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renoracing
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by renoracing

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Road race yesterday had a gnarly 4.5 mile gravel section. Got 7th out of 52.


Jason you're everywhere! haha...
I was going to post a very similar photo as jmilliron, but seeing as I'm in his photo, I'll just go with that... I'm sitting 4th wheel in that picture, white jersey sticking my head off to the side to check out the proceedings. Our break stuck and I ended up making a move with 200m to go for the win. Great race! The gravel section just shattered the field. Loved it!
So instead I'll throw this one up... This is from the Tahoe 8hour MTB race last year. Won the single-speed category with 85 miles, 7500 feet of climbing in 7h28m. Bike was my rigid titanium belt drive, had it down to 20.2lbs in the photo!
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jmilliron
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Ha! Nice! I'm doing Boggs 8hr mtb race in a few weeks. Stoked.
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Kastrup
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A picture of me during a midweek race. Had training the day before and the dy after so didn't go all out.

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"Stay cool and try to survive" A. Klier to the other members of the Garmin classics squad the night before P-R.

conti
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First xc race for the season. Some tricky drops and obstacles for a roadie, but i survived :thumbup:

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Our "gravel race" yesterday. Only 30 starters, but a whole lot of fun. 57 km, 25 on gravel.

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Some unedited helmet camera footage. The first few minutes are weeee-quality, bridging up at 55 kph, ugly white sprayed ruts and holes flashing by, and an attack:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIg33G3PyqA
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djm
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Feeling the pain. On the left in red :-)

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HammerTime2
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What is the deal with the guy behind the HAWAII guy? Is that a neck brace, or just something for warmth?

djm
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It's a "Buff" for warmth. It wasn't very warm. Most sane people would wear leg warmers. Most didn't.. :-)

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djm - rapha oversocks? If not can you advise, nice....

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I took part in a local sportive a couple of weeks ago that tours round very well known and homely roads to me. It's called the White Horse Challenge and visits various chalk white horses cut into hillsides for which this area is famous for. 90 miles and although probably not mountainous to most, it's hilly for this area and features a clutch of really tough climbs.

The images are from google street view, click on them for a link to the Google maps location.

First area of interest is the Cherhill white horse. There's no climb up the hill itself but you ride up a steady 4% climb passing it.
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Next up is the white horse at Avebury. You climb a pretty steep 10% average climb past it. Here's the Strava Segment.
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Then onto the brutal Ramsbury hill. It's only about half a mile long but it's cripplingly steep. Many people get off and walk on this one, it's a sustained >20% for most of it. Strava Segment.
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Not far to go now, we descent the extremely steep Blowingstone hill. It's very local to me so I often do hill reps on this one but fortunately we don't have to go up it on the White Horse Challenge. It's 20% near the bottom, finishing up at a crossroads which is almost always covered in gravel. Pretty sketchy sometimes. Strava.
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The final climb is the infamous Dragon hill. It climbs up past the Uffington white horse which I believe is the oldest example in the world, dating back 3000 years. The climb itself is really tough, it averages 11% for the bulk of it with a maximum gradient of 20%. Here's the Strava Segment.
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The White horse itself is difficult to see from the road, so I found an aerial shot of it. You can see Dragon hill road snaking up to the left of the white horse.
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Anyway, the event itself. We had a puncture or two but otherwise it went very smoothly. I rode with my brother and some of my friends and we just pootled around the course finishing in 6 hours and 42 minutes. However the good thing about this Sportive is that there's a competition to see who can get up Dragon hill the fastest. There's a timing mat at the bottom and top, and all riders are timed as they climb the hill. Feeling fresh at the hill I goosed it up there in 3:38 to come first by 30 seconds and win a weekend away at a luxury B&B (although I requested the money be donated to charity instead; the prize would've been wasted on me).

My Brother (in the red and black) and I (in the white) climbing one of the early climbs of the day.
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Climbing Dragon hill.
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djm
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Monkeyboy3333 wrote:djm - rapha oversocks? If not can you advise, nice....


Yes, Rapha oversocks.


CarpetFibre: That is a most peculiar outfit in the last pictures. WTH is going on?? :-)

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djm: Haha yes, I shed my thermal jacket because I was too warm for smashing it up the climb and all I had on underneath was my base layer and bibshorts. The worst thing is that they put up the winner of the 'king of the hill' competition on the website so I'll be up on there looking like a tool for a year. :x

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prendrefeu
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Not just any tool, but a tool with Lightweights. :twisted:
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HammerTime2
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Not just any Lightweights, but Obermayers. :twisted:

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jmilliron
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That's quite the fashion statement CarpetFibre!

Been a little warmer here in California:

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Like the wind turbines in the background.

Finished 20th out of 81. Not bad for me. It was a gnarly climbing race and I'm for sure not a pure climber.
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