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Old 05-12-07, 05:48 PM   #1
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Race Report #3

The phrase of this race? With this kind of riding, I'll be cyclocross champion of the world.
And just to make it seep in: If I don't win in the next two races, I'm going to maime someone.

The whole thing started off good- great, even. We've got a new kid on the team who's supposed to be Colombian (high altitude, right?), but looks Irish, but I didn't see him at all after the start. Otherwise it wa the usual slew of us.
As usual, all of the impatient Juniors jumped straight for the head of the pack, while I, being more wise stuck around in the last 3/4 of the main group sucking off of everyone's air. Everything was all good until about lap 6 or 7 (of 10). One of the guys who races for one of the area bike shops (my favorite, in fact) decided to try to contest my "Biggest ******* in Ohio" belt while I was on the far left by coming up on my right and inching me towards the gravel and grass. Since this was the first time anything like this has ever happened to me, I didn't go onto the defensive, my brain went numb.
So he pushed me into the grass, and I rode through the (bumpy!) grass, watching everyone pass me. As if things couldn't get worse, there was a small mound in the grass which led to a.) a 3x3 drain cover, and b.) an 8 inch drop from a curb. So I eased the bike over a little avoiding sudden movements, and sent my baby over the curb.

Just like a cat lands on it's feet after a fall, as soon as both my tires are on level ground, I ****ing gun that son of a ***** into oblivion. The grade ahead went by like a flat time trial. I was in warp speed for a few minutes there. Before I knew it I was passing the lead pack on the inside asking myself how the **** I got there.
I melted back into the group, and served the rest of the laps until the bell lap. On the bell lap, I went to stand on the pedals and just felt weak, I knew I couldn't win, but I couldn't accept it, so I upshifted and gunned it. On the starting straight I was flying in a medium-strength sprint, I felt like I was wasting no energy while I was passing other [stronger looking] riders. On the hill before the finish line, the leaders sprint, with everyone following suit, and I'm just going balls to the wall, I couldn't even hear myself screaming (which a few people commented on), when all of a sudden as I'm about to pass him, the same rider who pushed me into the grass jumped in front of me, making me hit the brakes because there were other sprinters on my right.

So I finished third... again. And I was way faster in the sprint than the other Juniors.













In other news. I finally found my ideal sprinting position. Woot.
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Old 05-12-07, 07:01 PM   #2
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you should have brought the hammer down on that other rider.
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Old 05-12-07, 09:18 PM   #3
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Man, you know who to contain next time. Gotta put that boy in his place. Great racing though
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Old 05-13-07, 08:32 AM   #4
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If I don't have work on Wednesday, I'll see him at his shops group ride and I'll say something along the lines of "Boy, I sure would hate to put that sassy little BMC of yours into the gravel, but if you slip up once more you're not gonna have that little ball of sunshine for very long"
He's made enough commission from me at the shop.
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Old 05-13-07, 10:09 AM   #5
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Mouth...checks...ass...don't...

Great racing though, sounds like you're doing very well. Was this a juniors race or a 5 race?
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Kind of both, I race in the Juniors, but we are always with the Cat 5's.
And the guy is like tall and lanky, lisp, emo box frame glasses and wears blue clogs. Oh, and rides a BMC in the Cat 5's. And he spray paints "Vegan Army" on everything.
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Old 05-13-07, 10:16 AM   #7
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Kind of both, I race in the Juniors, but we are always with the Cat 5's.
And the guy is like tall and lanky, lisp, emo box frame glasses and wears blue clogs. Oh, and rides a BMC in the Cat 5's. And he spray paints "Vegan Army" on everything.
Sounds like you need to buy that guy a steak. LOL Or go into the shop and eat a wopper or something while you are talking to him...offer him some dead cow.
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I think the reason he was out to get me was because I wore this shirt that day, knowing full well he'd be there (I always wear it to the shop)

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Outmaneuvered again?
Hey it's not just with you young racers!
In Sr. Olympics made the mistake if riding too near the curbside and being physically pushed almost into the curb. I like to race clean, but hey, my left elbow came out, sharply. My protagonist yelled out 'elbow' and y I yelled back 'curb'! . . . so I beat him in the sprint!
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