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    Chico RR/downtown crit

    Last race on the Nor-Cal/Nevada list, anyone going to be there?

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    Yep.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanf
    its a start: 1. measure thighs 2. get on bike 3. win
    cat 2 - 1/30

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    good answer.

    what races are you doing?

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    Unless I just give up on trying to figure out the whole get there by 8am from the city most effectively, I'll be at the RR Cat4.

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    Racing the crit on Sunday morning. A good group from up here and Southern Oregon will be coming down for the crit as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrennie View Post
    good answer.

    what races are you doing?
    Both races in the 5's. It probably time I moved up to the 4's, but in these two races, it won't really matter anyway.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanf
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    Nah. I have to get some hill work in for the Mt. Diablo Challenge.
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    Heading back from the RR. Had alot of fun, got involved in a couple of breakaways and was able to pull a team mate upto the break that stuck.

    I finished 10th

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    4/5 race? I finished 28th. I was the guy who attacked and got busted for a yellow line infraction. Good race, great attendance.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanf
    its a start: 1. measure thighs 2. get on bike 3. win
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    4/5 race? I finished 28th. I was the guy who attacked and got busted for a yellow line infraction. Good race, great attendance.
    yes the 4/5, I agree great race. Heard about a nasty crash that happened behind me...hope everybody was ok.

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    I don't think anyone was seriously hurt, but I'm not really sure. Are you doing the Crit? I'll be there on my yellow and black Giant TCR w/ yellow bar tape. Say "hi" if you see me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanf
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    Sick from sitting in a tubular metallic germ factory (more rolling resistance but less weight than a clincher metallic tube har har) for 20 hours earlier in the week, I gave it a pass. Did it rain at all?

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    Is this the road course near Paradise? I did that road race and the downtown crit course as collegiate regionals in 1996. They were both great courses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    Sick from sitting in a tubular metallic germ factory (more rolling resistance but less weight than a clincher metallic tube har har) for 20 hours earlier in the week, I gave it a pass. Did it rain at all?
    A couple sprinkles here & there, but not until the drive back was it anything more than spit. A lot colder than I imagined that area to ever be in September.

    In the 4/5 when the pace finally got a to a race speed on the 2nd lap, I was mid pack and the pack got strung out just a teeny tiny bit and the wheel I was on, slowed on the roller, and as I waited for a chance to go around safely (other people more keen on reacting to growing gap in front of him were going around left & right), he finally sat up and gave up the fight, I almost ran into him but finally got safely, and of course everybody was up the road. I wasn't able to make contact again. Watched the finish from the sidelines though, pretty impressive win w/nice hands off bar celebration. Also, 'the' or 'a' guy in involved in a crash was walking around the finish line talking to people like his face wasn't rashed up. Maybe it looked worse than it felt or something.

    In the end a long drive, a great turnout, a bit of a boring course (And I know cuz I TT'd half a lap of it) and a disappointment to bite all winter. Season's over, it's Miller time!

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    The crit was over for me before it started. I didn't start up front, and of course, I had the guy who couldn't clip in, in front of me. The field was big, and the guys at the front were jamming. It's frustrating, because, especially judging by yesterday, I can hang with these guys, but I was tentative in the corners and I didn't jump at the start. Long winter.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanf
    its a start: 1. measure thighs 2. get on bike 3. win
    cat 2 - 1/30

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    Chico RR

    Team-mates: Del, Wendy, Tim

    Morning of the race brought grey skies and the occasional light shower. With no more than 3 hours of sleep we all seemed to be in fine spirits (heavy sarcasm) after we all got registered and ready to go we had about 20min to loosen up and lighten up. My mood lifted as cyclist came and went; it seemed like a reunion of sorts after a full season of racing seeing the same faces.

    Lined up and waited for a bit – OFF WE WENT

    1st LAP was slow and easy I bounced around mid pack while my legs warmed up and kind of watched the race trying to out think the possibilities (couldn’t be as hard as counting cards right?). Wendy found me in the pack and we hung out for a bit before Wendy decided the pace was crap and asked if I wanted to speed it up a bit…grabbed his wheel and followed him to the front of the pack. Instantly we drove the pace a good 5mph– we exchanged pulls a few times and had the group nice and strung out. We both then drifted off and let others control the pace.

    2nd LAP I drifted back out of the wind and ended up mid pack or so, the jumpstart had worked as now we were cruising at a respectable pace. Went through some rollers and I was working to stay in the mix. Up front I could see Wendy working his way off the front with a couple of other guys, with my position all I could do is watch.

    There was a feed zone so I chucked my one bottle thinking I could recoup. The lady I zeroed in on just happened to be a mom of a racer or something was out there only to help a single racer…cursing under my breath as she gave me a deer in headlights look as my hand spasmed closed… empty (one of those I can laugh now moments)

    We get through the rollers and are back on the flat stuff, the pace eased up - I noticed Tim at front pulling the group. Little light went off so I peeled off and drove to the front of the pack with Tim to see if he needed any help. He asked me if I knew who was up front and I nodded and took to the front of the pack to pull…easily. This went on for what seemed like forever with me soft-pedaling at the front of the pack. I was amazed we were getting away with this as I watched the small breakaway with one of our guys shrinking in the distance.

