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Old 01-27-07, 09:30 PM   #1
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One race one wreck.

Did the training race in Alachua today for my first race of the season. Road the B race (4's and 5's). Large pack about 75 riders. Starting the 4th lap, the pack comes out of the last turn rolling along at a good clip,, up a little incline,and just the dynamics of the race are such that the pack slows way down, and a narrow line becomes 5-6 wide across the road. At this point a couple of guys overlap wheels, bunch of people slam on brakes,and 5 guys stack it up right in front of me. I have absolutely no where to go, with the 5 basically forming a semi circle around me. So I t bone the 2 on the ground in front of me, and roll over them, (as in handle over spout)


Fortunately I pop up basically unijured except for some busted knuckes and rejoin the race. Amazing thing is my new bike does not have a single scratch. Put me at the back of the pack and never really threatend after that, but had a good training ride and finished witht the pack.

A few observations:

1) it was really nice day, end of Janury and low 70's, got a good workout so I really can't complain.

2) it helps to practice falling. I tucked and rolled, kept my hands on the bars, and escaped with a couple of busted knuckles and a scrape on my forearm. Had I stuck my hand out, very likely a broken collar bone.

3) I'm frigging lucky. Not a scratch on the new bike. Actually as I'm rolling over the pile of bikes, I'm thinking oh **** my new bike. I'm still clipped to one pedal, and I extend my leg to make sure none of the others coming into the pile behind me run over my bike.

Not only the bike, but I almost always wear a rather expensive watch. Its waterproof and I just never take it off. This morning I just forgot to put it on. Based on the scrape on my forearm very good chance the watch would have taken the brunt.

4) this is why you should always wear gloves.

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I'm glad to hear you survived unscathed.

In my 4/5 race today there were no crashes at all which was pretty cool. The 3/4 race had several.

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Ouch. Going down is never fun. Good on ya for getting right back in it though man.
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The stupid thing was that one corner was slightly downhill, off camber, with a little sand in it, the obvious place to worry about.

The wreck happens in a slight uphill section with 2 wide lanes of road and dead freaking straight.
, and at a time the pace is relaxing.
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The stupid thing was that one corner was slightly downhill, off camber, with a little sand in it, the obvious place to worry about.

The wreck happens in a slight uphill section with 2 wide lanes of road and dead freaking straight.
, and at a time the pace is relaxing.
Well that's exactly why it happened. The guys behind the front runners ran up the back of the leaders, and had to slow down, the guys behind them had to slow down even quicker, and it was more than likely a chain reaction type thing. The slope of a short/slight hill will almost always slow the guys in the front more than the guys behind them, who are in the draft.
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did you catch the field after the crash or did you get a free lap? usually after a crash the pack always seems to attack, hoping to get away the riders trapped behind the crash.
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Well, look at the bright side...statistically, the average cyclist crashes every 3000miles, so....

...you're good 'till about June or July before your next one!

Glad you're o.k. In our first training crit of the year last year, one of my teammates went down in a mass pile-up. Broke three ribs and punctured his lung. Basically ended his season right then and there.

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Well that's exactly why it happened. The guys behind the front runners ran up the back of the leaders, and had to slow down, the guys behind them had to slow down even quicker, and it was more than likely a chain reaction type thing. The slope of a short/slight hill will almost always slow the guys in the front more than the guys behind them, who are in the draft.
True, but without nervous overeaction of slamming on brakes, it shouldn't be a problem, particularly when the course is 2 wide lanes wide.
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I'm glad to hear you survived unscathed.

In my 4/5 race today there were no crashes at all which was pretty cool. The 3/4 race had several.

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Did you race the wake motor speed way crit?
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I was right in the middle of all that. The guy that went down was in front of me and I got through before the pileup. No attack after the crash, the pack just rolled away. I don't think anyone got hurt too bad and it was a good day to race.

