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    Theodore Roosevelt's idol TheKillerPenguin's Avatar
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    Your most embaressing racing moment?

    My first race ever, I'm friggn stoked. I put all my gear on and noodle over to my then mentor's car so I can show off how awesome I am. Nevermind that its 40* out and raining and I don't even have a pair of tights or a long sleeve jersey; I'm wearing calf-high wool socks and a long sleeve shirt underneath my jersey, and my legs are covered in hair longer than the hair on my head. When I pull up to his car, I go to stop but don't unclip in time, and wind up falling over at his feet while the whole field i'd be riding with watches me flop around like a fish out of water.

    Runner up: Stage 3 of the GMSR, I'm placed 5th on the GC. The peleton is about 3 minutes down on a 1 man break, and we aren't gaining any ground. I'm pulling the peloton into a nasty headwind/crosswind and am getting fed up that nobody else is working with me. I go to pull off multiple times, but the #2 guy sticks on my wheel. I flick my elbow, nobody comes around. I'm pissed. I yell "Anyone else going to pull? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?" Nobody responds, so I throw down the hammer and gap them a bit, then let them catch me and fall back into the peloton. As I'm settling back in, the yellow jersey taps me on the shoulder and goes "hey man, you're supposed to peel off into the wind." This explains why nobody would come around me, as each time I tried to peel off I was peeling off away from the wind.

    Good times


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    Masochism is a training adaptation.

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    I fumbled a water bottle last year, it wasnt a race, but I was in a group ride with a bunch of cat 2's & 3's. a lot of apologies went around after that one, no-one got hurt.

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    NOT MINE: But at the Philly race two guys from Penn State (Cat. D divison 1) had a pretty embarassing moment.

    At the circuit race these two guys lined up in the Divison 2 Cat. D (divison @ under 15,000 students) start position which was suppose to go 5 minutes after D1. Well, 3 minutes after the D1 field took off the announcer said "uhh, Penn State you are D1.."

    The two guys fumbled to their pedals and took off sprinting. BUT even more embarrassing was the one guy slipped out of his pedal 20 yards from the start (in trying to sprint away) and crashed over his bike in front of everyone.... That was pretty embarrasing for him.
    do·mes·tique (dms-tk) n.
    A member of a competitive bicycle-racing team whose role is to assist the team leader, as by setting the pace.

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    I once took an awsome flyer leading up to what I thought was the line, only to hear the bell ringing!

    On one of the strongest days I've ever had on a bike, 1/2 district crit champoinship. Bridging up to a 4 man break when my bottle cadge came loose and jammed into my chain rings, right at the start/finish. Embarassing because at the time I had a pretty good rep as a wrench.

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    Saw Davis Phinney pull his foot out going for a prime at Fitchburg in '92. But he saved it....somehow.
    But at one point, he was looking back at his knees from under (and in front of) his handlebars.

    Mine: I gave up in the sprint because I thought they were only paying to 5 places. I got passed by 5 people. They were paying to 10, and I got 11th.

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    Chantilly Crit, Cat 5, last fall. Unleashed the greatest sprint of my life to decisively win the sprint... to the bell. I went out a lap early.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    NC State Championship Crit last June.

    Very technical course, and it was raining. After a gnarly crash in another rainy crit in Raleigh a little more than a month before that race I was kinda nervous. 3/4 of the way through the race, and I'd been letting myself get gapped going around a tight, downhill left - and sprinting back up to the field on the following uphill.

    I eventually ran out of gas - and rode the rest of the race with another guy who'd crashed. Worst part is, I had some team mates watching.

    Sucking while nobody I know sees it, okay sure I'll take it.

    Sucking while people I know can watch how much I suck is like the adult version of a six year old having his mom yelling at him, giving him a big wet kiss - and insisting he wear his unicorn pattern galoshes and hello kitty backpack - in front of all the kids in his 1st grade class.

