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Old 07-19-08, 07:12 AM   #1
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7/19 Prospect Park report

So in today's cat 5 field was small, around 20 or so. It started out normal brisk pace, someone from the cadence team set a good tempo up the small climb and got swallowed up at the top. At the top a few different riders were taking turns setting the pace(25mph), they peeled off and i decided to take a pull. I picked up the pace to 30mph and signaled to have someone help keep the pace in an effort to string the field out.

As usual in the cat 5 field, no one wants to take a pull. i pulled for about another mile before i sat up, once i sat up the attacks came in a flurry. I jumped on a wheel and stayed there all the way up the climb. A few guys tried to attack but nothing serious enough to stay away. On the third lap; while we were climbing the hill some guy took my line and clipped my front wheel Luckily i was on the outside line and didnt go down or take anyone out. Unfortunately i dropped my chain and my race was done

I finished the lap and watch the field finish, after that climb a breakaway got away and held till the end. They breakaway got caught by the 1-2-3 field and all sprinted together.

If i hadn't dropped my chain, i think i coulda got into that breakaway and challenge for win, well maybe next week it will go better for me
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9:12 am? Is this some sort of escalation of a PCad posting war?
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9:12 am? Is this some sort of escalation of a PCad posting war?
You have to get up pretty early on Sat AM to out-post Pcad. Good job aperez. Sorry you didn't finish the race.

Masters 35+ Race Report from PP 7.19: The Global Locate boys were a little short handed since one key member was unable to show due to a family emergency, and three other key guys missed the start of the race (they got to the line a bit late after the organizers sent the races off a bit early). So it goes. Still, we had 6 guys in the race including gsteinb (Gary) who WON the field sprint.

It all did stay together in the end. Fast pace (average speed for 33 miles was 26.1mph on my clock). The first lap was the fastest lap I think I've ever done in Prospect Park as the field split with 15 fast guys off the front, but it did all come together, I think on lap 2. Large field, had to be 80+, some sketchy riding, but no crashes until the sprint when a boneheaded Kissena boy managed to T-bone a jogger in the jogger's lane. That is the bike racing equivalent of pissing on Mayor Bloomberg's rug, so we'll have to see if NY City bicycle racing survives this mini calamity. They hauled the poor jogger off in an EMS ambulance. The pinhead Kissena dude was unscathed. Of course. So it goes.

So as I mentioned my fearless team leader Gary won the race (he wasn't supposed to lead the team in this series, but since the series leader MISSED the race start, leadership was thrust upon him today). That was great of course. I personally had the best race I've had this year, felt stronger at the end and actually did some meaningful work for the team. The tough thing about a race that fast is that it's hard enough to get up to the front to do any work, let alone get off the front. Which is why no breaks developed, the pace is too high in July, everybody's flying.

At any rate, there's not too much racing left, I'll be in Europe (vacation) in late August anyway. It's a bit frustrating if only because I have some form now, and I think I'm learning how to ride to help the team. This experience will help next season for sure.

Big fun. Fast pace. No peloton crashes. Hope they don't shut down bicycle racing in NY City after we impaled a jogger. They don't say 'Stay out of the jogger's lane' for nothing.
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Hey aperez, do you know what the final average speed was in the PP Cat 5 race today? Juan, one of our strongest riders (who missed the start today) had his THIRTEEN year old son in the 5 race today. The kid finished in the field. Now that's what I call a bike racer of the future. Wow.
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PCad did indeed ride a real fine race today. Nice job.
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It's the Attaboys that keep the Peloton Dogs motivated.

By the way, the working title for my next feature film is Peloton Dogs Unleashed. It will have racing bicycles, slightly overweight but overtly promiscuous female bike racers, EPO and chainsaw violence.
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It was probably that 13 year old who clipped my front wheel, because they person who did it was a very short and skinny person. Oh well, i guess i'll never know...

Not sure what the avg speed was, but when does casting start for your film???
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It was probably that 13 year old who clipped my front wheel, because they person who did it was a very short and skinny person. Oh well, i guess i'll never know...

Not sure what the avg speed was, but when does casting start for your film???
Casting calls for women who want to be in my film start tonight at 8PM at my house. But they end Thursday when Mrs. Pcad returns from Italy.

The role of Pcad will be played by Pcad.
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Casting calls for women who want to be in my film start tonight at 8PM at my house. But they end Thursday when Mrs. Pcad returns from Italy.

