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  1. #1
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    Rouge Roubaix Ride Report

    I finished. Goal accomplished.

    I was worried when I woke because even though I took the time change into account and set my alarm clock and phone, neither went off but with all the anticipation I was up and only 15 minutes later than I planned. Got everything packed and headed out for the race. Got there and it was 33 degrees I tried to stay warm as I registered and got everything ready. As dawn was breaking we lined up for the B race and I noticed my right hip flexor was cramping a little, suck.

    We finally roll out as the sun comes up around 8:45 and the pack quickly engulfs both lanes and the shoulder of the 4-lane highway with everyone cruising along. We took the first turn easily onto the first 2-lane stretch and I soon realized that the yellow line rule was a joke for this race as dozens of people were moving to the front even with cars up-the worst part of is that I was stuck by the white line moving up very slowly. I knew I needed to be closer to the front before the first gravel section.

    30 miles into it and no attacks and very few surges, but when we turned onto the gravel I realized I wasn't at the back of the front group but at the front of the middle as I saw the pack pull away as I worked to pass the gravel newbs. Near the end of the first gravel section I tried to join up with a chase group of 10 or so but they took off at the feed zone and I couldn't catch them. 4 guys picked me up and we worked for another 25 miles until it was just two of us and I started cramping and decided to stop to pee.

    I reached the second gravel section and the 1st big climb alone but I was ready with my improvised climbing cassette of 32-12 It's nice working at a bike shop! Unfortunately, at the top of the climb I was toasted due to my cramps and lack of anything to relieve them. In retrospect, I shouldn't have hooked up with the really strong woman right afterward as she was pushing me way too hard for 30 miles left.

    I ended up riding alone except when a pack of 2 or 3 would pass and I'd try to hold a wheel for 5 min. I was toasted at the beginning of the 2nd gravel climb and had to walk it like everyone else, Blast! I was even worse through this gravel section being extra cautious on the sharp descents because I was so cramped and sore-I knew I couldn't control the bike as well as I needed and didn't want to end up in the woods.

    For the final 15 miles I probably averaged about 14 mph and got passed by a dozen riders but I just couldn't push any harder.

    I finished in 5:42 by my computer, achieving my goal of sub 6hrs and besting my personal training time on the course by 1 hr. over this ~100 mile race of attrition

    After hearing about the pack's exploits I'm glad I got dropped-too much carnage for me.

    Not bad for my 3rd mass start as a cat 5!
    Wind is a myth

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    What pack exploits? Team member got 2nd in the Bs but didnt mention any exploits (maybe cause he was an offender).
    Please remember that all statements unless quoted, are strictly my opinion of what happened. That there are as many opinions as there are spectators attending. I just choose to publish mine on this forum. And would NEVER intend to purposely hurt or discredit any other cyclist.... With that said... HTFU!

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    A friend of mine was wrecked on a stretch of open road and then was wrecked 4 times up the climb on Tunica rd with the pack. Also, I don't think I could have bombed down the hills in the 3rd gravel at 30 mph like they did.
    Wind is a myth

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