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    Quote Originally Posted by ARMYMEDIC
    I'm in a little dilemma on what t to do I want to do the MS150 like last year but I also want to do conquer the coast also. I can do both but I need some help in accomplishing this. day 1 is part 1 of the ms 150 ride this is when the conquer the coast is on, if I do this one I can meet up at the end of the day point but I need to figure out how to get my car back to Corpus to go back home here in San Antonio. If there is any one who can get me some info on how to do this it will be great.
    that's so sad they're on the same weekend! the 'conquer the coast' ride was awesome and bayfest was very cool last year will be missing it and doing the ms150 ride this year whatever your decision, you'll have fun!

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    training rides for the ms150

    hey gang, i am definetly lacking in my preparation for this year's ms150 (unlike 2 yrs ago where i was riding pretty much every weekend and training like crazy for the ms150 houston to austin!). i know it's coming up *shortly* and i'd like to step up my training. not that i have to explain, but i wanted to do the ms150 houston to austin again this yr (even signed up for it...thanks to all who contributed, it went for a VERY good cause ), but too much was going on at the time, but i am now ready to do this ride. with work (as i'm sure this applies to most of you) time is limited as far as training goes. it's hard sometimes to even coordinate weekends to ride/train, but i would like to do this with the san antonio ms150 team. are y'all getting together during the wk and/or weekends to train?

    if anyone is interested in riding/training, feel free to pm me! even better, maybe we can get together and train as a group!

    should i or someone else coordinate this (posting up a ride)? do any of y'all even check the r**d board?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerchic
    hey gang, i am definetly lacking in my preparation for this year's ms150 (unlike 2 yrs ago where i was riding pretty much every weekend and training like crazy for the ms150 houston to austin!). i know it's coming up *shortly* and i'd like to step up my training. not that i have to explain, but i wanted to do the ms150 houston to austin again this yr (even signed up for it...thanks to all who contributed, it went for a VERY good cause ), but too much was going on at the time, but i am now ready to do this ride. with work (as i'm sure this applies to most of you) time is limited as far as training goes. it's hard sometimes to even coordinate weekends to ride/train, but i would like to do this with the san antonio ms150 team. are y'all getting together during the wk and/or weekends to train?

    if anyone is interested in riding/training, feel free to pm me! even better, maybe we can get together and train as a group!

    should i or someone else coordinate this (posting up a ride)? do any of y'all even check the r**d board?!

    hehehehe

    train?
    what's that?

    last year i did the ride without "training."
    I think i rode like 6 times the three months before.
    hj rode even less.
    It must suck to be you.

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    Work definately sucks right now. With two jobs it sucks double hard. With back to school coming up and working retail, it sucks so hard that I can't even begin to describe it! In the mean time though, I'm riding every chance I get. Getting in a cool double century this up coming week as a birthday present to myself hehehehehe
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishergirl
    hehehehe

    train?
    what's that?

    last year i did the ride without "training."
    I think i rode like 6 times the three months before.
    hj rode even less.

    damn you fishergirl, you beat me to it!

    my body is a finely tuned machine already in shape. Oh, my butt will hurt, and I won't be able to keep up with the big boys, but I'll see the mojos at the rest stops.

    I can train all I want, I'm still not going to stay up with that bastard data for the whole ride.
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    I like training.

    I like the near daily torture that I give myself about 25 miles, uphill both ways, sucking as much Carbon Monoxide as I can. I wanna give some of them pure roadies a taste of MTB goodness. Along with the fact that I have a need, for speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishergirl
    hehehehe

    train?
    what's that?

    last year i did the ride without "training."
    I think i rode like 6 times the three months before.
    hj rode even less.
    i guess that's a "no" (training) LOL

    *maybe* i trained WAY too hard for the last one. it's always nice to have a goal and all

    um, so, you guys ride for fun...i get it! me too. well, i'm just worried about keeping up, that's all (and lasting for 150 miles!!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerchic
    um, so, you guys ride for fun...i get it! me too. well, i'm just worried about keeping up, that's all (and lasting for 150 miles!!!)

    as far as keeping up......................

    there is a fast group.......................... (with the music trailer)
    they pretty much stayed together.
    I didn't have a prayer to keep up.
    Even if I train all year................I'd never keep up.

    the rest of us kinda just stayed in our own groups, mingled with others.
    BUT we all met up at the rest stops and hung out....................
    AND
    camping of course.
    It must suck to be you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishergirl
    as far as keeping up......................