    Didn’t get away with it forever though tee hee Tim and I caught a little verbal abuse for controlling the pace. At this point I thought the break was long gone as we had lost sight them (would find out after the Race the one other guy with Wendy wouldn’t work)

    The gig was up and one guy put out a very respectable effort and pulled the group back up to the breakaway. Rolled up to Wendy to see how he was doing.



    3rd and FINAL LAP

    Sitting top 10 I slowly got pushed back to 20th or so position. We were coming up to the rollers so I started to work my way back to the front. Got back up to the front 10 or so and notice 3 things. 1 -a good size group of guys were trying to break away from the group – I’d say 8-10 cyclists. 2 – Wendy was boxed in fairly well on the far right. 3- Someone was blocking because it felt like we were stuck in a time warp and these guys were making a hasty getaway.

    Boom – Wendy makes his move and I’m on it like white on rice. We jump out to the left and sprint away from the group.

    I sneak a peak behind us and it’s a clean get away, WE HAVE GAP ladies and gentlemen. After a good effort into the wind Wendy starts to slow – we made it about half way to the breakaway, I shoot pass him and tell him to grab my wheel. Bury my nose and start burning matches. In what seemed like an eternity of effort we latched onto the back of the breakaway!! But now my legs were shot and we were in the rollers. These guys were moving and I was hurting, tried to hold on only to pogo off the back of the group for a bit before letting go.

    A second breakaway group caught up to me so I jumped in with them. They were motivated and attempted to push the group to catch the breakaway. As you can guess since I just buried my legs getting a team-mate up to that same group and was less then responsive to the coaching. I watched the main group behind us for a while but they never really gained on us and after a while actually disappeared entirely.

    Nearing the end of the race our group had shed a few members as the paced picked up. At 1K to go I gave a good effort in my saddle carrying one guy (9th place I imagine) to the finish. Fun race. Bummed the season is over =o(

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    Quote Originally Posted by bayareawheeler View Post
    Chico RR

    Team-mates: Del, Wendy, Tim

    Morning of the race brought grey skies and the occasional light shower. With no more than 3 hours of sleep we all seemed to be in fine spirits (heavy sarcasm) after we all got registered and ready to go we had about 20min to loosen up and lighten up. My mood lifted as cyclist came and went; it seemed like a reunion of sorts after a full season of racing seeing the same faces.

    Lined up and waited for a bit – OFF WE WENT

    1st LAP was slow and easy I bounced around mid pack while my legs warmed up and kind of watched the race trying to out think the possibilities (couldn’t be as hard as counting cards right?). Wendy found me in the pack and we hung out for a bit before Wendy decided the pace was crap and asked if I wanted to speed it up a bit…grabbed his wheel and followed him to the front of the pack. Instantly we drove the pace a good 5mph– we exchanged pulls a few times and had the group nice and strung out. We both then drifted off and let others control the pace.

    2nd LAP I drifted back out of the wind and ended up mid pack or so, the jumpstart had worked as now we were cruising at a respectable pace. Went through some rollers and I was working to stay in the mix. Up front I could see Wendy working his way off the front with a couple of other guys, with my position all I could do is watch.

    There was a feed zone so I chucked my one bottle thinking I could recoup. The lady I zeroed in on just happened to be a mom of a racer or something was out there only to help a single racer…cursing under my breath as she gave me a deer in headlights look as my hand spasmed closed… empty (one of those I can laugh now moments)

    We get through the rollers and are back on the flat stuff, the pace eased up - I noticed Tim at front pulling the group. Little light went off so I peeled off and drove to the front of the pack with Tim to see if he needed any help. He asked me if I knew who was up front and I nodded and took to the front of the pack to pull…easily. This went on for what seemed like forever with me soft-pedaling at the front of the pack. I was amazed we were getting away with this as I watched the small breakaway with one of our guys shrinking in the distance.

    Didn’t get away with it forever though tee hee Tim and I caught a little verbal abuse for controlling the pace. At this point I thought the break was long gone as we had lost sight them (would find out after the Race the one other guy with Wendy wouldn’t work)

    The gig was up and one guy put out a very respectable effort and pulled the group back up to the breakaway. Rolled up to Wendy to see how he was doing.



    3rd and FINAL LAP

    Sitting top 10 I slowly got pushed back to 20th or so position. We were coming up to the rollers so I started to work my way back to the front. Got back up to the front 10 or so and notice 3 things. 1 -a good size group of guys were trying to break away from the group – I’d say 8-10 cyclists. 2 – Wendy was boxed in fairly well on the far right. 3- Someone was blocking because it felt like we were stuck in a time warp and these guys were making a hasty getaway.

    Boom – Wendy makes his move and I’m on it like white on rice. We jump out to the left and sprint away from the group.

