32x18.

    My riding is all Maine coast and some NH. There's lots of quick, steep climbs, techy decents, rocks, roots, mud, etc. I plan to run 32x18 for the race since I'm used to having to stand up, grunt, and bear it.

    As for winter hibernation, get on your bike now as often as possible. I think we'll be up against everything from the seasoned pro to the 'put knobbies on my cx bike' rider.

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    So pumped for this race. It being the first one this year it should be a blast to do.
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    I'm coming from DE...looking to run 32 or 34: 18....just haven't made up my mind. Anyone who's on here may want to check out: http://darkhorse40.blogspot.com/2010...-official.html Looks like they finished the course off this past weekend..more info to follow.

    Anyone who's coming from the south and needs a ride, thinking of leaving SAT PM and getting there before the gate closes @ 500....let me know

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakuyu
    I'm coming from DE...looking to run 32 or 34: 18....just haven't made up my mind. Anyone who's on here may want to check out: http://darkhorse40.blogspot.com/2010...-official.html Looks like they finished the course off this past weekend..more info to follow.

    Anyone who's coming from the south and needs a ride, thinking of leaving SAT PM and getting there before the gate closes @ 500....let me know
    Are you racing sport or pro/expert?
    Last year I ran a 53" gear (33x18) and that was pretty good for me in the pro/expert. This year I'll probably run 51.5" (32x18) as I think there is less road to the course, and it's 8 miles longer.

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    I'm racing sport...but I ride most everyday...Just completed a metric with 4800' elevation gain geared 34:18 on my cross build.....but what do I know...first MTB race...I just ride alot and this looked like a good event. I'm ultimately going to wait and see what the course looks like...maybe get up for a pre-ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakuyu
    thinking of leaving SAT PM and getting there before the gate closes @ 500....let me know
    Are you camping? Is there info about this some where?

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    I believe on the NJ MTB forum : http://www.mtbnj.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15538 that they mentioned get there before 5PM...no open fires..bring everything you need...no facilities save oro the port-a-johns...but it was a group site...stoves were OK....I was going to check with the guys at Darkhorse ...... it's a 3 hour drive up the morning of if I don't get there the day prior

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    ^^^^
    Thanks for the link. From reading their thread, seems like it'll be a blast.

    It's almost a five hour drive from Maine. A little camping my be in order. Post up what you find out, and I'll do the same.

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    Fastest sport guy was 32-19 last year 2nd was 32-18. Last years start was on a crest towards a downhill, this year is not the case. New ST has been added and route sounds to be in drier areas which equals to me more hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    Fastest sport guy was 32-19 last year 2nd was 32-18. Last years start was on a crest towards a downhill, this year is not the case. New ST has been added and route sounds to be in drier areas which equals to me more hills.
    I presume 29'er.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt
    I presume 29'er.
    #1 guy was...not sure about #2, but probably

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fogerson
    #1 guy was...not sure about #2, but probably
    #2 was "the plumber" in the car with me and yes 29ers

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    #2 was "the plumber" in the car with me and yes 29ers
    I'm running 32:18 with a 26'er, so I wonder if that is too conservative on the low side. I have 16, 17, and 18 tooth freewheels. It's really between the 17 and the 18 - the 16 is for street cruising at my level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt
    I'm running 32:18 with a 26'er, so I wonder if that is too conservative on the low side. I have 16, 17, and 18 tooth freewheels. It's really between the 17 and the 18 - the 16 is for street cruising at my level.

    Do you have the chance to preride? The terrain has short burst nothing with long substain type climbs. This area lies hudson river valley more of rolling type terrain. If you check out http://www.mtbnj.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16167 it may help some.

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    At stewart, I've run 32:18, 34:20, and 33:20 on a 29er depending on conditions. 32:18 seems about right for most of the rolling stuff- the others are too light unless extremely muddy. I've debated going higher if conditions are good. 33:17 or 34:18.
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    ''If you're 60, I won't be the oldest guy there.Far out''

    Yea, I'll be 60 on April 21. I wish I could say that I'm coming there to kick some young ass but I crashed two weeks ago and I think I broke a rib. It's feeling better after a painful first week I'll be avoiding the SS for at least another week and staying mostly on the road bike.

