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    My first crit - another UMD report

    We had a pretty good turnout in collegiate women's B for my team with 4. It was insanely cold at 9am, so I spent a lot of time on the trainer while watching the first two men's races. I got a good spot at the line while others did a lap around the course. The official gave us a lecture about the cold and our hard tires and where others had been wrecking.

    I started off too slow, as I kicked my pedal around to the wrong side and had to coast too much going into the first weird turn to clip in. I made up some ground in the wind and caught up to my teammates on the hill, who were fighting through mid-pack. One girl next to me was swerving all over the road, forcing me into the rain gutter by the curb. Then no one ahead of me could figure out what line to take through the chicane, and they were all over their brakes. I worked my way into a safe spot for the 90 degree turn at the bottom and then blew by everyone down the straight, thinking "Get me away from these crazy swerving maniacs!"

    Our two strongest riders (who should move up to As) caught my wheel and I led them until the hill, where they dominated. They got the space to go off the front, and they stayed there for the remainder. I got passed by some others..I don't remember how many. I had completely blown up the field by this point--we were all stretched out and mostly single-file. Even though it was early in the race, this was fine with me, as I didn't want to get wrecked. I worked with my other teammate through the next couple of laps where I got my sights on another girl at the top of the hill. I took the pull, but my teammate couldn't follow. Then I spent some laps chasing the next one in front of me.

    My biggest mistake was miscalculating how many laps were left--I didn't see a lap counter anywhere. So I made my move with 3 to go, when I thought it was 2. This allowed the other girl I was chasing to take a rest behind me (I couldn't drop her for long), and she blew past me up the hill the last time as I suffered. I didn't gain on her through the chicane as usual, since she had the benefit of seeing my superior line through it the lap before. She wound up passing someone else, who I almost caught in the final stretch...maybe if I had another 100m.

    I'm not sure where I wound up overall. No better than 5th (probably a bit worse).

    It wasn't a smart move to spend so much of the race out by myself, but I broke up the pack, kicked up the pace of the race, avoided getting wrecked, and, I think, help our girls get positioned for 1st and 2nd. Not terrible for my first outing I guess.

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    considering the fact that i, and i'd guess the majority of folk here, were dropped in our first crit, it sounds like you did great!

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    That was one hell of a hard course, and it sounds like you survived it in style. Congrats!
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    I think our winners went back for more this afternoon in the USCF races. One of them is your teammate, Pete. I hope they dominated again. I decided to spend my afternoon on the couch.

    Are you going to Jeff Cup? I'll be down there riding around on Friday and Saturday. I fully expect to get spit off the back in that race really early on the long false flat. Too much to ask to have a decent first race with all 3: TT, crit, and road race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aicabsolut
    I think our winners went back for more this afternoon in the USCF races. One of them is your teammate, Pete. I hope they dominated again. I decided to spend my afternoon on the couch.

    Are you going to Jeff Cup? I'll be down there riding around on Friday and Saturday. I fully expect to get spit off the back in that race really early on the long false flat. Too much to ask to have a decent first race with all 3: TT, crit, and road race.
    Nah, no Jeff Cup for me. Our team will be well-represented, and a 50-mile RR with lots of hills in March doesn't really do it for me. If I were doing longer training rides I might consider it, but I'm pretty much sticking to crits this year...
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    Eh. Those hills are kind of weak by Charlottesville standards. Only 2 of them per lap (lap = approx 10 miles). Not that I can really do hills--I will be skipping the uphill TT in Harrisonburg the day before. But I see your point: 50 miles is tough. I only have to do 30.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aicabsolut
    Eh. Those hills are kind of weak by Charlottesville standards.
    If you don't know why hilly races aren't my thing we clearly haven't met in person.
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    I'll be down for Jeff Cup. Hills are my cup of tea.
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    I clearly like to suffer more than you.


    When are you heading down BD?

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    Good job at the race. UMD did a great job.
    What was the women's B average today?
    Men's D was fast today, and very cold!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aicabsolut
    I clearly like to suffer more than you.
    And you have significantly less body weight. I hope.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by aicabsolut
    I clearly like to suffer more than you.


    When are you heading down BD?
    I dunno, I just sent the team an email. I really don't want to have to rent a car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    I hope.
    Didn't your wife teach you how to talk to a lady?


    I didn't look at the overall results--waiting for it to get posted online. I think I averaged somewhere around 17mph or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aicabsolut
    Didn't your wife teach you how to talk to a lady?
    That was a joke. I can let those fly now that the pressure's off.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung
    I dunno, I just sent the team an email. I really don't want to have to rent a car.
    Are you racing Saturday too?

    I can take some equipment with me (I'm leaving Thurs PM or Fri AM) if you won't need your stuff before Sun. There's always Amtrak if you're desperate. It runs not so often and is on-time even less, but it's cheaper than renting a car.

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    I might do the TT saturday, but I'm not too motivated to it. I wanna put all my eggs in the RR basket.
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    The numbers are in. 5th place. No times posted, so I can't figure out the leaders' pace.

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