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This event sounds like it should favor those of us with split roadie/mtb'er personalities. I'm going. Hopefully one of us Austinites going will beat the cajuns in their own back yard.
01-30-2003, 10:05 AM
I might want to do this....
Anyone else...? Make a road trip outta it?
Sounds like it will be better suited to some cyclecross tires on a road bike. Okay I'm in. This is the weekend before I become 33.
There's a fair amount of paving. If anything, I might use 23's instead of cyclocross tires.
A few of us are leaving early the day before to pre-ride the course. So far, there may be 4 going.
yeah, I agree with Hugh......something a bit wider in the form of a road tire. that should be fine on the rough stuff. Cross tires would work well on the rough stuff but you'll suffer on the paved sections, especially if you're trying to hang with the pack.
Right I have a motel room at the start. There are 3 of us sharing the room. If you don't mind a sleeping bag, we could probably fit a couple more.
I'm going to have to pull my hat out of the barrel on this one. I need to and want to go to the trail building clinic. I can't preach if I don't walk the walk or work the trail in this instance. Life is not all fun. Man I reall would like to be in Louisiana before my birthday to.:(
02-05-2003, 02:43 PM
FYI...from a former B.R. resident
Yeah, technically you could call what most of the route covers "paved" but it's FAR from smooth asphalt. It's a real minefield of potholes and patches on barely one lane roads from what I've heard.
The dirt roads are like wash boards...the hills around there are red clay, slick as snot when wet. I'd say the race is 50/50 in Louisiana/Missippi. It's approx 40-50 mi North of Baton Rouge in the Tunica Hills...so it's anything but flat there.
It runs rain or shine, hot or cold...last year there was sleet and it was in the 20's the whole race...most of my old ridin' buds that entered said their bottles froze within the first half hour and never thawed...there's only 2 or 3 legal feed zones to get replacements.
If you're thinkin' of whippin' up on a bunch of flatlanders you'll be in for a rude awakin' :D The perennial favorite is usually another Baton Rougean you may have heard of....Jason Sager :)
I'm busted. I was hoping to take advantage. What are the hills like in that area?
02-05-2003, 04:20 PM
Never ridden the full course...driven some of it and it's mainly rollers broken up by some short & steep climbs/decents. No long climbs like on the dam loop, etc around here where you settle in and spin I think...probably mostly easy rollers w/a few short nasty hills. I remember reading something about one short steep ass hill near the end that everybody has to hop off and run. Locals that know the course will definitely have the advantage.
The main obstacle is the crappy road conditions I've heard. There's some low water crossings and oh yeah, also heard that you have to watch your butt on the cattle guards and some of the bridges may not be 100% in tact :) It's really meant to be a sick & twisted ride like the Paris-Roubaix.
That's what I thought made it interesting. If it were just a road race on smooth pavement, I would probably pass. Thanks for the info.
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