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Old 05-22-2010, 10:12 PM   #16
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thanks for posting those pics....and starting a plumber school....

good chance i'll see the race tomorrow in t.o.
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:51 PM   #17
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GREAT RR! Good job finding dirt ;)

Anymore pictures of the female plumbers?
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:57 PM   #18
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My wife and I were at the start in Nevada City on Sunday and got a few shots of support bikes. The Aprilias of Team Sram were particularly cool. They'd set the motorcycles up as mobile workshops, with spares bolted on to racks.
SRAM is not an actual team. The company provides "neutral support" to all of the racers for mechanical failures, flats, and crash damage suffered during the race. This is in addition to each team's own support vehicles and staff. Neutral support is sent first into small gaps during the race when there isn't enough room to send in the team cars. The motorcycle goes in first because of size and agility, then the neutral service car which carries more stuff including complete bicycles. They try to keep support as close as possible without interfering with the race.

SRAM just started using Aprilia Manna motorcycles this season. The automatic shifting and no clutch is a big advantage when traveling at low speeds on big climbs with lots of starts on hills.

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Old 05-23-2010, 06:07 AM   #19
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GREAT RR! Good job finding dirt ;)

Anymore pictures of the female plumbers?

There is a solution for that problem!



http://www.geckotales.com/CrackSpackle.wmv

Although I am much less inclined to bother with it in this case!
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:44 AM   #20
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Although I am much less inclined to bother with it in this case!
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lol on the link

This is better though:

http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/backtacular
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:19 AM   #21
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SRAM is not an actual team. The company provides "neutral support" to all of the racers for mechanical failures, flats, and crash damage suffered during the race. This is in addition to each team's own support vehicles and staff. Neutral support is sent first into small gaps during the race when there isn't enough room to send in the team cars. The motorcycle goes in first because of size and agility, then the neutral service car which carries more stuff including complete bicycles. They try to keep support as close as possible without interfering with the race.

SRAM just started using Aprilia Manna motorcycles this season. The automatic shifting and no clutch is a big advantage when traveling at low speeds on big climbs with lots of starts on hills.

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Got it. Thanks for the clarification. I followed bike racing as a kid and then through college, but other things have filled in since then.

The Aprilias were very nicely outfitted.
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:43 PM   #22
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it was chilly then warm, then cold his afternoon in thousand oaks...regardless it was a great day..
















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Old 05-23-2010, 10:54 PM   #23
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the only thing orange here are the safety vests, cones, and signs (the way it should).........




nice....



ventura search and rescue bikes...nice 640A



same with the xchallenge



and 3 xr400s....



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Old 05-24-2010, 08:41 AM   #24
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Nice pics. I took some time to talk to the guys who ride the support/camera bikes right in there with the riders. They are all professionals. There is a whole process of coming up through the ranks, starting with smaller events, etc.

The final day in Thousand Oaks was an awesome race, like two different races going on at once, with the contenders fighting it out right to the finish line. With many stage races the time gaps are so big by last day that final stage is a formality, so it was great to see.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:44 AM   #25
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I talked to these guys too. They had me tell the boss the pics of the Aprillia made the internet. Good PR for the bike I guess.
The guy on the back reminded me of a gymnast, to be able to carry all that and work on the bikes too.

Fun times to watch all this in person. Amgen's contract is up on the primary sponsorship, I wonder if they will renew? Now that Floyd's not on the payroll anymore.
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Old 05-24-2010, 01:57 PM   #26
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TOC - Stage 8

Joel - Funny you got those two guys in spandex. We were partying with a large group (including those two) up on the Rock Store climb. It was crazy up there.



We did a little chalking before the race...




Here's a video frame grab from Versus... that's my wife on the left in the orange jacket....


That was a really fun event. It was so cool to be able to watch an epic road race unfold right in front of you and to see the race go by 4 times. I just hope that they do this stage again next year.

As for the guys in the first pic and the guy (yes, that's a man) running with my wife... let's just say there was a lot of beer, wigs and il-advised spandex in our group.
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:53 PM   #27
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Joel - Funny you got those two guys in spandex. We were partying with a large group (including those two) up on the Rock Store climb. It was crazy up there.



i agree taylor, it was a lot of fun and just watching the racers in close proximity was a scarce opportunity.

the spandex boys also get the girls........
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:07 PM   #28
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Joel - Funny you got those two guys in spandex. We were partying with a large group (including those two) up on the Rock Store climb. It was crazy up there.



We did a little chalking before the race...



Here's a video frame grab from Versus... that's my wife on the left in the orange jacket....


That was a really fun event. It was so cool to be able to watch an epic road race unfold right in front of you and to see the race go by 4 times. I just hope that they do this stage again next year.

As for the guys in the first pic and the guy (yes, that's a man) running with my wife... let's just say there was a lot of beer, wigs and il-advised spandex in our group.
Maybe I'm wrongBut To me it Looks Like a picture of 2 A-holes F'n up someones race
clearly It looks like a lot of the riders had to go around 2 stupid people in their sucessful attemp at their 1/3 of a second of fame
(Probably having hit their lifetime Max)
Congratulations Idiots
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Maybe I'm wrongBut To me it Looks Like a picture of 2 A-holes F'n up someones race
clearly It looks like a lot of the riders had to go around 2 stupid people in their sucessful attemp at their 1/3 of a second of fame
(Probably having hit their lifetime Max)
Congratulations Idiots
No one had to ride around anyone. This is situation normal on these climbs... and especially so in Europe. I watched all four laps and never saw any rider impeded in any way by any fans. It is chaotic, but it's also what makes pro cycling special... the riders are right there with you, not isolated from you by barricades, fences, gates, security.
You may not like it, but it's the reality of fan 'participation' in pro cycling on climbs like these.
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No one had to ride around anyone. This is situation normal on these climbs... and especially so in Europe. I watched all four laps and never saw any rider impeded in any way by any fans. It is chaotic, but it's also what makes pro cycling special... the riders are right there with you, not isolated from you by barricades, fences, gates, security.
You may not like it, but it's the reality of fan 'participation' in pro cycling on climbs like these.
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Maybe I'm wrongBut To me it Looks Like a picture of 2 A-holes F'n up someones race
clearly It looks like a lot of the riders had to go around 2 stupid people in their sucessful attemp at their 1/3 of a second of fame
(Probably having hit their lifetime Max)
Congratulations Idiots






Guess That sounded a little harsh after I reread what I wrote

(but I've had a few races screwed up by possibly sober but probably drunk spectators)

But I'd be really interested in hearing what the actual riders would say if asked about it

I'm sure they must find some of it very entertaining and some of it very annoying
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