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OK all you dirty dawgs...(12 posts)

OK all you dirty dawgs...lonefrontranger
Sep 9, 2002 2:01 PM
So out of curiosity who is planning, considering, or even merely playing around with the idea of racing your skinny tired mud mount this year?

First 'cross race on the Front Range is end of September. I'm in my 2nd week of running adaptation and not enjoying it much :-P
daydreaming about dismounts and wishing for rain . . .Jakob
Sep 9, 2002 2:35 PM
I can't wait! I can't wait! I can't wait!

There, it's out of my system. I am really looking forward to the pain and suffering of the race season. I think my first race of the year will be 10/6 in Sacramento.

Last year my season started in mid-September and it was 92 degrees at that first race. That is just not cross whether. I am hoping we see more mud this year, especially for the Redline Cup and Nationals in Napa!

Last year, I went from Cs to Bs. This year, I hope to contend with the Bs.
Sep 9, 2002 3:03 PM
Are you planning on driving out to Gunnison on Sept 28th? I wasn't planning on it but with Breck CX getting cancelled I may make the drive to get the season started.

Last week I went to a RRV cross ride that was so disastrous for myself and Pack Meat it was comical. I got a 6pt $112 speeding ticket on the way to Morrison then pinch flatted in the first 1/2 mile as soon as we hit the dirt. Walked/rode back to the car to find out I dented my front rim. Pack Meat also was contending with a slime filled tube and we rode back out only to have PM snap his new Eggbeater pedal out of his crank. Oh well, there is always this Wed.

As an aside, I'm looking for an excuse to build some wheels and am thinking of racing sewups this year. Anything to say about that?
Sep 9, 2002 5:43 PM
Sewups won me the provincial championship race. See the Fango thread. I'm all for them. Go for it!

Sew-ups all the way!triangleforge
Sep 10, 2002 6:29 AM
Just got the hubs & spokes yesterday for this year's race wheels, which are going to be laced to some NOS Wolber tubular hoops, for which I've got some super-supple Clement Grifo Neve tires all stretched out. This year, I'm also going to try a file-tread front sew-up for dry courses, a Clement Grifo 61. My pit wheels will be last year's race set, some light weight tubular wheels with Tufo Rhino sew ups.

My first race will probably be Monkey Hill in Wilmington, Delaware. The bad news is that one family wedding and another business trip will take me out to California's central coast on the weekends of two out of the five races in the series that I was focused on this year, the Virginia Cyclocross Series. The good news is, that I'll be missing them for trips to California, and I just bought a NOS VooDoo 'cross fork that will go very nicely on my S&S coupler'd travel bike... Surf City, here I come!!!

And if I didn't sound excited enough for the season, here's what I posted minutes ago on my team's listserve, for the Wendesday morning 'cross workout we've been doing for a few weeks now:
>To: CoppiList

>Subject: S. Coppi: I love the smell of warming balm in the morning...

>Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 07:16:44 -0700 (PDT)

>Though it's still too warm to break out the muscle
warming balms and vaseline (unless you're, like,
really, really into that sort of thing), it's not to
early to start practicing your cyclocross technique!

>We'll be meeting again at dawn -- 6:30 a.m. -- to
practice our skills and get used to the feel of tires
slipping around on the wet grass of B****** Park.
We'll go over some basic moves -- gettin' off, gettin'
on, totin' the bike -- and I have it on good authority
that Sean Groom will be making his debut appearance,
so you can see how fast guys do it.

>If you've got a 'cross bike, then what are you waiting
for, Spring? If you've got one on order or in process
(S.C. & A.M., you know who you are...), there's no
time like the present put your mountain pedals on a
road bike, and get some dance practice in.

>See you tomorrow!

Pretty much convincedBipedZed
Sep 10, 2002 7:23 AM
I race sewups on the road and I'm thinking Tufo LPS this season for cross. What the hell, it's only money.

BTW, I watched you race in Masters 40+ at Nats last December. I remembered a picture you had posted racing for Squadra Coppi. I raced Bs and SuperCup that weekend. I'm originally from Annapolis and it's nice to see such an active cross scene in the MAC.
Sep 10, 2002 11:00 AM
I was right behind you when you flated in the PPV gear. The ride was fast and very cool. They were flying up and down but the dust is a little much.

Long way to drive for a CX race. Might have to wait for the regular Boulder/Denver series.

Tub's are the way


well maybe not...lonefrontranger
Sep 10, 2002 12:25 PM
Forgot that Breck was cancelled. Oh, well. Probably won't drive all the way to Gunnison.

I've never run tubs for 'cross but my mentor swore by 'em. You can get nice grippy low pressure.

Goatheads are bad this year, no? Give me a shout if you're looking for a goathead-free 'cross ride over the weekend!
re: OK all you dirty dawgs...Velocipedio
Sep 9, 2002 6:52 PM
There's a race in Ottawa on Sept. 29 that I plan to be at.

In fact, I've been entertaining people at Mount Royal in Montreal in the last couple of weeks with skills training... It's amazing how many people think a guy running up stone stairs with a bike across his back is funny!
oh yeah, been waiting for thisclimbo
Sep 10, 2002 4:31 AM
to come around. Tore up the road bike last week, got the CX bike together and ready to go. Oct 6th is the first race of the Mid-Atlantic Series out in Bucks County, PA. Who else is going? It's going to be another awesome year. All of the races are great courses and the Regional Cup is on again.
re: OK all you dirty dawgs... and SoCa questionJohnG
Sep 10, 2002 6:08 AM
LFR: Good luck with your race. How's the shoulder feeling???

Anyone know the deal with SoCa CX racing. No links posted yet for any races on ====> BIG :-(

shoulder is betterlonefrontranger
Sep 10, 2002 12:27 PM
but not 100% yet. Still having trouble lifting and don't have the guts to try to shoulder the bike yet...

Can't help you at all with SoCal. When in doubt, do what we did in Cincy and roll (er that'd be hold) your own series! 'Cross races are NOT that hard to set up and (with a little sensible planning) can bring in a tidy little nestegg for your club with a minimum of hassle.