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Old 06-06-07, 10:10 PM   #1
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New Britain CT Criteriums coming up

Anyone doing the New Britain criteriums this weekend, and next month ?? I raced there 20 years ago, and got back into riding last year and am gonna give them a whirl.
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Yep, a bunch of guys in my club are doing them. No description of the course for this weekend. What can you tell us?
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What club are you with ??

As I remember it from 20 years ago:
It's in Walnut Hill park. It's pretty flat, with one S-turn slight uphill, barely big enough to get out of the saddle. The course isn't very wide, but there are no sharp corners. The last corner is the only one where you actually have to turn the bars, after a slight downhill. then there's a long flat straight for the sprint.
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Thanks for the course details. Hope to check it out a bit in the morning. I'm with NCC.
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I really should do this race, but I have hill repeats scheduled this weekend (prepping for Housatonic).
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I'll be there, desperetly hagining on cause I've managed to get seriously sick just as the weather is getting nice.

The course is as such: a long straight into two 90 degree left turns in quick succesion a kind of wining back stretch that goes up a tiny hill (little bit smaller than Bethel's hill) followed by a 90 degree left to get back on the finishing straight.

It's a good course. The road was in good but not great condition last year. Should be a fun race.
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I really should do this race, but I have hill repeats scheduled this weekend (prepping for Housatonic).
New Britain is Saturday, so do your hills on Sunday.

Housatonic Hills is gonna be tough. I've got to do 2 laps ... yikes !
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What does the weather look like for CT on Saturday?
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What does the weather look like for CT on Saturday?
Weather report.
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New Britain is Saturday, so do your hills on Sunday.

Housatonic Hills is gonna be tough. I've got to do 2 laps ... yikes !
I am doing them Sunday......but I should also mention we'll be doing the repeats up Wachusetts mtn. Doing hill repeats today as well, so racing Saturday would be too much.
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will be there for the 3's

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Anyone doing the New Britain criteriums this weekend, and next month ?? I raced there 20 years ago, and got back into riding last year and am gonna give them a whirl.
when next month? if it's near the end of july, then i just might be there.
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when next month? if it's near the end of july, then i just might be there.
This Saturday, and then July 8

http://www.bikereg.com/events/Defaul...ne=15&btnGo=GO

I'll be doing the "Fat old guys back into racing" categories
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That was a cool little course. I'll go back.
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That was a cool little course. I'll go back.
Did you do race the crit ? Just curious, because on my way down to Southbury to pre-ride the Housatonic RR, it was pouring like cats and dogs in the Hartford/Waterbury area in the AM.
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Did you do race the crit ? Just curious, because on my way down to Southbury to pre-ride the Housatonic RR, it was pouring like cats and dogs in the Hartford/Waterbury area in the AM.

Yeah, the ride down was outrageous -- it was coming down in sheets through Springfield and Hartford. I got there for the 4s and it had pretty much stopped and it was clear for the 4/5s 30+, which is what I raced. There's another one next month and I'll probably try to double up as the first race of the day is only 10mi.
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Yeah, the ride down was outrageous -- it was coming down in sheets through Springfield and Hartford. I got there for the 4s and it had pretty much stopped and it was clear for the 4/5s 30+, which is what I raced. There's another one next month and I'll probably try to double up as the first race of the day is only 10mi.
Glad you liked the course. I like it too. A few guys that I ride with didn't go because they thought it was too narrow and not a "real" road, but i think it's just fine.

I wasn't thrilled about the rain, but I knew the course didn't have any nasty corners that would make it dangerous.

I was in the 4/5 30+ too. I hope you avoided that crash with about 2 or 3 laps to go. The guy that started it was on my inside on the corner, and just drifted into me for no reason. He was bumping my hip, and I just barely managed to avoid getting pushed into the next guy. I kept going, but he caused a nasty crash behind me.
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Did you do race the crit ? Just curious, because on my way down to Southbury to pre-ride the Housatonic RR, it was pouring like cats and dogs in the Hartford/Waterbury area in the AM.
How'd you like the Housatonic RR course ?? Have you raced it ?? I've ridden the roads a bunch, but am a little worried about riding them at race pace.
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Yeah, I was at the front when the crash happened. A guy on my team got nailed by it and ended up having to go to the ER as he hit his head. He's fine. I thought the front was going to make a move at that point but nobody seemed to want to work any harder. I slowed the following lap as we passed the crash, but a lot of guys did not! I got bumped hard coming up the climb on the next lap and was in lousy position for the finish, but overall I felt like I had a good day and learned a lot. It was only my 3rd RR and my first crit.
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Maybe I'll try New Britain next month. Did a pretty hilly 51 mile ride today (went through the Bigelow Hollow S.P. area) in prep for Housatonic. My lower back is getting trashed again....need to start doing my lower back and ab exercises again. Couldn't really apply much power to the legs for the last 30-45 minutes of the ride, but still managed to complete the ride in under 3 hours (around 3,000 feet of climbing).
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Yeah, I was at the front when the crash happened. A guy on my team got nailed by it and ended up having to go to the ER as he hit his head. He's fine. I thought the front was going to make a move at that point but nobody seemed to want to work any harder. I slowed the following lap as we passed the crash, but a lot of guys did not! I got bumped hard coming up the climb on the next lap and was in lousy position for the finish, but overall I felt like I had a good day and learned a lot. It was only my 3rd RR and my first crit.
Sounds like you're off to a good start. I think I was one of the guys that didn't slow down ..... I started to, but the road was clear, so the guys on the side of the road watching were telling us to slow down for no reason
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Yeah, I agree that it didn't seem like there was any reason to slow down. Especially if you were on the inside line. I wish I hadn't as I lost a lot of places there.
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How'd you like the Housatonic RR course ?? Have you raced it ?? I've ridden the roads a bunch, but am a little worried about riding them at race pace.
I was in the area for a graduation so I decided to preride the course. I have not raced it before but I'm glad I did ride it before the race. Now, I'll be swapping my rear cogs to have a 39x25 gearing to give me that extra gear for the climbs. One thing good about the course is that it gives you enough time to get warmed up before the hills begin. However on the hills, just when you think you crested, another climb is not too far off ... just enough but not a lot time to recover between climbs. I think a lot of regrouping will happen on Rt 67. It gets easier towards the end but the 3km finishing climb was tough !
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Rain. One hella slow race. One Hella fast race. A few narsty crashes. First day that I made back more than entry fees and gas money.

Yay cash primes!

but, sadly, no state champ jersey (just a sweet podium pic)
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Rain. One hella slow race. One Hella fast race. A few narsty crashes. First day that I made back more than entry fees and gas money.

Yay cash primes!

but, sadly, no state champ jersey (just a sweet podium pic)
You're from Colorade racing in CT ?? I made a few efforts for primes, but missed.

I got the state champ jersey though, but made less than my entry fees (3 races fees, $40 prize)
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