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    Hand ups?

    I'm going to a race out of state this weekend. It's 100 miles long. WHat should I do about hand ups? I won't have any support there. Should I stash something at the feed zones or just load up the pockets?

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    Re: Hand ups?

    Originally posted by Hugh
    I'm going to a race out of state this weekend. It's 100 miles long. WHat should I do about hand ups? I won't have any support there. Should I stash something at the feed zones or just load up the pockets?
    I would try and find a friendly face in the crowd and ask if they wouldn't mind working the feed zone for you. If that fails, then just load up the pockets with water bottles.

    Or better yet, carry a 100 oz. camel back!

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    I've used my 100oz Camelback in races that were less than 50 miles before, so not a bad idea...

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    If you're feeling gutsy, you can just steal a handup intended for someone else

    Sounds like a good way to get run off the road on the next lap.

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    Originally posted by john_curtis
    If you're feeling gutsy, you can just steal a handup intended for someone else
    Good advice, John.

    My approach: If I canít have handups then no one else should either. Rise up out of your seat and attack that feed zone. Scares the hell outta them.
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    So my co-workers are wondering why I am sitting here laughing to myself.
    I like the feed zone attack idea. I remember hereing a story of a pro dragging a Coke can in the feed zone to simulate a crash sound. Maybe I'll attack and drag a can!

    Seriously, would I be the only geek w/ a Camelbak? Should I swap out my road shoes for my mtb shoes and put a vizor on my helmet to complete the picture?

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    Originally posted by Hugh
    So my co-workers are wondering why I am sitting here laughing to myself.
    I like the feed zone attack idea. I remember hereing a story of a pro dragging a Coke can in the feed zone to simulate a crash sound. Maybe I'll attack and drag a can!

    Seriously, would I be the only geek w/ a Camelbak? Should I swap out my road shoes for my mtb shoes and put a vizor on my helmet to complete the picture?
    Hugh, when I originally posted about using a 100 oz camelback, it was more of a joke than anything else (that is why I put the smilie face there). The joke stemmed from a thread on the mtb forum about mtb racing with or w/o a camelback. Many people chimed in their opinions and it was concluded that a camel back is a serious fashion faux pau for the roadie.

    With that said, yehster posted that he has used a camel back in 50 mile road races. I hope Yehster doesn't mide me saying this, but he is a roadie by birth and has recently begun crossing over into mtb biking/racing. He is actually a very strong (top 5 or so) cat 4 roadie. So if he says its cool to wear a camel back, then do it. Function over form this time.

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    Originally posted by Griz
    With that said, yehster posted that he has used a camel back in 50 mile road races. I hope Yehster doesn't mide me saying this, but he is a roadie by birth and has recently begun crossing over into mtb biking/racing. He is actually a very strong (top 5 or so) cat 4 roadie. So if he says its cool to wear a camel back, then do it. Function over form this time.
    I was probably getting laughed at behind my back though... But who cares?

    Also, I wore the camelbak under my jersey. No, it wasn't to try and hide the fact that I had a CB, it was because I read somewhere that it's supposedly more aerodynamic. Definitely vote function over form.

    There is also a guy racing in the Cat 4 field who wears a camelbak all the time. He rides a Trek Y foil, and the bike has only one bottle cage, so to get enough fluids he's gotta do something.

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    I knew a Camelbak was "bad form". But yehster sounded serious about it.
    I'm riding w/ one other guy. He thought about having a lawn chair in the feed zone and putting our stuff on it.
    For all I know, I may be way off the back, but I'm going to try and give those cajuns a run for the money.

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    Originally posted by Hugh
    I knew a Camelbak was "bad form". But yehster sounded serious about it.
    I'm riding w/ one other guy. He thought about having a lawn chair in the feed zone and putting our stuff on it.
    For all I know, I may be way off the back, but I'm going to try and give those cajuns a run for the money.
    The lawn chairs in the feed zone gave me an idea........how about a 3-4 foot high bar stool. Nice flat surface on top, you could fit 5-6 water bottles on the surface and they would be right at hand level.

    Good luck!

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    Originally posted by Griz
    The lawn chairs in the feed zone gave me an idea........how about a 3-4 foot high bar stool. Nice flat surface on top, you could fit 5-6 water bottles on the surface and they would be right at hand level.

    Good luck!
    That is a good idea Griz and I was going to post the same.
    You can fill your pockets with the food, but stash a few water bottles along the road for easy pick up.

    Or better yet McDonalds has a pretty quick drive thru.
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    Or better yet McDonalds has a pretty quick drive thru. [/B][/QUOTE]

    The only problem with that is it's in rural Louisiana. I'm having visions of the movie "Southern Comfort".

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    Well, I would not have been the only one using a Camelbak had I used one. I just stuffed two small water bottles in my jersey in addition to the large ones in my cages. Fortunatley, the temps stayed in the 50s.
    By the way, Louisiana north of Baton Rouge is not flat.

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    race report???? did you show anyone your boobies?

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    Originally posted by Anita Handle
    race report???? did you show anyone your boobies?
    I'm a , uh, "full bodied" cyclist and nobody wants to see these boobies! Except for maybe my wife, she's used to them.
    I can't believe I was 1.5 hours from Bourbon Street and didn't imbibe. I couldn't convince the guy who travelled with me that Hurricanes are the perfect pre-race drink.
    This was my first road race and I still have alot to learn. I couldn't figure why we slowed on the descents and sprinted up the hills until I popped at mile 15.
    We got to the first dirt section and a few of us were 6 minutes off the back. The mtb'er kicked in and I pulled our pack back to w/in 3 minutes of the pack. Roadies don't like dirt.
    Then we turned into the wind and my thoughts of getting back into the main pack went away.
    We also had a dirt section up a hill that makes Hill of Life seem easy. Imagine tooling up HOL (minus rock ledges) on your road bike.
    Finish time: 5:45. The winning time for my race was 4:46. I've got an itch for more racing. And I've got alot of room for improvement. Lance is still safe for now

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    damn. winner avg'd over 20mph and you were in the high teens? I can't even do that on regular roads much less over dirt roads and shit. good job. next time show em yer man tits.

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    Originally posted by Hugh

    By the way, Louisiana north of Baton Rouge is not flat.
    hehehehehe...toldja
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    We pre-rode the course the day before in my car. The hills didn't seem so bad from the comfy confines of my car. We didn't pre-ride the last 20 miles. That's where it got ugly.
    I kind of doubted you Chongo. I was wrong. Like you said, most of the hills are not big, they just kept coming.

    Some billy goat from Colorado won the Cat 1-2. He set a new course record.

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