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    UW Whitewater Omnium

    First off, I didn't crash. Everything after that is gravy.

    I did two of the three events.

    Saturday Crit:
    This course was crazy. By far the most technical course I've ever seen.
    Features:
    • Off-camber 180 degree turn.
    • 8 turns in a 1k course. Very little straight road.
    • Enough climb to hurt.
    • Some narrow single file section.
    • Enough descent to build up speed right before:
    • A very sketchy right turn through an uneven driveway and manhole cover in the optimal line. Max speed: ~20mph


    All in all, it made for continuous acclerations all race long. I think the biggest group by the end of the race was 3 or 4 riders. The race had blown up all over the course. I lapped a few riders, and got lapped by the winners in the last lap. I would have hated to be a judge. I got 7th, but there were only 21 racers registered.

    Sunday RR:
    7 laps. 42 miles. 100 foot climb to the finish line. I had some problems clipping in. There was a break for laps 2 through 5. I took a few turns on the front helping the chase effort. I was feeling great, and finding it easy to contribute. Lap 6 was slow and easy. I stayed in the top 10 during lap 7, usually top 5. About a mile to go, there was a van stopped in the course, directly blocking the entire lane. It caused a lot of confusion. I wouldn't be surprised if it had a few dents and scrapes in the paint job by the time the pack got through. On the final climb, I felt like I was in good position.

    I just didn't have it. I shifted wrong and ran out of gas. I got passed by about 10 riders up the hill. I probably burned too much energy during the last lap. I ended up 15/~50.
    Bring the pain.

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    How the heck does a van end up stopped in a lane during a bike race?
    Yikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hipcycler
    How the heck does a van end up stopped in a lane during a bike race?
    Yikes.
    Not sure. There was a guy in the driver's seat, and I have absolutely no clue what he was doing.
    Bring the pain.

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    Nice job, recursive. You doing the Elm Grove crit next Saturday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cromulent
    Nice job, recursive. You doing the Elm Grove crit next Saturday?
    Yes. That's an Endeavour(tm) event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by recursive
    Yes. That's an Endeavour(tm) event.
    You guys did a really nice job with it last year. Same course?

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    Linkie?

    Damn....That's in my backyard and I'll be in Santa Barbara this weekend.
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    No course map!

    Seriously...that's about a mile up the road from me.
    This sucks that I'm out of town....and NO, you can't use my house while I'm away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hipcycler
    No course map!
    If its the same as last year, this was the course (I believe):

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Elm-Grove-Crit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hipcycler
    No course map!

    Seriously...that's about a mile up the road from me.
    This sucks that I'm out of town....and NO, you can't use my house while I'm away.
    How about Sunday? Wisport RR in Omro. It's a Wisport race, and not super far away. I'm going. Wanna race?
    Bring the pain.

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