The role of Pcad will be played by Pcad.
I hear that guy is pretty tough to work with.
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I hear that guy is pretty tough to work with.
All of Pcad's MTB scenes will be shot with a Stunt Double. Open auditions for that job will be held Monday at Goosepond Mountain State Park in Chester, NY.
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is there a way to write the script so a guy out for Saturday morning exercise doesn't get creamed by some ass jockey in the joggers lane, and we don't get booted out of the parks again?
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is there a way to write the script so a guy out for Saturday morning exercise doesn't get creamed by some ass jockey in the joggers lane, and we don't get booted out of the parks again?
All I can say is there were a lot of squirrely crap in that vets race today. Besides the Kissena Joggernaut, there was the moron who nailed his brakes for no apparent reason @ 35mph going down the hill (that scared the crap out of me) and the idiots who continually cut me off for no apparent reason other than their own sheer dbagosity. There's virtually none of that in March and April, but I suppose that's when the harder core local bike race crowd is out in the Iditarod weather. You get some sultry summer temps and every friggin jerk in the tri state area is out there trying to take us all down. Oh well. All things considered it was rather amazing there wasn't a mid-peloton pileup.

I can only imagine what the 4/5 race was like. Ooffaaa.
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Hey aperez, do you know what the final average speed was in the PP Cat 5 race today? Juan, one of our strongest riders (who missed the start today) had his THIRTEEN year old son in the 5 race today. The kid finished in the field. Now that's what I call a bike racer of the future. Wow.
The kid did well. Held his own against fat turds like myself pretty impressively (this was my first PP too). Average speed was 24.9 mph, and i was in the pack (2nd in sprint, 5th overall).

I gotta say, there was a great vibe after my race ended, lots of good people came and chatted it up with me. That all ended when that crash happened (was he forced into the lane?), and the vibe turned sour (as well as the late rider(s) being a bit peeved).


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Good job today. I saw that sprint, you were impressive. I hope you move up before I get to the 4's!
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The kid did well. Held his own against fat turds like myself pretty impressively (this was my first PP too). Average speed was 24.9 mph, and i was in the pack (2nd in sprint, 5th overall).

I gotta say, there was a great vibe after my race ended, lots of good people came and chatted it up with me. That all ended when that crash happened (was he forced into the lane?), and the vibe turned sour (as well as the late rider(s) being a bit peeved).




Good job today. I saw that sprint, you were impressive. I hope you move up before I get to the 4's!

move up to what, that was the masters race. thanks though :blush:
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move up to what, that was the masters race. thanks though :blush:
HA! Sorry, I was reading that and was thinking that you were a 4. I did, however see your sprint, and my compliment stands (there's no confusing the blue/pink kit).

And, yeah, move the hell up, would ya? After finally getting a chance to watch some of the faster/older cats race/sprint today, I have a good idea of what's coming next year - and it scares me.
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I have a good idea of what's coming next year - and it scares me.
Losing the sprint isn't scary. Getting crashed out by a bunch of Cat V squirrels, now THAT is scary. Doesn't happen too often in the 35+, which is why I've preferred racing with the vets for 15 years.
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the masters field is littered with ones and twos and ex twos who sandbag the three field from time to time
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the masters field is littered with ones and twos and ex twos who sandbag the three field from time to time
So what you're saying is Dr. W. will be joining us shortly.
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Exactly.

And the fact that the two of you just posted those responses at 4:10am, also scares me. Our day started at 4am, how the hell did you two remain awake?

You're both insane.
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I think you should check your time setting....I posted at 5:10 am
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Yes, it appears that we're all posting on Pacific time - I'm no longer impressed.

Hope to see you both there next week. - b.
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I never actually claimed to be sane.

The fact that I attempt to race bicycles is compelling evidence to the contrary.

I got dropped twice on the Nyack Ride today, and I still finished ahead of the peloton. First the breakaway group I somehow got mixed up with dumped me after 20 miles or so, then 5 miles up the road the chasers caught me, and 10 miles after that they popped me off the back. But when I crested Hook Mtn, the peloton had not caught up with me. I was utter toast. Once again, I felt like Pee Wee Herman trying to ride with Miguel Indurain. If you need me I will be questioning my involvement in this sport for the rest of the day. Hey, at least I'm getting skinnier, I have that going for me.

What better way to elevate one's Self Loathing than to get dropped twice on one ride, and then watch the Mets game?

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I never actually claimed to be sane.

The fact that I attempt to race bicycles is compelling evidence to the contrary.

What better way to elevate one's Self Loathing than to get dropped twice on one ride, and then watch the Mets game?
I think that most NYC area cyclists are Mets fans. Masochism seems contagious (are most married too? - I'm kidding, I think).

Good job on the ride today. It had to be hot as hell out there. I'm too fat for this sport, especially when the temps get this high. It's like listening to a Cadel Evans interview - it's just all wrong and painful to even watch.
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