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    Default 2013 Fondos anyone?

    There has to be a few others out there who are not die hard commuters and need a little morale boost during these dark cold winter months. I have started using my Trainer Road and Kinetic like I am working towards something, and I've taken up running. But I am lacking an overall goal. I need something to keep me working to be a better mountain goat, other than a new frame.

    Who's planning on doing what large mountain ride next year?

    Personally I would really like to start with Mountains of Misery, but fear a scheduling conflict might keep me out of that one. (http://www.mountainsofmisery.com/2013/)

    Then there is the BikeMS century and half that I always do, as this cause is very dear to me. (http://bikedcw.nationalmssociety.org...E_DCW_homepage)

    I'd also like to give the Total 200 a shot, but that is mostly flat and fast. (http://www.total200.com/)

    Garret County comes up between BikeMS and the Total 200, that is one I have heard great things about and would like to try. The Westernport Wall sounds like a challenge beyond the scope of most GFs in this area. This year they have added a Gentlemans' Race if just getting that ride done is not enough. Riding in a team with additional challenges sounds sick but fun. (http://www.winthefight.org/granfondo/)

    I have some business to settle at the Jeremiah Bishop GF in September so I am going to do my best to be out there for that one (http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/)

    Thoughts?

    Cheers,

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    Most of my events are outside the DC area next year.

    I have unfinished business with Total200 for sure. I've done it geared, but need to knock it out fixie to really be done with it.

    Jeremiah Bishop's Alpine GF will be back if it doesn't conflict with other things going on.

    MoCo Epic, if the schedule doesn't conflict, will be done on a tandem next year. Not sure what 140 miles on a mountain bike tandem will be like... or who will be stoking, but I will find a way to make that happen.

    I've heard talk of an official Fairfax Epic that links a bunch of trail networks in NOVA together. I also heard someone talk about a 100km tour of Patapsco mountain bike ride. Those are somewhat fictitious events at this point, but may come to reality. Fairfax Epic will happen informally at least.

    I will find at least two opportunities to do Kill Bill next year. I'll lead one those who want to try it, and I'll ride another with people who know they can, but want to do it again. It is too much for me to try to do both in one ride. I don't have the strength for that.

    Out of town events= DirtyKanza200, Private Idaho100, Chupacabra (100km mtb race in Mexico).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    I also heard someone talk about a 100km tour of Patapsco mountain bike ride. Those are somewhat fictitious events at this point, but may come to reality.
    I want to put together an informal FredShed epic. Start at Gambrill, ride all the way out to the blue trail overlook at the north end of the shed and back. Would be 35-40 miles of ultra-tech rocks of doom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabberwocky View Post
    I want to put together an informal FredShed epic. Start at Gambrill, ride all the way out to the blue trail overlook at the north end of the shed and back. Would be 35-40 miles of ultra-tech rocks of doom.
    Whip me, beat me, make me write bad checks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    Whip me, beat me, make me write bad checks.
    The only question is whether I'd make everyone drop down to the valley of doom and climb back out on the first leg. The blue climb is nasty enough that I used to shuttle it as a DH run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabberwocky View Post
    The only question is whether I'd make everyone drop down to the valley of doom and climb back out on the first leg. The blue climb is nasty enough that I used to shuttle it as a DH run.
    You know me and climbing. I like stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveTheTech View Post
    There has to be a few others out there who are not die hard commuters and need a little morale boost during these dark cold winter months. I have started using my Trainer Road and Kinetic like I am working towards something, and I've taken up running. But I am lacking an overall goal. I need something to keep me working to be a better mountain goat, other than a new frame.

    Who's planning on doing what large mountain ride next year?

    Personally I would really like to start with Mountains of Misery, but fear a scheduling conflict might keep me out of that one. (http://www.mountainsofmisery.com/2013/)

    Then there is the BikeMS century and half that I always do, as this cause is very dear to me. (http://bikedcw.nationalmssociety.org...E_DCW_homepage)

    I'd also like to give the Total 200 a shot, but that is mostly flat and fast. (http://www.total200.com/)

    Garret County comes up between BikeMS and the Total 200, that is one I have heard great things about and would like to try. The Westernport Wall sounds like a challenge beyond the scope of most GFs in this area. This year they have added a Gentlemans' Race if just getting that ride done is not enough. Riding in a team with additional challenges sounds sick but fun. (http://www.winthefight.org/granfondo/)

    I have some business to settle at the Jeremiah Bishop GF in September so I am going to do my best to be out there for that one (http://www.alpineloopgranfondo.com/)

    Thoughts?

    Cheers,
    Civil War Century is no Mountains of Misery (which I may sign up for) and isn't billed as a fondo, but it's about 7k feet of climbing and a fantastically supported ride. I definitely plan on doing it again in 2013.

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    I've got no idea about the ride, but The Storming of Thunder Ridge (which is a week earlier than Mountains of Misery) might be a good fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    Civil War Century is no Mountains of Misery (which I may sign up for) and isn't billed as a fondo, but it's about 7k feet of climbing and a fantastically supported ride. I definitely plan on doing it again in 2013.
    The words, "Fantastically supported" caught my eye. Do tell.
    I mean, my idea of "fantastically supported" involves a cabana boy name Roberto and dirty mojitos.
    I suspect this is something less than that.
    And yet, I'm intrigued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteD View Post
    I've got no idea about the ride, but The Storming of Thunder Ridge (which is a week earlier than Mountains of Misery) might be a good fit.
    This is a beautiful ride, but I had some issues with the organization. Maybe they've improved it since about 5 years ago. It was supposed to be my prep ride for my first Mountains of Misery.

    It was a nasty cold wet spring day, and most of the people who were planning to do the century bailed and took the shortcut for the 100K ride. I guess I was last on the course at some point and everybody at the final rest stop and the support vehicle guy wanted to go home and get warm, so they more or less insisted I SAG in.

    I remember the organizer saying to me, "sorry you weren't able to complete the ride." I told her I was ABLE to complete the ride, but wasn't allowed to...

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