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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyRider View Post
    Great pics. I regret skipping this! I think I'll try for the non-competitive event next year. I'm sure I could finish the classic course - I do 90+ miles a week, between commuting and weekend rides. But I've never raced. I'd probably be in others' way by going too slow on the grassy decline. That is, if everyone hadn't already passed me
    I do about the same mileage commuting-wise and feel like I'm in pretty decent shape. I didn't "train" for the classic course but really wished I had. The ~20 miles of non-stop climbing plus the evil pitch at the summit (and the evil, EVIL last 2 miles to the finish) are no joke. I cracked at the summit and went from second to fourth in my field. :-( I almost couldn't walk when I got off my bike and that was the most pain I've ever been in post-ride. I don't remember last year being so hard! But I think last year I'd gone in with a "just finish" attitude and this year I wanted to put out a little effort plus I'd been leap frogging with the woman who eventually took second.

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    So... If I recall correctly, Judd and Birru owe me a gravel race this year... I have already talked Reji into doing it (as long as she is free that weekend) with me. I hear Josh is doing it as well.

    Come to WV and race (or even just ride) with me! I promise you it will be fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    So... If I recall correctly, Judd and Birru owe me a gravel race this year... I have already talked Reji into doing it (as long as she is free that weekend) with me. I hear Josh is doing it as well.

    Come to WV and race (or even just ride) with me! I promise you it will be fun!
    I'm excited! Going to be busy this weekend, but I'm going to try to get in a long gravel ride somewhere out in Loudoun with a fair amount of climbing on July 1st. Anyone, let me know if you're interested in joining.

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    I'm in and doing single speed. Don't let me be the only idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subby View Post
    I'm in and doing single speed. Don't let me be the only idiot.
    In -- and arguably an idiot -- but you're on your own in single speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    I have already talked Reji into doing it (as long as she is free that weekend) with me.
    Schedule is free so I'm in! And now I can use some advice. I'd like some more granny gears and that involves more than installing a different cassette on my Renegade. I have 50/34 and 11-32 and my RD is currently maxed at 37 teeth. Since I need a new RD and cassette, I'm looking for suggestions on what gearing to target for GRUSK and future gravelly adventures.

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    I'm doing it this year (finally!).

    For logistical reasons I'm contemplating of doing it on my road bike (28mm tires) -- terrible idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by reji View Post
    I have 50/34 and 11-32 and my RD is currently maxed at 37 teeth. Since I need a new RD and cassette, I'm looking for suggestions on what gearing to target for GRUSK and future gravelly adventures.
    I assume that's 37t of chain wrap (not max cog size)? -- Is this Shimano? 11-speed?

    I'd probably go with a Shimano 11sp MTB rear derailleur and get a Shiftmate 8 (http://www.jtekengineering.com/shift...harts-choices/). Then presumably you could run an 11-36t Shimano cassette. -- Or, heck, an 11-40t or 11-42t cassette! That's some really, really low gearing.

    Edit: In practice you might be limited to 11-36t with the double up front; you'd need to check the chain wrap for those MTB derailleurs. While you can certainly support the big teeth, you might not find a derailleur that can wrap enough chain to support a wide range cassette and a double with that large a gap in front.
    Last edited by hozn; 06-19-2018 at 01:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    I'm doing it this year (finally!).

    For logistical reasons I'm contemplating of doing it on my road bike (28mm tires) -- terrible idea?
    I assume you've seen this, but the organizers say
    Road bikes are not ideal, but if that is all you have, we recommend tough 28mm tires, but it's going to be squirrely in some sections.
    The Compass Barlow Pass tires I ordered came in yesterday, so I'm finally getting around to getting the wheels I bought off you ready to use. Thinking that's the setup I'll probably use for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    I assume you've seen this, but the organizers say


    The Compass Barlow Pass tires I ordered came in yesterday, so I'm finally getting around to getting the wheels I bought off you ready to use. Thinking that's the setup I'll probably use for this.
    Yeah, I do remember reading that at some point -- I guess I'll just take their word for it! I keep going back and forth; I need to fly out with my gravel bike / travel bike the next day, so I'd kinda like to pack it ahead of time. I'll be coming off of a week off the bike (vacation), so I'm not really hoping to try to stay with the lead group -- i.e. I'm not going to be upset if I lose time on the descents. The grass doubletrack sounds fun on a road bike!

    Nice! -- that was actually my alternative plan too: put my Barlow Pass on my travel bike -- and then just break it down / pack it up after the race before driving home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    I'm doing it this year (finally!). I assume that's 37t of chain wrap (not max cog size)? -- Is this Shimano? 11-speed?
    Yes, it's a Shimano 11-speed. Thanks for the advice!

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