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    Theodore Roosevelt's idol TheKillerPenguin's Avatar
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    Chantilly Crit, Cat 5, last fall. Unleashed the greatest sprint of my life to decisively win the sprint... to the bell. I went out a lap early.
    I think it was Corey Burns that I saw do that in the cat2 field at Fitchburg last year. He still managed to take 2nd in the real sprint a lap later, and took 1st on GC.
    Masochism is a training adaptation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    Chantilly Crit, Cat 5, last fall. Unleashed the greatest sprint of my life to decisively win the sprint... to the bell. I went out a lap early.

    Hopefully you can slice and dice better than you count.

    ok just kidding...

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    Giving up.

    I was caught behind a crash, and was the first guy to get around the pileup. Couldn't bridge back up to the main field, as they had accelerated like hell after the crash. Put in a pretty good solo effort and got pretty close, like 50m to the tail end, and then ran out of juice. The next lap, I came across the line and made the "cut me" signal. Race official scratched me off.

    Three laps later, a chase group of guys who had been BEHIND me caught the main field. One of them ended up in the top 3.

    That was one of three races my parents have come to, and I have never been so ashamed.
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    I've not had any embarassing raceing moments yet, but I did have one in an equestrian competition when I was about 10. The horse I was supposed to ride that day had gone lame for some weird reason and my instructor put me on another client's horse at the last minute. The horse was huge, much larger than anything appropriate for my size (I was a tiny kid at the time). Anyhoo, I entered the ring and made it over the first few jumps when the horse shot out as if it had been stung by a hornet. It raced around the arena with me hanging on for dear life. How we managed to get over all the other obstacles was beyond me. Well after we made it over the rest of the course, the horse ran out of the arena with everyone watching!!! I was literally hanging onto its neck and then ended up getting dumped on the ground in the parking lot when the horse made a sliding stop into a row of trailers.


    By miracle of miracles, I ended up with reserve champion in my division mainly because I made it over
    all the obstacles which only half the field ended up doing. That partially helped offset the ego crushing nature of my exit from the arena and "dismount' from the horse. lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snicklefritz
    Hopefully you can slice and dice better than you count.

    ok just kidding...
    The race organizers took a lap off to get back on schedule, then added it back on mid-race because we were making good time.

    So...



    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    I told mine the other day and erased it because I blushed.
    here goes nothing.
    I had an awesome run, fast time. Bike leg was even stronger. On the last part of the race, I ran cross country, missed a mile marker and got lost in the woods.

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    Waiting to start a pursuit (velodrome time trial) I accidentally let my front wheel flip down track. My holder couldn't counter it and I was already clipped in. The fall was fairly soft thanks to my holder's leg, which got a rookie tattoo in the process. After watching the official roll his eyes, I got back on and nodded my readiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EventServices
    ... They were paying to 10, and I got 11th.
    Just like the 20 other guys I talked to after the race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
    Giving up.

    I was caught behind a crash, and was the first guy to get around the pileup...
    OT, but never ever do this. If you are the first guy behind the crash come to a stop, ride to the wheel pit with the crashers, change a front wheel, take a free lap and re-enter the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voodoo76
    OT, but never ever do this. If you are the first guy behind the crash come to a stop, ride to the wheel pit with the crashers, change a front wheel, take a free lap and re-enter the field.
    Freaking brilliant! Last time I got caught behind a crash, I spent a couple minutes in the hurt locker bridging back up to the field - and ended up burning a lot of matches and puking a little bit...I shoulda just pulled over

    Thanks for the tip

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    Theodore Roosevelt's idol TheKillerPenguin's Avatar
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    no no, he said "never do this"
    Masochism is a training adaptation.

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    NOT MINE: But at the Philly race two guys from Penn State (Cat. D divison 1) had a pretty embarassing moment.

    At the circuit race these two guys lined up in the Divison 2 Cat. D (divison @ under 15,000 students) start position which was suppose to go 5 minutes after D1. Well, 3 minutes after the D1 field took off the announcer said "uhh, Penn State you are D1.."

    The two guys fumbled to their pedals and took off sprinting. BUT even more embarrassing was the one guy slipped out of his pedal 20 yards from the start (in trying to sprint away) and crashed over his bike in front of everyone.... That was pretty embarrasing for him.
    Yeah, i saw that. the worst part was he then locked his chain up and then pretty much disappeared. He should have just started with us and at least done the race.

