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Old 07-19-09, 02:57 PM   #1651
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Owasco Road Race (formerly Stage Race)

Changed from 4 to Masters because the only teammates I had there were in Masters and I'm old enough (meh)

I hung in there with Swan and the rest of the hammers until there were about 20 of us left, got dropped on the 15% wall at mile 40. Hung on with a group of 6 until the end, had a fairly strong sprint but caught just at the line by one guy. 13th out of 50ish.

Not bad.
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Not bad at all!!
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Forgot my gloves for the crit today. Crashed during the warmup when someone came between me and a friend I was talking to and slammed on the brakes. Cut on hands and knee and some light road rash on my calf. It was kinda weird. I unclipped and dragged my left sole on the floor till I got to an acceptable speed to fall over. Coulda been worse, whatever.

Race was okay. I think being sick started hitting me since I started getting more and more tired before I normally would. I also made the mistake of moving up on the windy side up the hills. Not the best decision but live and learn.

It was getting really hard for me to move up during the race, but I managed to burn a match and get up near the front with 2 to go. A CCNS guy (my coach's team) jumped hard and I followed him. He only went for about half a lap, but two guys from a 'blue' team (GVCC?) were in the little 'break'.

One of the blue guys sat up to give his teammate a gap, which I thought was stupid since we all got caught right at the bell lap. He shoulda helped his teammate (and me heh).

I tried latching on as the pack went by but couldn't really. My teammate was right behind me and I was hoping he'd know to do a catch and release thing as the pack caught me.

I came in pretty much dead last.

It was fun though. I've never tried to attack in a crit before, so it was fun trying something different. I also did a lot of yelling today, and ended up appologizing to someone. I almost got run into the curb a few times when people would change their line. And then I told someone to 'shut the hell up' when they took a wide turn and started saying "hold your line".

My power was down about 20-30 watts, due to being sick earlier this week. I don't think I'm sick anymore, but I'm tired.

My ride had to leave so I couldn't do the 3/4 ride. Wouldn't have been much help to anyone either. I hope CDR and SOC did well.

Taking tomorrow off, doing a training crit on tuesday night, and doing short rides for the rest of the week to prepare for hilltowns. Hopefully I'll start feeling better.

Edit: I don't think I'm going to be getting any more points this season so I might as well try some new things out and see how they go. I'm confident that I'll be able to upgrade in the spring with some races by graduation. I'll just need to train right over winter. I'm okay with that

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Old 07-19-09, 04:19 PM   #1654
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Also did the Wells Ave. A race.

After a thought bridge, I became part of a break that lapped the field. This was a bit of a goal I've had, but never though I'd see it come to fruition, so I'm pleased. Took us about 23' @ 27.3 MPH to catch the field.

Had great legs after 2 days off, and averaged 315w for the 70' minutes, took tons of pulls, and generally ground myself into a pulp. A monster workout, no doubt.

Particularly nice as I rode the training bike which is equipped with Ptap, gatorskins and other WaterRocket-esque stuff. (wore the skinsuit, though which is BOSS!!).

BostonGarden: I was the tall, dude in the red, yellow, and black skinsuit... ThresholdCycling and riding a blue CAAD7. White helmet.

Say hi if you see me some time!!

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Old 07-19-09, 05:08 PM   #1655
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Yarmouth Clamfest, new team showed up in full and represented. We took turns attacking until one move stuck then we shut the field down. Our break guy took second to a pro on his home course and we took second in the field sprint for 7th. Very different racing without having to worry that my teamates would miss something. Psyched for the rest of the season.
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nice!!

you guys have a great team!!

cant wait to get a few more of the T-hold boys up there to give you a bit (but probably not any) trouble!!

missed CB at wells though!! funn day in Newton!!

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Naugatuck Crit....well this was a race of firsts for me. The first time OTB

There was a truck parked in the road that needed to be towed and the tow truck driver was demanding 100 dollars up front. Somehow I was the one who delivered the 100 dollars to him (not my money so it was okay), but it ended up making me line up deeeaaad last.

Whistle is blown, the race begins, I try to clip in, my foot slips, WHAMBAM, I nut myself on my top tube. Now I'm in negative dead last and the race had just begun. I managed to catch everyone after the first corner but I was shaken. I hung on, I even found the wheel of ridethecliche a few times through the race After about 10 or 11 laps I start to really fall of the back along with another guy. Going up the first little hill, I thought hell, I'll suck on his wheel going up this and blast past him at the top and catch back up. Turns out he was twice as exhausted as me and slowed waaaay down. By the time I realized this and got to the top I could see the group way up the road. In a last ditch attempt I sprinted after them, up the second hill, but once I failed to reach them, I surrendered. I had burned all my matches just trying to stay on the back of the group. I kept letting these huge gaps open up in front of me and I had to work so hard to close them. I could have kept going but I really couldn't think about anything but rest at that point.

