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cycling trip to WI: good times (pics)
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Bodynazi

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05/15/2013 12:05 PM
I went to WI last week for a week 'o riding.  Good times.  300+ miles in 5 days - was cool and windy the last 2 days = not condusive for longer rides.

WI - the best secondary road system in the US.  Zero traffic (~10 cars in 4+ hr rides), tons of rollers with 15+% grades, and it's beautiful.  A nice break from the metric-azz-tons of traffic and boring rides around Boulder/Denver. 

I got to ride a team issue Trek Domane [shorter HT and longer TT than people can buy].  It's the same frame that FC is riding.  Loved it - very comfortable and still very stiff.  I also rode a 7 series Madone which was a bit quicker or twitchy and not as comfortable for longer rides (4+ hrs). 

Back to CO now - where there is often zero prize $$ in local races (not that I expect to pay my mortgage with a decent placing in a Cat3 crit - but the chance to cover entry fees would be nice)


Cosmic Kid

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05/15/2013 12:17 PM
We have been going up to the Wisconsin Dells the last few years for a summer vacation (kids love it as much as I don't....), but I get to ride my bike up there on roads that are fantastic. No traffic, great rollers, etc.

Fully agree that WI has some of the best road riding available.....too bad it is only really accessible about 3 months out of the year.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
vtguy

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05/15/2013 12:19 PM
Sounds like a great time. Thanks for posting the images. Fourth pic makes me want to leave work and go for a ride.
Orange Crush

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05/15/2013 12:28 PM
Awesome bikes and awesome roads. Thanks

What is easiest way to post pics here?
Bodynazi

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05/15/2013 12:37 PM
the bottom pic is SW of New Glarus in the middle of absolutely nowhere - big ring rollers = the joy of riding.

Posting pics is the same way as at VN - get the image code with the brackets and paste it into the HTML view of your page.

- also rode a compact crank on a road bike for the 1st time ever - worked fine.  kind of weird riding in 50 x 2nd largest cog - look down and you're going 10 MPH and still in "the ring" If I did tons of climbing and regularly needed something easier that 39 x 25 I would consider one.
Spud

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05/15/2013 12:41 PM
My wife tried talking me into relocating to Madison. She's been there on several occasions for work related reasons. She went on and on how beautiful it was there. When I asked, how beautiful is it during the LONG COLD WINTER, that was the end of conversation. I do admit those roads look like a great ride.
bobswire

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05/15/2013 12:42 PM
Nice BN, like those TREKs. BTW lower the seat and raise the bars for cruising rollers. (joke).

O.C. easiest way to post pics, go to tinypic.com.

BuffFan

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05/15/2013 12:45 PM
very nice BN! did you ride any of the IM course... there a section called "the 3 sisters"... nasty little climbs you hit twice during the two loop course, especially with a marathon left to go!
BuffFan

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05/15/2013 12:45 PM
very nice BN! did you ride any of the IM course... there a section called "the 3 sisters"... nasty little climbs you hit twice during the two loop course, especially with a marathon left to go!
bobswire

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05/15/2013 12:45 PM
Opps double post, don't know how I did it?
79pmooney

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05/15/2013 12:47 PM
Is that chip seal? Was that part of the reason the Domane was more comfortable than the Madone?

Ben
Bodynazi

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05/15/2013 01:20 PM
Bob - your jumbo-assed picture messed up this thread! lol.

Buff - I did ride some of the Tri course - not for the sake of riding the course - but I was staying in Mt Horeb which happens to be right on the course. I also grew up in that area so I know the roads quite well. I know the hills of which you speak - and I did ride some of that part from Cross Plains to Mt Horeb.

Funny story: leaving Cross Plains after 3+ hrs of riding - some tri-geek leaves a little after us (went with a friend) I was like "hmmm, let's see what he has".. he stays 50-100 meters behind us to the hill on Stagecoach & I'm riding pretty hard .. and then proceeds to leave us behind like a couple of 2-pump-chumps. I was like "well that didn't go according to plan" LOL

No chip seal on the roads we were on. The design of the Domane is what makes it more comfy - it also has a longer wheelbase. The frame has some give at the HT/ST/chain-stay junction vs a 'standard' frame. The BB is jumbo for anyone familiar with Trek's BB 90 or whatever the F they call it - still a fast feeling ride.
Orange Crush

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05/15/2013 01:27 PM
Thanks BN; I posted a couple pics here using the "code" but was wondering if there was an easier way.

Spud - exactly; and one of the reasons we departed from ON which BTW had very similar nice rolling small roads.
79pmooney

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05/15/2013 01:31 PM
Bobswire, when you post those very wide pictures it makes the text in the posts hard to read as I have to scroll to the right to read the end of each line. I don't know if there is an easy answer, either for us readers or you as a picture poster. I just read BN's post. Same issue.

Ben
bobswire

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05/15/2013 02:23 PM
Posted By Ben Jeffries on 05/15/2013 01:31 PM
Bobswire, when you post those very wide pictures it makes the text in the posts hard to read as I have to scroll to the right to read the end of each line. I don't know if there is an easy answer, either for us readers or you as a picture poster. I just read BN's post. Same issue.

Ben

Yeah I tried to go back and delete it but it was too late to re-edit. I found out we have a 15 minute window for editing our posts. I'll ask Steve to delete that pic.
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