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Raymo853
12-04-2014, 03:30 PM
I am looking for suggestions on how to best get form the WO&D to the start finish of the Capital CX (https://www.bikereg.com/2014-capital-cross-classic-cyclo-cross-race)? Usually I ride up Difficult Run (http://www.strava.com/segments/2559033?filter=overall) and such, but to save time, was considering going up Hunter Mills Rd.

Bilsko
12-04-2014, 04:01 PM
I am looking for suggestions on how to best get form the WO&D to the start finish of the Capital CX (https://www.bikereg.com/2014-capital-cross-classic-cyclo-cross-race)? Usually I ride up Difficult Run (http://www.strava.com/segments/2559033?filter=overall) and such, but to save time, was considering going up Hunter Mills Rd.

http://www.strava.com/activities/30554019

KayakCyndi
12-04-2014, 04:20 PM
I am looking for suggestions on how to best get form the WO&D to the start finish of the Capital CX (https://www.bikereg.com/2014-capital-cross-classic-cyclo-cross-race)? Usually I ride up Difficult Run (http://www.strava.com/segments/2559033?filter=overall) and such, but to save time, was considering going up Hunter Mills Rd.

Or just ride with Pete from Falls Church. He is leading the Bikenetic Shop ride this week to the race. I'm sure he'll post details shortly ....

TwoWheelsDC
12-04-2014, 05:11 PM
The one year I went I rode up Wiehle rather than Hunter Mill. Seemed like the safer option, since it has four lanes and better sightlines. I had no issues riding it in either direction.

GuyContinental
12-04-2014, 05:33 PM
I'd stick to WOD to the Ice Rink after Wiehle then drop down the singletrack. Not much of a savings to do Hunter Mill and it will be largely uphill.

Raymo853
12-04-2014, 06:39 PM
http://www.strava.com/activities/30554019

I had thought about that but every time I go in the trails I get a bit lost. Only ridden there four or so times.

Dirt
12-04-2014, 10:52 PM
I'll be leading a shop ride to the races Sunday morning early.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1639429569617681

7:15am wheels rolling from Bikenetic. 922 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, VA

jabberwocky
12-05-2014, 07:18 AM
Easiest road route:

W&OD to Wiehle. Head towards Baron Cameron. Its a 4 lane road, but generally lightly trafficked and reasonably bike friendly. The light before Baron Cameron is North Shore Drive, turn right. It Ts on Ring Road, turn right. Loop around and make a right on Hunt Club Rd (watch for it, because its easy to miss), which takes you to the top of Lake Fairfax Drive. Turn right, and it takes you right into the park.

Off road route:

http://i.imgur.com/D7LNTEp.jpg

W&OD to Michael Faraday Ct (Ice Rink). Enter the trail in the corner. Follow the doubletrack down the hill, ignoring the side trails. After crossing the creek at the bottom, stay left, which will dump you at the bottom of the campground gravel roads. Follow those out to the main sports field road, take that around towards the main entrance of the park. The race in years past has been under the dam near the main entrance buildings.

Raymo853
12-05-2014, 07:41 AM
I'll be leading a shop ride to the races Sunday morning early.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1639429569617681

7:15am wheels rolling from Bikenetic. 922 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, VA

Sweet. I should be there in my Potomac Velo Kit and weirdo bike with Jones bars. Doing the 3/4/5 35 plus at 9.

Arlingtonrider
12-06-2014, 06:30 PM
I'm driving, but will see ya'll there tomorrow morning. This is such a fun event to watch with lots of great folks to cheer on. I'm bringing my "good" cowbell for this one. ;)

In case anyone wants to check it out and needs last minute info, it's at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston and the first race starts at 8:15 a.m.

rcannon100
12-06-2014, 09:17 PM
The Kid's race is at 2 pm. Matt Aune is riding a broken bike with only one gear at 1 pm.

The Kid's puppy and the Aune puppy have a little wager for fastest lap by their human. The stakes:

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It is going to be windy and muddy. Perfect CX weather (says a guy who isnt riding)

Oh, and after the kids race, some undefined time, we will head back to N Arlington - I can always throw a bike on the rack and you can hitch a ride back.

Arlingtonrider
12-06-2014, 09:55 PM
I've been looking all over and can't find the race schedule, only the registrations page. Does anyone know where the schedule is posted?

vvill
12-06-2014, 10:04 PM
I've been looking all over and can't find the race schedule, only the registrations page. Does anyone know where the schedule is posted?

