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Old 2011-09-10, 10:16 AM   #5311
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Old 2011-09-10, 11:29 AM   #5312
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Old 2011-09-10, 01:28 PM   #5313
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Old 2011-09-11, 04:33 AM   #5314
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Today I went for a 16km ride with my 20" Trial (140 cranks and low saddle). About half way during a little break at the Bay suddenly a little yellow plastic duck swam by. It looked so cute that I waited until it got close enough to the coast so I could get it.

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Old 2011-09-11, 08:24 AM   #5315
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suprise disc in the mail today- this from rmnp at about 12,100'
Would love to see some of the GoPro footage you seem to be taking with that helmet-cam.

In the meantime here's some images of a beach cruise...
Pic1 - That's a lot of rain behind me
Pic2 - Two big wheels
Pic3 - Southport beach, North West England
Pic4 - Passing a concrete landmark
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Old 2011-09-12, 02:21 PM   #5316
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Race in Krakow two weeks ago was supposed to be the last one this year for me. But our mountain hiking trip didn't work out, so I decided to use a suddenly free weekend for another MTB race. This time it was near Klodzko, in the south-west part of Poland, near the Czech border. That meant quite a lot of driving for me, so I've spent Friday evening at my friends on the way to make Saturday morning drive much shorter.
Anyway Saturday started somewhere past 6 AM, after small party and just 4 hours of sleep, but the lovely day gave me some more energy. It was supposed to be a sunny day, so I was really suprised when I entered the mountain area - the sky was cloudy and it was quite chilly. Then the really steep streets in the town center made me believe that the trials out there in the mountains will be even worse. And they were. But a moment before I got asked by the organizer to start from almost the first line of the Mini distance so I could get a bit more exposure. If I really needed any. After the previous 3 races this year many people recognize me (or rather my uni) and even I start to recognize some of them.
Then the climb started and it was going and going. Then some descend and climb again. This time it was not very technical, nor very steep in most parts, but it was incredibly long. I was riding hard and overtaking the slower bikers, but at each of the long climbs I got into the point that I hit some rock or something else got me out of balance. And in many places it was too steep to mount after UPD at least without enormous effort of your muscles, so I had a nice hiking trip (almost like in original plan) with my uni. I walked more than I expected, but anyway I was riding enough to get the pleasure. Especially when I got into some part going across the mountain and I was riding for some twenty minutes without meeting anybody else. Then, quite close to the finish, my wheel slipped on a root and I got onto my bum with my leg cramped. That made last part harder, but it was mostly nice descents and I was extremely happy when I've got back to paved road just after the sign '1km to finish'. What was my (and not only mine) suprise when the route turned back into the woods after just a couple of meters on the road. But it was a last walked climb and great descent on the rocks so it was worth the suprise. On the last rocky turn I decided to take it easy and walk it, but when I've seen that it is really the end I remounted and with the cheers of people (some asking 'Do you plan to ride this rocks?') I got down to the finish clearly. Wet, dirty, tired and happy.
One more positive suprise waited for me when I got back home. I logged onto facebook and I saw my photo with teens of comments. It turned out that one of the polish bikers communities put my photo on their profile as a comment from the race.
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Old 2011-09-12, 03:16 PM   #5317
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Finishing the Mt. Greylock Hillclimb race. 2800 vertical feet, 8.9 miles.
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That expression on my face is pain and relief.

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Old 2011-09-13, 03:10 AM   #5318
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You carried all that extra weight uphill? Or could you actually go in high gear part of the way?
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Old 2011-09-13, 05:09 AM   #5319
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You carried all that extra weight uphill? Or could you actually go in high gear part of the way?
Scott - this race has a bunch of flats, slight uphills (where 29er high gear was fine), and a couple small descents, so I geared up and down 10 times or so. Even a 50 yard flat is worth gearing up (my shifting is almost 100%).

Look at the speed record in my Garmin profile - anything 10+mph on there is hi-gear.
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Old 2011-09-13, 06:31 AM   #5320
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Race in Krakow two weeks ago was supposed to be the last one this year for me. But our mountain hiking trip didn't work out, so I decided to use a suddenly free weekend for another MTB race. This time it was near Klodzko, in the south-west part of Poland, near the Czech border.
Congratulations Vookash! It's really good to see some bigger wheels in action in Poland.
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Old 2011-09-13, 07:19 AM   #5321
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Scott - this race has a bunch of flats, slight uphills (where 29er high gear was fine), and a couple small descents, so I geared up and down 10 times or so. Even a 50 yard flat is worth gearing up (my shifting is almost 100%).
That sound's better. Seeing the name of the race it sounded like climbing only one.

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Congratulations Vookash! It's really good to see some bigger wheels in action in Poland.
Thanks... it would be good not to ride alone next year
And one new photo to see real "action"
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Old 2011-09-13, 07:30 AM   #5322
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Thanks... it would be good not to ride alone next year
And one new photo to see real "action"
Nice action photo. Now I know what is your secret to be remembered by people - uni meditation

Well maybe I will make at least one race before my wife gives birth. Afterwards I won't be available for a while.
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Old 2011-09-17, 08:22 PM   #5323
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Another awesome 14 mile G-MUni adventure at Cheeseboro trail today!

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Old 2011-09-17, 09:15 PM   #5324
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Terry, were you in high-gear in the airborne shots?
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Terry, were you in high-gear in the airborne shots?
In the top one. I like staying in high as much as possible, unless it gets super technical, for long stretches. I'm also getting used to climbing in high, as it really helps to condition you so that when you do have to downshift, it feels like you're in the lowest granny gear!
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