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    Ohio Crit Championship - race report - longish

    I posted this on our team website so I'll copy it over here as well. If you raced in Columbus last Sat., feel free to post about your race here.

    Hello Team,

    Thought I'd write up a race report on my State Championship Crit, if
    for no other reason than to just get my thoughts straight and help
    me to remember my leasons learned.

    If you don't count a handfull of training crits and TT's, this was
    my 4th start. Counting all the zig-zags, the course had a total of
    8 turns, one being a 180 degree hairpin. By far, this was the
    funnest course that I've road. The pavement was in good shape and
    you could really let it fly, lots of fun.

    The Cat 3-4 race was just before mine (cat 5). They were running
    about a half an hour behind at the end the 3-4's so I only got to
    see the course for 1 lap. As I came up to the line most of the
    field was already lined up. CRAP! I wanted to be up front. They
    had left a lane for the warming down riders to slip through so I
    just took that and parked on the line.

    My goals were to stay up in the top 5 or 6, be in front of the wreck
    and then find a good wheel to follow on the last lap.

    Our race was supposed to only be 20 laps, so I knew the pace would
    be high. I was hoping to hang on but knew it would be hard as all
    these guys have been racing all year, were as I've just been racing
    for a month or so. At the line they anounced that our race was
    being shortened to only 12 laps. Oh great! An all out sprint!

    I got a good start and in corner #1 I found myself on the front. I
    went ahead and stayed in the lead for the first lap and a half. I
    figured I was getting good TV time for the team . I was really
    focusing on hitting the corners hard and speeding up on the entry,
    hoping compound the accordian affect in the back. I thought if I
    had to work up front, might as well try and make them work some in
    the back.

    I stayed up in the top 5 through about lap 5 or 6. Then it
    happened. Going though one of the corners, I hear a hard pedal
    strike behind me and off to the outside. This was followed by some
    chattering and then BOOM!!, sounded like a bomb went off. I've
    always herd that a tire exploding was loud but this was the first
    time I've ever herd one.

    At this point, someone right in front of me started yelling "GO GO
    GO!!". So we went went went, really hard hard hard. The pace was
    real crazy for 2 laps. After that I was in around 12th and hurting
    pretty bad. I was kicking myself for staying up front earlier. The
    good thing was I was last in line and we had a half a lap lead on
    the rest of the field. For the next few laps I was in my own
    personal hell. I knew I was about to sit up but I just kept telling
    myself "one more corner". I'd stay on for that corner and then tell
    myself agian "just one more corner".

    With 2 laps left I started to feal a little better, but I was still
    hurting pretty bad. I floated between 10th and 12th coming into the
    last lap. I pick my wheel, a guy named Matt from Team Dayton. Matt
    is a big linebaker type, he goes over 200 lbs and he's strong. Half
    a lap to go and I'm last in line right on Matt's wheel. I'm seeing
    stars and just want it to be over.

    Matt starts moving up and I follow. Some skinny kid tries to force
    Matt over to the left alittle, Matt lowers his shoulder and pushes
    this kid about 6 feet to the right. I freaked out a little cause I
    thought they were going to go down right in front of me. I fell off
    Matts wheel a little and then we were in the last corner. I gave it
    everything I had and started picking off riders one by one. I
    couldn't get back to Matt, he finished a full bike in front of me in
    5th, I got 7th. I had nothing left and had to really focus on
    staying upright and holding a line until I could catch my breath.

    All in All I'm happy with the result. I wish I wouldn't have been
    on the front so much early in the race. Also I think next year my
    fittness will be more on par with everyone elses. My H.R. avg. was
    175 and I had a new all time max of 192. For some reason my throat
    was really sore for about 24 hrs. Must of been because I didn't
    drink anything during the race. I don't see how them guys can
    drink. I tried to take a small sip but I just choked on it.

    Well sorry this got so long. I really did have fun, even through
    all the suffering. I can't imagine what it will be like to do
    longer races when I cat up. Hopefully they'll sit up from time to
    time to give me a rest.

    later
    Shayne

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    Hey, good work. You had a good, simple plan, stay in the top few places the whole race, a solid strategy. You stuck with it (except for leading too much at the beginning) and it paid off.

    And you had a good finish plan, stay on the wheel of a big fast guy. Don't sweat the backing off in the final sprint after the bumping, once you get more experience that stuff won't faze you anymore.
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    Keep at the Tues/Thurs training rides and you'll dominate in the Spring.
    My legs are shot after Corwin yesterday
    I feel like a soiled kleenex dropped in the gutter in the red-light district of Paris.

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    Nice job!

    Now, how did cslone do??

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    Hey, great race! That fight you showed in the final laps will help you in the future. Other than the work at the beginning, it sounds like you did everything right. Top 10 is great, congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cat4ever View Post
    Nice job!

    Now, how did cslone do??
    Yes, Shayne you looked good. I was trying to tell you to get off the front after seeing you there 2 times in 2 laps.

    As for me.............sigh.

    There was supposed to be a Cat 3 race and a Cat 4 race. They were, for some stupid reason, to be ran concurrently, starting 2 minutes apart. So, we all line up. Probably 40 Cat 3's in the front, a 10' gap, then another 30 Cat 4's. They decided they were running late, so they said, "4's, you're with the 3's now......GO!" So, I started 40 places back in the race, on top of not really having a stellar August training cycle. The average speed in that race by my CPU was 27 mph. It was pretty rough. Little Waite moved to the front and we had 2 in the 3/4 mixed breakaway, so I just sat in. At that point we had dropped most of the 4's and I was near the back. The last lap speed up just happened when the guy in front of me clipped a pedal and we got gapped. I chased but couldn't get back on. He pulled over on the last lap(WTF?). I just wasn't strong enough and didn't feel right the whole race. I think I ended up 10th in the 4's, but just because we blew the rest of them off the back until I was the back.

    But, I did put in and get my upgrade. Officially a 3. Started with some moderate mileage on Sunday/Monday/today, in hopes of actually attaining a base this year.
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    congrats to both of you. Nice report. Keep them coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cslone View Post

    But, I did put in and get my upgrade. Officially a 3. .


    Congratulations. Now I have someone to keep me company when I get popped off the back.

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    Nope, I'm going big. My last three days I have put more mileage in than the last 2 months.
    FS: Fuji SL1 frameset, 55.5cm toptube, excellent condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cslone View Post


    Nope, I'm going big. My last three days I have put more mileage in than the last 2 months.
    Don't forget Oct. 7th TT in Bellbrook.
    I feel like a soiled kleenex dropped in the gutter in the red-light district of Paris.

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    I was there too, but in the pits for the Pro 1/2 race.

    Also I *gasp* owed Tym some money (but for the couch in room at the Venetian for Interbike )

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    I wish I'd have known about this... I had a free Saturday except for work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cslone View Post


    Nope, I'm going big. My last three days I have put more mileage in than the last 2 months.
    Careful... that's how I burned out. I sucked as a three until now, 11 years after my "retirement."

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    Careful... that's how I burned out. I sucked as a three until now, 11 years after my "retirement."
    Yeah, but the last two months have only been 75 miles EACH MONTH.

    New baby, brand new house=no time to ride.
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    i wish i would have been there! that sounds awesome. i went with the uc squad out to st. louis where i got crushed in 115 man fields. i finished one of the 4 races with the field.

    shayne: way to go, man. it is really nice to see someone's progress from team dayton training crits to racing really well in the cat 5's. nice job.

    cslone: congrats on the upgrade/welcome to hell.

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