It's on the registrations page:
https://www.bikereg.com/2014-capital-cross-classic-cyclo-cross-race

8:15 AM Men Cat 4/5 (Field Limit 125)
9:00 AM Masters Men 35+/45+ Cat 3,4,5 (Combined Field Limit 125)
10:00 AM Womens 45+, 4 Beginner, Juniors Girls U19, Junior Girls U15, Junior Boys U15 (Combined Field Limit 125)

etc.

see you there!

Arlingtonrider
12-06-2014, 10:15 PM
Thanks Will! I think I was just seeing the who is registered part.

rcannon100
12-07-2014, 03:01 PM
Pink
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hozn
12-07-2014, 04:25 PM
I grabbed a few photos of the early crowd -- e.g. these of dcv, shawnofthedread, guycontinental.
http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=7148&stc=1http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=7149&stc=1http://bikearlingtonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=7150&stc=1

dkel
12-07-2014, 05:09 PM
I grabbed a few photos of the early crowd -- e.g. these of dcv, shawndread, guycontinental.

dcv wins! (He's the muddiest.)

Steve O
12-07-2014, 10:54 PM
It took a long time to get my lazy a$$ moving. I rode out to Lake Fairfax but didn't arrive until after 2. Saw cannon jr. ride and had a chance to say hello to Dread, GB, rcannon and MattAune.
This was the first time I have watched this "sport." The cyclocross thingy looks compellingly insane.

Arlingtonrider
12-08-2014, 07:02 AM
I went for the morning and saw tons of our forum folks. My favorite place to watch was at the bottom of the chute, where the riders come down a hill (with stairs going up) on a switchback and then have to negotiate a very muddy path with some turns. Lots of action there. ;-). It was especially fun watching that with Culimerc, who provided encouragement to the riders and helpful commentary (for them and me), and who seemed to know practically every adult rider in the competition. The whole event was loads of fun and had a great mix of people of all ages and genders participating. Some of the munchkins, tweens and teenagers (including a lot of girls in all age groups) were amazingly good on the course. Another big highlight was seeing Sean C. right after his awesome podium finish in big field of riders. Congrats Sean! It was great day at the races. I wish I could have stayed longer. (Also spotted Bobco85 at Trader Joe's later in the day, who was shopping by bike. :))

Also, there's a Bikenetics cyclocross race coming up next weekend at Occoquan. That might be the last local one of the season.

Raymo853
12-08-2014, 07:38 AM
To coordinate with my GF who planned to race, I ended up driving. Good since riding home on this bike afterwards would have been tough.

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Sunyata
12-08-2014, 07:42 AM
I was there until about 1:30 and camped out near the top of the chute for a while (there was a FIRE!) and then back down to the bottom of the chute to watch the muddy wipe outs (I was the girl with the two Shibas if anyone saw me).

It was an awesome day of racing and spectating (spectating on my part, I will stick to mountain bike racing!).

Hope to see some of you guys out at the Bikenetic race next weekend!

bobco85
12-08-2014, 07:53 AM
I went for the morning and saw tons of our forum folks. My favorite place to watch was at the bottom of the chute, where the riders come down a hill (with stairs going up) on a switchback and then have to negotiate a very muddy path with some turns. Lots of action there. ;-). It was especially fun watching that with Culimerc, who provided encouragement to the riders and helpful commentary (for them and me), and who seemed to know practically every adult rider in the competition. The whole event was loads of fun and had a great mix of people of all ages and genders participating. Some of the munchkins, tweens and teenagers (including a lot of girls in all age groups) were amazingly good on the course. Another big highlight was seeing Sean C. right after his awesome podium finish in big field of riders. Congrats Sean! It was great day at the races. I wish I could have stayed longer. (Also spotted Bobco85 at Trader Joe's later in the day, who was shopping by bike. :))

Also, there's a Bikenetics cyclocross race coming up next weekend at Occoquan. That might be the last local one of the season.

It was nice running into you! I will have to come to the Bikenetics cyclocross race next weekend to watch the fun. What is the time/place for the race?

rcannon100
12-08-2014, 08:06 AM
During the Men 3/4, there was a member of NCVC that ran the chute, came flying down the hill, tried to take the tight inside line at the bottom, caught his front wheel on the bails of hay ~ and spun 360! Everyone gasped and took one step forward toward him to help ~ and he got right back up, dug his bike out of the mud, and kept going. Totally badass.

