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goofy bike race -- any advice?(11 posts)

goofy bike race -- any advice?DougSloan
Oct 2, 2002 2:05 PM
It's official. Next week, October 12-13, we are doing a 4 man team competition in the Furnace Creek 508, which I did solo last year.

In the team version, you never draft, but the team members take turns, one at a time on the course, and you "leapfrog" by van to your next turn. Typically, racers take 20-30 minute turns, and shorter turns up the big hills. So, essentially it involves about a dozen ten mile time trials each, spaced about an hour or so apart, plus some short intense turns up the hills.

We have a decent team, with two of them having done RAAM multiple times, and one guy who is a 28 mph time trialer.

You pretty much need to average over 20 mph to be competitive; the team record is under 22 hours, or over 23 mph. Holy cow.

Get this. Frequently the race organizer picks your "totem", an animal name instead of a race number. So, we are team "Poodle." Sheesh.

Anyone have any advice or suggestions for this? While some suggestions are offered at the event website, it's such a weird event that any "out of the box" insight might be helpful.

Thanks.

Doug (Dog/Poodle)

Here are some links for info:

http://www.the508.com/

http://www.the508.com/team.html
No, but Poodles are great dogs despite their bad rep -nmms
Oct 2, 2002 2:20 PM
Two IdeasScot_Gore
Oct 2, 2002 2:23 PM
A standard Poodle are pretty nice looking dogs. Go with and wear it proudly
2nd IdeaScot_Gore
Oct 2, 2002 2:29 PM
Cleo is a character on the kids show Clifford.
She's a cartoon, so adds a little element of fun.

Additionally:
Clifford is part of the RIF program. Use her image and tie it in with a reading or writing project with a grade school class.

HTH

Scot
Poodles don't bother meirregardless
Oct 2, 2002 2:33 PM
but people who do things like that to their dogs (the French) do.

Although the name "poodle" is also a bit on the cutesy side.

I'd ask for a new name. Something with a western or desert theme to reflect the event. Like gila monster. Or varmint. Or sidewinder. Even coyote would be better than poodle.

Definitely nothing French.
You could all wear "poodle skorts" :-)js5280
Oct 2, 2002 3:06 PM
LMFAO! Ala Gary Larson. . ."Bummer of a birthmark, Hal."

Sorry Doug, this is only saving grace I can come up with. . .
Truth about Poodlesrengaracchi
Oct 2, 2002 3:27 PM
Here is a picture of my dog, Renga. He is a miniature red Poodle and weighs about 15 pounds.

You know, Poodles are not born Poodles. They become one. They are wonderful creatures.
Ooops! No picture. Here it is. (nm)rengaracchi
Oct 2, 2002 3:30 PM
Good luckLI Biker
Oct 2, 2002 3:32 PM
Good luck and have fun.
Your account of your solo ride last year was (still is) memorable.
re:Picture a drooling poodle with big effin' teeth!dzrider
Oct 3, 2002 6:25 AM
Some thoughts on the ride, just speculation 'cause I've never done anything like this either.

Let climbers climb and rollers roll. Not much point having the weaker climbers doing any more of it than they have to since all of you are able to do lots of riding. If there's an outstanding descender he could likely do most all of it without working real hard.

Get some sense of how long each rider can go hard and still recover. A friend did some treadmill work with an NBA team to determine how long individual players could remain on the court without tiring themselves to a degree that they functioned poorly for the remainder of the game. The players varied quite a bit and the coaches used the data to plan substitutions.

Learn to sleep in the van!

Good luck, it sounds like a blast!
I've offered to take all the descentsDougSloan
Oct 3, 2002 7:08 AM
Thanks. Not sure they will go for it, but I've offered to take all the descents. Hey, that's a lot of miles! Got my 56x11 gears all ready to go.

I think by 4 or 5 in to this we'll have a good idea what we can do. Might be really hard to assess ahead of time. It will be interesting to compete head to head with the other teams.

Doug