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Gran Fondo National Championships
Last Post 09/30/2013 01:19 PM by Nightfend the cyclist. 7 Replies.
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pabiker

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09/22/2013 11:22 PM
One of the finest 100 mile routes I've ever seen. These roads are all in my backyard and yet I saw some new single-lane paved roads today. Mid-60s and sunny made for really nice riding. http://www.strava.com/activities/84224063
Keith Richards

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09/23/2013 05:41 PM
My riding buddy did this Fondo. He took a beating on the climbs. A touch under prepared he was
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
pabiker

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09/23/2013 08:15 PM
I was sporting your Monsere T-shirt après ride.

It was a tough one: 100 miles with just over 10,000 of climbing.
Keith Richards

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09/24/2013 08:05 AM
Aww man...I appreciate it. Glad you are diggin' it.

I think I will be out for this next year. I am just getting back on the bike from my hand surgery. I have nothing close to 10k feet of climbing in my legs.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Entheo

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09/24/2013 09:10 AM
decent lengths of climbs and gradients... good job PA!
nightfend

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09/26/2013 01:17 PM
Did any local racers end up winning? No one from my team went.
pabiker

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09/26/2013 11:40 PM
I would say so. 8 out of the top 10 were local and the overall winner was from NCVC.

That said, 100 miles with 10,000 feet of climbing isn't the sweet spot for local road racers, a course that favored climbers who also have endurance. What is the average distance of a MABRA road race?
results here: http://allsportsevents.com/Results/other_results/GFNCSMaryland2013.html#/results::1380252993637
nightfend

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09/30/2013 01:19 PM
Usually 60 to 70 miles for a Cat 1/2 race. Around 50 for Cat 3 and Masters. So, yeah, the Gran Fondo was definitely pushing people's distance training levels.

From everything I heard, Jeremy Bishops GF drew a lot more MABRA racers. Guess everyone loves those gravel roads.
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