    I sneak a peak behind us and it’s a clean get away, WE HAVE GAP ladies and gentlemen. After a good effort into the wind Wendy starts to slow – we made it about half way to the breakaway, I shoot pass him and tell him to grab my wheel. Bury my nose and start burning matches. In what seemed like an eternity of effort we latched onto the back of the breakaway!! But now my legs were shot and we were in the rollers. These guys were moving and I was hurting, tried to hold on only to pogo off the back of the group for a bit before letting go.

    A second breakaway group caught up to me so I jumped in with them. They were motivated and attempted to push the group to catch the breakaway. As you can guess since I just buried my legs getting a team-mate up to that same group and was less then responsive to the coaching. I watched the main group behind us for a while but they never really gained on us and after a while actually disappeared entirely.

    Nearing the end of the race our group had shed a few members as the paced picked up. At 1K to go I gave a good effort in my saddle carrying one guy (9th place I imagine) to the finish. Fun race. Bummed the season is over =o(
    I couldn't believe they were just hanging out there either. It actually looked like they were sitting up, but your blocking was keeping them alive.

    I was SO proud of my attack. It must have been slightly downhill, or tailwind aided, because I hit 33. Maybe adrenaline. I had a real Racer Ex moment. I thought I was going to bridge, but that's when the ref burst my bubble.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanf
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    cat 2 - 1/30

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    Quote Originally Posted by bayareawheeler View Post
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    Keith, right? I was the guy BS'ing with you all on the start (Mateo). Small world.

    How'd it go at the crit? Did you guys really drive to Tahoe yesterday?

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    Signs your about to be in a world of hurt:
    1. look around on the line and there are world champ bars on a jersey
    2. rock and republic
    3. kodak/ sierra nevada
    4. tight course with riders that rail the corners
    5. and oh yeah, this guy: (national elite crit champ dan holloway)


    I was just watching the time and hoping to finish. In the 3 race I went of the front, grabbed a prime and was out of position on the sprint, rolling across for 15th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrennie View Post
    Signs your about to be in a world of hurt:
    1. look around on the line and there are world champ bars on a jersey
    2. rock and republic
    3. kodak/ sierra nevada
    4. tight course with riders that rail the corners
    5. and oh yeah, this guy: (national elite crit champ dan holloway)

    I was just watching the time and hoping to finish. In the 3 race I went of the front, grabbed a prime and was out of position on the sprint, rolling across for 15th.
    I bet the 3 race seemed slow in comparison though

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    I had a real Racer Ex moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrennie View Post
    Signs your about to be in a world of hurt:
    1. look around on the line and there are world champ bars on a jersey
    2. rock and republic
    3. kodak/ sierra nevada
    4. tight course with riders that rail the corners
    5. and oh yeah, this guy: (national elite crit champ dan holloway)


    I was just watching the time and hoping to finish. In the 3 race I went of the front, grabbed a prime and was out of position on the sprint, rolling across for 15th.
    You finished with the pack in the P/1/2 race? Sh*t, sounds like that was a quite the accomplishment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pelikan View Post
    Keith, right? I was the guy BS'ing with you all on the start (Mateo). Small world.

    How'd it go at the crit? Did you guys really drive to Tahoe yesterday?

    yes sir =-)

    pleasure racing with you guys.

    Tim (THE MOOSE) ended up getting 5th in the crit the following day...my slacker butt is goinig to get left behindi n the 4's here soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yep View Post
    4/5 race? I finished 28th. I was the guy who attacked and got busted for a yellow line infraction. Good race, great attendance.
    Hey Yep,

    I was in the back chatting with you for a while after you got busted by the ref.

    After the crash, I got back in with 10 or so guys in the chase group but nobody wanted to work together to catch the breakaway(which sucked).

    I was on the Cervelo R3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USCswimming View Post
    Hey Yep,

    I was in the back chatting with you for a while after you got busted by the ref.

    After the crash, I got back in with 10 or so guys in the chase group but nobody wanted to work together to catch the breakaway(which sucked).

    I was on the Cervelo R3.
    Hey! Yeah, I was in that same chase group, yelling and waving my arms trying to get people going. Finally, I tried to bridge up and just blew. I worked too hard at the wrong times in that race.

    I love your bike. I hope I wasn't drooling.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanf
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    cat 2 - 1/30

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yep View Post
    Hey! Yeah, I was in that same chase group, yelling and waving my arms trying to get people going. Finally, I tried to bridge up and just blew. I worked too hard at the wrong times in that race.

    I love your bike. I hope I wasn't drooling.
    I tried to get people to organize after all of us regrouped and people looked at me like I was crazy. So I decided very early on that nobody would form a paceline to chase thus I sat up and went to the back.

    I needed the recovery because I had to pretty much redline after the crash to catch back on and pass everybody else that was dropping like flies on that small hilly section. I was suprised when I saw you pull up a couple miles from the finish.

    Overall a fun race though! I am sure I will see you out there next year.

    Oh and the guys that went down, went down hard as heck. One guy ended up in the ditch and didnt appear to be doing so hot. Another guy who went down in the middle of the road ended up with concussion like sysmptoms. (i read that on the ncnca.com forums). I haven't heard anything about the guy in the ditch.

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