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Old 31.07.2008, 20:21
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Cyclists Wanted! Road or Mountain.

For those of you who like to cycle, but are not that pushed about going uphill, (Woodsie ) those lunatics at Red Bull have come up with the event just for you!

Red Bull Road Rage is a downhill bike race on a paved pass road, you can use a road bike or a mountain bike with road tyres. Its done in heats of four so there is plenty opportunity for crashing into your fellow competitors.

Sounds like fun. Who's going?

I might just be ah... am... err... busy that day!
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Old 04.08.2008, 09:57
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Re: Cyclists Wanted! Road or Mountain.

Here's a report on the previous event Red Bull organized like this, in California.
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Old 04.08.2008, 10:04
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Re: Cyclists Wanted! Road or Mountain.

I have been waiting for an event like this for ever....finally
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Re: Cyclists Wanted! Road or Mountain.

Madness. My brother used to race in regular downhill races and just watching him nearly gave me a heart attack every time. The thing I could never get over was that my mum would go to watch his races and cheer him on. What kind of mother encourages her offspring to go downhill on a bike faster.

Thankfully, I am already busy that day doing the The Great Annual Ice Cream Cycle Tour of Lake Geneva.

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Re: Cyclists Wanted! Road or Mountain.

I have just come back from a weekend of what was meant to be a leisurely downhill cycle through mountain passes in and around the south eastern region boardering italy... and i managed to fall off my bike! i didnt see the person in front of me come to a stop... and without realising how good the brakes on my new bike were, the back end went straight over me and i collided into the barrier (i dread to think what would have happened if the barrier wasnt there... ). i have nice bruises all over my legs and severely grazed knees. fortunately, me and the bike are ok, and i had enough confidence to get back on the bike the following day and continue the downhill cycle at a much slower pace!! however, i am feeling the pain today!!
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Old 04.08.2008, 11:19
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I have just come back from a weekend of what was meant to be a leisurely downhill cycle through mountain passes in and around the south eastern region boardering italy... and i managed to fall off my bike! i didnt see the person in front of me come to a stop... and without realising how good the brakes on my new bike were, the back end went straight over me and i collided into the barrier (i dread to think what would have happened if the barrier wasnt there... ). i have nice bruises all over my legs and severely grazed knees. fortunately, me and the bike are ok, and i had enough confidence to get back on the bike the following day and continue the downhill cycle at a much slower pace!! however, i am feeling the pain today!!
Hope your feeling OK. If its any consolation you were not the only person to come to an abrupt stop on the ground this weekend.
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Old 04.08.2008, 11:20
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Re: Cyclists Wanted! Road or Mountain.

Sounds like you need to do one of Eire's downhill courses. No chance of going too fast and crashing on them because you will spend most of the time walking down with the bike on your shoulder.
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Old 04.08.2008, 11:23
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Sounds like you need to do one of Eire's downhill courses. No chance of going too fast and crashing on them because you will spend most of the time walking down with the bike on your shoulder.
Come on Woodsie, the walk was 2km max. The rest of it was all riding, and a very large chunk of it downhill, and the scenery was pretty amazing too.
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Old 04.08.2008, 11:25
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Re: Cyclists Wanted! Road or Mountain.

ouch, hope you are better soon, and can get back out on the bike....

I have done the same thing a few years ago in a mountain bike class, over the handlebars and bike goes right over you. I was told the key to avoid this is to use the front brakes only lightly but then again easier said than done when you suddenly need to stop.
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Old 04.08.2008, 11:29
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Come on Woodsie, the walk was 2km max. The rest of it was all riding as long as you weren't on a 19kg downhill rig with a 42T single front ring wearing full armour and a full face helmet, and a very large chunk of it downhill, and the scenery was pretty amazing too.
There, fixed that for you.
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Old 04.08.2008, 11:30
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ouch, hope you are better soon, and can get back out on the bike....

I have done the same thing a few years ago in a mountain bike class, over the handlebars and bike goes right over you. I was told the key to avoid this is to use the front brakes only lightly but then again easier said than done when you suddenly need to stop.
My abrupt exit off the bike yesterday was something along these lines... Wasn't the braking that was the problem though.... or at least not the brakes on the bike!!! More to do with the hole I stuck my front wheel into... Cue bike stopping suddenly, and me keeping going at the same speed.
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My abrupt exit off the bike yesterday was something along these lines... Wasn't the braking that was the problem though.... or at least not the brakes on the bike!!! More to do with the hole I stuck my front wheel into... Cue bike stopping suddenly, and me keeping going at the same speed.
Damn, I missed that one. But I did get to see Sean somersault spectacularly through the air which is always a bonus.
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There, fixed that for you.
Well at least your talking to me again!

I in fairness though, if you add on the weight of the backpack I was carrying we were probably even Stevens! (12.5kg bike 10+kg backpack), and I was probably riding something similar to 42x32 anyway. 32x(mid range on rear block).
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Damn, I missed that one.
Should have been keeping up then!
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Re: Cyclists Wanted! Road or Mountain.

i was fortunate that we had a nomiated driver to drive back down the mountain behind us cyclists (having driven us all up with our bikes) so i had a lift back down the rest of the pass, which was about another 8km!

Also, i didnt know that the brakes were wired up differently on continental bikes...so on this bike, that i've only had for two weeks, i braked hard on the front wheel thinking it was the rear...(evidentally, i am no expert cyclist) but my boyfriend made sure that his breaks were changed around when he got his new bike at the same time as me... and just forgot to mention it to me!

still, at least i am ok, if a little bruised.
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Old 04.08.2008, 11:45
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but my boyfriend made sure that his breaks were changed around when he got his new bike at the same time as me... and just forgot to mention it to me!
I trust that boyfriend will be suffering long after your bruises have healed? I see many champagne dinners and breakfasts in bed in your future.
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Re: Cyclists Wanted! Road or Mountain.

lol. indeed. he already lives in fear. still, i am sure i can have some fun with this!
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