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Sep 20, 07:39 AM by Steve | Changes to Everest Challenge 2011

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Thanks to diglloyd for posting information about the new route and ‘rules’. I’ve cut up my data from last year to illustrate the new route. Ideally I’d splice it all back together but that sounds like more work than just riding it. So here it is:

Note: You must be a strava member to be able to see the subsegment links I’ve created. Sorry.

The first climb, formerly the last, is the long slog South Lake. The steep ramps at the end were a major bitch and having it near the beginning with fresher legs may be a nice change. Also, in the past there is always a “neutral” start, and I suspect that will be the first 3 miles from Mill Pond to the Ed Powers/168 intersection.

At South Lake (I wonder if we will go all the way to the upper parking lot like the finish?) we turn around and head back down the narrow and steep road to the lodge place, and then the relatively mellow rolling descent and the little kicker back to the 168. Last year, of course, it wasn’t timed. It was always one I was glad wasn’t timed, the top is kind of sketchy, and the rest is on a highway and always windy. Although I’m thinking earlier in the day it may not be as bad.

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Sep 18, 03:30 PM by Steve | I'm In

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I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that knows me that I’ve decided to still go to Everest Challenge. I told myself and others that I would not make a decision until after my climb on Wednesday, so that’s what I did. Going into Wednesday I was feeling better every day and knew that my decision was becoming increasingly likely. Some of you probably think it was inevitable, but I really did give it serious consideration. The pain is nearly gone, but some discomfort lingers, especially if I move funny. I can breathe deep, cough, sneeze, and blow snot rockets. Just don’t make me laugh. The safety is my biggest concern and I’ve been very cautious on rides and especially descending yesterday. I don’t know what to say, except that I don’t think doing this will be any less safe than staying in Santa Barbara and doing the lake ride and Worlds… again…

Anyway, I’m going into this with lowered expectation. I was thinking I coud get some points out of this, but now I’ll be happy just to finish in the top half.

So, I spent this morning making final changes to my bike. I’m taking the TCR instead of the Tarmac because I want the power data, both for pacing and after-the-fact overanalysis. Pretty funny since a big motivation for getting the Tarmac was a lighter bike for Everest Challenge, and getting the CinQo for having power data when switching between race wheels and training wheels…...

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Mar 17, 08:51 PM by Steve | Paralyzed with Indecision

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I can’t decide whether to make the 6 hour, 375 mile drive up to Copperopolis for the 63 mile road race on Saturday, or bail on that and hit the Del Mar and Ontario pair of crits down south that weekend instead.

Copperopolis is supposed to be an amazing race on amazingly bad roads so thats kinda plus and minus. My biggest hesitation is that its a long drive for one race when I can stay much closer to home and get two crits in. I used to think road races were my thing, but I’ve been doing much better in crits lately and getting killed in the road races. So add to the 6 hours each way the likelyhood that I will get dropped off the back, my hesitation increases.

But on the other hand, Del Mar is pretty far away too, and Ontario is a minute 4/5 mixed race, I’ve already paid for Coperoppolis, and so has Chester.

AAAAAAAARRRRRRRG!

Opinions, advice, or whatever would be be greatly appreciated.

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Feb 18, 06:00 PM by Steve | Quickies from Tulare

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So we have been pretty much in the middle of nowhere all weekend and without internet access. We were driving back from the crit in Dinuba and just after passing Tulare, we see a sign for a rest stop with internet access. I’ll do reports and pics later, but the short of it is that I got 28th in Pine Flat out of 50something starters, and 16th at Dinuba in a combined 4/5 field out of 32 starters. I mostly got screwed up on position again, this time getting pinched to the inside on a corner I wanted to be on the outside for, having to slow down because we were coming in at too shallow of an angle, and losing lots of position before the final corner. By the time the sprint was on, I was out of contention and just kinda cruised in for a mid-pack finish. And there was a crash too on one of the sketchy corners, literally right in front of me. He went down and I just kind of skirted around him. Yikes.

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Nov 12, 09:12 PM by Steve | 4

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Member: Steve Weixel
License: Road Racer
Request to change category from Cat 5 to Cat 4

Member Explanation/Resume:

  1. 4/21/07 Conquer the Canyons Circuit Race
  2. 4/22/07 Conquer the Canyons Road Race
  3. 4/28/07 Devil’s Punchbowl Road Race
  4. 5/6/07 San Luis Rey Road Race
  5. 7/7/07 La Mirada Grand Prix
  6. 8/4/07 Sisquoc Road Race
  7. 8/12/07 San Luis Obispo Downtown Criterium
  8. 9/22/07 Everest Challenge
  9. 9/23/07 Everest Challenge
  10. 10/28/07 Baker to Death Valley

Request was approved on 2007-11-12 20:14 by Gregory Aden

Congratulations on your cat 4 road upgrade and it will be reflected on your 2008 license when you renew.

Greg Aden
SCNCA

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Oct 19, 07:49 PM by Kimberly | 10 Races

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Steve is insane.
He wants to do an 80 mile race 266 miles away to get his 10th race and upgrade to Cat 4.
That’s next weekend. But to prepare, he is doing the Solvang Double Century this weekend.

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Sep 11, 05:28 PM by Steve | It's official!!! Platinum Road Team '08

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It’s the real deal baby!! Welcome to the Platinum Road Team for 2008. This team will be an extension of Todd Booth’s extremely successful Mountain Bike Team. Sponsors will be the same as the mountain bike team. More importantly, this team is going to be about comaraderie, team work, tactics, race support and having fun. – Gary Douville

Mark Fennell – Cat 1
Ben Haldeman – Cat 1
Chris Brown – Cat 2
Steve Smith – Cat 3
Jason Hannon – Cat 3/Expert
Gary Douville – Cat 3/Expert
Ron Takeda – Cat 3/Expert
Steve Boelter – Cat 3/Sport
Roger Moore – Cat 3/Expert
Jamie Goldstein – Cat 4/Semi-pro
Mark Luke – Cat 4/Expert
Tom Anhalt – Cat 4
Chester Gillmore – Cat 4
Steve Weixel – Cat 4

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Jul 13, 08:36 AM by Steve | More La Mirada Pictures

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From the Masters 45+ and Cat 4 race, which ran concurrently.

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Jul 8, 10:44 PM by Steve | La Mirada Pro/1/2 Pictures

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Jul 7, 11:43 PM by Kimberly | La Mirada Pictures

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