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Old June 8th, 2007, 11:04 AM
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An Adventure of a Different Kind

Gabrielle and I are headed up to Laguna Seca this weekend.

Bringing this...





To do this... (pic from a couple years ago)


More pics next week.
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Old June 8th, 2007, 11:31 AM
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Solo single speed. That is solid.

I ride in a 4 man team for this: http://www.24hoursofgreatglen.com/

I have a bianchi single speed but prefer the blur and superlight for that terrain.
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Old June 8th, 2007, 02:35 PM
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Take lots of pics if you can.
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Old June 8th, 2007, 06:22 PM
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Aaron, where's your light ?

Have fun !
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Old June 8th, 2007, 07:55 PM
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Dayum!!!

I did 24 hours of Moab in 1998 on a 5 person team... That was pussy compared to solo single speed.

Godspeed!!
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Old June 9th, 2007, 07:20 AM
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That's a very cool course as well. Back side coming out is pure pain...

Nice opportunity to hit Pebble as post ride recovery as well.

Just got back from the LBS and am most likely going with a Bianchi Pista as the new daily ride. Fixed gear in the City should be interesting to say the least.

EwS
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Old June 9th, 2007, 04:25 PM
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I used to ride out at Ord on a cross bike. Some of those hills are absolute murder. I really prefered to roll down 17 mile and climb col du carmel at the very end. Made for a real nice 20 miler after work.
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Old June 10th, 2007, 06:23 PM
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Um... I did not ride this as a solo rider (those guys/gals are nuts).

I was a member of the original Team Hamana four man team that went to this event seven or eight years ago. And while I do not go to all of these... I have participated in four (or is it five) over the years.

Team Hamana continues to grow and this year we had 7 teams entered. I was on one of the slower, not really expected to podium this year teams as my fitness level is... well... about the worst it has been in 15 years.

Team Hamana has a reputation at this event. We party hard before and during the race and we race even harder. This year was no different, with the Friday night pre-race party finally wrapping up at around one am so everyone could be up for the 10am Le Mans start.

And still, when all was said and done...

Team Hamana 1st
Son of Hamana 13th (my team)
Hamana Hos 2nd
Hamana the New Direction 2nd


Other notable mention... we had the oldest team at the event. The total age on this five man team was a remarkable 311 yrs. The oldest member being 72 years old.

More stories and pics when I wake up.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric Siepmann
That's a very cool course as well. Back side coming out is pure pain...

Nice opportunity to hit Pebble as post ride recovery as well.

Just got back from the LBS and am most likely going with a Bianchi Pista as the new daily ride. Fixed gear in the City should be interesting to say the least.

EwS

How tall are you? I have one that i don't really ride that much anymore...
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Old June 11th, 2007, 03:49 PM
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How tall are you? I have one that i don't really ride that much anymore...

6'1" I'd definetly be interested. Drop me a PM.


EwS
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Old June 11th, 2007, 07:38 PM
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At the other end of the spectrum if it's a 51 or 53 I'd be interested...
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Old June 12th, 2007, 08:24 AM
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A couple pics to get things started. More will follow.



Everything in the Hamana pit (EVERYTHING) is trucked in and out for this race.

The Hamana bike rack;




Lots of SS. They have become very popular.



















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Old June 12th, 2007, 11:52 AM
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Ron, the team founder, likes the 24hr races to be theme party/races. This year was a Western Theme. (I didn't pick it).

More pics of the pit... and people getting ready for the Friday night party. (Remember... it is ALL trucked in and out for the race.)











White screen was for movies and karaoke


















More traditional things to find at a bike race pit.



The party starts to get going...






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Old June 12th, 2007, 12:11 PM
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The start...

9:41 and counting down...


And.... GO!






Coming back into the transition area.


Transition area (just before the start).



Team riders must walk their bikes through the transition area, where the lap is logged and the baton is handed to the next rider (solo riders remount and continue).

