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anybody interested in riding the farmer's daughter this year

may 20th

i am in

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Signed up on Monday, found out yesterday my girlfriend couldn't go, but still hoping to make this one on Sunday.
Have a hotel reservation in Coxsackie Saturday night.  Hopefully the weather holds out!
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I'm also signed up. This will be my first Gravel "event".

I will be riding my newly built Gold Trek Crockett.

Agree about the weather. Even without rain on Sunday should be pretty muddy due

to all this rain we have been getting.

Really looking forward to this! Looks like a great coarse

Hope to see you there.

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JP doubt there would be many more bikes looking like mine if you wanted to look me up. A fire engine red Raleigh Roker Comp with fluro yellow water bottle cages.

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Johnnypedals are you still in for this ride? It looks like a mud fest in the morning?

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Yeah I'm still planning on going. Were you able to see any of the dirt roads? I figured the singletrack sections would be mess.

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Nah it was a 352+ mile trip for me. I am staying over at Greater Barrington Mass. about 25 miles away and have been kind of unwinding since I got here around 1 pm. I also went down to a local bike shop that treated me really good. They only charged me $10 a wheel to put some Stans sealant in. I hadn't had any put in since last December so I wasn't taking a chance. You should have just received an email on the update of the conditions on the course. Figure mud and since I am a mid to end of pack rider will be pretty much messed up until I go thru. The good news is I shouldn't have any trouble following tracks. This will be my first mud ride/race so don't know what to expect with my tires and or my riding skills as no practice there. I had a really tough nasty drive up.

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 Yeah got the Email. 352 miles! Holy Smokes that's dedication. We are coming from North Jersey about 2 1/2 hours.
 Riding with 2 other guys 1 is really slow(will try to move him along though lol) so will probably be near the back as well. Hope to maybe ride some with you. I will be on a gold colored Trek Crockett and the 2 guys I'm with will be riding Titanium Seven cross bikes. 
 
Ready to play in the mud,see you there 😉

clarksonxc are you still going? Also hope to see you there

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Zman what tires are you running? I'm on Kenda Flintridge Pro 35c running Tubeless at about 45psi

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Not sure what you weigh. I am at 200 lbs. now running the stock tires 40 mm Clement xplor MSO. Unless you are over 200 lbs. I am think 45 lbs is too much. I have always run 40 rear and 35 front tubeless. That is all an individual taste though.

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 Yeah got the Email. 352 miles! Holy Smokes that's dedication. We are coming from North Jersey about 2 1/2 hours.
 Riding with 2 other guys 1 is really slow(will try to move him along though lol) so will probably be near the back as well. Hope to maybe ride some with you. I will be on a gold colored Trek Crockett and the 2 guys I'm with will be riding Titanium Seven cross bikes. 
 
Ready to play in the mud,see you there 😉

clarksonxc are you still going? Also hope to see you there

Well like I posted early fire engine red Roker Comp with fluro yellow water bottle cages.
This will be all new to me.

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What a ride, huh guys?  Sorry we couldn't meet up but 400 people in that small park made for some tight quarters throughout.  Especially that early single track section!
Overall I was super happy with my choice; Salsa Cutthroat with Vittoria Terreno Wet rear and WTB Resolute front.  28/30psi with tubes.  Plenty of traction and mud clearance, not to mention a 24x32 low gear.  And I used EVERY gear on this ride.
I was pleasantly surprised with the weather in the morning, much warmer than I expected.  I could've done without that rain shower but I carried a jacket along so it wasn't a big deal.  My sunglasses getting fogged up in the woods made it tough to see that singletrack after the last aid station.
I thought it was an excellent course though, would've been even more fun if it was dry.  The organizers did a great job marking the course, staffing/stocking the rest stops, and with the post race party.  Thanks to all the volunteers as well.

I would highly recommend this ride!
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I did get to ride with JohnnyPedals(he is a strong rider) and 2 of his friends. I didn't make the whole ride and took the bail out after the 27 mile lunch stop and the bail out was 12+ miles back to town so I had almost 40 miles. I was really under trained and took the ride for granted. The mud really wore me out and I didn't take in enough fluids in the beginning of the ride.  Johnnypedals said he had 6500 ft. climbing in the 65 miles.  I for sure didn't have the right tires. What size were your tires? My stock tires/tubeless on the Roker Comp Clement xplor MSO seemed like boat anchors at times and then were spinning out at other times. After the one section and a  hard road it seemed like they were slinging mud for a 1/4 mile. Yes I didn't get lost so the course was well marked and the food afterwards was top notched. Yes I would say it was low keyed or grass roots as that is the first ride that I have done that had no race number on your bikes.
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Overall I was super happy with my choice; Salsa Cutthroat with Vittoria Terreno Wet rear and WTB Resolute front.  28/30psi with tubes.  Plenty of traction and mud clearance, not to mention a 24x32 low gear.  And I used EVERY gear on this ride.

What size tires were you running? Curious as to why you aren't running them tubeless or don't you have tubeless rims?