The Chute was clearing THE SCENE of the race. Someone should have been at the end of it with beer handouts for anyone who actually made it all the way through the mud.

DaveK
12-08-2014, 08:42 AM
I was there until about 1:30 and camped out near the top of the chute for a while (there was a FIRE!) and then back down to the bottom of the chute to watch the muddy wipe outs (I was the girl with the two Shibas if anyone saw me).

It was an awesome day of racing and spectating (spectating on my part, I will stick to mountain bike racing!).

Hope to see some of you guys out at the Bikenetic race next weekend!

I'm pretty sure I've insisted on petting your dogs at the races this season at least once... one is more people-friendly than the other if I remember correctly. They are adorable and challenge Bernie for best race dog.

GuyContinental
12-08-2014, 08:46 AM
To coordinate with my GF who planned to race, I ended up driving. Good since riding home on this bike afterwards would have been tough.

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I recognize that bike (I think that the mud helps)- crazy bars... You started right in front of me in Masters.

rcannon100
12-08-2014, 09:10 AM
I'm pretty sure I've insisted on petting your dogs at the races this season at least once... one is more people-friendly than the other if I remember correctly. They are adorable and challenge Bernie for best race dog.

There's a better race dog than Bernie??? Pictures! We need pictures of this dog!

culimerc
12-08-2014, 09:27 AM
FB page and Bike reg links for the BikeneticX race next weekend.

https://www.facebook.com/bikeneticx

https://www.bikereg.com/bikeneticx

Weather is shaping up to be very nice, tho not quite as messy. Too bad.

DaveK
12-08-2014, 02:00 PM
There's a better race dog than Bernie??? Pictures! We need pictures of this dog!

The two, combined, present a good challenge. I don't know that anyone will ever top the Bern.

Raymo853
12-08-2014, 02:14 PM
I recognize that bike (I think that the mud helps)- crazy bars... You started right in front of me in Masters.

Those are Jones bars (http://www.nofilmphotography.net/capital_cross_classic_2014/h1436db6e#h1436db6e) I used. Jones Bars (http://www.jonesbikes.com/h-bar/) are not so crazy nor uncommon, there was a second rider in our race with them. Joe started on a fat bike with them. He did pit and pulled out a normal CX bike after the first lap. CX bikes with narrow tires are so better in such mud, able to cut down and get traction unlike 29ers or fat bikes that tend to float above the more solid soil.

GuyContinental
12-08-2014, 03:40 PM
Those are Jones bars (http://www.nofilmphotography.net/capital_cross_classic_2014/h1436db6e#h1436db6e) I used. Jones Bars (http://www.jonesbikes.com/h-bar/) are not so crazy nor uncommon, there was a second rider in our race with them. Joe started on a fat bike with them. He did pit and pulled out a normal CX bike after the first lap. CX bikes with narrow tires are so better in such mud, able to cut down and get traction unlike 29ers or fat bikes that tend to float above the more solid soil.

I'm so glad that I clicked your link- I was just a few riders behind you on the chute and the photographer told me to yell:

http://www.nofilmphotography.net/capital_cross_classic_2014/h1436db6e#h1abc05d0

He just earned $7...

Megabeth
12-08-2014, 08:56 PM
This thread needs more gratuitous Bernie pics...

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Sunyata
12-09-2014, 06:55 AM
I'm pretty sure I've insisted on petting your dogs at the races this season at least once... one is more people-friendly than the other if I remember correctly. They are adorable and challenge Bernie for best race dog.

Yep! The small one is much more shy than the black and tan. I am not sure I have any photos of them at the race (I was too busy cheering on the mud fest)...
But here are a couple of photos of them hiking with me for reference (and hey, all threads could use more puppy photos!):
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rcannon100
12-09-2014, 07:58 AM
My dogs despondent because they are being photobombed by Bernie

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KLizotte
12-09-2014, 09:49 AM
Who is Bernie's human caretaker?

DaveK
12-09-2014, 12:45 PM
Who is Bernie's human caretaker?

Bernie belongs to Erin of team Sticky Fingers. In that pic that's my wife watching him while Erin tears it up on course.

rcannon100
12-09-2014, 01:23 PM
Careful Steve ~ or you will overtake me for most "Dislikes" given! And then they will start calling YOU a big bad purple monster (oh wait...)

(Yeah - this is my 2500th post - that means I win a free prize from BA!)

Raymo853
12-10-2014, 06:59 AM
This thread needs to get away from dogs and back to bikes & mud. Like this post race photo I already posted.
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