I raced today
well, yesterday. Fast 8 corner criterium that kept you on your toes.
Hesitated at the wrong moment and settled for 10th.
Sometimes the window of opportunity is very small.
Thank you for allowing me the real estate for an ambiguous race report post.
Way to get out there. Get 'em next time.
I'm sure you've thought about where the window appeared. Any ideas on what happened and how you'd have done things differently given a second chance?
Hey! Big fan of your helmet cam work/blog
Originally Posted by carpediemracing
I felt the 'lull' with 1.5 laps to go and didn't know where my teammate was, so I didn't jump. The lull only lasted a few seconds. Right when I hesitated, the flyer goes, strings us out, and I was 10th wheel.
It stayed that way all the way to the finish!
Really had to be the first one through the last series of corners.
Next time, I'll jump!
heh thanks re: cam/blog. My cam is down temporarily as my new HD cam doesn't record like it's supposed to - either it's broken or the nut that is holding it is broken (i.e. user error), and I want to get that sorted out before I do any more cam stuff. So sorry about not having any new cam clips in 2008.
Originally Posted by schnabler1
Can you explain more? Unless the field was small, it would have been very hard to string out the field such that no one could move up, or maybe there's something I'm not seeing? I'm making a few assumptions - lap is at least 1/2 mile long (8 turns), road was at least 20 feet wide (2 lanes) which means you can slide up next to the guy in front of you, and there wasn't any hill or anything that would make drafting a non-factor (a hill would make it easier to move up if you have some decent power left). Usually you can save energy by sitting on wheels, and after a 2 minute effort (1 mile at 30 mph), usually the guys sitting in have the gas to go around the ones in front. The only race I've read about where it was impossible to move up in the last lap was when Mike McCarthy (Subaru/Montgomery I think) led out for a lap which averaged about 42 mph - Gaggioli used up his sprint moving from 7th to 3rd position (or something like that) and couldn't pass the two guys in front in the "sprint".
Well it was nearly single file at the last lap - this was 4/5s. .75 mile figure 8, and sure, it would have been possible to move up, there was room.
I was too concerned with staying on someone's wheel I guess at the end rather than getting through the last corner first - it was a very short sprint to the finish out of the last corner.
We started with 60+ and there were maybe 20 left. We were doing 30mph the last lap - so, I guess I was 'content' with the pace and thought if I went any harder I would either a) not handle a corner or b) pop, so, I stayed where I was rather than trying to move up.