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Old 01-01-07, 05:56 PM   #1
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San Bruno Hill Climb - First RR Report of 2007

Happy New Year!
I debated weather or not I should post this race report since some members have sent me private messages telling me to quit bragging.
I really don't mean to brag, I just want to post race reports like everyone else. So, here it is and I apologize in advance if it sounds like bragging.

The conditions were perfect today for the 3.65 mile San Bruno Mountain Hill Climb. It was a little cool when I arrived to warm up, but by the time the race started the sun was shinning and the temp was in the low 50's and climbing with no wind to speak of.

All 200+ racers lined up by category for this mass start event and it was real nice to be a Cat 2 and start on the front line rather than in the back with the Cat 5's like last year. I had a couple teammates who were right behind me in the 3's and ready to take the lead should the pace dawdle. Fortunately though one of the other teams had a masters world track champion who there to make a fast pace for his teammate who was going for the 14:42 course record (and $200 bonus).

The whistle blew and we were off to a fast pace. I was on the outside trying to grab a wheel, as the pace was stringing us into a single file very quickly. By the time I merged into the line I was in about 10th place. Before too long the guy in 8th lost the wheel and I had to bridge up. About this time the pace setter peeled off and I was able to get on the wheel of his teammate sitting in 3rd. The new leader who was not setting a pace for anyone else was content to do all the work and he managed to drop all but 4 of us by the midway point.

I felt great over the first half even though I was nearly a minute faster than my best practice rides over the course. After the brief turn and descent to the underpass as we entered the park the real climbing began. The leader surged and we were down to 4, then I countered and only 1 guy went with me, the defending champion. Once we were free, I tried several 10-15 second all out efforts, but couldn't shake him. After each effort I would rest for a few seconds, but he wouldn't go by so I'd try again. Finally with about 300M to go I went and he wasn't able to go with me. I sprinted in at 14:56, missing the record by 14 seconds, but improving my time by about 50 seconds over last year.

Oh well, next year the course record bonus will be $300!
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Old 01-01-07, 06:00 PM   #2
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Old 01-01-07, 06:03 PM   #3
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Well the Racing subforum description reads, "Discuss pro racing, the big races, and even the small backyard races. Don't forget to update all the members with your own race results." so I think the blowhards sending you PMs can just STFU.

Great job on the hill climb, helluva way to start the year off right! Great day for riding today, wasn't it?
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Old 01-01-07, 06:28 PM   #4
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Nice! Great way to start the season
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Old 01-01-07, 06:45 PM   #5
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I want races already.

I want a lot more to win serious races.
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Old 01-01-07, 07:43 PM   #6
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Great report. There's nothing wrong with telling us you won.

Please keep posting!

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Old 01-01-07, 07:55 PM   #7
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Great job! Today was a wonderful day, thanks for the report!
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Old 01-01-07, 08:16 PM   #8
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Hey Pizza, congrats and nice job! So they set LN off the front to hammer? He's a nice big draft I see the fountain of youth is still working for AMD boys, and my man took the 55. Shweet.

And for me anyway, I don't think the reports are braggin at all. They're doin. Braggin is when you don't have results to back up your "numbers" or if you're out "winning" a training ride somewhere.
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Old 01-01-07, 08:21 PM   #9
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Dude if I had your skillz I'd be braggin' my skinny arse off...besides when you can deliver the pain it ain't braggin' it's called talent. Nice report and keep'm comming!
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Old 01-01-07, 08:46 PM   #10
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Kudos, Pizza Man! Sounds like it was a good day for a race. Certainly much better conditions than the last couple of years.
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Old 01-01-07, 08:51 PM   #11
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Nice! I had no idea i'd be seeing race reports as early Jan. 1 but I like it. We're still 6 weeks away from the first real races around here. Congrats on the great result.
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Old 01-01-07, 10:46 PM   #12
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There's just something about 'locals' beating all comers...

Way to go Pizza Man!!!
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Congrats on a great race. Results and reports are always welcome. I was out riding today and it was a fabulous day to start the new year.
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Congrats on the awesome ride! And a big +1 to the STFU to the haters of your posts, I love a good RR report, especially here in the dead of winter.
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Old 01-02-07, 12:10 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Pizza Man
Happy New Year!
I debated weather or not I should post this race report since some members have sent me private messages telling me to quit bragging.
I really don't mean to brag, I just want to post race reports like everyone else. So, here it is and I apologize in advance if it sounds like bragging.
Keep posting the reports.

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I tried several 10-15 second all out efforts, but couldn't shake him. After each effort I would rest for a few seconds, but he wouldn't go by so I'd try again. Finally with about 300M to go I went and he wasn't able to go with me. I sprinted in at 14:56, missing the record by 14 seconds, but improving my time by about 50 seconds over last year.
Congratulations. Maybe without those surges, and a really steady hard effort, you'd have beaten the record!?! Or, perhaps, he might have!

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Oh well, next year the course record bonus will be $300!
What power/weight ratio does the record time equate to (to first order)? You are obviously very close.
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Old 01-02-07, 01:13 PM   #16
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What power/weight ratio does the record time equate to (to first order)? You are obviously very close.
Thanks for the replies guys.

Here is some data from a 123 pound rider who rode the course in 15:28 and averaged 306W or 5.4 w/kg.
http://anonymous.coward.free.fr/wattage/sbhc/sbhc.html

I'm guessing that the record would require about 5.6-5.7 W/kg for less than 15 minutes. I think this would be very easy for any Pro or R600DuraAce.
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Nicely done!
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yeah, way to keep kickin' ass, PM

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Here is some data from a 123 pound rider who rode the course in 15:28 and averaged 306W or 5.4 w/kg.
http://anonymous.coward.free.fr/wattage/sbhc/sbhc.html
123 LBS??? Jeezus man, that is tiny
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123 LBS??? Jeezus man, that is tiny

Welcome to the body type of the pure climber

My 77 kg self knows I won't ever be competitive at these types of races, luckily I can throw down a good sprint or I'd have no hope
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Keep 'em coming PM. I'll be out at the EB crits starting next weekend.
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Way to go Pizza Man. Keep posting your race reports - they are an inspiration.
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Old 01-02-07, 04:57 PM   #22
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Thanks for the replies guys.

Here is some data from a 123 pound rider who rode the course in 15:28 and averaged 306W or 5.4 w/kg.
http://anonymous.coward.free.fr/wattage/sbhc/sbhc.html

I'm guessing that the record would require about 5.6-5.7 W/kg for less than 15 minutes. I think this would be very easy for any Pro or R600DuraAce.
I'm not going to touch that with a badly calibrated SRM

Having both powermeters has been pretty enlightening, mostly in making me aware how quickly that w/kg number moves with a few pounds difference in weight. I took numbers from last year and a recent test and played around with weight calcs...for me it's around 1lb=2w more I have to generate to come up with the same ratio. Pretty much the difference between being OTB or hanging with the front group in my races.

To get to 123 I'd have to lose an arm or something though. I got two kidneys, right? Anybody know how much they weight?
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That's amazing PM! Congrats on the win!

123lbs...how tall are you?
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PM, you rock. It's the people like you here that help keep all of us lesser mortals inspired! Thanks and keep it rocking throughout the season.

You can shave off from about 5-12 oz. by dumping a kidney Let me know how it helps your hill climbing...maybe I will consider it too!
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PM, you rock. It's the people like you here that help keep all of us lesser mortals inspired! Thanks and keep it rocking throughout the season.

You can shave off from about 5-12 oz. by dumping a kidney Let me know how it helps your hill climbing...maybe I will consider it too!
And I could use the black market cash to upgrade to some lighter components.
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