About 100 yards out of the transition area is the foot bridge over Leguna Seca Raceway. Run up the stairs on one side... ride down the other. This same bridge is used for both directions of traffic.


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Old June 12th, 2007, 04:50 PM
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I think this is the first Bianchi I've seen with the rainbow stripes. I can't recall ever seeing another.
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Old June 12th, 2007, 05:11 PM
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I just went to Bianchi's USA site and found these gems:








I'm glad to see that the classic jerseys are still available.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 08:01 AM
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Ok... so in these pictures it is a little hard to see. Riders go over the Bosch bridge. And if you look closely you will see a line of black dots going to the left off the bridge then to the right across the mid point of the hill.







And that is all that you can really see of the course.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 08:29 AM
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A couple of me...

In the transition area waiting for our rider (red helmet).



Leaving the transition area. It is hard to see... on the right side of the pic 3/4 of the way up the side is a brown signboard. You can see a thin singletrack going across the pic... that is the single track back to the Bosch bridge. Riders then complete a lap all the way around the (flat) campground and into the transition area.



This pic is from my evening/night lap (others are the afternoon lap), but it shows the lead in to the stairs. Even being out of shape, I always gained on other riders with a clean cyclocross dissmount.



Up the stairs...


Riding by the Hamana camp on my way around the campground, having completed my lap.




Getting ready for the evening/night lap. I like having both a bar light and a headlamp. The headlamp is good for tight corners, it allows you to get light all the way through the corner. I find, however, that the increased downward angle tends to make the contours and bumps of the trail harder to see. The bar light helps (me) with that. On long climbs I just run a bar low beam. On fast single track I run the bar high beam (two 25w halogen bulbs) and the headlamp (15w that puts out 35w HID) so about 85w (per the manufacturer) total.



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Old June 13th, 2007, 08:30 AM
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John, will be glad to know that my Swobo vest is pure Marino wool.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 11:03 AM
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How many miles? How many laps per team member?
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Old June 13th, 2007, 11:27 AM
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How many miles? How many laps per team member?

The course was a bit longer this year... it was about 12 miles. There was lots of climbing and quite a bit of singletrack. The course was VERY torn up this year and thus to hit the singletrack at speed was very challanging. For example, I had never bottomed out my new Marzocchi Corsa fork; and on this course I bottomed it out 7-8 times each lap.

Fast guys were doing around 55min laps. I was not in the "fast guy" catagory this year.

The race starts at 10am Sat and finishes at 11am Sun.

All riders/teams start together at 10am Sat. No rider/team can leave the transition area to begin a lap after 10am Sun. All laps must be completed before 11am Sun if they are to count.

So if a rider is consistantly running a 1h15m lap time... and comes into the transition area at 9:55am Sun, they could go out on another lap (before 10am). However, they would probably not bother to do the lap because in all likelyhood they would finish after the 11am cut off.

Results are based on the number of laps followed by the time.

So a rider with 20 laps in a time of 24h54m beats a rider having completed 19 laps in 23h15m.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 03:58 PM
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Homeboy on your right. What's with all of the stuff in his pockets? Are they full of Power Bars and bananas?
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Old June 13th, 2007, 04:25 PM
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Old June 13th, 2007, 07:36 PM
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Homeboy on your right. What's with all of the stuff in his pockets? Are they full of Power Bars and bananas?

For those on a relay team all that is needed on any given lap is a water bottle, a tool kit and a tube. I don't even bother with a Camelback on the day laps as I want to stay as cool as possible. My bar lights utilize my single waterbottle cage and I need to carry the battery for the headlamp, so for night laps I use a Deuter pack (I like it better than Camelback).

The guy on my right has considerably more... and I don't know who he was. However, in his defense, he could have been one of the 8hr solo riders and wanted to carry more food (he is not a 24hr solo rider as they have a special numberplate on the rear on the bike).

Or he is just a Fred.

EDIT: He is a Fred. The water bottle is in the center pocket... a very difficult place to get at. And virtually impossible to replace on the trail.

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