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Pack Meat, CCTT #6 resultsBipedZed
May 16, 2002 6:45 AM
Posted by while ACA gets their sh!t together.
thanks. You kick so much ass!Pack Meat
May 16, 2002 6:54 AM
Unfortunately for me you kick so much ass that I still have a 30 second deficit to get over in 1 week.
Looking good Billy Ray!BipedZed
May 16, 2002 7:20 AM
Feeling good Louis!

Anything under 24 minutes for the CCTT is extremely studly. There's another TT series in late summer in Co Springs leading up to State TT. I'll try to do most of the series for a tune up. Plus now that I got all this aero stuff I gotta use it.

Going to Elam this weekend?
Check out this picture of Snake AlleyPack Meat
May 16, 2002 8:11 AM
The Christine Coalition scares me. I think I might sell my Wilier and get a TT bike.

Not doing Elam, attempting to rest, recover and get used to my new bike, FOndriest Carb Level w/ record. I'm going to Iowa for the Quad City races, it's always a good time.

Check this out:
Snake Alley on Saturday May 25
Cat 3 $22 15 laps $1500 20 deep 3:00 pm 150
Quad City Race on Monday May 27
Cat 3 $30 35 + 5 laps $2400 20 deep 2:30 pm 150

It is a long drive but I'm from Chicago hang out for a couple days after and see the friends and family.
Here's another good pic and an explanation.Pack Meat
May 16, 2002 8:27 AM
My original subject line for the above post was "I try to stay out of the Springs". That leads into the line about the CC scareing me. I got really excited about the picture I found so I changed the subject line.

This picture really shows how steep the Snake is.
I was wondering about the "Christine Coalition"BipedZed
May 16, 2002 8:41 AM
But I get it now. Yes it is frightening down there, I took perverse pleasure a few years ago seeing Rent at some auditorium down there. But a race is a race and things slow down in July/August.

Some of the Masters from VC/MB are going to Iowa for the races. That's a nice looking climb. Think 92 from the first picture is having fun? And that's a VC/MB guy in pic number 2. I'm already scheduled for Platte Bridge over Memorial Day, after the Gila I'm hooked on stage racing.

Definitely get a TT bike by next week if you can. Just got my Zipp 909s today from UPS...
done it several times; here's the scooplonefrontranger
May 16, 2002 8:34 AM
Snake Alley is essentially an MTB race on road bikes. The goal is to line up first and get the "hole shot" into the alley. Since you've not registered back in February, there's probably no chance of you getting on the front, as they line up the riders by number/registration order. There is only one line that works on that climb; too far off to the sides the bricks get gapped and mossy, and the switchbacks are ludicrous steep on the inside. Everyone is battling for this perfect line, which you can only fit one rider through at a time, so your job is to be in the first few up the climb the first 2-3 laps. After that things string out, and a good sprinter will just bull their way up the climb and bomb down the hill. There is no recovery at all on this course, everything is either a lugging climb, a steep wicked brick climb, or a hair-raising descent on crappy torn up concrete with grass growing through the gaps. The key to speed on the descents is to cut the corners all the way up onto the sidewalks (they're ramped).

Quad Cities is a technical flat figure 8, and the fields are huge. There's almost always several big crashes, more if it rains to juice up the glazed decorative paver crosswalks that infest every intersection.

You'd better call the promoter because Cat III is almost always full by now.

Good luck! - LFR
The site has start lists on it.Pack Meat
May 16, 2002 8:43 AM
It doesn't fill up like it used to in the past.

So are you saying that you love Snake Alley? That's what I heard from your post.
oh, yeah I dig Snake Alleylonefrontranger
May 16, 2002 9:33 AM
I've never done well there tho. The three times we went all happened to be years I was either sick, injured or too fat to get out of my own way. I've won money at Melon City and Quad Cities though.

I proposed the Burlington/Moline/Quad Cities weekend to my teammates; none were interested in driving 12 hours to do crits (wimps). The entire team is committed to Platte Bridge. Maybe next year. I'll technically be a 3, but my USCF license still says 4...

Snake Alley is a blast; basically it's a huge party, so bring chairs and a cooler, too. God help you if it rains :-) The last time we went was in '99. There was a guy from the local bike shop dressed as the "devil" on the climb, he had a pitchfork covered in cowbells, a cooler full of beer and a big tray of homemade cookies. He offered beer and/or cookies to the stragglers - you wouldn't believe how many stopped! The funniest was watching the "lanterne rouge" in the women's 1/2/3, a big blocky obvious sprinter type whose front mech crapped out on her so she couldn't drop it into the small ring - so she grunted it out in the 53/23, dead last every lap! She made it through the whole race, then after the finish, here she came again, chugging her way up the climb all mis-geared. She got to the "devil", stopped with a big grin on her face and said "I busted my *ss, gimme that damn beer!!" We also had the dubious honor of seeing a (male) streaker, an obvious Pro/1/2 type (big ripped brown legs, "sock tan", skinny slatty white ribs) who ran up the Snake in the middle of the Women's 1/2/3 race. If you have a MTB, take it along too and do the Cobble Challenge TT in the next alley over. A strong roadie with decent skills on a hardtail can beat all the dual-suspension geeks on that climb easily. And where else will you get the chance to experience real, honest-to-gawd "headstone" cobbles just like Paris-Roubaix.
I hung with the devil for a while after the race .Pack Meat
May 16, 2002 9:56 AM
Cool guys. The guy that was wearing a motorcycle helmet sans motorcycle was cracking me up.