Raced training crit. Running late. pulled up as the race was heading off. jumped out there w/ no warmup. Felt really good stayed in the pack, made some moves to the front....forgot water bottles..not good. blabla
If I was as good at racing bikes as I am at racing cars youd all be in for a world of hurt!
My first race, a 2.5 mile TT as part of a large local charity event. I didn't stick around for the official results, they should be posted later this morning. There was about 100 riders in my age bracket and I was about the tenth guy out of the gate. By my computer I clocked it in 6 minutes and 7 seconds for just over 24mph average. Respectable enough for my first try on a twenty year old road bike. I wish Ed Rader would have been there to take a picture. I passed three guys in front of me and did not get passed.
You guys were definitely moving in that break. I was half expecting a WR-style 1 minute attack to finish the race off after you went back to the pack. I'm recovering from a separated shoulder received in last week's 4/5 race (should have stuck with the 3/4), so didn't get to partake in the action tonight, but got to witness some pretty good racing.
Good luck with the shoulder!
Yeah, we'll get better at playing the game together.
I need to race some more. Or, I need to race some.
That was really fun, and you laid it all out there for me. Much appreciated, and I'll always pay that back with a puke-inducing effort
CBR Long Beach, cat 4
The 4's actually showed up to race! Lot's of attacks and weak/doomed breaks. I even spent a moment off the front which tells you the pace itself wasn't brutal just lot's of action, lots of fun. My teammate said it felt like a tempo ride afterwards.
So 5-to-go was called, and I kept in the front 15ish; 4-to-go kept in top 10ish(hmmm, announcer silent, weird!); 3 to go(hmmm, announcer still silent, eerie!); 1 to go(announcer still silent, What's up!); Yes! I'm in the top 5 last lap; 25m to the last corner sprint into 2nd, wait through the corner; sprint to the finish with a 30m gap!? WTH, they're not even trying? Ohhhhhhh, there's the bell for the last lap. Damnit!
Turns out my teammate was right there with me (didn't hear him). We *could have done something like a 1/2 punch kilo-finish, lol. Oh well, still learning this racing thing.
Opinions Wanted: Is there a reason some announcers count down laps and others don't?
CBR Long Beach, 30+ 3/4
Began much the same as the first race. Good clean racing, longer breaks, much bigger field, stayed to the front. 5 to go was called; got to the front without a struggle; with 4 or 3 to go it was a double paceline at the front; I was on the inside of turn 1, 2nd wheel back when the guy in front of me got gently crowded from the outside and needlessly panicked and crashed, I joined him. I have to say my skills of 25+mph tumbling are improving. Hardly any road rash, bumps or bruises, except for my the 1 inch gash under my eye. Some wheel or elbow pushed my el'cheapo glasses into my cheek with a cut and hematoma as a result. It's healing well, but next time I'll be wearing my single-lens impact-resistant (*cough* Oakley *cough*) instead of double lense pop out garbage.
Fulton Road Race, Cat 5
Ended up having to drop out of the race 5 miles into it, due to my front derailleur not want to shift down on the first climb. Believe I found the cause of the problem, but still need to get in a test ride tonight to make sure. I was kinda unpleased with having to drop out, cause its my first DNF this season, and I was feeling pretty good during the start of the race. Guess I will have to make it up tomorrow at a Crit race about 2 hours in the opisite direction of this road race.
Westbrach MI RR
This was the first year for this race. The pavement was perfect, and the course was great. Lots of rolling hills, many too big to just sprint up, with the finish line at the top of a long steep hill. 22 mile loops
Racing the three's. 3 laps, 66 miles. I was okay for the first lap. When we came to the big climb, the field split into like 4 groups. I was just off the main group. I tried to jump back on, but just didn't have it. Eventually teamed up with some other guys, and we stayed a ways back for a lap and a half. With a half lap left, we got back to the field, where everyone just seamed drained. Coming to the final climb, I just settled into my own pace, and did ok. Turns out there were like 6 people already up. I finished 13th.
New Bethlehem Crit, 3/4. 2nd place
Arrived super late--first time I've made that mistake, and hopefully the last. Head not in the game, start at the very ass end of the pack. Maybe it was just my perspective, but felt slow and sketchy (24.8 avg. for a flat crit??). I surfed the back because it actually felt safer back there than bumping bars for position with the nuts that would sprint up the side for 13th wheel and then try to force their way into the corners.
With 9 to go, a fellow backmarker helpfully points out that my front wheel is wobbling. Broken spoke, and I have no spare, so I figure I'm done, and everything has been so hectic that I don't even mind. Teammate lends me a wheel, I chase back on. With 5 and 6 to go, two crashes on the same rough, off-camber corner (on consecutive laps laps) take out like 8 guys each time, including a teammate who left in an ambulance with a busted shoulder. First one brought me to a stop, so I'm chasing again. I finally get it in gear with two to go, locate a teammate, and he delivers a beautiful leadout. Couldn't quite close the deal on a downhill sprint, but I'll take it.