    there is a fast group.......................... (with the music trailer)
    they pretty much stayed together.
    I didn't have a prayer to keep up.
    Even if I train all year................I'd never keep up.

    the rest of us kinda just stayed in our own groups, mingled with others.
    BUT we all met up at the rest stops and hung out....................
    AND
    camping of course.
    thanks Sandy!

    yeah i would definetly be in the slower group meeting at the rest stops is perfect!

    speaking of camping, what's gonna happen with that exactly? does Team Bike Mojo have their own big tent or does each person bring a tent? and what about our "stuff"? does Team Bike Mojo plan to take our "stuff" and meet us at the camping site or do we give it all to the MS150 guys? what about the ride back from Corpus? do y'all have rides planned for going back to SA or have y'all signed up for the bus back (i think there's a bus)? i know, a million questions! but i'm not sure all this has been discussed on this thread, yet.

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    My apologies for not being more communicative but I don't really start organizing the team's efforts until August. Those that have done the MS150 before with us know what to expect. For those that haven't, don't worry, we throw down a pretty good spread.

    I am leaving Friday for RAGBRAI and have spent the last several weeks preparing for that. Once I get back (late Monday, August 1st) I then turn my attention to nailing down the MS150 logistics. You will hear more from me then and if someone here hasn't already filled you in how things work, I address it in a team e-mail to all registered riders.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishergirl
    as far as keeping up......................

    there is a fast group.......................... (with the music trailer)
    Hahah, that is NOT the fast group. The fast group includes the likes of J and other speed demons who try to beat the team truck into Beeville!

    The medium-paced group pulls the music trailer (but it takes a really stong hoss to pull that at medium pace!).

    Although the MS folks frown upon them, I really favor riding in pace lines, especially on the second day where it's flat but with a headwind because you can conserve up to 30% of your energy (or ride 30% faster). The MS folks frown on them because too many novices not knowing how to do it safely end up causing accidents. Unfortunately, its at the slower speeds where you're likely to find these newbies.

    The slower groups all ride at their own individual paces. But in any situation, there will be 3000 other riders out there with you so you are bound to find someone cool to ride with at a pace your comfortable with.
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    Pace lines are important, you can travel much faster with less energy that way. It's a good skill to learn early. We tend to protect ours and not let strangers get in the middle of the line. You should try to pratice when riding in a group you know to pick up the skillz. It's not that hard, just knowing how to react, slow, not jerk around, nice straight riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by data
    Pace lines are important, you can travel much faster with less energy that way. It's a good skill to learn early. We tend to protect ours and not let strangers get in the middle of the line. You should try to pratice when riding in a group you know to pick up the skillz. It's not that hard, just knowing how to react, slow, not jerk around, nice straight riding.
    I usually don't mind people joining in on the pace line....as long as they do their share of the work. We had one guy tagging along with our group on the Hotter N' Hell and we finally had to tell him, "Okay dude...here's the deal...you're not going to be a wheel sucker all day long. Get your a$$ up there and pull or drop off the pace line."

    AND FOR CHRIST'S SAKES...STAY OUT OF THE AERO BARS WHEN YOU'RE IN A PACE LINE! Sorry....it's a little pet peeve of mine.

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    Last year we had about 7 guys from Team Solar Eclipse do the MS150. Most of them are competitive racers, so just riding the typical pace they ride we eventually came into both Beeville and Corpus at the front. Along the way we picked up J Harvey and a few others, and pretty much other than J and this one other dude they all eventually burned out and dropped off. J did plenty of pulls at the front (way more than me) but this one dude sat on our wheels the entire time on both days. Which is totally fine, I mean anyone can join in or get a free tow if you don't mind the pace....except that both days this cheezball would then sprint us for the finish.

    Just a kind of interesting thing that happened to emphasize how cautious people can be to join in the work at the front....on the 2nd day to Corpus we were towing about 30 or 40 riders behind us when we turned directly into the wind on that long highway. Then one of us decides it's time for a "nature break". So we all sit up and pedal easy at 10 mph or so. He drifts to the back, stops and does his thing and comes back. All the while, not one of those riders passed us or came to the front.

    Amen on the aerobars. A lot of people do that on these kinds of rides. I used to try to tell them not to as diplomatically as possible, but it always just pisses them off. So I just try to stay away from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave K
    Amen on the aerobars. A lot of people do that on these kinds of rides. I used to try to tell them not to as diplomatically as possible, but it always just pisses them off. So I just try to stay away from them.

    I just say, "Yo jackass, this is the MS-150, not a timetrial". Saw a crash at the HHH last year do to an aerobar barney second in the paceline.