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    Penguin, Corey won Fitchburg because the gent who was in first chased down a TNM rider who thought it was the final lap, while Corey sprinted for the time bonus on the proper lap for second and the overall (or something like that). The guy that lost...he was embarrassed.

    Mine was the Providence 3/4 race, miss counted, blasted through the bell lap thinking it was the last. That wouldnt be horrible cept my boss/race announcer got the crowd all excited saying that I was intentionally attacking the field on the last lap. Crowd enjoyed it, and when I lined up for the 4/5 race afterwards quite a few guys came up to me and congratulated me for the ballsy move while I was just trying to forget how I had screwed myself...(redemption was 4th place in the 4/5 race)

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    Theodore Roosevelt's idol TheKillerPenguin's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky
    Penguin, Corey won Fitchburg because the gent who was in first chased down a TNM rider who thought it was the final lap, while Corey sprinted for the time bonus on the proper lap for second and the overall (or something like that). The guy that lost...he was embarrassed.
    Ahhh ok. I got my story screwed up.

    You just brought back a memory...I was standing next to Corey's dad during the crit, and when he saw all the guys sprinting on the bell lap and didn't see Corey, he thought it was the final lap and thought Corey had lost the race. He went from nearly having a heart attack on the bell lap to nearly fainting after the final sprint when he realized his son had clinched the stage race. It was awesome seeing how proud that guy was of his kid.
    Masochism is a training adaptation.

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    well, my first race was terrible (loose cleat, fell off the back in less than 5 miles) but i was saved from being too embarassed by another guy at the race.

    the guy was probably around 40, riding an... interesting 1980's era schwinn complete with flat pedals. he was wearing a mountain bike helmet, a t shirt and khaki shorts. the course had a .75 mile neutral start that included a brief descent and a somewhat steep climb to the start. so, going down the hill, the guy goes to his toughest gear, leaving him in a bad gearing for the climb. when he gets to the climb he throws both of the levers (top tube shifters). all you hear is clunk clunk clunk and then see his chain get spat out onto the bottom bracket. poor guy probably had his family there watching, paid his 20 dollar entry fee and his 5 dollar uscf liscence and he didn't even make it to the start.

    live and learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fly:yes/land:no
    well, my first race was terrible (loose cleat, fell off the back in less than 5 miles) but i was saved from being too embarassed by another guy at the race.

    the guy was probably around 40, riding an... interesting 1980's era schwinn complete with flat pedals. he was wearing a mountain bike helmet, a t shirt and khaki shorts. the course had a .75 mile neutral start that included a brief descent and a somewhat steep climb to the start. so, going down the hill, the guy goes to his toughest gear, leaving him in a bad gearing for the climb. when he gets to the climb he throws both of the levers (top tube shifters). all you hear is clunk clunk clunk and then see his chain get spat out onto the bottom bracket. poor guy probably had his family there watching, paid his 20 dollar entry fee and his 5 dollar uscf liscence and he didn't even make it to the start.

    live and learn.
    Please please let there be more of these guys in my next race.

    I never see these guys. Just a bunch of "Cat 5s" who all have race team uniforms and look like they have been racing for about 10 years....
    "Hot and overcast. I take my gear out of the car and put my bike together. Tourists and locals are watching from the sidewalk cafes. Non-racers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
    Freaking brilliant! Last time I got caught behind a crash, I spent a couple minutes in the hurt locker bridging back up to the field - and ended up burning a lot of matches and puking a little bit...I shoulda just pulled over

    Thanks for the tip
    Just dont tell em that I said to do this, I'll deny, deny (but it does work).

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    Most embarising moment: that would be today, twice. First climb on the first leg of the first lap on my first RR evar, I derail my chain off the little ring and come to a complete stop. Later in the race when I was again OTB for good, a girl pulls up to me, catches me and asks to share pulling. I puked a little in my mouth trying to keep up.
    "Aiyah...Oh no"

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