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Old 08-15-06, 11:12 AM   #1
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Any Cat4/5 racers from Texas?

after a looooong layoff, I'm planning to do a couple races next month. I've been riding around town and getting into shape, but I'm wondering if there are any Cat 4/5 racers from Texas out there who can give me an idea of what their last couple races have been like in terms of speed, strength of field, etc? I know the only way to find out is to just get out there, but I'd like to show up with at least a vague idea of what to expect. Thanks.
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Old 08-15-06, 02:08 PM   #2
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after a looooong layoff, I'm planning to do a couple races next month. I've been riding around town and getting into shape, but I'm wondering if there are any Cat 4/5 racers from Texas out there who can give me an idea of what their last couple races have been like in terms of speed, strength of field, etc? I know the only way to find out is to just get out there, but I'd like to show up with at least a vague idea of what to expect. Thanks.
My teammates just did the crit in Columbus. There wasn't much of a turnout in the 5's but the 4's were fairly well represented. The 4's race was pretty fast with the winner basically dropping the field (he's on his way to an upgrade and just pass'n through the 4's) My teammate Paul finished 4th or 5th. This time of year the races are pretty fast and hard because of the heat. The next big event will be the AMLI crit in Sept. then the age based RR's in Oct.
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Thanks Diablo.

I was thinking about the RR in Chappell Hill and then maybe Bryan and Copperas Cove in October. Know anything about those?

I've been doing the Austin Tricyclist rides on Saturday mornings to gauge myself a bit. I stay with the second group if I do the shorter loop and end up by myself caught somewhere in between if I do the longer one.
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ATC ride is a good one to gauge yourself on. If you can hang with those guys then you're doing well. Also the Tuesday nighter is good practice - I have yet to make one of those because of my work schedule. Another good practice is the Thurs. night crit series. I've heard thats the bomb diggity. Again I haven't done it because of my work schedule. Lastly - the 360 shop ride(mine and El Diablo's sponsor) on Sundays can be very fast up front so if you can stay up there you're doing well.
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