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Yesterday I did the Canyon "Belgian Waffle Ride" and I'm still trying to eat my way out of it today. I was riding it as a "team" with a few lower (racing) cat. teammates and just having fun. It features 40 miles of dirt/gravel/single track, some of which is MTB worthy (Lake Hodges). Doing it on 25 c tires on a rim brake road bike was not the best choice, but with 100 miles of road a full on gravel bike is a bit slow. Interesting mix of setups out there, really unique ride.

I had two rear flats within ~10 mi of eachother near the end which kinda pissed me off, but you can kinda expect to "burp" a tubeless road tire when you're constantly slamming it on rocks. The endless dirt lake hodges section really took it out of me.

After that (~100 miles in) I was so far back (about halfway down the starters) that I just hammered the remaining miles and just caught and passed tons of people which was kind of exciting I guess. I wasn't really hurting until the top of double peak (final steep climb) but at that point you're pretty much done.

Unique event! Honestly it made me want a more modern disc brake road bike so that I could run 28s or even 30s for it next year. Total blast!




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Duration: 8:25:25 (92%)
Moving time: 8:17:38 (90%)
Distance: 131.8mi
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Damn, that's a ride.
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Filed the lawyer lips off the fork on my cx bike. Don't know why it took me so long.
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
Yesterday I did the Canyon "Belgian Waffle Ride" and I'm still trying to eat my way out of it today. I was riding it as a "team" with a few lower (racing) cat. teammates and just having fun. It features 40 miles of dirt/gravel/single track, some of which is MTB worthy (Lake Hodges). Doing it on 25 c tires on a rim brake road bike was not the best choice, but with 100 miles of road a full on gravel bike is a bit slow. Interesting mix of setups out there, really unique ride.

I had two rear flats within ~10 mi of eachother near the end which kinda pissed me off, but you can kinda expect to "burp" a tubeless road tire when you're constantly slamming it on rocks. The endless dirt lake hodges section really took it out of me.

After that (~100 miles in) I was so far back (about halfway down the starters) that I just hammered the remaining miles and just caught and passed tons of people which was kind of exciting I guess. I wasn't really hurting until the top of double peak (final steep climb) but at that point you're pretty much done.

Unique event! Honestly it made me want a more modern disc brake road bike so that I could run 28s or even 30s for it next year. Total blast!




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Duration: 8:25:25 (92%)
Moving time: 8:17:38 (90%)
Distance: 131.8mi
Climbing: 10262ft
RPE: -
A decent gravel bike isn't going to be that much slower.

You might be surprised how well a good carbon frame with light wheels and supple tires actually rides.

My gravel bike with 38 mm tires can do 20 MPH on the flats all day long. I recently hit 51 MPH on paved descent. I was really surprised the first few rides after I built it.


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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
Damn, that's a ride.
Yeah, thatís pretty hard core. 131 miles, 10k+ feet of climbing, and a mix of road and dirt!

<ó this guy: not ready for a day like that.
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A decent gravel bike isn't going to be that much slower.

You might be surprised how well a good carbon frame with light wheels and supple tires actually rides.

My gravel bike with 38 mm tires can do 20 MPH on the flats all day long. I recently hit 51 MPH on paved descent. I was really surprised the first few rides after I built it.


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Yeah honestly after that ride I'm tempted to try it. I was getting smoked on the flats and especially descending gravel bits, just totally uncomfortable. It's like I would be with a group of riders and then just lose them any time we hit a significant unpaved section, which was a bit frustrating b/c I had the legs.

I def. saw more disc brakes and 30+ mm tires than what I was sporting, that's for sure. If I had a bike that could take those that's what I'd ride, maybe next year!
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Another thing that's missing is practice... I figured since I'm a seasoned MTB'er that I'd be fine. Nope! haha, Really uncomfortable riding my road bike over that stuff. They had a bunch of recon rides, none of which I did as I figured I'd just wing it. You get what you pay for I guess.
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
Yesterday I did the Canyon "Belgian Waffle Ride" and I'm still trying to eat my way out of it today.
Some big names at that ride.

Looks like a damn good time!

https://gravelcyclist.com/race-repor...-wil-matthews/


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Nice photos there, thanks for sharing! Some good photos of the Black Canyon climbing/descending, which is the big prominent section of the ride along with Hodges/Lemontwist. You do those sectors in both directions.