I've heard the "stay towards the front to stay safe mantra" a lot, but today I really felt better in back to avoid the swarming. It's possible this is actually a bad idea, and I don't have the experience to know better
Did the SoCal / Nevada District TTT championships today -- 4-men 180+ (cumulative age of riders at least 180 years). It was a very strange race. The team that started 1 minute ahead of us was led by one of my oldest racing buddies. (There was a small amount of trash talking right before the start.) The team that was 1 minute behind us was the mighty Amgen Masters Team.
On our team, I am the eldest rider by 3 years. It's not much in the overall life of a Masters bicycle racer but once you're over 50 every year counts. We get a nice clean start and we go a couple hundred yards down the road and there is my buddy's team pulled over on the side. It turns out that one of his teammates on a bike with horizontal, track-style dropouts, had his wheel pull to the side -- more on this later.
We didn't want to start too hot so we settled into a comfortable pace (for me) and wouldn't you know it, my friend's team comes barreling past us.
A little bit about the course. It is a rectangle with two 6 mile straights and two 2-1/2 mile straights. You start just out of turn 4, do a lap and then finish just before turn 1. You end up with about 23.1 miles.
Before we get to turn 1 (6 miles into the race) a couple more things occur: one teammate who is usually pretty strong, is already missing turns and having trouble getting back in line and the Amgen team comes flying past us. For the less initiated, flying is faster than barreling.
We get around turn 1 and my hurting teammate, who had ended up on my wheel at that point, completely fell off the back. I called out to the other two to wait and we kind of slowed down but it became obvious within a minute that he was not going to get back on so away we went.
So now we're in 3-man mode and wouldn't you know it, we're catching my buddy's team. We get on to the long back straight and we pass them just before a small hill. We get over the hill and they pass us. I think we passed them again but the pass us back pretty quickly. The problem is while we are going at a pretty steady pace, one of their guys is hurting and another is also not a good so they keep going fast then slow. We decide to stay behind them until after turn 3.
The 2-1/2 miles between turns 3 and 4 was pretty eventful. My friend's team seems to recover a bit and they are staying comfortably ahead of us but a team that started 4 minutes behind us passes us and then another Amgen team (with Thurlows Rogers) comes by us in a blur. We get to turn 4 and come out of it pretty well and for some reason, my friend's team is really slow and we almost ride into them.
After that small bit of confusion we all get going with them still in front of us. Something happens to them again, they slow, and my teammate swerves to avoid them. I'm second wheel and I just miss my teammate. For some reason they pass us again and now I'm getting a little frustrated. It gets to my pull and I take a long and faster pull to get around them. Finally we've passed them for good.
Unfortunately, I'm medium rare at that point and I end up sitting out a pull so I don't blow completely. I take a pull and then sit out another. From there we're good to go and ride pretty smoothly to the finish.
Oh, and that wheel pulling issue on my friends team ended up not being completely resolved. They finished just a bit behind us and as we were jawing, we saw that the guy's rear wheel was slightly rubbing the frame again. The adjuster screw had pushed out of his generic, carbon frame.
I was hoping that we could go under 51 minutes since we had done a 51:13 for a 27.0 MPH average last year. Unfortunately we ended up with a 51:46 for 26.7 MPH. Last year we were 3rd out of 11 teams (though only 8 were serious teams). This year we were 5th out of 7 and we were over 1-1/2 minutes behind 4th.
At least we had fun.
Experiment in the 3's, play with tactics, and get to know how fields work and how different areas of the field play out.
You owe it to yourself.
If the accordion effect isn't bad, then the back isn't that bad if you can hide. I guess you found that out today
Golden State Crit
E 4. Tried to stay up front and out of trouble. Turned out to be a good plan as there was a big crash right behind me with about 5 laps to go. Nothing got away, but I just didn't have good legs. Finished 14th
M 3/4. Same deal. For whatever reason there was a bunch of serpentining on the back straight like it was a track race. I was tired but managed to hold good position. I knew I didn't have the legs but thought that if I got lucky and things got strung out, I could have a chance at a top ten. No such luck: I had two different guys blow out (roll tubulars?) right in front of me in the last lap. Managed to finish upright but I was whipped and frankly, a little unnerved. Sat up on the finishing straight. Didn't care. Just wanted to go home.
Sigh. What a stupid effing sport this is.
Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!
Telemiami cycling cup. Circuit race. Cat 4/5 mixed.
Result, top 15-ish (I hope!)
Pace was kind of easy, as we started with a fresh downpour with soggy jersey/shoes.
last lap I came around to the final straight in 3r position, turned up the heat and ended up getting swallowed by the real sprinters...