On the positive side I learned a lot about what I need to work on for next time. I gotta get myself up in the top half so I can avoid the yo-yoing that goes on in the back. I gotta ease off the brakes, it seemed like I was ALWAYS on them, wasting my energy. I really have to get more comfortable riding in the middle of the pack, trying to move up on the outside is exhausting.

ridethecliche, the only times I saw you were when I was suckin' on your wheel and when I watched the race from the sideline. You might have seen me(blue shirt, red helmet) walking the back stretch with my dad. I saw you up front on the second to last lap and was cheering like hell. Then I waited at the finish line, only to see you roll in freakin last. What a disappointment
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I thought that usually the person who gets towed pays the tow truck driver. Why was he asking for money from the organizers?
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ridethecliche, the only times I saw you were when I was suckin' on your wheel and when I watched the race from the sideline. You might have seen me(blue shirt, red helmet) walking the back stretch with my dad. I saw you up front on the second to last lap and was cheering like hell. Then I waited at the finish line, only to see you roll in freakin last. What a disappointment
Heh. Oh well. I'm sick, and I thought that the CCNS guy who I went with would have more left in the tank. The 2 guys in blue decided to not work at all and screwed themselves over. We coulda made it stick.

My teammate was around me though, so I was hoping for a catch and release type attack with him going after I got caught. He went, but blew up with 1/2 a lap to go.

I'm giving up on placing again this season. I need to try new things and learn, and that's what I tried to do today.

The attack with 2 to go was fun.

I rode a stupid race. Nose in wind too much. Oh well

PS: If you ever see me at the front before the last 1/2 lap, please yell at me instead of cheering me on. Peer pressure is bad sometimes.
PPS: I'm 20, I probably looked like I was 30 because I haven't shaved in a while.
PPPS: Good job getting out there today. Too many potholes on that course for my liking.

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There was a pot hole I hit 25 times. And then I proceeded to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. That may have been the dumbest final 2k I've ever ridden. Note to self: If the guy you bridge to sits up go harder. These dudes countered me immediately, then I went with that...he sat up and they sent a third teammate up the road. For good measure when I got there they sent the first guy again. They still managed to lose the race, but had I stayed on the wheel that won like I knew I should....
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I thought that usually the person who gets towed pays the tow truck driver. Why was he asking for money from the organizers?
Who knows...Maybe he knew they were desperate to get it off the course before they wasted even more time. (The race started 30 minutes late because of this truck).

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The 2 guys in blue decided to not work at all and screwed themselves over.
Coming around the last corner, the lap before they were caught, the one in dark blue was screaming and yelling (lots of profanity) at the other one to pick it up. From there on out I think they just gave working together.
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Ides, new team, Embrocation, I ain't a 3 no more
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First race. CRCA, C field: 5 laps around Central Park, so a tad over 30 miles.

Took a few pulls at the front early to get the butterflies out, then did my best to pick good wheels & stick to 'em. There were a few attempted breaks, but the pack pretty much stayed together throughout.

It was a points race with sprints at the top of the biggest hill on the course on laps 2-5. I didn't really come close on any of those... but managed around 10th (out of 30-ish) in the final sprint.

Kept the rubber side down.

I'll be back for more...
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Naugatuck Crit, CT

http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...july-2009.html

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If I would have pushed just a little harder I may have been able to get into the top 10. But was still worried about myself.

Some of us were doing 55+ going back to the start in our group. I hit about 53.



I spoke with a gentleman from Florida in your group. Not sure who it was. But I'm glad this race pulled people from all over to come to it. I really hope to do it again next year. But we need about 20 more miles and one more good climb. Then we're talking serious pain.



Thank you. I'm feeling better. But still concerned considering what happened to me last year.
There are always regrets after a race, regardless of results. It sucks. I feel like I might have been able to push myself a little more on the first climb. Next year. I'd agree with you about the need for another climb. The race was too short.

The descent was a lot of fun. I got moving really fast. It was awesome.
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Well written CDR. I love your blog, you're a great writer.
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Well written CDR. I love your blog, you're a great writer.
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I'd be lying if I said I'd learned more about bike racing by racing itself. Heh.

