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anyone go to the Tour of Somerville (NJ) today?(8 posts)

anyone go to the Tour of Somerville (NJ) today?quadzilla1
May 27, 2002 6:19 PM
The Pro/1 crit was awesome, tons of people out. One VERY interesting site... in the neutral pit where they were changing flats, I spied a '02 Zipp 404 (front)that was taco'd!!
Split in half & was shattered on opposite sides of the rim. Man, what kind of impact would it take to do that? The course did have a few large potholes/manhole covers. You could here some guys (there were 200 in the men's pro race) smack into them & grunt. Ouch!!
I did! I thought the breakaway would work...elviento
May 27, 2002 6:41 PM
The Zipp 404 is pretty light, almost the same profile/spoke count as the Mavic Carbone, but 200g lighter per wheel.
therefore, the Zipp may be a bit delicate...nmelviento
May 27, 2002 6:48 PM
I thought the breakaway would work tooquadzilla1
May 28, 2002 5:44 AM
Yeah, I couldn't believe they brought back a 40 second gap on a 1 1/4 mile course like that.. although I have seen bigger break aways down in Lancaster during First Union Week. Now that course is tough! Any idea of what kind of avg. speed these guys had? They were flying!
re: anyone go to the Tour of Somerville (NJ) today?Steve A
May 28, 2002 6:19 AM
I saw the very same thing happen to a Zipp 303 a pedal went into the spokes and it just let lose, I suppect the very same thing may have happen. I dont think a pot hole did that kind of damage ?
good point about the Zippquadzilla1
May 28, 2002 10:13 AM
never thought of that happening...VERY good possibility..there were so many riders squeezing into those corners. The 404 had broken spokes on opposite sides of the wheel (like 12 o'clock + 6 o'clock), and was splintered & taco'd. I was also amazed to see so many guys riding on Lew's. Them there are some expensive wheels!

Cool seeing the Armed Forces team there also!

We rode to the race from Frenchtown. It was an awesome ride with little traffic & beautiful weather.
Navigator's Cavidenco (spelling?) had Campy Hyperionselviento
May 28, 2002 1:03 PM
Full carbon rim, full carbon hub. Look plain from the distance, very trick from up close.
re: anyone go to the Tour of Somerville (NJ) today?tincanman99
May 28, 2002 6:26 PM
I was there. I live 10 minutes from Somerville in Somerset.

The race was awesome. Been going for years. Its a great time and its free. Can't beat that.

I saw some interesting bikes that I have never seen before. I saw a sloped top tube Klein Quantum! Orange with grey. Lots of Colnago's and Cannondales. A sprinkling of just about everything else.

Its the longest held cycling race in the US!