Next year it could be fun to try and "race" it by taking a more capable bike, recon-ing some of the dirt sections and not waiting for my buddies if we get separated (and vice-versa). I use quotations b/c there is no way that I'm winning something like this, but it could be fun to see how much time I can shave off.
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I use quotations b/c there is no way that I'm winning something like this, but it could be fun to see how much time I can shave off.
I did the Southern Cross with George Hincapie and Christian Van de Velde so I'm with you on this.


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Today I spent an hour being annoyed. Recently changed the rim tape on my road bike's wheels from plastic strips to cloth Velox. Ever since, I've had severe hop in both tires that doesn't go away. Not amused.
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Today I spent an hour being annoyed. Recently changed the rim tape on my road bike's wheels from plastic strips to cloth Velox. Ever since, I've had severe hop in both tires that doesn't go away. Not amused.
Dunno if it's the tape's fault.

But I just use tubeless tape on everything these days.

8898 tape specifically.
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Dunno if it's the tape's fault.

But I just use tubeless tape on everything these days.

8898 tape specifically.
I reseated the tires multiple times, swapped tubes, and swapped tires. Every time, same hop in the same place. Both rims are true. It was the tape. I say was because the tape is now in the trash.

On the bright side, the good tires are going onto my fixed gear now.
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I reseated the tires multiple times, swapped tubes, and swapped tires. Every time, same hop in the same place. Both rims are true. It was the tape. I say was because the tape is now in the trash.

On the bright side, the good tires are going onto my fixed gear now.
There are a lotta rims that don't have enough room between the ledge and the bead hook for Velox where it overlaps around the valve hole.
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There are a lotta rims that don't have enough room between the ledge and the bead hook for Velox where it overlaps around the valve hole.
+1, what rims are they, @seau grateau?
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+1, what rims are they, @seau grateau?
Rims are unbranded, just a stock wheelset from a Ridley I bought a few years back.
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Sunday I went for a trail run...



And discovered a random civil war era iron furnace in the woods. Scale is difficult to show but this thing is at least two stories tall.

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Had this in my inbox this morning. I put in a lot of work this season and it hasn't been all roses. I feel so relieved to have met my goal, and to feel like I can relax with the training and racing a bit.

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...and just like that, I've been asked to participate on the elite team's TTT squad this year. Only thing is, I've never ridden a TT bike more than a few blocks, and I just picked one up (borrowing) last night. Also the race is in 3 weeks. Not gonna have enough time to really adapt but should have enough time to tweak the position and do some pratice runs.

For those not in the know, the TTT (team time trial) is a race where you start with a 4-man team and try to cover a course (24 mi, flat) as quickly as possible. Time is marked as third rider across the line so you can "burn" one by making him work disproportionately in the first half. For a race like this you pick a speed (say, 30 mph) then work out how long each rider spends on the front due to their ability. For some riders, it might be 10 seconds, for others, might be 60.

This should be fun! Time to start practicing. I did one of these as a brand new racer in college on road bikes and it was a total **** show, riders accelerating too hard at first, getting dropped etc. But fun! It will be even more fun to do it with more fitness, skill, experience and practice.
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Spent some time this evening tweaking the TT bike position with the trainer and a mirror. Rode it around the 'hood for like 10 min in the position and now my neck hurts. About to start gluing tubulars to my new track wheels (55 mm carbon), applied base layers to the tire and wheels last night. Fun doing all this new stuff!
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Today's ride started with a flat about 15 minutes in -- massive pothole snuck up on me and I tried to bunnyhop over but the rear didn't clear it. Lucky I saw it when I did though. If my front wheel had hit it, I likely would've crashed bad.
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Sunday I went for a trail run...



And discovered a random civil war era iron furnace in the woods. Scale is difficult to show but this thing is at least two stories tall.

Tim,

That's really cool! I'd be curious what they used it for.

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Tim,

That's really cool! I'd be curious what they used it for.

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Its an iron blast furnace used to separate iron from ore. LMK if you want to check it out. There are several in our area. The one in the photo above is the Lewis-Oak Grove furnace.

https://www.be-roberts.com/se/ruins/furnace-index.htm


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