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 What a GREAT Day! Nice meeting and riding with you Zman.  I also was happy with my choice. Trek Crockett with Kenda Flintridge pros 35c run tubeless.My low gear was 34-32 and was pretty close to ideal for me yesterday Those tires really surprised me with how well they tackled the mud. 
 
 As for the event itself, it was extremely well marked. I heard someone mention that you would need to try really hard to get lost and I agree. I really enjoyed the singletrack sections especially the first one , the one before lunch, and the bonus one at the rest stop. And who knew there would be Ice Cream at the top of that long climb(like an oasis).
 
 It was my first Gravel "event" . The vibe was great.  The food and swag were top notch and all the volunteers were cheerful.  The organizers did an amazing job especially considering the conditions the week leading up to the ride. I plan to do it again next year. Also got the gravel bug and looking to do more rides similar to this.
 
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Johnny - agreed man.  I was a bit nervous about the singletrack because I'm not the strongest technical rider, but I thought it was all very manageable.  The only times I had to stop were because of other people, or in the case of the bonus loop, not being able to see with my shades on and the rain!  I think 34x32 would've been OK for me with dryer conditions and maybe some "summer fitness."  A couple of those climbs in the middle though, I would've been walking!

Zman - yeah I had about 6500ft on my Garmin as well.  I am nowhere near peak fitness, but I think my mtn gearing really saved my day.  Just kept it slow and stayed within myself, didn't redline my HR for fear of blowing up.  I was also eating and drinking very well until it started raining, then it was harder to keep up with it.  After the weather broke again I was back on track but only had a few miles left at that point.  I ran the Vittoria Terreno Wet, which I think they called 700x40 and 622x38 for some reason but now it's just labeled 40mm for both.  It was very grippy and is hardly showing any signs of wear.  Two reasons I haven't gone tubeless - I love changing tires often.  I don't know why, but I enjoy having a large variety to choose from and swap in and out.  It's easier to do that without dealing with sealant.  The other reason, very similar to why I haven't ditched my front derailleur:  tubes have not cause me any problems.  I weigh around 175, and had a bunch of gear on the bike, and ran 30psi with no issues.  I am not sure how much I'd gain by going with lower pressure, so why bother making the switch?

I also like how there were no numbers - it allowed me to use a handlebar bag for my rain coat and also not worry about pinning a number on my jacket.  I remember making the last turn heading back into Crellin Park and asking a guy where the finish was.  He said "It's here man, you made it!"  I laughed and rode to my car and changed; no crowd, no barriers, nice and low key.
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Thanks for the info on the tires clarksonxc. On riding with tubes if it ain't broke for you why try fixing it. I did say something to johnnypedals. If you wanted to travel/maybe fly sometime go do the Pony Express ride in Marysville Kansas in Sept. They have a 75 miler and 120 miler. It's all gravel btw and the 1st mile at the start is hard road and that is it. Only 120 riders last year for the 2 rides. Swag give away the night before at the riders meeting was unbelievable. Entry fee wasn't that high and unlike another ride out there the motels didn't double or triple their room prices the week of the ride. I can't recommend it enough. There is a ride report of mine over at gravel cyclist under the racing thread and if you went to their FB page probably 200-300 photos in there from last  years ride that you could get a feel for the ride. You won't need any mt. bike gearing for that ride.They had 2-3 pro photographers out on the course taking photos and left you steal the photos after the ride without paying for them. Oh yeah a very short 100 ft. climb called the Brewski challenge and if you climbed the hill without putting your foot down they gave you a free beer. They wanted you to win the beer from their beer sponsor.

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Awesome, thanks for the heads up.  Maybe post that over on the Central US Region thread?
That's what I'm going to do to try and promote a ride I really liked in Vermont.  We did it last year, and it was great.  Tons of climbing, with beautiful roads and scenery.
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Awesome, thanks for the heads up.  Maybe post that over on the Central US Region thread?
That's what I'm going to do to try and promote a ride I really liked in Vermont.  We did it last year, and it was great.  Tons of climbing, with beautiful roads and scenery.


So what was the VT. ride that you did that you liked? Not sure if you saw my post but planning on riding in all the States that have gravel rides/races and they have to be at least 50 miles long for me to count. I haven't done VT. yet.


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Zman - I posted about it here:  http://ridinggravel.forumchitchat.com/post/cabot-ride-the-ridges-cabot-vt-9748495?pid=1304308168
That's a nice quest, 50mi of gravel in each state.  The longest route for the Cabot ride is 100km, so you're covered.  Even though road surface conditions are better in Cabot than they were in Chatham, the route has more climbing (over 7000').
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clarksonxc I was actually looking for a ride in Aug. or Sept. and thought maybe my funds might be limited so flying to say MN or so is probably out. Driving up there would be within the budget. The link you posted is that a write up in the ride? Give me a guess what the %'s are of gravel to road/chip roads. I should be in shape by then so 7000 ft. of climbing is no biggie. Would foliage be possibly starting by then? Not being the techy guy even though I will try to manually type in that link, isn't the link somewhere in the forum?

Thanks for any info/help
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