    But if it feels good on race day, look out young fella, I'll be looking for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeney
    Yea, I'll be 60 on April 21. I wish I could say that I'm coming there to kick some young ass but I crashed two weeks ago and I think I broke a rib. It's feeling better after a painful first week I'll be avoiding the SS for at least another week and staying mostly on the road bike.

    But if it feels good on race day, look out young fella, I'll be looking for you!
    Hope you recover. I know from experience that healing ain't what it used to be .
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    Yea, it was feeling OK and I put in some nice road miles around Woodstock this weekend now it hurts again.

    Anyone have Tiger Woods phone number? I need to get in touch with Dr Galea for some HGH!
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    I thought for sure there would be more folk responding to this race....

    This is my first time doing this race... will be my second race of 2010 and I'm coming all the ways from Canada and hanging with the Niner bike crowd...see yah there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysty
    I thought for sure there would be more folk responding to this race....

    This is my first time doing this race... will be my second race of 2010 and I'm coming all the ways from Canada and hanging with the Niner bike crowd...see yah there!

    It is full up. More chatter over on mtbNJ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysty
    I thought for sure there would be more folk responding to this race....

    This is my first time doing this race... will be my second race of 2010 and I'm coming all the ways from Canada and hanging with the Niner bike crowd...see yah there!
    Had to find out how much of a drive you'll have, about 8 hours, nice. That's some dedication right there. I'm hoping my drive only takes about 5 hours, and hopefully less than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysty
    I thought for sure there would be more folk responding to this race....

    This is my first time doing this race... will be my second race of 2010 and I'm coming all the ways from Canada and hanging with the Niner bike crowd...see yah there!
    Don't worry Mysty you won't be the only Misfit representing. My wife and I will be on one too along with a few of my friends. Last year there were only two of us so it looks like Peters bikes will repreesnt quite well this year. Look for us my wife has a pink dissent and I have the classic black...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    Don't worry Mysty you won't be the only Misfit representing. My wife and I will be on one too along with a few of my friends. Last year there were only two of us so it looks like Peters bikes will repreesnt quite well this year. Look for us my wife has a pink dissent and I have the classic black...
    Are you both from the USA? Or coming from Ontario?

    My drive will be a bit over 8 hours as I live north of Toronto in Newmarket...

    I will be riding a classic black frame with custom decals, but still a rookie (so don't bet on me being superfast )
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    The course map is up:

    http://darkhorse40.blogspot.com/2010/04/course-map.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysty
    Are you both from the USA? Or coming from Ontario?

    My drive will be a bit over 8 hours as I live north of Toronto in Newmarket...

    I will be riding a classic black frame with custom decals, but still a rookie (so don't bet on me being superfast )

    Northern N.J. so only about an 1.5 hr. away. We will have the chance to pre-ride the course a few times over the next 2 weeks. I was the first to have a Dissent in N.J. then got one for the wife.I have pushed the bike like hell and now 3 more besides our two reside in the state. Great bikes for sure, look for us around the orange and blue MTBNJ teamies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    We will have the chance to pre-ride the course a few times over the next 2 weeks.
    Post up a review of the course once you ride it. I'm sure we are all eager to hear about it, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    Northern N.J. so only about an 1.5 hr. away. We will have the chance to pre-ride the course a few times over the next 2 weeks. I was the first to have a Dissent in N.J. then got one for the wife.I have pushed the bike like hell and now 3 more besides our two reside in the state. Great bikes for sure, look for us around the orange and blue MTBNJ teamies.
    Coolio... what choice of tires are you running on your Dissents? Right now I am uber fond of the WTB Weirs - but have my ExiWolfs on the bike now... thinking to leave those on for the race...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysty
    Coolio... what choice of tires are you running on your Dissents? Right now I am uber fond of the WTB Weirs - but have my ExiWolfs on the bike now... thinking to leave those on for the race...
    I just put a fresh pair of Maxxis Ignitor front Aspen rear. Very good combo light and fast roller. Wife is running Ralphs 2.4 front and 2.25 rear. As long as it stays dry both should roll pretty good. this course is smoother then my home turf, very unlike most east coast sharp rock terrain.

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    Matty: how's the Aspen working in the rear? I generally ride your terrain, and the SB8 I currently have isn't up to par. I was thinking of switchin to a Ralph, but maybe I should look into an Aspen. Hit me with a PM when you have a chance to take the pre-ride. I may want to tag along.

