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Brown County State Park / Brown County Article in Dirt Rag
« on: September 10, 2012, 06:55:20 PM »
Nice six page spread about BCSP in the new Dirt Rag. Nice pics and article!

6 Hour for me. Not sure how I will hold up as I haven't been able to get in as many long rides as I would like, but I figured I'll give it my best shot. Looking forward to it. Its been well over a year since I have been to Versailles.
One question, how far are the solo pits from the start/finish line?
Ed F.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: town run nite race
« on: September 04, 2012, 08:45:10 AM »
I'll second the "surrealistic" comment made earlier. It was very cool to look across the field in the south loop and see several other lights darting around. I'm glad the SS class went with 2 laps, although I think it took a few by surprise. After the first lap I still had alot left in the tank, but not long after Talking Tree on the inbound of the second lap I started to decline, partly due to the humidity, and because my back was getting sore from not being on the SS in a few weeks.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: town run nite race
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:25:46 PM »
Last night was a great race and a very fun time! Between the darkness and running the course backwards, the familiar confines of Town Run seemed like a different trail. Thanks to the organizers for setting the race up. Hopefully there will be another none next year.  It was three weeks since I was last on my single speed, and I am feeling it a bit today!


Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: town run nite race
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:28:02 PM »
Anyone remember the times for the race tomorrow? I took a look at the schedule when I registered but have since forgotten the times.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: town run nite race
« on: August 27, 2012, 03:07:16 PM »
Looks like 19 are signed up and there needs to be 20 by today. Perhaps the deadline is midnight. Still some time to get there.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Dino Race at Southwestway
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:49:44 AM »

I heard there was another single speeder out there.  I'd like to know how he did.  Anybody know who he was?

I was riding with a singlespeeder in the Cat 3 race during the first lap down along the river. I think his name was Shawn, possibly plate number 504. I know he was riding a blue GT.
Great race yesterday. I was very glad to have bar ends on Mann Hill. I made the climb the first time, but bobbled on a root the second time which forced a bit of hiking. Double log crossing did get me. I seem to be 50/50 on what should be an easy log hop. Oh well.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Dino Race at Southwestway
« on: August 23, 2012, 12:46:45 PM »
The hill starts where it says "start of long technical climb". About 5 miles in / one mile to go on the loop.

Oh ok. So it is the climb that follows the old gravel road up to the mtb trail head and then turns towards the parking lot. Looks like just before the parking lot the route veers off to a hiking trail and then makes for the summit of the hill. Thanks for the clarification.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Dino Race at Southwestway
« on: August 23, 2012, 12:07:07 PM »
Where on the course is this climb? (feel free to refer to the course map on the DINO page) I ride Southwestway frequently, but did not race there in 2010, and don't stray off of the mtb specific trails. I'm thinking this is on one of the hiking trails on the southern end of the park. Am I close?

Club News / Re: Prairie Creek Reservoir trails? Any info?
« on: August 22, 2012, 08:47:31 AM »
Another option for us on the eastern side of the state is Hayes Arboreutm in Richmond.  They have about 2.5 miles of singletrack that is nice and broke in and just opened another 1.5 miles last week.  Last I heard there are plans to keep expanding the trails to 10 or more miles. Still 30 minutes or more from Munice but another place to ride.

Thanks for the info on this. I have to go to the east side fo the state on business every once in a while and this could be a good post work riding location. Is there a volunteer/MTB group building the trail?

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: town run nite race
« on: August 20, 2012, 01:08:05 PM »
One more thing. I'm doing the single speed division. If there is anyone out there who would like to race, but has not signed up due to lack of lights, send me a PM. I would be happy to let someone in a later race borrow my lights. I am only out for one lap so the charge on my Magicshine might be good for a couple of extra laps while I have an extra battery for my Niterider.
Ok, back to work. -Ed

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: town run nite race
« on: August 20, 2012, 12:19:56 PM »
what's holding folks back from doing this?

Firstly, there hasn't been what I would call a lot of advertisement / promotion.  I'm willing to bet there are a lot of guys that would want to do it, but have never heard of it. Those guys aren't on these forums.

Also, people who are going through the registration process may be turned off by the statement:
All registrations are final. There are no refunds or cancellations. Check this box to acknowledge before continuing.

That is in the "Payment Information" section.

While that probably doesn't mean people wouldn't get refunds if the event organizer cancels, I bet it scares people away.

Lastly, it wouldn't hurt to paste the link to the event info and registration in as many places as possible.


Signs at Town Run would help too.

Please note; I am not criticizing!  I want this event to happen.  It would be a blast!  You asked what's holding people back and these are some ideas.   :)

We love the critique, this is a new series and a new race so any kind of input is received as constructive (well almost any kind).  I'll ask GetMeRegistered to note that all entries would be refunded in the event of a cancellation.

We do need help with the promotions of this race and the series, we're working on a director for the overall series now actually.  Someone took down our signs at Town Run, we didn't have new ones made to replace them.

Where else should we post?

 - IndianaMTB

Shoot it out to the HMBA Facebook page as well as Facebook pages for other cycling groups or trail systems in the area. (Doesn't Rangeline have a Facebook page?)  Also perhaps get some local groups talking about it. IndyCog was behind the extension of the hours on the Monon, and a night event at Town Run could be used as an example that cyclists are responsible enough to warrant opening other park properties for night time cycling use. Also, a press release talking about the uniqueness of the event could garner some pre-race attention; a human interest kind of story. Maybe NUVO, or some other independent paper would put a blurb on their electronic editions. A night time race on the state's busiest mountain bike trail (is it still the busiest?) could make an interesting story. Lastly, the local colleges are back to school. Maybe advertise directly to any cycling clubs at these schools.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Sand bag
« on: August 17, 2012, 12:28:25 PM »
We race because we LIKE to race. It gives us an excuse to travel to and ride courses that we normally wouldn't due to the job, kids, weekend honey-dos, etc... etc... etc., and a reason to continue to ride and keep in shape. It gives us goals to set and try to achieve. At our level and probably also our age... (I hate to break it to anyone, but if you're in your middle 20's or older and aren't already making a living on the bike as a pro rider, you probably aren't ever going to....), the goal should be to improve and only measure yourself against yourself. Are you getting more fit, able to ride faster, longer, climb better, lower body fat, better muscle tone, etc.. etc.

Well said.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: town run nite race
« on: August 17, 2012, 11:59:46 AM »
I jumped on board as well. Seems like a good chance to see how a Monocog 29er handles a race situation. May not be the fastest, but should be fun!

Find a Ride / Re: Hills in Indianapolis
« on: July 26, 2012, 08:31:36 AM »
Yeah, Town Run is a little lacking on the hill department. I originally posted this back during my prep for the Death March. A combination of Ft. Ben/Skiles Test, Crown Hill, and many repeats of the hill behind the IMA helped with that.  I have found my favorite is to focus on doing laps at Ft. Ben on the road while alternating laps on the singletrack. I was planning on doing the Gravel Grovel again this year so there will be an uptick in the hill training in the month leading up to that.

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