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Dirt
11-28-2011, 12:39 PM
http://www.bikereg.com/inc/content/images/EventLogos/14437.png

Dust off your cow bell. Get ready to watch some serious local cyclocross racing at its best.

Here's the information on the race: http://thebikelane.com/about/2011-capital-cross-classic-pg750.htm

My plan is to be there in time to watch the Women's (Noon), Masters 1/2/3 (1pm), Men's 3/4 (2pm) and Men's 1/2/3 (3pm).

Here is the whole schedule: http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=14437

The race venue is approximately 1 mile from the W&OD. The trail is a mellow mountain biking trail. It isn't technical, but it would be best traversed on a cross bike. It is certainly rideable on a road bike, but it would be more fun with fatter tires. I'll probably ride my cyclocross bike.

My guess is that 4 hours of cross racing might be too much for some. I'll lead a group from Lake Fairfax back to the W&OD at around 2pm and let them make their way home on their own from there.

What to bring:

Cloths to keep you warm off the bike.
Snack food to eat while watching the racing.
Money to buy yourself a new winter hat (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?1444-EncoreHats-at-Cheverly-Markets-and-MABRA-Capital-Cross-event)
Your cowbell. If you don't have one, there's time to get one before Sunday. If you don't want to buy one, this probably isn't the event for you. ;)
You'll need at least flashy lights if you're staying into the afternoon. Sunset is early these days.



We'll ride from East Falls Church Metro at 10:30am on Sunday morning. Meet by the Kiss and Ride. (Kissing is Optional).
We'll ride through Vienna at about 11am. If we've got time, we may stop for a cup of coffee at Cafe Amouri in Vienna.

This ride is more about watching racing than actually racing. We'll go at a casual pace that is inclusive. The ride is just short of 15 miles each way.

This ride will happen rain, snow, ice or shine. If the weather is bad, make sure you have not only what it takes to get there, but what it takes to be comfortable for watching the races. If the weather is bad, we'll likely only stay for a few of the races.

Please let me know if you're interested in joining. I'll need to know how many people to wait for.

Talk to you soon.

Pete

acc
11-28-2011, 03:18 PM
I'm in.

ann

skreaminquadz
11-28-2011, 03:23 PM
I'm racing Cat 4 early in the morning, I was planning on sticking around to catch some of the afternoon events. See you there!

Arlingtonrider
11-28-2011, 06:31 PM
I think those vuvuzelas from the Arlington Fun Ride need to be put to good use, esp. while Skreaminquadz and/or Culimerc are racing! Anyone else we should know about?

(A confession here as well -- I didn't take one of the vuvuzelas from the Fun Ride and might not be able to make it to the races, but I'll be rooting for our racers nevertheless.)

OneEighth
11-28-2011, 06:59 PM
Good luck, Skreaminquadz.
Have fun y'all. I can't ride with you, but, just maybe I can take my daughter to see some racing in the morning.

eminva
11-28-2011, 07:26 PM
I went to the DC Cyclocross race last month and if you have the time, I would recommend that you go because it's a great spectator sport. Very interesting and entertaining, and fun atmosphere.

I will not be able to join you this time -- will be on a pool deck at a swim meet again. Have fun and good luck skreaminquadz!

Liz

culimerc
11-28-2011, 09:09 PM
I'm racing Cat 4 early in the morning, I was planning on sticking around to catch some of the afternoon events. See you there!

I'm in that race too. I'll be the one attacking out the back.

Dirt
11-29-2011, 04:41 AM
I think those vuvuzelas from the Arlington Fun Ride need to be put to good use, esp. while skreaminquadz is racing! ;)
Hahahahahahha... Just what SQ needs.... someone blasting him off his bike while he's trying to negotiate the barriers. :D

skreaminquadz
11-29-2011, 06:45 AM
I'm in that race too. I'll be the one attacking out the back.

Ha - you and me both!!!

Thanks everyone - see you at the PM races! Vuvuzelas and all!

Dirt
12-01-2011, 08:26 AM
If you order now, you've got JUST enough time to receive this in time for the races this weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBL0RUJx7-I

dcv
12-01-2011, 11:37 AM
Dirt, is this the off-road trail you plan to take from the WOD? http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5206580

I've never been on this section and want to double check if this can be done on a road bike, thanks

Dirt
12-01-2011, 01:47 PM
Dirt, is this the off-road trail you plan to take from the WOD? http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5206580

I've never been on this section and want to double check if this can be done on a road bike, thanks
I'd suggest at least riding that on a cross bike. I've ridden that a dozen times... usually with at least 700x28c tires. I've ridden with people who pinch flatted very easily on 23mm roadie tires.

Actually I wasn't going to take that route Lake Fairfax. I was thinking of going in from the behind the ice arena. I was gonna go scout it out on Sunday morning.

Dirt
12-03-2011, 07:14 AM
Looking forward to seeing y'all tomorrow. Should be a great day. I have my vuvuzela and cow bell ready. It really isn't a cow bell.. it is too small for that. It is more like a goat bell.... maybe a pygmy goat bell. It still makes lots of noise. :D

Dirt
12-04-2011, 07:51 PM
Today did not suck at all. Thanks SQ and ACC for a great day!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7152/6456168329_96cf20b95b_b.jpg

Mark Blacknell
12-05-2011, 08:41 AM
Looks like a grand time for all. Next year!

acc
12-05-2011, 04:47 PM
I had never seen a cyclo-cross race before. Here's what I learned.

1. Don't try to take Dirt's vuvuzela away from him.
2. The mud pit with ankle deep mud so thick and disgusting that many chains were dropped and at least one spoke was broken -- they like it that way.
3. The man dressed up like a pig handing out prizes to the riders during the race -- absolutely normal.
4. The hill that went straight up for 75 yards, (yeah, seriously) --- the racers ran up the hill either pushing or carrying their bikes and then at the top where any regular person would collapse and ask for a beer, they ran alongside their bikes then threw themselves onto the saddle without looking. I believe it's called a Leap of Faith for more than one reason.
5. The ambulance standing by wasn't there for decoration.
6. At the beginning of the course there were several barriers that the racers dismounted their bikes to leap over and then repeated the Leap O' Faith maneuver.
7. Assuming they survived these obstacles their reward was --- another lap.
8. Winners in the various categories received Fat Tire Beer. It's beginning to make sense to me now.

It was quite something.

ann

Dirt
12-05-2011, 08:30 PM
1. Don't try to take Dirt's vuvuzela away from him.
Your arm will probably grow back.