    Mysty: I ran a Weir/Exi combo for a bit when I lived in MI (sim trails as Stewart). I really like the Weir as well, especially up front! I thought the Exi were pretty quick and overall pretty reliable in tough terrain, however horrible in the wet as they do not shed mud very well. You might want to keep this in mind when the race approaches. Who knows what the weather will be like. It was 90 here (East NY) two days ago, which means we could have snow by the end of the month!
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxtrot
    Matty: how's the Aspen working in the rear? I generally ride your terrain, and the SB8 I currently have isn't up to par. I was thinking of switchin to a Ralph, but maybe I should look into an Aspen. Hit me with a PM when you have a chance to take the pre-ride. I may want to tag along.
    Aspens have been exceptional so far. Compared to what I ran over the winter (CST cheapys) I lost about 1.5 lbs on tire weight. Rolling this combo feels like I gain a gear or two. Aspen weighed in at 522g and the Ignitor was 576g. Traction on the aspen has been better then expected at 20psi. Ignitor has nice knobs to hold corners. Last summers tire I like a lot but wore fast (ravens 2.2) at $65 pop I thought I'd go with something different. No luck with Ralph's blew sidewalls out F/R almost immediately, though the wife has had good luck with them.

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    Great...cheaper than the Ralph as well! Looks like a great option. Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxtrot

    Mysty: I ran a Weir/Exi combo for a bit when I lived in MI (sim trails as Stewart). I really like the Weir as well, especially up front! I thought the Exi were pretty quick and overall pretty reliable in tough terrain, however horrible in the wet as they do not shed mud very well. You might want to keep this in mind when the race approaches. Who knows what the weather will be like. It was 90 here (East NY) two days ago, which means we could have snow by the end of the month!

    Being that I have a tire fetish... I don't like the Prowlers in the wet at all... The Exi's pan out fine in the wet if it's not sopping...

    The Weirs I find are great on both dry and wet.

    I may bring my Weirs - we have cold here now too... it snowed today! EEK!

    I used to run the Nano on the rear and the Exi up front... but I like the balance of matching tires...
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    Here is a first hand impression of the course brought to you by "Norm of MTBNJ.com"


    First lap 10 mph, second lap 11 mph. Course is fast and super fast and if this was a geared course it would be even faster, especially the last half of it. There are 2 super awesome surprises in this course. The first nobody, and I mean nobody, will be able to clean but it's cool as hell. The second reminds me of the tunnel in Granogue for some reason. Hopefully I can get this race sub 2, but I'm not thinking that's going to happen. Need to go back up with an actual race-ready bike and try it out. Some of these sport guys are going to struggle to turn a 3 hour race time I think.

    His garmin read aprox. 1200' elav. per lap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    Here is a first hand impression of the course brought to you by "Norm of MTBNJ.com"


    First lap 10 mph, second lap 11 mph. Course is fast and super fast and if this was a geared course it would be even faster, especially the last half of it. There are 2 super awesome surprises in this course. The first nobody, and I mean nobody, will be able to clean but it's cool as hell. The second reminds me of the tunnel in Granogue for some reason. Hopefully I can get this race sub 2, but I'm not thinking that's going to happen. Need to go back up with an actual race-ready bike and try it out. Some of these sport guys are going to struggle to turn a 3 hour race time I think.

    His garmin read aprox. 1200' elav. per lap.
    Can you provide a link to your gps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    Some of these sport guys are going to struggle to turn a 3 hour race time I think..
    Thank Matty...Not too sure what all of that means...but looks like I will have to wait until noon for my hot dog and beer! For the rest of ya, save some for me! The excitement builds. Should be a great time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2
    Can you provide a link to your gps?

    It's not mine but Im sure he don't mind

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/29581773

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    I rode the course today.................