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I'm glad to hear you survived unscathed.
+1

but i'm wondering what in the hell you were thinking of when you entered a 4/5 crit (if that was what it was) on such a fancy bike.
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merlin--glad you came out OK. Hardly a good way to start the season.
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Did you race the wake motor speed way crit?
Yes. See my other thread in the racing subforum.

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did you catch the field after the crash or did you get a free lap? usually after a crash the pack always seems to attack, hoping to get away the riders trapped behind the crash.
I got a free lap. I popped right back up and thought about chasing, and I think I could have caught on, but at my current fitness level I wasn't sure I wouldn't blow trying.
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but i'm wondering what in the hell you were thinking of when you entered a 4/5 crit (if that was what it was) on such a fancy bike.
First it's called a racing bike for a reason. Second, wasn't he riding a Giant?
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but i'm wondering what in the hell you were thinking of when you entered a 4/5 crit (if that was what it was) on such a fancy bike.
Well, I bought the bike to race it. And when there's no Master's race, that's my category.

Purely economic terms, relatively cheap Al frame would make a lot more sense, but I can afford a nicer bike and I like it.
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Second, wasn't he riding a Giant?
WTF does that mean?
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Glad to hear you're relatively unscathed and that your equipment came out aces. From reading your race report I cant tell where you were positioned in the pack, but it sounds as though you were pretty far back. A big lesson you can take away from your experience, IMO, is get near the front of the race early, at the start whistle, and stay there! Easier said than done, but I try to stay in position 5-ish, especially in crits. Road races, top 10-ish, but since they're longer I tend to drift more. This isnt breaking news or anything, but getting to the front makes it safer, smoother, and easier as well as putting you in position to dictate or react to the race more attentively. This time of year, not having ridden in a race pack for a few months, I like to do some "training series" races with objective #1 to be positioning.
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Well, I bought the bike to race it. And when there's no Master's race, that's my category.

Purely economic terms, relatively cheap Al frame would make a lot more sense, but I can afford a nicer bike and I like it.
fair enough.
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Glad to hear you're relatively unscathed and that your equipment came out aces. From reading your race report I cant tell where you were positioned in the pack, but it sounds as though you were pretty far back. A big lesson you can take away from your experience, IMO, is get near the front of the race early, at the start whistle, and stay there! Easier said than done, but I try to stay in position 5-ish, especially in crits. Road races, top 10-ish, but since they're longer I tend to drift more. This isnt breaking news or anything, but getting to the front makes it safer, smoother, and easier as well as putting you in position to dictate or react to the race more attentively. This time of year, not having ridden in a race pack for a few months, I like to do some "training series" races with objective #1 to be positioning.
About 30th in a 75 person pack. I know your point, and its probably even more true in a Cat 4/5 race.
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About 30th in a 75 person pack. I know your point, and its probably even more true in a Cat 4/5 race.
I did a 4/5 RR last year that started out flat and fast, then hit some short, steep rollers. I was about mid-pack at that point... The pack slowed on the first roller and one of the Cat 5's went plowing up the back of the pack and took out 10-15 guys.

I like the front... It's safe(r).
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I did a 4/5 RR last year that started out flat and fast, then hit some short, steep rollers. I was about mid-pack at that point... The pack slowed on the first roller and one of the Cat 5's went plowing up the back of the pack and took out 10-15 guys.

I like the front... It's safe(r).
I think I might have some video of that incident, right here: 'ay ya... oh no'
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WTF does that mean?
Just what it sounds like.

Just a Giant. I will say that it is still a step up from a Trek.
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Ok, them's there's fightin words . I'll grant you that it doesn't have the cache of some Italian brands. However, its good enough for Jan to ride, and Giant in fact makes a number of those fancy Italian bikes.

It may be just a Giant, but it's a 15 pound, extremely stiff, $6,000 Gaint.
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No slight intended.

I have a TCR Comp built up as my rain/beater bike.

But when the time came to for upgrading to a new bike Giant wasn't on my list.
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