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    On RAGBRAI, when we see an idiot jump into a paceline on his aerobars, we'll first tell him he needs to get off them and keep his hands on his hoods/brakes. Most of the time, they simply just don't know any better. And think they are soooo cool for having them.

    If they still don't get it, we'll either blow him off the back if we can or disband the line until he motors off on his own.

    If someone will do a search, I think DaveK once posted a nice article on the nuances and etiquette of riding in groups/pace lines. Might be good to link to it again for this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George
    My apologies for not being more communicative but I don't really start organizing the team's efforts until August. Those that have done the MS150 before with us know what to expect. For those that haven't, don't worry, we throw down a pretty good spread.

    I am leaving Friday for RAGBRAI and have spent the last several weeks preparing for that. Once I get back (late Monday, August 1st) I then turn my attention to nailing down the MS150 logistics. You will hear more from me then and if someone here hasn't already filled you in how things work, I address it in a team e-mail to all registered riders.

    Thanks!
    not a problem. have fun at RAGBRAI (i can't remember where that is...Cosa has told me before)! cool, i'll try to be more patient

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerchic
    not a problem. have fun at RAGBRAI (i can't remember where that is...Cosa has told me before)! cool, i'll try to be more patient

    it's a drunken ride across Iowa.

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    What is RAGBRAI?

    What is RAGBRAI?

    RAGBRAIŽ, The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across IowaŽ, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest touring bicycle ride in the world.

    In the beginning, no one imagined that RAGBRAIŽ would become the Iowa tradition it is now. We at The Des Moines Register thank all the riders who have joined us over the years. We especially wish to thank the thousands and thousands of volunteers in the towns we've visited along the way for their tireless work to show RAGBRAI riders the hospitality that has made our ride world famous.

    We encourage you to follow the application procedures and come along only if you are accepted as a registered rider. It is crucial that we keep our number of riders at the level suggested by the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Department of Transportation for the safety of all riders. We thank you for your cooperation.

    For those of you who have never ridden, this rolling celebration of Iowa attracts participants from all 50 states and many foreign countries. It has covered thousands of miles through the years, and hundreds of thousands of riders have hopped in the saddle to pedal part of those miles.

    RAGBRAI is a bicycle ride-not a race. It started in 1973 as a six-day ride across the state of Iowa by two Des Moines Register columnists who invited a few friends along. It is held the last full week in July and hosted by The Register's front-page cartoonist, Brian Duffy and a team of Register staffers. RAGBRAI is planned and coordinated by The Des Moines Register, and riders who participate in RAGBRAI understand that they do so at their own risk.

    The RAGBRAI route averages 471 miles and is not necessarily flat. It begins somewhere along Iowa's western border on the Missouri River and ends along the eastern border on the Mississippi River. We change the route each year and announce the overnight towns the first weekend in February in The Des Moines Register and on our web site.

    The route and application are usually printed in The Des Moines Register on the last Sunday in February. Eight Iowa communities along the RAGBRAI route serve as "host" communities for overnight stays. RAGBRAI is a guest in these communities and we ask our riders to behave as such.

    The people of Iowa truly make RAGBRAI the special event that it is by opening up their towns and communities to participants. We hope you can enjoy this Iowa hospitality and join us for a memorable trip across the state.
    So yeah, it's a drunken ride across Iowa.

    Really, it's what ever you make of it. And with 10,000 fellow riders, you're going to have fun, no matter what your personal definition of 'fun' is.

    Personally I describe it as Mardi Gras, Fiesta Week, Carnival, and Woodstock all combined into one, taking place on bicycles across the state of Iowa. The only trick is, you gotta actually get there!
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    training is not a bad idea...I highly suggest it! I rode last year (first time) last minute decition and thank godness for the rain to have some company on the first day! I did not train and it was hard , was ready to give up several times, but with the support off the mojo's is was motivating and i met up an some reststops during the ridebut had some riders i seemed to be the same pace which helped a lot not to loose your spirit. This year i should be able to kick ass (road bike and in better shape) or at least keep up with the music van and the team pace. I noticed you live in austin, but i would be up to some riding if our schedules work out. pm me
    Quote Originally Posted by bikerchic
    i guess that's a "no" (training) LOL

    *maybe* i trained WAY too hard for the last one. it's always nice to have a goal and all

    um, so, you guys ride for fun...i get it! me too. well, i'm just worried about keeping up, that's all (and lasting for 150 miles!!!)
    Shut up & Ride

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