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Did not get selected for Dirty Kanza...
Last Post 04/22/2019 04:21 PM by 79 pmooney. 37 Replies.
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Cosmic Kid

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04/15/2019 11:56 AM
Solid plan, Dale!!

OC, even if you don't get in through the lottery, it seems like picking up transfers is pretty easy to do. People were even dumping their slots the day the lottery results were announced. You'll have no problem getting a slot, one way or the other.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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04/16/2019 11:11 AM
Good to know; thanks.

There's a note here about some course changes for this year, longer distances between stations requiring some extra consideration/planning.

https://www.velonews.com/2019/04/gravel/qa-what-to-expect-now-that-dirty-kanza-has-a-new-owner_492731
Cosmic Kid

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04/16/2019 11:32 AM
Yeah, saw that last night. The removal of the second support station changes things considerably. I had not planned on using a Camelbak since I only need to go ~50 miles between stations (based on previous courses).

new course will require you to carry nutrition to get through 87 miles.....although there will be a neutral water stop in there, will still need to carry food / nutrition to go 87. Not to mention that you won't have a chance to restock any supplies (tubes, plugs, etc) if you used them....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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04/17/2019 09:14 PM
Some gravel joy here in Virginia.
Had the day off with perfect weather. Rode a loop in the Blue Ridge mountains a younger me used to do, but the current older me not for a few years, includes a long gravel descent presently beat up by lots of recent weather, and a 1700 ft. gravel climb in 4 miles - that was just graded, dang. Plus a lot of paved up and down. And everything is wet, so bike and rider finished covered with grit. A truly proper gravel road ride.
As hard as DK 100? Probably not, but in the same zip code.
The knees are complaining despite ibuprofen. Still worth it, and feeling some gratitude that this old fart is not dead yet.
Orange Crush

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04/17/2019 09:27 PM
Nice work LSD.
Cosmic Kid

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04/17/2019 10:09 PM
Sounds like a damn fine ride to me!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Cosmic Kid

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04/22/2019 11:24 AM
Just finished a big week...365 miles, 19:51 hours. Still kinda p*ssed I didn't find another 9 minutes out there somewhere!! My biggest cycling week ever by 5 miles.

Friday was a 3 hour trail ride on the CX bike, Saturday was 112 windy miles on the road and then Sunday was 70 miles / 4 hours on the trail and my CX bike. The Des Plaines River trail is hardly a "gravel" ride, but it is the best option I have....and once you head south and hit Cook COunty, it is not maintained anywhere near as well as here in Lake County. So I got some decent bouncing around.

Mini-rest week this week...a bit of travel so I will more limited options for riding this week. Will probably still end up with a bit over 200, though. Then a big 2 week push, followed by another travel / rest week (no riding May 15-18), a final hard week and then race week. Still panicking, but not as miuch after this weekend...my legs felt pretty good on the Sat. group ride and I even took a couple of the sprints. Then for Sunday I was also feeling pretty good and rode at a steady, but comfortable pace.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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04/22/2019 04:21 PM
I still have a long ways to go but the last couple of weeks have been encouraging. Did a great out and back 50 miler on the fix gear, 44-16 with wind. County roads with lots of right turns so the wind varied a lot. Several of the stretches were slight uphills and into the wind. Hard! But a breakthrough.

Yesterday I rode a portion of RondePDX on the good bike. 53-42-28 X 14-28. 28c G+ tires. First climb was 1000' on good gravel. I felt good and the tires worked great. Next was Brynwood. I haven't done it in years. 3/10s of a mile. Double digits average. Bottom half is hard, then it "levels out" a touch. Last portion is insane to 23%. Didn't make it. <160 feet (80 uphill paces) short. Then the climb to Pittock Mansion and on up to the radio tower. ~800'

Except Brynwood, I felt up to the challenge. For Brynwood, in addition to more climbing conditioning, I need a lower gear and I need to lift weights. (Those probably 14 years since I climbed it last have taken their toll.)

Those 28c G+ tires were perfect. Yes a touch lighter would be nice. But they never felt out of place. And the size and traction was very nice on the less than just swept very steep pavement.
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