    And if the rain stays away or at least falls at a minimum for the next two weeks, we are in for a great day. This course is nothing like last years SS-a-palooza or DH40. Last year it was all short steep ups and downs and ups and downs. This year there is none of that. It starts the same as the DH40 on Weed Rd and you make the same left turn onto the other fire road but where we made the left last year you now go right into a really nice stretch back to Weed. In that stretch, approaching mile 2 is the first potential back up; a sharp left into a short (really short) steep, rocky uphill at almost mile 2. Then it's all clear again,out to the road and up the steep gravel hill. Don't blow up there because at the top you have to go up the same long hill from last years start. There's some new trail in that section that's really nice and still soft so I really hope the rain stays away or it could get messy. On that hill is another back up spot about mile 4, an off camber stretch with lots of roots might back up before I get there. Once at the top it's a nice decent onto another woods road back over to New Rd. Then onto the nice Bear trail, back to New Rd. I missed the next section and turned on Orlando. Took the singletrack over to Darron. Somewhere in there around mile 8 might be another back up where you go through a mud bog and then turn right up another short rooty climb. I couldn't figure out what they wanted to do on the west side of Darron and rode down to the left turn onto the nicest section of nice flowy single track on the course. I missed the next section off of New Rd and hit that little section that's almost an out and back from the DH40. Then rolled back to the finish.

    Trust me this is going to really be nice. You fast guys are going to be happy and so are us not so guys!

    I rode it today on my geared bike keeping it in 32/20. Next week I'll go back with my singlespeed. I sure hope I can handle it rigid.

    One other thing: don't panic when you get off the Thruway. They changed the exit. Stay in the center after the tolls and exit onto rt 300. You used to exit onto 17k and go up the hill to make the left onto 300. Now it's easier and you do the same thing going home.
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    My post from MTBNJ.com:
    Got a pre ride in with pedals and oxford today. As for the race course "Fing Wicked in a Bostonian slang" I really like visiting this place. Fast is gonna be the theme. Really leaning towards 32-19 only because of washboard and major mike. I could see going as low as 16t though. I am gonna try to go once more next week to see if rigid is the way. Today was a lot of map reading so didn't get the full effect. Only major mike is where I'd want sussy. The factory is icing on the cake. Dark horse boys put together another beauty...

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    I'm going back Sunday; singlespeed. I was stop and go reading the map also and once I got to Darron RD I couldn't figure it out. What did I miss at the factory?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeney
    I'm going back Sunday; singlespeed. I was stop and go reading the map also and once I got to Darron RD I couldn't figure it out. What did I miss at the factory?
    The course goes to the back of the building and through it.

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    Wife went today and course is fully marked. She said we missed a bit when we went Monday. I'm heading back wed. for a full 2 lapper to see if its full on race or hang on till bbq and keg...

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    Two laps yesterday. I got to hit all the parts I missed last week and it made it even better. The weather looks good all week and the course should be dry and fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeney
    Two laps yesterday. I got to hit all the parts I missed last week and it made it even better. The weather looks good all week and the course should be dry and fast.
    Thanks for the update. One question: Did you race last year? If so, what is your thought on gear ratio, will you be running the same ratio or something harder or easier?

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    I didn't ride it last year but I did ride the course before the race on my geared bike. I like this one much better. I rode 32/20 and it worked out well for me. I was dying like a dog on Major Mike, working on the other stuff and I could get up more than half of the rooty, rocky bump ups. It's a good thing I liked my gearing since it's all I have.

    Two laps left me sore and tired yesterday, but those two laps made me a much better singlespeed rider and a waaaaayyyyy better rigid rider.

    Can't wait for Sunday.
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    Looks like we might be in for some rain... Can't wait wet or dry, this is going to be my first race! Should be getting my new ISAR 34T chainring today which will be coupled to my 21T WI freewheeling (which is stuck). Hope I'm ok with that gearing...

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    I have an entry to the race that I need to sell as I am not able to make it. PM me if you are interested in purchasing the entry from me.

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    I hope the rain doesn't come to fruition. I hear the mud is nice and sticky there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nkrax
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gimpy00Wang
    I hope the rain doesn't come to fruition. I hear the mud is nice and sticky there...

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    70% chance of rain right now, so get ready for the MUD!

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    mud...

    seen enuff mud to last me a lifetime in the past few races I've done...

    At this point I consider myself a better ride because of it?

    I rode through some mud track at a race this past weekend... the only stuff I couldn't get through was a mudslide decent of what seemed to go on for days... lifted bike and ran down it - cankle deep mud... sticky, smelly goodness...

