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Old 05-19-14, 10:20 AM   #7701
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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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Old 05-19-14, 11:04 AM   #7702
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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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Old 05-19-14, 11:14 AM   #7703
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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.



Photos by Alex Chiu, duh.
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Old 05-19-14, 11:25 AM   #7704
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Old 05-19-14, 11:26 AM   #7705
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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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Old 05-19-14, 11:44 AM   #7706
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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.



Photos by Alex Chiu, duh.
You're on the drops in both pictures??
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Old 05-19-14, 12:06 PM   #7707
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You're on the drops in both pictures??
and he didn't win.

coincidence?!
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Old 05-19-14, 12:15 PM   #7708
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and he didn't win.

coincidence?!
I think it was all the hair billowing.
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Old 05-19-14, 12:18 PM   #7709
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I think it was all the hair billowing.
Imma take a picture of [MENTION=74778]mattm[/MENTION] off the bike next time I have a chance. He looks like a Hollywood casting director!
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Old 05-19-14, 12:22 PM   #7710
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Maybe some day my hair will look as good as Dirk's.



One can dream!
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Old 05-19-14, 12:55 PM   #7711
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That Alex Chiu dude does some nice work.
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Old 05-20-14, 10:19 AM   #7712
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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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Old 05-20-14, 10:31 AM   #7713
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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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Old 05-20-14, 10:41 AM   #7714
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He looks like a Hollywood casting director!
Is that your way of saying I have a face for radio??
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Old 05-20-14, 12:50 PM   #7715
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Given that I can only win or place by break
That's your choice. You've convinced yourself of that.
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Old 05-25-14, 10:50 PM   #7716
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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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Old 05-26-14, 12:10 PM   #7717
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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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Old 05-27-14, 10:39 AM   #7718
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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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Old 05-27-14, 10:41 AM   #7719
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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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Old 05-27-14, 10:56 AM   #7720
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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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Old 05-27-14, 11:09 AM   #7721
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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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Old 05-27-14, 11:16 AM   #7722
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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.
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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Old 05-27-14, 11:28 AM   #7723
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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.

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



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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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Old 05-27-14, 10:53 PM   #7724
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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.

Photo from calendar
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Old 05-28-14, 06:45 AM   #7725
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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.

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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