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Old 09-02-07, 05:24 PM   #1
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The Giro Di whatever Italia

Since I can barely even say the name I decided to 'Merkinize it.

When: Today, 1pm Eastern
What: Giro Di Whatever Italia
Where: Park Street, Windsor, Ontario, Canada (A.K.A: Little Italy, 2 blocks from the Detroit/Windsor tunnel)

What a race! The race was 4 right turns, the main straight was right down a main street packed with screaming fans; I felt like a pro. 75% of the race was done on 4-lane roads, the other was on a 2-lane. There was no yellow line,a nd my field was PACKED! I think there were 50+ people with me. My race (despite what I said earlier) was the Juniors/Masters 30+/Cat 3.
I wish I could say that there were no accidents, but there were. The first one was early in the race on the main straight, five or six guys went down on the right and the pack abruptly moved to the left before anyone else got into their dip. A few laps later I heard the sound of faith in God being demolished; That's right; a flat.
I looked all around and felt 50 pounds lighter when I found out it wasn't me! Karma hasn't bit me in the ass!
There was also apparently a break of five riders which got up to 16 seconds on us with 11 laps left, I think we caught them, the last I heard, they were 12 seconds up with 9 laps to go, but they were working together and were all really strong riders (remember, they were 3's and Masters 30+) and were keeping their pace at 30+mph.
I fought for position a lot, and head to deal with a slipping rear tire through the turns, I was pretty low at 95-100psi and had to baby the corners especially with their fancy, slippery crosswalks. Any positions I lost in the corners I could more than make up on the straight's. The roads were flawless, did I mention that? I felt so good, too. In fact, I was working on my intimidation. I asked my coach in a regular voice @ race pace if he wanted to sing a song. I said I was in a singing mood, then I asked the kid who I didn't know next to me if he wanted to sing a song. I saw a guy with a nice watch and asked him what time it was, and that I'd be late for a date with Miss South Carolina. I saw a kid on a System Six with Record and said " Wow, what do your parents do, and how do they do it?". I'm a bad kid. The next lap was the beginning of my serious focus, where I see nothing but an animated picture of me winning like Robbie McEwen would in the 2007 Tour, me saying somthing inappropriate out loud, and getting paid.
Everything went smooth until the last lap for me. Going into the first turn I followed the wrong wheel again as the pace was drastically picking up. Whoever was ahead of me slowed down for whatever reason a lot, and I had to counter by easing the front brake (learning from last week at Valley City). He didn't pick up the pace enough so I moved a few inches to the right, but I couldn't get over enough and my front wheel rubbed his rear A LOT. I thought for sure that I was going to go down, and I was going to die. I was on the middle-inside of a 28mph turn, in the middle-front of a 50+ strong pack going at or just under 30mph, and I was about to go down.
I think I had some kind of out of body experience and I managed to keep the bike upright despite someone on my left shouldering me even more to the "falling side". The next thing I heard was, "DUUDE!" and the sound of metal and carbon despair. Then I saw a bunch of riders on the sidewalks. F***. I wish I could have gone back to help the guys out and clear my name of guilt, but I instead clicked the black paddle on my Ultegra brifters twice and kicked up my cadence.
All of my focus was lost, and I had no time to regain it, and my heart was pounding through my chest, not from overworking, but from adrennaline. I was so pissed, but the bad kind of pissed that gets to my head and poisons my brain; the race-loser.
Coming into the main straight, I got into my big-small combo and hammered past anywhere from 10 to 15 riders on the right, which was rightly free.
After the race, I checked the standings, I got 34th overall, and 3rd place in the Juniors. The sheet only went to 48th place, and my coach wasn't on it (he was one of the guys who went onto the sidewalk).




Re-Cap: Little Italy is a nice place, great fans, great atmosphere, very bike friendly, the race has been held there since 1958, and everything is top-notch. The roll-out guy wasn't even a prick. Also, I thought I was with the Masters 40+ and the Cat 4's.
Stats:
Distance: 22.42 miles (not the advertised 40k)
Time: 0:49.21
Max: 35.6 mph (with Junior gearing, 52x14)
Average Speed: 27.3 mph
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Old 09-02-07, 06:59 PM   #2
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SHOOT! I forgot you were going to be there, Crimson.

Everyone was going fast today. Like I said in another thread, I'm surprised there wasn't more carnage.

And FYI, it was the Tour di Via Italia.
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There was also apparently a break of five riders which got up to 16 seconds on us with 11 laps left, I think we caught them, the last I heard, they were 12 seconds up with 9 laps to go, but they were working together and were all really strong riders (remember, they were 3's and Masters 30+) and were keeping their pace at 30+mph.
Yup, I believe the pack caught them with one lap to go. It definitely ended in a field sprint.
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Which race were you in? I forgot you were there too; maybe next time, how'd you do?
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Old 09-02-07, 09:19 PM   #5
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Hey guys. Nice race today, great weather, smooth roads. That was a good show you guys put on. Iwas there as a spectator. I would like to apologize I was the idiot riding around the track on my bike, I stayed out of the way. I liked riding along the back end along the boulevard. Im glad you guys enjoyed it. Did you try the food down there?
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Old 09-02-07, 09:44 PM   #6
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I had that $10 All you can eat pasta thingy where registration was, then got back to Higher.
Skyrider: You weren't that guy with the mountain bike, were you? I think it was yellow or green? Maybe with fenders?
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I was the guy with the 80s blue(steel) Bianchi road bike. I drool over youre bikes. My dad use to take me down there some 40 years ago, to watch today I took my son.
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For the 43 turns that I did do, I did notice that the turns were pretty slippery. I could feel my rear wheel slide ever so slightly towards the center to exit of each turn, turn 1 and 2 being the most extreme.
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Which race were you in? I forgot you were there too; maybe next time, how'd you do?
Cat 5. Finished somewhere between 1/2 and 2/3 of the way back in the pack. I thought I was doing poorly until I checked out my powermeter - that was a hard race.
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Cat 5. Finished somewhere between 1/2 and 2/3 of the way back in the pack. I thought I was doing poorly until I checked out my powermeter - that was a hard race.
Same here, there were points where we were doing my sprinting speed sitting down. I'm actually not sure if my top speed was my sprint! But I guess I've proven that I can hang with Cat 3's and 1/2 Masters without getting dropped at all, and not being field fodder.
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That was my first race. Had the cliche off the back, could not catch back up, DNF ending. I had a lot of fun though and the atmosphere was great.
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That is a fun little race. I did it back in 2003 when I was at Marian college in In. we drove up there. I placed 3rd in the juniors and 30 something in the Pro1/2 race. They had alot of money there and we could also drink the good labat beer. I really enjoyed the course and forgot about it until I just read it here. My first time in Canada too.
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