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    Quote Originally Posted by hyperlitenerd View Post
    Yeah I should have waited for 3 to go, and moved further up the field. I had gone from about 15-20th wheel, which I know better than to do. I should have waited a lap gotten up near 8th wheel, and then gone for it. But then I was worried if I had gone with 3 to go, then people would have chased me down. But that's racing, next time!
    Given that I can only win or place by break, the answer is sadly: there is no answer. It's different every time, based on the wind, the course, who is there, what's happened previously in the race, etc, etc, etc...

    But, like gambling, lose 10 times and it sucks, but win that 1 time and it convinces you to keep trying.

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    I did the PIR once on a trip to visit in-laws. Such a fun race and beautiful asphalt. (Plus, being flat and windy it was right in my Sacramento wheelhouse.)
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    Modesto RR yesterday.

    Early in the race, our break/split had just formed - this is me taking a pull.



    60-something miles later, not feeling as great, sitting on the back and skipping pulls.



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    closed roads?

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    Yup, all the way.

    A tractor-like thingy came from the other way a few times, but besides that we had the whole road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    Modesto RR yesterday.

    Early in the race, our break/split had just formed - this is me taking a pull.



    60-something miles later, not feeling as great, sitting on the back and skipping pulls.



    Photos by Alex Chiu, duh.
    You're on the drops in both pictures??
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    Quote Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
    You're on the drops in both pictures??
    and he didn't win.

    coincidence?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
    and he didn't win.

    coincidence?!
    I think it was all the hair billowing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy STi View Post
    I think it was all the hair billowing.
    Imma take a picture of @mattm off the bike next time I have a chance. He looks like a Hollywood casting director!

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    Maybe some day my hair will look as good as Dirk's.



    One can dream!
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    That Alex Chiu dude does some nice work.

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    We don't have a "Pictures of you yelling in a race" thread so I'll just post this here:

    Torrance Crit 35+ 3/4

    Rider from Tru flatted in the middle of the chicane and nearly put a few of us into the curb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rankin116 View Post
    That Alex Chiu dude does some nice work.
    We're pretty lucky to have him up here in NorCal. He's out at 95% of the races, takes great shots, does a great job organizing them on his site (road races are a bit more challenging than crits), and is a contributor on some local race blogs (e.g., NorCalCyclingNews.com). Nice guy, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
    He looks like a Hollywood casting director!
    Is that your way of saying I have a face for radio??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
    Given that I can only win or place by break
    That's your choice. You've convinced yourself of that.

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    Speaking of Alex Chiu, here's one he took of me trying an early attack in the Folsom M3/4 race. As you can see, I didn't get anyone to come along.

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    Folsom 2/3's where I got 2nd, via the great Alex Chiu.

    Bridging to something:


    Chilling in the pack.


    And yes, in the drops. Fwiw I did that corner a few times on the hoods and though about the 33!
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    I think our Scott Helmets are super ugly.

    Such misery at the top of Ham. 40s off leaders. Total FML zone where I don't know if I chase hard to catch up or wait and hope to be caught by a good chase group. Instead I chose to toil in no-man's land for 20 minutes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    Folsom 2/3's where I got 2nd, via the great Alex Chiu.


    And yes, in the drops. Fwiw I did that corner a few times on the hoods and though about the 33!
    Who cares about the hoods/drops, I just like the beard!!

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    First E3 race. Pics courtesy of Jim Elder:

    Trying to get some separation for our break (we failed ASAP)


    Pedaling through corner...pedal close to ground

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    Your pedal is fine. If your not kicking up your rear wheel from a pedal strike it's all good. Hell, even if you do it's not that big of a deal.

    I think the guy behind you is watching your pedal too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy STi View Post
    Your pedal is fine. If your not kicking up your rear wheel from a pedal strike it's all good. Hell, even if you do it's not that big of a deal.

    I think the guy behind you is watching your pedal too.
    I guess I have some more leaning I could do before making contact. I did pedal strike in a crit a week ago, scared me, but it didn't affect my line. I think I'm just a bit more aware of it now...hence me thinking it was close in the pic.

    Oddly enough, that guy rides like that 99.9% of the time I see him. I'd imagine at the end of the day, his neck must be hurting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Speaking of Alex Chiu, here's one he took of me trying an early attack in the Folsom M3/4 race. As you can see, I didn't get anyone to come along.

    This is a great shot. you don't look fat at all (we've both commented on our own fatness in the past). i'm still waiting for my alex chiu glory photo



    Quote Originally Posted by rankin116 View Post
    That Alex Chiu dude does some nice work.
    http://acaurora.smugmug.com/

    he does some really amazing vibrant photos. his stuff is better than some of the guys that do the TDF. and he's out there shooting us NorCal weekenders
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    From the Memorial Day Crit 1/2/3's - bridging up to the break that eventually lapped the field:



    Don't think the poor jr behind me made it, but he pulled at some point during the bridge so I guess I owe him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    From the Memorial Day Crit 1/2/3's - bridging up to the break that eventually lapped the field:

    Don't think the poor jr behind me made it, but he pulled at some point during the bridge so I guess I owe him.

    Photo from calendar
    That's a cool view. Shame that the photographer missed focus on you, though I can't see where the focal plane landed in that one, and the DoF isn't all that shallow. Doesn't look like motion blur/shaky camera either though.

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