    Just be glad we don't have deraillers to clean off
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    I'm hoping for no mud. Not because I hate mud, but because I'm not going to run different tires. My FR3's turn into shovels in deep mud. If there is mud, I guess there will be lots of bunny hops and running.

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    see you there!

    I'll be sporting a Misfit Psycles jersey and bike

    I'll be the short girl with hair longer than me
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    Mud would be awesome for a first time racer At least I hope or like dubthang said it could turn into more of a running than riding. Either way when there is beer and hot dogs involved its always a good day
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    Ok, dumb question time: Is there a spot on the course where we leave water bottles, like a feed zone or something? Never raced so I have no clue if I should wear my camelbak or not...

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    Yes, the race is two laps. You start and finish on a gravel road. You will be able to set up your pit in that area.
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    I wearing my hydro pack. Drinking from mud covered bottles is never fun.

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    Dress appropriately.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysty
    see you there!

    I'll be sporting a Misfit Psycles jersey and bike

    I'll be the short girl with hair longer than me
    We'll keep an eye out. I'll be with RussoJ. He has a white Soul Cycles, and I'm easy to spot since I have a blue GT with orange hoops. I also have inked up arms and big side burns.

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    I'm putting my spot up for sale. I don't feel like driving up from Maryland to race in the cold rain. If anyone wants it, send me a note here.

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    The race was great fun -- even with the rain and peanut butter mud.

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    Thanks All!

    Had a awesome time today meeting everyone and racing in all the muck. Anytime youguys want to come up to maine to hit up a little single track left us know, would be glad to show you around!

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    Quite a difference between practice loop on Saturday and racing today, eh? Rain and mud a bit of an extra challenge, but still a great course.

    Much thanks to Dark Horse and all volunteers.

    Got home, took about an hour long shower, ran my clothes through the washer twice, ate 2 dinners, and just finished removing, cleaning, and greasing my bb and headset. Too tired to do the hubs. Tomorrow, because I sure ain't riding tomorrow

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    Big pats on the back for all those that competed. The course was straight mud from beginning to end. Met lots of cool folks, and Dark Horse did a hell of a job with this event.

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    I had a blast! This was my first race and it was awesome. I'm very satisfied with where I finished and now that I know more of what to expect, I think I can improve.

    Can't wait for the DH40 and next year's SSAP.

    Does anyone who the people taking pictures in the Factory or that tech hill section were and if so, will the pictures be in an online gallery or something?

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    Well even with the rain and mud that race a blast! Stewart is certainly more fun when it is dry but it was really fun to get out and race on some funky conditions. The competition was stacked and trails sketchy, certainly makes for a great day of racing. Great to see so many knuckle heads pushing one gear at one time, very cool.

    The guys at Darkhorse put on the best races and can not wait for the 40 this year, I am cool if it did not rain for it though.

    Congratulations to all of you who made it through the slop, this is what racing is all about!

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    Russo and Dub--nice meeting you guys at the mudfest. Dub, you especially...I owe you a Cliff Bar! I believe it saved may arse as I had absolutely nothing left in the tank at about mile 20. Thanks!! Perhaps you guys can show me some trails up in Maine. I feel a trip up North might be in order this Summer!
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    Found the gallery by the photog in the factory.

    http://gtluke.smugmug.com/Biking/201...peed-a-polooza

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwarrior
    Found the gallery by the photog in the factory.

    http://gtluke.smugmug.com/Biking/201...peed-a-polooza
    Thanks for the link. There are some sweet pics in there. I wonder where the other photos are?


    Just ordered up some 5x7's. Going to put them in a tri picture frame with my race number. If anybody else's photos came out well, it would make for a sweet little memory.
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    So... who's going to do the Dark Horse 40?

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    The course went through an old abandoned factory? That's the coolest thing ever!!
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    Who is going as in who else is going? LOL
    Got 23rd NY North. Feel like I could have got better if I was up front more at the start though, still a awesome day overall.
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    How'd you get the pics without the TNT logo?

    Did you have to buy the digitals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang
    How'd you get the pics without the TNT logo?