CDR. Awesome report as always. Bummer about SOC. He's done well at that race before.

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Who knows...Maybe he knew they were desperate to get it off the course before they wasted even more time. (The race started 30 minutes late because of this truck).


Coming around the last corner, the lap before they were caught, the one in dark blue was screaming and yelling (lots of profanity) at the other one to pick it up. From there on out I think they just gave working together.
The ones I'm talking about were the ones I followed on the doomed attack. They were teammates. One sat up to let a gap open up to his teammate, and doomed him by not helping more directly.

I'm a sprinter with a longer kick. I like drag races. I've figured that out by now. I've never really been in breaks, or attacked and gone off the front. I'd like to be able to do that, and you gotta learn somehow. Knowing your strengths is fine, but sometimes you gotta force yourself to play to your weaknesses to see how you do when it counts.

I enjoyed myself. You shoulda come said hi!
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There was a pot hole I hit 25 times...
Glad you enjoyed the roads in the hometown of the Naugatuck Nugget...
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2009 Mt Evans road race (should be called hill climb):

I thought about creating a thread for this race, but don't have the energy. Bottom line is that the weather was gorgeous and the route was an absolute blast. Entered the 35+ 4's and hung with the front group for almost 10 miles. By this point we were well into the hills, I was starting to feel the sting and had to make a tactical decision: try to hang in the front and possibly blow up or back off a bit and conserve energy to make it to the end. Being my first race of this magnitude, I opted for option 2. So I backed off and just held a manageable heart rate. Hitting 12K, I felt good. 13K I was still feeling alright. I was still pushing 9mph when I cruised past 14,000 feet elevation and was quite shocked to be feeling decent. At this point, and with a few switchbacks still to climb, I upped the pace a bit and actually did a nice little kick at the end. It was a tiny bit discouraging to know I had some gas left in the tank that I could have used - but I just didn't know how my body would respond.

Summary: 27+ miles, almost 7000 feet climbing up to 14,100 in 2:35. Probably enough to get me smack dab in the middle of the 80 or so riders. Final results still pending publication though.
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There was a pot hole I hit 25 times.
heh. I can just picture this.

"Oh, look, a hole where I can move up BAM! Crap forgot about that pothole."

A lap later..

"Oh, look, a hole! I think that dag pothole is over there so I'll just BAM Crap!"

A lap later...

"Okay, there's the hole. I know the pothole is there. Let me move up where it's really tight BAM Fricken mobile pothole!!"

etc etc.

Your race looked really hard btw. Ours bunched up a lot more. I didn't stick around for the P123s but the first few laps were pretty quick looking too.

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Giro di Coppi in Maryland...

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I hope the ultimate category has room for one more. :-)

(And yes, that is a Fausto Coppi bobblehead trophy.)

Race report here.
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heh. I can just picture this.

"Oh, look, a hole where I can move up BAM! Crap forgot about that pothole."

A lap later..

"Oh, look, a hole! I think that dag pothole is over there so I'll just BAM Crap!"

A lap later...

"Okay, there's the hole. I know the pothole is there. Let me move up where it's really tight BAM Fricken mobile pothole!!"

etc etc.

Your race looked really hard btw. Ours bunched up a lot more. I didn't stick around for the P123s but the first few laps were pretty quick looking too.

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how did the results in your race shake out. yeah, the 35+ was hard. I probably shouldn't have attacked so much, and had I just acted like a sprinter in the last few k I'd have almost certainly podiumed. This stuff probably shouldn't bother me so much, but damn I sure hate avoidable mistakes.
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how did the results in your race shake out. yeah, the 35+ was hard. I probably shouldn't have attacked so much, and had I just acted like a sprinter in the last few k I'd have almost certainly podiumed. This stuff probably shouldn't bother me so much, but damn I sure hate avoidable mistakes.
I sat up coming out of the last turn. I can't go hard for a whole lap and then do a long sprint, and I used what I had to to get into a decent position on the backstretch (I was up near the front by 2 to go, so it wasn't like I made a huge effort). Then guys started going after the first hump, it got strung out, and I hit the last turn maybe 8th? 10th? But I was already redlined, so I took maybe 1/2 pedal stroke after the turn. I am good for 300-400 meters of "real racing", not 1000 meters. Hell, I can't even do 2 laps on a 318 meter track without blowing up.

You and your guys looked pretty active. Maybe too active, but still, good finish. And Wilson isn't a slow rider.

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Humbled.

I raced with the 3's for the first time yesterday.

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