Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: San Jose, CA
Bikes: Colnago C-50 Extreme Power, Bianchi Pista, Somec single-speed
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Race Report - Early Bird Crit #3
The big news - no crashes!
Today I raced in the third Early Brid Criterium of the year. The series is a learning set of races, primary designed to teach new racers the skills needed to be safe in the peloton.
Today's mentoring session focused on pacelines and bridging gaps, but most of the time in my group we were milling around not really getting it together. For some reason the folks in my group couldn't grasp the concept of a double paceline. The gap drill went well, however.
The weather was reasonable, about 60 degrees with a 10-15 mph wind. The 35+ race was a little more aggressive than last week, but less so than week #1. It seems that the racers are starting to understand the idea of conserving thier energy early in the race, and picking up the pace later on.
Well, everyone but me, anyway. On about lap 2 I went up to the front, and tried to get into a break. Unfortunately I didn't jump hard enough and just dragged the pack up to the break. Lesson learned, jump HARD!
After a couple of laps near the front, I started cramping a bit and so went to the back to sit in and recover. I made my way back up to the front and was about 10-20 places back by the bell lap. When the bell went, however, those with good legs really turned up the heat and they were gone in a flash. I noodled around the last lap pretty much by myself, but I felt pretty good that I had been there until the very end.
I'll be back for #4 next week, ready to suffer like a dog again.