I am in. Stiefler do you still have room for 1 more? I am in NE DC near cap hill.
This type B with C riding skills will draft the 55.98 off you but it'll be faster for me to swim the final .02 miles than to run it.
And if you key Clifford, he'll bite you. Then I'll toss you in the water to drown.
You have been warned.
I'll be there on Saturday and traveling as part of the South American bloc... and on the actual course, I'll be one of the slow pokes.
I'm curious if the course is too windy for aero wheels and should I switch them out for the ride.
People race on disk, Zipp 1080s, and every combo you can think of at that race. Is it windy? Yes, very. Most of the in your face wind are in the second half of the ride. Is it too windy for you? Well, bring it and find out. That's what the training ride is for. ... to find out what you can get away with and what you can't come race day.
Imagine what the windiest (crosswind and in your face wind) part of Haines Point feels like . Now imagine if you can handle that for really long stretches. That's what Eagleman is like. Actually, Eagleman's wind are probably 2x of the windiest part of Haines Point.
I wouldn't be to worried about what wheel you go with in the rear. Even if it is really windy a disk would not be terrible. A really deep front wheel in the heavy wind will be tricky. Go with something 60MM deep or less in the front if it is really bad. It was a bit breezy last year and I was perfectly fine riding a disc and and 808 front. I hope this helps.
I'll be there. But 8 AM is mighty early so I might miss the start.
Disc wheel is totally fine at Eagle/Chesapeakeman. Never ridden anything more aero than my Deep-Vs there, so I can't comment on that.
Thanks Karen for making sure we have nice weather tomorrow.
Hey guys...my schedule got crowded Sat afternoon so I'm going to ride tomorrow morning closer to home. Have fun out there!
Awesome crew out there today for a few miles and some tater tots.
Someone say a prayer to the weather gods for weather like that on race day!
(Note that the bikes have been "tagged" too.)
Karen, thanks for organizing the ride today. Had a blast! Don't know what I enjoyed more, the ride or the Sonic burger!
Big thank you to Julia and Karen for pulling this 15 mph cyclist around the course at 19-20 mph!
Oh wow Wombat. I'm just speechless. I mean ... who was there to bike 10 miles backward to pick up your dropped Garmin? Who was there to escort you back to base? Without a certain member from the House of Royalty, you would be enjoying breakfast this morning with Bubba. Where's the love for the greatest Royalty of them all? That's ok though. I'm not here to tout my own horn. I'm above that.
Within the Vietnamese Kingdom of Heaven there are always haters but why such strong blatant hatred for Vietnamese people? Are you Cambodian? I guessed I shouldn't expect much from a swimmer or the female species for that matter.
I had heard that the Eagleman bike course was windy but I was hoping that was just an exaggeration. I guess not. Twice as windy as Hains Point? Yikes! But you mean twice as windy as a regular day on Hains Point, right? A few weeks ago, it was about 3 or 4 times as windy as usual out there, so bad that I almost got blown off my bike sideways a couple times. On the east side of the park, the wind was so strong that I was struggling just to break 10 mph, especially around the south turn. Then as soon as I got onto the west side of the loop, I suddenly picked up more than 10 mph, with less effort. Eagleman's not that bad, is it?
It can be. Fortunately, the Eagleman course is much less exposed than the Chesapeakeman course (and Hains Points west side – towards VA, right?). However, the wind the last two times I've been out there has been in the opposite direction to what I've come to expect (usually it's a tailwind to start and a headwind to finish).
I got to Cambridge as most/all of you were finishing your bike. Don't know if the wind had picked up or died down or stayed the same.
The difference between Haines Point and EM is that at Haines Point you are only getting the bad wind one one side or the other and in stretches of a mile or two. At EM, the exposure to wind is in longer stretches and it could be more brutal. On race day last year I left the transition area at about 24 mph with the wind doing the majority of the work. On the way back ... I saw a lot of 10s on the speedometer.
Don't worry though. If the wind the doesn't kill you, the running in 90 degrees air temp on asphalt under the blazing sun with no cover certainly will :)
The wind this past weekend was very mild by Cambridge standard. A few people said that they were cruising at about 5 mph two weeks ago during one of those super windy days ... something about riding their bikes while leaning to one side of the road :)
Given all this, it really makes me marvel at how fast Terenzo Bozzone rode last year. He averaged over 26 mph over the entire 56 miles! Yeah, I won't be doing anything like that. Maybe more like 2.6 mph if the wind is that bad, LOL.
You can do faster than that! At least on the downhills.... oh wait, there are none. It's UTTERLY flat. :)