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Do any of you....Endoverend
Dec 11, 2001 2:43 PM
just do day-long rides on dirt roads just for the hell of it to explore and to see the scenery? I mean, it seems like this group is pretty racing oriented. Do you ever ride without thinking about just going fast and it being a training session? Do you ever just look at a topo map and wonder about what it might be to take that long and winding dirt forest service road up to that little lake that probably rarely gets visited and taking your sweet time doing it?

Not being judgemental here at all folks, but I'm just not racing-oriented at all and am more interested in checking out the lay of the land and I'm curious if anyone else is into that sort of thing....?
yep, not during race season but definitely !! nmclimbo
Dec 11, 2001 4:56 PM
re: Do any of you....mosovich
Dec 11, 2001 6:24 PM
Dirt road riding rocks! We train hard, but then at least one day a month during cross season we do long dirt road rides. Some longer than others, it just depends on how lost we get. We try to incorporate them in group rides, but the roadies freak out.
Hell yeah...Pablo
Dec 12, 2001 7:29 AM
Those are the best! I'm not a racer, nor do I play one on TV. Long wandering epics rule, especially if you don't quite know where you're going! That's the great thing about a cross bike to me, you get good cruising speed on the road, and the versatility to go where you want on dirt roads, gravel, or trail.
re: Do any of you....adventurefind
Dec 12, 2001 7:43 AM
You bet I do. There are many farm roads here to be discovered. Aside from the ocassional farm dog, it's fun speeding along the dirt, close to nowhere.
re: Do any of you....The Walrus
Dec 12, 2001 10:40 AM
There might not be any better kind of riding! Giving in to the urge to see what's down some lonely dirt track that wanders across rolling, oak-studded hills, or swinging off a winding, two-lane coastal road and over miles of ocean headlands and finding the one spot that takes you down to the surf--now THAT'S living! When that mysterious, tree-lined country-lane starts whispering in your ear to come ride it, it's rude (and possibly unwise) to ignore it...
right onadventurefind
Dec 12, 2001 3:00 PM
Some times it just urges, and before you know it you're exploring places you never knew before.
Uh huh.Ahimsa
Dec 12, 2001 6:31 PM
Don't forget urban exploration as well. Easier to get into areas you'd drive past otherwise. Ride to ride.


A. (Shall we get a no-race forum going then?)
Uh huh.The Walrus
Dec 13, 2001 10:56 AM
Urban riding is great, if you can avoid the traffic. I try to get downtown (L.A.) EARLY on Sunday mornings, just before sunrise--NO ONE is out then. The winos and panhandlers are all tucked away in their alleys, stores and businesses are closed, no drivers on the's like one of those 50's sci-fi movies where the entire population has fled from the Martian invaders. I'll usually get a couple of hours to roam as the city starts to wake, miles of fascinating nooks and crannies to check out, all in an eerie quiet.

A definite thumbs-up to the no-race forum--after all, the season doesn't last all year, right?
Yes and no.muncher.
Dec 13, 2001 1:41 AM
Do those routes, but just can't stop thinking about speed and training value when I'm doing them. And pacing the ride.

Solution? Get a different bike - one the doesn't want to perform like the cross. Always much easier to tootle along on a MTB...
Most of the time, yeahRay Sachs
Dec 13, 2001 5:00 AM
I'm not a racer either (although I saw my first cross race a couple of weeks ago in Malvern, PA and am tempted to try a "C" race next year - I don't think I'd be hurting any worse than some of those guys were) and most of my "cross" rides are just take the bike out and see what you find. If I lived someplace where there are miles and miles of dirt roads, I'd do LOTS of that. Where I am, I can mix a lot of paved and unpaved. I also ride on the road to a couple of my favorite mountain biking areas and then ride the single-track for a while before heading back. One of my favorite rides is about 15 miles on road, 10-20 miles of single-track, and another 15-20 road, with a couple of dirt roads thrown in on the way to and from. BTW, no computer on my cross bike, so no temptation to get obsessed with the numbers.

you missed your chance Rayclimbo
Dec 13, 2001 5:29 AM
that was a great race to start with. Not too technical, not many barriers but still had some hard sections to give you the idea of cross. Next time. No computers, I do the same on all my bikes except my road bike, it's a great idea.
You were there?Ray Sachs
Dec 14, 2001 8:47 AM
Which race did you do? I saw the C and the Masters, rode home to get my daughter and missed the B and Juniors, got back in time to see the last half of the womens race and the men's A's.

The course looked like a blast, particularly the long flat at the bottom and the long climb up the side (long but not too steep, my kind of climb). The section in the fields below the pit area looked like no fun at all to me though (at least after they added to it for the higher classes) - all grass, tight little turns, and that one run up right before the pit looked like it would kick my a**. If they do it there again next year, I'll probably give the C's a try. I can easily ride there from home, so nothing to lose.
Yep, I race in the killer "B"sclimbo
Dec 17, 2001 5:57 AM
see you next year, give it a try you'll love it. Hershey Cocoa Cross Dec 30. Last race of the season. Should be COLD !!!!!
Yep, I race in the killer "B"sRay Sachs
Dec 19, 2001 5:58 AM
Outside chance I'm going to come to Hershey (the daughter I took to Malvern really dug the racing and ANYTHING I can do to encourage her I'm gonna do), but I'm not ready to race yet. At this point, getting off the bike signals my brain that its time to REST! It's going to take a little practice to train myself to hop off, run, jump, and remount without taking a 2 minute water break in between! Not to mention, getting semi-competent at the basic dismount, shouldering, remount technique.

I'll try to find you to say hi if I'm there though.