    Did you have to buy the digitals?
    Yeah I bought the digitals and a few other sizes in print. The digitals have awesome resolution
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    Got 46 Jersey Boyz this year- lots of traffic in spots. That 4 minute head start is a PITA to make up. Fun race- not quite as slick as last year's Gallop, but close.
    Check out some of our local hills: CDRC (Capital District Road Climbs)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adirondack Blues-M-1.jpg

    Got 46 Jersey Boyz this year- lots of traffic in spots. That 4 minute head start is a PITA to make up. Fun race- not quite as slick as last year's Gallop, but close.
    Nice.

    I only got 10 (not counting the dnf's), but that's what happens when one spends more time hanging out and jumping crap instead of racing.

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    The cupith stayith to the south

    North =0 South=2 better luck next year

    I had a top 10 start until second to last ST on the first lap with a pffffft flat, pissed as I was really feeling good and felt like I had enough to murder the second lap. Funn bolts lock down bending multi tool about 8-10min tire change. Ended up with a dissapointing 29th but hell of a lot of fun. Congrats to all who fought it out in the mud north and south ...

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    Good job!

    I love the huge shadow on the wall.

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    I managed 22nd NY/North. Not bad for my first race. I think I passed you on the last long stretch of road, spinning for all I was worth. Next time I'm definitely starting more toward the front. I lost a lot of spots behind walkers on some tech stuff.


    Quote Originally Posted by RussoJ
    Got 23rd NY North. Feel like I could have got better if I was up front more at the start though, still a awesome day overall.

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    [QUOTE=redwarrior]I managed 22nd NY/North. Not bad for my first race. I think I passed you on the last long stretch of road, spinning for all I was worth. Next time I'm definitely starting more toward the front. I lost a lot of spots behind walkers on some tech stuff.

    Yeah I think you might have. It was my first race to. So I think we did pretty good overall considering it being our first time and all the muck. It add a whol enew outlook to the race. Will be doing this again next year just not driving 5hrs before. lol
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    Hey Dub, where did you finish? I think you and I were sharing some laughs on the second lap
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    great time

    glad I was able to meet some in person. The mountain biking community is awesome... specially crazy SSers'

    unfortunately I met my demise and DNF, but hey good people, good times, and beer.

    I rode on Saturday and hoped the weather would stay... long rainy drive home... 10 hours to Newburg, 9 hours to get home...

    I'd do it again
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    It was good to see you there, the DNF was because you were riding the wrong bike . You shoulda stuck with plan A...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybfat
    It was good to see you there, the DNF was because you were riding the wrong bike . You shoulda stuck with plan A...

    shhhh.... my admittance is that the Niner is quite the nice ride... and will be added to the collection very soon...

    I think it was more tire choice for me... had I known better I would have changed the rear to a Nano...

    my Misfit will take a beating at the Tuesday race series that I ride up hear at Albion hills...

    if ever any of you crazy SSers wanna take a road trip and I am around, I can take you on a tour of my neck of the woods!
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    Quote Originally Posted by walter
    Hey Dub, where did you finish? I think you and I were sharing some laughs on the second lap
    I rolled across the finish line just a couple minutes before you did. I was going to hang out to see the others finish, but met up with RussoJ at the finish. We just kept on trucking right up the hill to our car. We were nasty muddy, got cleaned up, and went down to check out the awards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang
    I rolled across the finish line just a couple minutes before you did. I was going to hang out to see the others finish, but met up with RussoJ at the finish. We just kept on trucking right up the hill to our car. We were nasty muddy, got cleaned up, and went down to check out the awards.
    But youre the guy Im thinking of, right? We were joking about "rest zones" and "5 minute stretch areas" and stuff. I was on the Niner with the cool man capris. On the last left turn onto the fire road I made a comment to the marshal that I couldnt figure out how I got so dirty.

    Good times. There was a dude in a white and bright green Fox jersey too, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by walter
    But youre the guy Im thinking of, right? We were joking about "rest zones" and "5 minute stretch areas" and stuff. I was on the Niner with the cool man capris. On the last left turn onto the fire road I made a comment to the marshal that I couldnt figure out how I got so dirty.

    Good times. There was a dude in a white and bright green Fox jersey too, right?
    Yep, same guy. I was sporting the orange hoops (but I bet they were brown by this point,) and was wearing a mud covered olive green jacket. There was a white/green/black shirted guy. He told me his name, but it slips me at this moment. He was a cool guy too. We joked back in forth for a little while.

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